Wednesday, October 12, 2011

~ Tea on the Porch ~

This time of year with the days getting shorter and "eventually" cooler, dining on the front porch is getting far and few between. I like to take every opportunity I can to enjoy the great outdoors. Today let's head to the front porch for a spot of tea.
I switched back and forth between the Toile tea set and a heavier brown with acorns. With the light breeze blowing I wanted to keep the setting light so we're using the English Brown Toile, you know how I love my Toile.

A dainty cup and saucer to fill and use, it will help chase away the blues.
The simplicity of the glass candle urn becomes a timeless decorating staple.
I used these darling acorns and nuts as a filler around the candle. The candle is the infamous candle on a timer. I love the scent of a candle burning and use them as well, but when the wind is blowing outside these beauties are perfect and safe.

Sugar anyone?


I didn't have a solid brown tablecloth, or even black, I wanted something fallish, warm and inviting. After looking around the house I chose the throw we usually use inside to snuggle under while watching t.v. After a quick laundering outside it came. I think the selection was a good one. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and use the "unexpected" for your tablecloths.
The single leaf napkin ring dresses the gold and black napkins.


Rich, rich deep fall colors.
Please help yourself. On Monday I spent the day in the kitchen, making banana bread for Mr. P and chocolate chip cookie bars for Bailey then meatloaf for dinner. I saved back some goodies just for you.
~ Yummy ~

While munching on a cookie I brought out a book for you to look through. This is a great book in the study of setting traditional tables with beautiful antiques, tableware and accessories.





Stay a while, I'll pour you some more tea....
My goodness yes, you must have another cookie or two....
We'll have a nice long visit , catch up on things and visit about the book. :-))

28 comments:

Lee said...

Love your brown and white tea service. Beautiful Lynne.
Very inviting.
Lisa

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

This is a favorite of mine...love the brown plaid on the table with the brownware! And I adore flameless candles...I am getting more and more of them!

Karen said...

Lynne, first let me say you made the best choice for the tablecloth. Love the toile too! Your pictures are really great and lots of them!

PAT said...

I love the plaid with the toile. Perfectly beautiful Lynne!

lvroftiques said...

Girlfriend I hope you have more of those cookies because I'd like to stay out here and chat for a good long time *winks* I LOVE your toile (no surprise I know) and the blankie/tablecloth is so warm and cosy! I'm dying to see what's in that book. Enjoy the weather while you can! We already have rain rain rain here *sighs* Vanna

Mary said...

Beautiful fall tablescape! Very inviting.

Karena said...

Lynne I love it all, so perfect and the setting, the napkin rings, all of your choices make it so personal and inviting.

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Dolores said...

Oh yummmy.... wish I were sitting on the porch with you, sipping tea, eating some of those yummies.... and sitting back looking at all your beautiful decorations.....
I love the acorns with the glass and candles, so pretty

Bonnie said...

It would be nice to sit on your porch and visit as we discussed your lovely book. Then I would love to taste your cookies and have some coffee while enjoying your fall setting.
I have this book too. It is lovely.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Your throw is the perfect anchor for your beautiful Fall table. Lots of great texture and color in this tableslcape. Nicely done!

Elaine said...

Oh my goodness, Lynne, this is just precious! I love the delicate shapes of your china against the plaid of your throw. I would love to join you, have a spot of tea, and open up that book! :)

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Lynne! I honestly don't think you could have chosen a better table covering if you tried. That plaid blanket conveys the season and the warmth in such a perfect way! I love the rich colors in it. I can see why it would be a great "snuggle blanket" for you! Your transferware is so pretty. VERY feminine, but because it's in brown and white I don't think a man would be intimidated or turned off by it. Gorgeous setting. I don't need that book. I would get myself into SO much trouble if I ever started seriously collecting antiques of any kind!!!! Have a great rest of the week!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That really does inspire me Lynne,.... because the first thing I was going to ask you is where you found that great tablecloth!
I really adore your toile tea set and this is an A+ table!
Hugs,
Cindy

Scribbler said...

What a beautiful assemblage of pretty things -- the throw made a great tablecloth with your toile. The book looks really interesting -- it is still in print? Have you seen the new book THE COLLECTED TABLE?

niartist said...

Beautiful Lynne, as always. Love that you moved this outside ... this is the perfect time for an alfresco lunch or dinner! :)

Thanks for stopping by the blog - always love having you!

xo,
A

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Lynne..it was all so sweet but it's the table cover that really caught my eye. I LOVE it!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

I'll be over for some tea and cookie bar!! Looks so inviting. Thanks for your sweet comments Lynne!

Hugs, Sherry

Cindy said...

Beautiful tablescape! Love your dishes and napkin holders!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Absolutely beautiful!! Stopped over from 2805 and I'm so glad I found your blog! Just became your newest follower, would love if you followed back. Martina

Honey at 2805 said...

Your tablescape is stunning and I would love to have tea with you!

I appreciate you linking to Potpourri Friday! You are such a big help in making it a success!

kitty said...

I love the brown transferware...so pretty!! I wish I could share a cup of tea & one of those cookies with you!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty spot to welcome autumn! I love your toile dishes. And what a great centerpiece candle.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Lynne!
This table setting is SO me!
Loving the plaid throw as a tablecloth. Just perfection with the brown transferware.
This is the prettiest tablescape I have seen blogging this season! Bravo Lynne!
xx
A

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Lynne...love all the browns. I have the sandwich tray that matches your tea set!

Ginger Zuck said...

Lynne, Your tea set and table setting is absolutely stunning. I felt right at home. This is my first visit and was very welcomed. I met you at my friend Honey's party.

Designs By Pinky said...

Hi sweetie, I wish I could sit there with you, sip some tea and chat about EVERYTHING! Love your tea service, it is beautiful! The candles on timers are fabulous, aren't they??? XO, pinky

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Just coming by to say hello and see what you're up to! Doing a little catching up at your place, dear friend!

I just had to leave you a little note on this beautiful autumn time tea! It's sooo beautiful! I love everything about it...from the beautiful autumn plaid table covering...right down to that gorgeous brown transferware tea set! Ohhh...and your photos...magnificent, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing your beautiful autumn tea with us!

I hope that my note is finding you and your sweet family all doing well, Darlin'!

Love ya,
Chari

Betty Sneeringer said...

I'm a new follower and I love your natural fall table on the porch with it's plaid and brown toile. It is probaly the best I've seen!