Southern Thursday Tablescape

Submitted by Christi


Another tablescape hosted by Between Naps on the Porch. Today’s tablescape is “coffee on the porch.” As you can see, my little doggie, Bailey, decided he liked the chair (or maybe he just wanted to be in the pics, the little ham).

The coffee set is one that I’ve had for several years. It isn’t marked. I got it at an estate sale many years ago. I love the little cups.

A cup of coffee on the porch, a good book, a sunny Spring day, my sweet dog. Doesn’t get much better than that!


That’s Bailey in the chair.


By the way, that is chicory coffee – my favorite!


The book is Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank


The garden seat and planter are very old. The plant in the planter is a bird of paradise that I’ve been growing for about 5 years. They say it will bloom in 7 years – only 2 years to go!!


The plants in the straw basket planter are moon flower and morning glory. They will eventually climb an open lattice trellis that I have yet to put up. The moon flowers are white and bloom at night and the morning glories are blue and bloom in the morning so I’ll have blooms during the times that I am usually on the porch.

Today’s Lagniappe: Butterscotch Pecan Shortbread Cookies
The only thing that might make coffee on the porch better is these wonderful shortbread cookies made with pecans and brown sugar.

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

In a medium size mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla together. Stir in salt and flour; add pecans, kneading in gently with hands, if necessary.

Press or gently roll out on a lightly floured surface; cut into circles or squares about 1/4-inch thick. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Time will vary with thickness, so check them after 12 to 15 minutes if they’re a little thinner.

Makes about 15 to 18 cookies.

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44 Responses to “Southern Thursday Tablescape”

  1. Dream Mom Says:

    Love your coffee set. It’s gorgeous! Funny how the dogs know just where to sit-in the best spot in the house! I’d love to read there. Your cookies sound good too and easy to make. I’ll have to try them.

  2. jain Says:

    that is so sweet, love the whole setting!

  3. Susan Says:

    Christi…love your beautiful tea party! Bailey is precious! I so admire your patience and steadfastness…waiting for your Bird of Paradise to bloom. I’m not so great with indoor plants…it never would have lasted this long at my house, I’m afraid. Did you know Katherine at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor is having a tea party on this Sunday? She’s hoping to have lots of folks link their tea parties over at her blog. This would be great! She’s listed on my blog in my blog roll if you need the link to her blog. Thanks for a beautiful TT and those cookies sound totally yummy!

  4. ellen b Says:

    Oh that is calling to me. It looks so peaceful and pleasant. That recipe looks really good, too!

  5. Kathleen Ellis Says:

    What a lovley afternoon you’ve prepared for! I wish it were warm enough here for me to do the same! Your friend Bailey is adorable! I didn’t know it took so long for a bird of paradise to bloom…wow!
    Happy April!

  6. Barb Garrett Says:

    Just lovely! The perfect place to sit and read a book and take in the day. Thanks for sharing. Barb

  7. kathy's red door welcome Says:

    Looks like a very cozy place to have coffee and read. I love blue and white.

  8. susan Says:

    I don’t know that I could wait on ANYTHING seven years! It is obvious that this spot is filled with your favorite things!

  9. Sally Says:

    All of the blue and white is wonderful. That pot and garden seat are real treasures. Great post. Sally

  10. Martha Says:

    A good cup of coffee, a good book and a good dog. Now that’s my kind of afternoon delight.

  11. Katy Says:

    Lovely little tea service and what an adorable pooch! Thanks for sharing!~ Katy

  12. Gloria Says:

    Love that coffee server just beautiful..I could spend a day there sipping coffee and reading…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  13. Cindy Says:

    Looks so beautifully southern. I love your doggie, he is just the cutest. Southern Woman must be born with a tablescaping gene. LOL! Beautiful. Cindy

  14. Linderhof Says:

    What a nice respite in a busy day — love the coffee set. A great estate sale find. But then I LOVE anything blue and white! A good book, surrounded by plants, with your dog by your side, and a beautiful table with a good cup of coffee. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

  15. Shelia Says:

    Hi and what a lovely outside table you’ve set! I love your beautiful coffee set – blue and white are my favorites. I see your little fuzzy face is enjoying herself! How precious!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  16. Janie G Says:

    Your coffee service set is beautiful! I’m always amazed at how different the blue and white dishes are from each other. I love your china planter containing your bird of paradise. I had no idea they took 7 years to bloom!

  17. Kim Says:

    Fabulous coffee set. Looks like a very relaxing place to read a good book. And your doggie is too cute.

  18. Zoey Says:

    What a great way to spend a warm afternoon. I love the blue/white pattern on your tea service. I can’t wait until it gets warm enough so I can sit out on the deck.

  19. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    What a lovely tea set…it looks like flow blue…so beautiful!!! Love the shape of the teapot/coffeepot…and the pretty pattern! You have a lovely spot to set, relax, and take in the day!!! A cup of chicory sounds delicious and a good book…well, you’re absolutely right, it just doesn’t get any better than that!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  20. Sandi Says:

    Wonderful blue dishes, and what a great little “corner of the world” to enjoy your coffee in. Have a happy Tablescape Thursday

  21. Cathy Says:

    Laura Ashley perfect, actually better because you included Bailey! This is my first visit to your blog and it has been a fun one! ~Cathy~

  22. Sofia Says:

    Beautiful porch setting. Lovely place to have coffee with a friend

  23. Kathleen Says:

    Oh, that is so pretty! Looks so inviting..what a lovely set!

  24. Mrs.DD Says:

    What a pretty tea set! Love the blue and white. I also love your choice of reading material. She is one of my favorite authors. Have a great day!

  25. Dream Mom Says:

    I just happened to print off the recipe yesterday for the shortbread cookies and I made them today. (Highly unusual to actually make a recipe I printed!) They were very easy and delicious. I loved that it took only minutes to make (really!) and they made a little over a dozen which was the perfect size to whip up before someone comes over. Easy to do on a moment’s notice. Thanks for the suggestion!

  26. Joyce Says:

    I love the coffee set and the dog Bailey is so cute. The cookie recipe was a nice added bonus. Thank you.

  27. Cass @ That Old House Says:

    Your coffee set is exquisite — such a beautiful blue and white set, and it has a lovely vintage/antique look about it.

    I envy you the garden seat; it’s one of those things I have always wanted, and just never got around to getting. Maybe this year!

    Bailey is a sweetie. And of course the dog gets to be in the pictures! Don’t you know that?

    Thanks for visiting! And yes, I did need the caffeine today. Still do!

  28. Luanne Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my Easter Brunch! Very pretty place to sit and have my favorite coffee…chicory! Yum…..and I’ll have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing! Lu

  29. Theresa Says:

    Love your coffe set.I am partial to blue and white.

  30. KBeau Says:

    I love the teaset. Makes me want to go sit on my porch with a cup of tea right now, but unfortunately it’s storming.

  31. Starr Says:

    Oh man! I could sit out there all day reading. Love your coffee set! And your little dog is a cutie.

  32. Lynda Says:

    That is such a beautiful teaset on such a great porch! And your little dog is too cute! You’re right…it doesn’t get much better than this!

  33. Nancy Says:

    Very inviting.You just can’t go wrong with blue and white china! You’ll love the moonflowers; they have a wonderful fragrance. :)Nancy

  34. Andrea at Opulent Cottage Says:

    I love your sweet doggie! My cat Minnie was trying to get into my pics too, but sadly none of those came out. Your coffee set is so beautiful, too.
    Cheers, Andrea

  35. Leisa @ IdeaMom Says:

    What a lovely tea party, and your sweet little pup is a perfect guest! The shortbread cookies sound yummy. I’m printing the recipe as I type! Thanks!

  36. Mary Says:

    Cozy teatable, I love blue and white china! Mary of Boogieboard Cottage :O)

  37. LdyDy Says:

    All I can say is aaaaahhhhh… a very relaxing and inviting table. Cute doggie!! I hope he gave up that seat for you!! LOL

  38. JudyBug Says:

    Oh this is so inviting! Your little Bailey is adorable and looks as spoiled as my Boudreaux!

  39. laurie Says:

    Such a pretty coffee set, and I love the large pot with the plant behind the chair. This looks so inviting. laurie

  40. Jenifer Says:

    I could camp out here. Plantation is one of my favorite books!! She’s working on a sequel. Looks like a fab. little spot.

  41. mary Says:

    Oh, how beautiful! Love your coffee set. And it looks like you have a sweet little companion to keep you company. 😉

  42. Katherine Says:

    I’m glad I scrolled down and found your blue and white tablescape! Love it!


  43. Betty Eshenour Says:

    What a beautiful tea set! I’m reading Sullivan’s Island right now..have read Pawley’s Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms and The land of mango sunsets. Didn’t really find the last one was as good as the first 3 were, but I stuck with it till the end. Wanted to see if she ended up with Harrison! I’ve been looking for Plantation in library or used book store but to no avail. Friend bought Return to Sullivan’s Island and will share with me when she is finished with it.
    She grew up in the Mt. Pleasant area. I hope to visit some of these islands next Spring.

  44. Betty Eshenour Says:

    I have some moonflower seeds somebody sent me last year and they are in a paper envelope in the garage. Do you think I could still plant it this year or just hold it over until next Spring? Do you recall when you planted your seed? They smell so wonderful in the evenings. Thought I’d plant it right outside of my front door, so when I go outside, I can enjoy the wonderful fragrance or visitors coming in will wonder what smells so nice!

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