Southern Drinks on the Porch

Submitted by Christi

You may remember, Monday, I mentioned that last Saturday night a few friends came over for drinks on the porch. Well here are the pics for Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Click on the logo to see all of the tablescapes this week.

Click on the logo to see all of the tablescapes this week.

I am always looking for inspiration and I get so much from all of you. Here is the inspiration for this weeks table:

I saw this on the save on crafts website (you can go there by clicking on the pic). This look was created for a wedding. I loved the double shepherd’s hook on the table. I had a double shepherd’s hook but I didn’t want to use it in the middle of the table, nor, did I need anything that formal. I just took their idea and made a less formal, kind of rustic, shabby chic version. This is what I did:

I put up the hook, covered the bottom with moss, added a hanging plant on one side and a candle in a bird cage on the other.

I put up the hook, covered the bottom with moss, added a hanging plant on one side and a candle in a bird cage on the other.

Added some good food and drinks.

Added some good food and drinks.

Some friends.

Some friends.

And we had a great time!

And we had a great time!

A robin had tried to build a nest in one of our trees and it had blown out. The nest is at the top of the hooks.

A robin had tried to build a nest in one of our trees and it had blown out. The nest is at the top of the hooks.

Here is the candle in the cage.

Here is the candle in the cage.

As it got dark we lit the candles.

As it got dark we lit the candles.

We watched the fireflies, listened to the crickets and birds and visited and had a wonderful time.

Wish all of y’all could have been there. I’ll admit, mine is not nearly as polished as the magazine shoot. I just used what I had on hand and I was not planning anything so formal as a wedding. I actually didn’t have to purchase anything for the shepherd hook look and I kind of like the shabby chic approach to this.

I think there are a lot of possibilities here. Maybe in the fall, hang mums and wrap around a fall garland. For a patriotic look add red ribbon to the hooks and patriotic plant pokes to the hanging plant. I’ll try some different ideas and let you know how they turn out.

Oh, by the way, my friends Mark and Kim brought the beautiful  hydrangeas in the jar with the pretty plaid ribbon. They looked very pretty on the table. Wasn’t that so sweet of them?

Today’s Lagniappe:  Grilled Shrimp
We kind of went with a Mexican flavor for the party and all of the recipes are on this blog. Southwestern Cheesecake, Shrimp Dip, Guacamole and Lemon-Thyme Cookies. This grilled shrimp would have fit right in!

1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp (any size)
olive oil
garlic salt
Old Bay Seasoning
1 lime
Drizzle enough oil over the shrimp to coat. Sprinkle paprika, garlic salt and Old Bay, to taste (I use about 1/2 teaspoon of each for 1 lb of shrimp).Place on wooden skewers which have been soaked in water for 1 hour.

Put on grill, cooking until shrimp tails turn white. Flip and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more (depending on size).

Squeeze lime over the cooked shrimp and serve as an appetizer, or add to corn tortillas for shrimp tacos.

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33 Responses to “Southern Drinks on the Porch”

  1. Pat Says:

    Pretty table!!

  2. Kathleen Ellis Says:

    Great job! I think you did a fine job with your inspiration table! Those apps look so good and it sounds like y’all had a great time!
    Happy TT!

  3. The Tablescaper Says:

    Looks like a good time was had by all – The Tablescaper

  4. Martha Says:

    I think you did a great job! And what a fun looking party this is!

  5. Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern Says:

    Now this looks like a party I’d like to join!

  6. ellen b Says:

    What a fun inspiration and yours is fabulous with all that great looking food !!

  7. Janie G Says:

    Your buffet table looks so yummy! It is so pretty, you did a great job.

  8. Michelle @ Sweet Something Says:

    Very nice!! What a spread!! Happy TT!

  9. elyse Says:

    wow – this is beautiful and the food looks awesome! what a great inspiration pic!

    this is my very first tablescape thursday. very fun!


  10. Shelia Says:

    Love it all! Beautiful table and delicious looking food!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  11. Linderhof Says:

    Isn’t it great to find something and then be able to recreate it. You did a good job —

  12. Barbara Says:

    I enjoyed the visit and your table.

  13. Gloria Says:

    Just a beautiful table…love the bird cage with the candle idea…thanks for sharing…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  14. abeachcottage Says:

    all looks so summery and lovely!

    happy tablescaping


  15. Ann Messick Says:

    I like it! So pretty and that FOOD LOOKS YUMMY!!!

  16. Melissa Miller Says:

    ~Wow! Christi what beautiful inspiration!

    You sure created it exactly and made a very elegant and fun look! It’s gorgeous!

    ~Wonderful TT!

  17. Felecia~printersdevil Says:

    Very nice party. The recipes look great, too.

  18. Chandy Says:

    Ok, where was my invitation? LOL What a beautiful table full of good food! The way you interpreted the inspiration table is brilliant!

  19. Kim Says:

    It all looks fabulous! You did a great job.

  20. Zoey Says:

    What a great table for an evening sipping cocktails with friends. All of the food looks like artwork!

  21. mary Says:

    What a great idea! I like all your suggestions for other interpretations, too. Your table is lovely, and filled with fun and good food — perfect!

  22. Kammy Says:

    Lovely and so fresh !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  23. Barb Says:

    Christi, this is sooooo pretty. Everything is so fresh and inviting!!!! Absolutely a wonderful tablescape!


  24. Dixie Says:

    I love purple and I don’t use it enough.. thanks for the beautiful inspiration… love the shepherds hook idea…

  25. Tammy518 Says:

    You did a great job, and it looks like so much fun. I really love those get-togethers like that with appetizers and good friends! I love the shepard’s hook, too, with the hanging basket and candle.

  26. Rainey Says:

    That is quite a spread! Everything looked delicious! I love all your party ideas!
    Have a great Thursday!
    ~Really Rainey

  27. Mary Says:

    What a lovey and relaxing table! The food looks delicious Too! I wish I had fire flies where I live. it sounds enchanting. :O) Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

  28. Fifi Flowers Says:

    Count me in… everything looks great!

  29. Artie Says:

    GORGEOUS! GREAT GREAT GREAT, and thank you for that link! I love your creation. The food looks divine, and the candle and moss in the birdhouse – GORGEOUS! 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a great inspirational ‘scape today!

  30. natalie meester Says:

    Oh my goodness I am drooling at all those yummies~!

  31. bj Says:

    I love every single bit of this beautiful porch where friends gather. Beautiful table, love the double hook idea. Perfect!
    The recipe sounds devine..Great job and I am so glad you had such a nice time. Friends are such blessings…I just love ’em.

  32. Cynthia Says:

    Your table looks lovely and the food looks yummy!

  33. Monica Says:

    FA*BU*LO*US!! And the food looks sooo YUMMY!
    Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment!

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