Southern Magnolia

Submitted by Christi

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Today’s edition of Tablescape Thursday (hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch) starts with a poem:

SOUTHERN LIFE
If you want a glimpse of Southern life,
Come close and walk with me
I’ll tell you all the simple things
That you are sure to see
You’ll see mockingbirds and bumblebees
Magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees
Caterpillars on the step
Wooden porches cleanly swept
Watermelons on the vine
Strong majestic Georgia pines
Rocking chairs and front yard swings
Junebugs flying on a string;
Turnip greens and hot cornbread,
Coleslaw and barbecue;
Fried okra, fried corn, fried green tomatoes
Fried pies and pickles, too.
There’s ice cold tea that’s syrupy sweet,
And cool,green grass beneath your feet;
Catfish nipping in the lake,
And fresh young boys on the make.
You’ll see all these things
And much, much more,
In a way of life that I adore.
Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey

This is just one of the many great poems by Patricial Neely-Dorsy in her beautiful book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia – A Life in Poems.  On her website, Patricia explains:

My book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is a true celebration of the  south and things southern. Using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. There are so many negative connotations   associated with Mississippi and the south in general. I want to show a flip side of the coin.There is much to love about this much maligned and misunderstood part of our country. I would really love for you to get to KNOW Mississippi (and the south) in a different light and I want to introduce you. I invite you to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and the written word.

I was planning on reading her book over the weekend last week. Instead, I started looking through it on Friday night and the next thing I knew, I had read the entire book of poems! There are many things that I could relate to in her book of poems. And, many I could not, like the poems about hogs on the farm (I was raised in the city), but, I have heard similar stories from friends who were raised on farms. Her poem Right to Vote is moving and beautiful. Through all of her poems, you get to know Patricia, and by the end, you feel like you have a new friend.

Patricia’s book is available here:

In honor of Patricia’s beautiful book, today’s tablescape is called Moonlight and Magnolias.

First thing I had to do was go visit my neighbors, Mike and Sandy to see if I could cut some leaves and blooms from their magnolia tree. They very graciously agreed.

Next thing I needed was moonlight. Oh, it just happens to be a full moon tonight. If only the clouds will stay away!

Magnolia leaves under clear plates with gold edging.

Magnolia leaves under clear plates with gold edging.

Magnolia leaves under clear plates with gold edging.

Magnolia leaves under clear plates with gold edging.

A magnolia leaf is tucked in the gold napkin rings.

A magnolia leaf is tucked in the gold napkin rings.

Here is a closer look at those leathery magnolia leaves under glass.

Here is a closer look at those leathery magnolia leaves under glass.

As usual, my birds got in on the picture.

As usual, my birds got in on the picture.

We got the gold stemmed crystal in New Orleans on our honeymoon.

We got the gold stemmed crystal in New Orleans on our honeymoon.

I think the magnolia in the crystal bowl in the center is stunning.

I think the magnolia in the crystal bowl in the center is stunning.

This one that is not quite open is laying along side.

This one that is not quite open is laying along side.

While I was taking the pics, this dove came and visited.

While I was taking the pics, this dove came and visited.

As the sun went down, the candles were lit.

As the sun went down, the candles were lit.

A romantic, sultry, Southern summer evening.

A romantic, sultry, Southern summer evening.

The sun is sinking over the horizon.

The sun is sinking over the horizon.

The candles flicker gently.

The candles flicker gently.

And, we wait for the moon to rise.

And, we wait for the moon to rise.

Today’s Lagniappe: Magnolia Milk Punch
Perfect for a Sunday brunch.

Ingredient
1/4 cup Bourbon Whiskey
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
4 parts Nutmeg

Directions
Combine ice cream, bourbon and vanilla in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into two glasses and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.

31 Responses to “Southern Magnolia”

  1. Mari at Once Upon a Plate Says:

    This is so beautiful! I can almost smell the magnolias. 🙂

    You chose such a beautiful color theme to show everything off to its best. Nice job!!!

  2. KBeau Says:

    Beautiful table. I’d like a glass of that Magnolia Milk Punch myself.

  3. food with style Says:

    i have always loved green, so soothing to me, such beautiful setting~

  4. ellen b Says:

    Good evening Christi! What a wonderful idea for your theme. The table you were inspired to create is just beautiful!! Love your evening setting!! Happy TT to you!!

  5. Myrna Says:

    What a beautiful tablescape and lovely poem to go with it!!
    Georgia sounds like such a special place. I hope to visit there someday…

  6. Eileen Says:

    What a beautiful, unique idea with the leaves! It all coordinates to perfection! It’s just as pretty in the sunlight as it is in the candle light!
    Great poem too, and the punch sounds wonderful! I’ll have to give it a try!
    All the best,
    Eileen

  7. Christine Says:

    This is truly beautiful, Christy. Living in Miss., I love magnolias. They are so pretty and so fragrant. Love how you put the leaves under the clear plates…so original!….Christine

  8. Shelia Says:

    What a lovely table you’ve set! Everything is lovely!
    BE a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  9. bj Says:

    A magnificent table! Thanks so much for sharing and I copied the drink recipe…can’t wait to try it.
    xo bj

  10. Joe B. Says:

    The poems by Patricial Neely-Dorsy in “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia – A Life in Poems” will strike a chord in the heart any Southerner. They will make you laugh and cry, happy and sad, proud and not so proud. Anyone growing up in the South in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s will enjoy this book. You can find out more about the book and how to get it at: http://www.patricianeelydorsey.webs.com

  11. Debbie at Slice of Pie Says:

    Magnolia leaves are a beautiful touch to an already beautiful placesetting. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections Says:

    Beautiful tablescape. Your dishes and stemware are exquisite! I love the magnolia touches!
    Happy Thursday.

  13. Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern Says:

    Your not southern until you have a magnolia! And you have made such a beautiful tablescape around them. Happy TT to you!

  14. Cathy Says:

    Oh…oh…I love the magnolia theme…so southern and wonderful!!! Your dishes are sooo pretty!!!

    Lovely!!!

    Happy TT!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

  15. Terri Says:

    I love the idea of placing the magnolia leaves under the clear glass plates! Thanks for sharing…

  16. Pinky Says:

    Everything is beautiful! I love magnolias and this table showed them off SO nicely! Thanks!!!! Pinky

  17. Chandy Says:

    Gold, white and magnolia leaves and blossoms, nothing as classy than that.

    Beautiful table!

  18. Linderhof Says:

    Nothing says “Southern” like magnolias. A beautiful table and I like the punch recipe!

  19. Liz Says:

    Oh this is beautiful! Such a pretty setting!

    ~Liz

  20. Michelle Says:

    Oh what a beautiful tablescape. I love some of those pieces you have, too. Here’s hoping the moon cooperated for you!

  21. Brenda Kula Says:

    What a creative idea, the leaf underneath the glass plate! I’m remembering that one. This is a beautiful, tranquil setting deserving of a wonderful meal and fine company.
    Brenda

  22. Ro Says:

    I love magnolia leaves for decorating. I use them a lot at Christmas. You did a great job on your table. Very pretty.

  23. Tammy518 Says:

    Beautiful table, and I love the poem! We planted a little magnolia tree this year, and I can’t wait to someday to have flowers on it.

  24. Michelle @ Sweet Something Says:

    Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers and you’ve put together a beautiful table to go along with them…love the green added with the ivory and gold. Great job!

  25. Christi from Charm & Grace Says:

    This post so resonates with me on many levels… as a southern belle myself I just loved the poem. So thanks for the book recommendation. And your tablescapes are beautiful with the magnolias. Just lovely!

    Blessings,
    Christi

  26. Shirley Corwin Says:

    I love the idea of the magnolia leaves under the clear plates and on the napkins. That magnolia milk punch certainly sounds interesting!!

  27. Katherine Says:

    This is gorgeous! Love the magnolia leaf under the clear plate!

    Katherine

  28. Jane Says:

    “Southern” is a state of mind…and you captured it. The scent of the magnolias drift through the web and into my room. Thank you for a glimpse of this rich life…

    Jane (Artfully Graced)…a true southern belle living among the transplants…

  29. Rainey Says:

    Fantastic post… I am just so fascinated with magnolias!
    I hope you have a fabulous week end!
    ~Really Rainey~

  30. Sandy Says:

    Great post, Love the magnolias.
    Sandy

  31. Jennie Says:

    Beautiful tablescape and I love the magnolias.

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