Southern Splash of Lemonade

Submitted by Christi

My friend Ann Messick and I recently went to view this great home for sale that has a lovely pool. Of course, as always, I thought, “TABLESCAPE!” Ann is a realtor and she has listed this home. The dear owner was kind enough to let us come and have some fun at her pool. So, here it is, a Southern Splash of Lemonade (and cookies!).

We went out on a limb, or rather, diving board for today’s treat!:


Into the deep end:


Sorry, no dip here:


A view from above:


Something refreshing, is it the lemonade or the water?:


Maybe it is the cookies on the pretty yellow plate, topped with a clear yellow/green plate:


Let’s dive in!


Thanks for joining us for today’s episode of Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.


And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:
and it was so.

Lagniappe: Apple Pie Bread
Anyone else ready for Fall?

Apple Pie Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium)
1/2 cup raisins
Streusel-Nut Topping

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Beat in sugar until combined. Add buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in apple, nuts, and raisins.
Spoon the batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle the Streusel Nut topping over batter. Bake 60-65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf (14 slices)

Streusel-Nut Topping
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tbsp all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tbsp butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

29 Responses to “Southern Splash of Lemonade”

  1. KBeau Says:

    Those colors look great against the background of that beautiful pool.

  2. amy Says:

    Doesn’t get anymore refreshing than that. Vibrant colors. Nice!!

  3. Pat Says:

    Beautiful idea! I love it!!

  4. The Blushing Hostess Says:

    Original and a last refreshing dip into summer.

  5. Martha Says:

    Oh how cute! Did the house sell?

  6. ellen b Says:

    Hi Christi! How fun is this?! Love the setting on the end of the diving board. So summery!

  7. Michelle Says:

    Oh boy does that lemonade look tasty right now! Love lemonade!

  8. Eileen Says:

    Such a fun tablescape! It’s still hot in my neck of the woods and that pool looks inviting!
    All the best,

  9. The Tablescaper Says:

    Oh what fun!!! I’d love to jump in right now and then come up for a tasty glass of lemon aide. You should leave the tablescape up when they have an open house. I’m sure it would help. And no, I’m not ready for fall.

    – The Tablescaper

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

    What great pictures! I love your “tablescape”…you are so creative and brave! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Janie G Says:

    On this very hot day of over 100 degrees, that pool and those refreshments look AMAZING!!!

  12. [email protected] Says:

    What a cute setting! Let’s dive in!

  13. Ceekay Says:

    Oh what a great idea….this is very original..and a bit scarey for this ole girl! Happy TT!

  14. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    This is great! What a clever post! I’ll have a glass of lemonade and a cookie. Thanks!

  15. Katherine Says:

    Very unique! Looks yummy! And pretty!


  16. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    Stunning colors! Very tropical and cool.

  17. Brenda Kula Says:

    Well, this is so different and pretty! I don’t know that I’d be brave enough to venture out there with all that. But I take my hat off to you because you did, and you succeeded in a very lovely and ingenius tablescape!

  18. Ann Messick Says:

    I really enjoyed this and my time with you Christi! We’ll do this again!-Ann

  19. Denise Says:

    Oh that pool looks so inviting, we’re still getting triple digits here, and I love your setting. The lemonade looks so refreshing.

  20. Jeanne Says:

    I love your blog
    Your photographs and recipes are marvelous

    Love Jeanne?

  21. alaurajane Says:

    Now that is my kind of table setting…. love it, and the pool is so pretty…


  22. nannykim Says:

    Love the contrast of color–boldness!!

    ps. I have several blogs–the one for my tablescape is the spindle cottage one;

  23. Gwyn Says:


    Thank you for taking the time to design this fabulous “tablescape”. After a very busy and tiring day it brought much joy to me. It looks like it should be on the cover of a magazine or on a travel brochure. Job well done! Can’t wait to see what you do the next time!

  24. Liz Says:

    oh fun! peel me a grape! he he he


  25. Dining Delight Says:

    Who would have thought to use a diving board as a “table”? Great idea and such lovely pics. The pool background makes the lemonade look all the more refreshing!


  26. Deb Says:

    What an eye you have for the unusual!

  27. Cass @ That Old House Says:

    What a cute “table” scape. Love those luscious, brilliant colors … they look so amazing against the blue of the pool water. Beautiful!

  28. Donna Says:

    Looks so pretty, what a great idea.

  29. Adee Kaye Says:

    What a cute "table" scape. Love those luscious, brilliant colors … they look so amazing against the blue of the pool water. Beautiful!
    Cass;. All the best!!

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