Friday, August 21, 2015

Lunch on the porch

Wednesday my friend Bonnie brought me the sweetest bouquet of flowers.

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Bonnie, like my mom, has a talent for arranging flowers into the most effortless-looking but gorgeous bouquets. I appreciate this talent because it is one I do not possess. At all. 

I thought a girls' lunch on the porch would be most appropriate for this pretty bouquet, so I decided to get the Franciscan "Desert Rose" and set up a little table outside.

I layered an old lace tablecloth over a pink sari to add a little color.

I just have a few of the "Desert Rose" pieces, but I love using them and love how they coordinate with my Franciscan "Ivy" dishes. 

I added the Fostoria "Moonstone" glasses my mom bought for my youngest daughter.

And of course, the Wallace "Louvre" sterling flatware with the repousse pattern is perfect with the florals. The mother of pearl knife is part of an antique Landers/Frary and Clark collection.

My grandmother's iron furniture provided a pretty vintage background...

...accented with a pretty pink pillow made from vintage Chinese silk and a Walmart-find yellow pillow. 

The setting, next to the creek, is perfect for a little sweet tea and spicy talk...

...and a reminder that we need to do more of that.

Because friends are special:-)

Bonnie has had some serious health issues the last few years and was having an IVIG treatment yesterday, so I hoped to brighten her day by sending her a little sneak peek of the table in hopes of getting her mind off her treatment. And we will share our lunch on the porch when all our kids are back in school:-)

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  1. Bonnie sounds like a wonderful friend and she'll be pleased to have lunch in such a beautiful setting. I love where you live, gorgeous! Franciscan Desert Rose is so pretty. I have some Franciscan Apple dishes, love them. Kathleen in Az

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, elegant, comfortable and heartwarming. :)

  3. Betty from My Irish Cottage HomeAugust 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    A lovely lunch. Those dishes bring back memories. My Mom had some when I was little and I hated them. What I would give to have some now. I think of all the dinners we had on those plates and the good times.

  4. Joanie McLaughlinAugust 22, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Lovely. Every photo is beautiful. The flowers are definitely gorgeous. I love the hot pink and gold pillow also. Everything about your table setting is perfect. Great job.

  5. Shirley@Housepitality DesignsAugust 23, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    i cannot tell you how so very gorgeous the "lunch on the patio" is. It makes you just want to sit out there all day and enjoy your surroundings and the beautifully done table. The colors you chose are magnificent...truly a work of art in a most serene and enchanting setting!

  6. Gorgeous table, Anita. Delightful indeed. I love your flowers, dishes, napkins and napkin rings and the lovely cloth. The glasses add just the perfect touch. Your antique bench with colorful pillows adds that vintage elegance and the pretty ferns make it alive.

    Pinning this to enjoy more.

  7. What a sweet ... sweet friend!! Gorgeous Bouquet... and of course dining on that porch has to be amazing!!!

  8. Anita, I can't believe you and I haven't met before! I've found you through Savvy Southern Style. What a picture perfect lunch setting! I love every little detail. Following, and pinned. Love, Mimi xxx

  9. Beautiful! Love it all! Lynn