Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tea on the porch

Hello lovelies~~~it's Thursday, and you know what that means....going over to Susan's at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
I set the table on the sun porch with the dishes my Grandmother used at her luncheons for the Bridge Club.
The dishes were given to Gran by Mrs. John Ball. John Ball was the founder of the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids.
I've used them many times for "teas" at my home for the ladies from our church.

The runner is from my collection of table linens I've collected over the years.
The little spoons are from our trip to France years ago.

The crystal is from St. Vinney's. Candle stick, one of my first flea market finds. The napkins are from an elderly neighbor.
The kerosene lamp is from my husband.
The silk flowers are from my shop.
I love sitting on the sun porch...any time of day. Watching the boats go by, or just relaxing and looking at the water sparkle. Enjoying breakfast, lunch, or supper is always such a treat on the porch.
I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for stopping by.
I am joining Kathy at A Delightsome Life for the "Victoria" party.


  1. Hi Debbie,
    I just love your table runner! And how nice that you could incorporate the spoons from France, and your Grandmas china into your pretty table! We just got back from a short camping trip north of Traverse City, so I will have to write a blog about it tomorrow. It is one of my favorite parts of our pretty state! Have a great night :)

  2. I have a teacup that is similar, but not with the nice oversize dish! Lovely runner too.

  3. Oh Debbie-It is lovely! How wonderful that you can use your Grandmother's things and think of her each time you use it. I'll bet you miss your shop-Wish I could sit and enjoy a cup of coffee with you! Have a wonderful evening~ Hugs, Diana

  4. More lovely than I can say. BEAUTIFUL!

    Love to you~

    Rebecca PS: Love that china!

  5. Really wish I could sit and have tea with you, we would have soooo much to talk about...going from one style to another:) Love your grandmother's tea set how wonderful that you get to use it.
    Thank you so much for stopping by...I need all the help I can get♥


  6. Oh, this is all so pretty, Debbie. I love your grandmother's china. How nice it must be to sit out on your porch, drinking it all in. We are lucky girls, aren't we?

    Have a lovely weekend!


  7. Just beautiful, nothing better than Gran's dishes!

  8. Hi Debbie,
    Your dishes are so pretty, and how special that they used to belong to your grandmother.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    ~ Jo :)

  9. Hi Debbie...
    Love your Grans dishes and John Ball Park!
    Our kids have a seasons pass there and the Grands always have such a good time.
    How fun for you to live right on the water.
    We pass by your way quite often!
    Thanks for stopping by...always enjoy your visits.
    Glad your enjoying the summer!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  10. I love your grandmother's dishes and the table runner...lovely!
    xo, Sherry

  11. every time i come here i crave a lake house with your serene beauty~

  12. Oh My!! How absolutely Lovely!! Those dishes are to die for. Oh, to sit there with a cup of tea & watch the boats go by. Relaxes me just to look at your pics. : )
    Would love the story behind Mrs. John Ball giving them to your grandmother. How many times I have been at the zoo??? :)

  13. Oh so lovely. Even better that they were your Gran's!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  14. So pretty, and with the history it makes them even more lovely.

  15. I love your grandmother's dishes!! My sister just gave me a little old plate with the same pattern on it. I have it on display on a shelf in my living room.

  16. I love your header and your music-so peaceful!

  17. What marvelous dishes you have from your grandmother! So many memories, and it's fun to think of ladies of her generation enjoying them, too. Your runner is fabulous -- just gorgeous! Thank you for your comment this week!

  18. How wonderful that you are using the same china that your grandmother did for her luncheons. If dishes could talk, I am sure these would have so many stories. Ah, to live on a lake...

  19. What a peacefully beautiful table, Debbie - and so full of memories for you, I'm sure. :) I'm sure your Gran is just smiling down on you knowing how much you treasure her china.

    Keep cool on that pretty porch, sis!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  20. A pleasure to have tea with you in this pretty table!


  21. Hi Debbie,
    Another very pretty table. Love the linens and especially enjoyed hearing the history of your Gran's lovely china. It's wonderful that you love them, and love using them as much as she did.

  22. Lovely setting for a tea! The runner is very pretty! Thanks for visiting! Love, ~Nana~

  23. Tea ... your gorgeous table reminds me that I need to stop the madness and have my girlfriends over for coffee. It won't look a thing like yours -- some mismatched Life is Good and Starbucks mugs with plastic creamer containers on the table -- but some much needed time to reconnect with friends none-the-less.

    I'm loving your garden. And I can't pick out the snake grass, it all looks like it should be there to me.

  24. Beautiful linens, Debbie. Your Gran's dishes are so the way you have put the napkin under the tea cup.

  25. Hi Debbie! Thanks so much for stopping by... so glad you did! I see that you are from Houghton Lake... my mom grew up in St. Helen and my grandmother had a restaurant there. I remember hanging out there as a kid, we would go to the outdoor dance place (can't remember the name of it now) I haven't been up there in years but I have some great memories from there! You set a beautiful table, how nice to have your grandmothers dishes, I have the sundae glasses from my grandmothers rest. and cherish them. My youngest loves to make what he calls Max Sundaes in them for all of us :) Thanks again for stopping by, Theresa

  26. Debbie, this are so pretty dishes you have got from your grandmother with all the memories. Your table is lovely. I especially love beside the pretty china the table runner. Thank you for your kind visit and your sweet comment.
    Greetings, Johanna