Porch Dining for One

 A couple of weeks ago, Hubby was out-of-town for the weekend on a fishing excursion, so the children & I had the house to ourselves. I’m comfortable entertaining myself, it doesn’t take much more than something to read, a glass of wine, and a place to curl up with the dogs. This area on my porch fits the bill~ perfect this time of year, after I blow off the pollen, since the humidity hasn’t sky-rocketed yet.

Just some quick and easy meals when he’s away, or fruit & cheese and light snacking.

 This tray serves multiple purposes~ it’s great for just displaying objects or stacking books on a table or ottoman. I’ve had it several years, it’s fabric laminated and I love the green garden toile pattern, with all the gardening images of topiaries, sundials, rakes and trellises. No manufacturer’s name is on it~ I remember it being from a small company that also made laminated placemats. If you were crafty, you could make one yourself.

Pillows for propping and candles for after dusk. . .

A teacup for later, or morning . . . I’m having wine right now :-)



 Chloe is supervising at the moment, although truth be told, she’s waiting for me to sit down, so she can have a lap or leg to rest next to. All this activity she says is very tiresome~ I keep telling her she doesn’t have to follow me, but she’s not convinced.



  Plates from Pier 1 (many years ago), a green glass from World Market and stainless from Target. . .


 This came to my inbox this week. . . nothing here came from Horchow, but take advantage~ or at least drool at little at all the dish-eye-candy Horchow has to offer.


Discount and free standard shipping apply only to online orders from the Tabletop category, excluding Kitchen and Gourmet Food. Offer expires April 12, 2010, at 6:00 a.m. (CT).

Join Susan on her Porch and enjoy Tablescape Thursday.

  24 comments for “Porch Dining for One

  1. Jan
    April 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Here, here to a table for one!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

  2. April 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    That candle holder is spectacular!

  3. Carolyn
    April 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    We all need a time to rest, a time to laugh with friends, and a good glass of wine. There is no better place to do this than a cozy screen porch with comfy pillows. I especially love the pillow with the message it holds. I am sure you had to blow off the pollen more that once while you set up this lovely vignette. It was so bad today. Hope it will be over soon so we can begin to enjoy our porch.
    “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude”.
    Joseph W. Krutch
    And this post made me happy!

  4. April 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    give it to me… ALL OF IT! i see we have the same tastes, no wonder i am always wild over your stuff… that tray should be mine… and that bee… and that chair… and table… and since you have a good dog i want that too!

    just another beautiful nother vignette from you, how hum, HOW LUCKY ARE WE!

  5. Amy
    April 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I LOVE your candelabra – it’s so unique! And your porch is just gorgeous…

  6. April 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I love your porch. Your table for one is beautiful.

  7. April 8, 2010 at 5:40 am

    What a gorgeous setting! Absolutely perfect ( and I have the same dishes!). Thanks so much for visiting us and your sweet comment. We’re having so much fun with this blog thing!
    xoxo Pattie

  8. April 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I love it all.. The perfect setting, the items you used and your lovely outdoor furniture and pillows..
    its a dreamscape.


  9. April 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Mary, if Duke had won, my husband and sons would have gone into mourning! They are SO disappointed at UNC this year. Fingers crossed for next year!

  10. April 8, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Oh how cozy and comfy this area looks! I would have done exactly as you, read, and relax, or maybe even a nap..Beautiful setting!

  11. April 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Ah, what a perfect spot to relax. With decorating books to read, and wine and munchies, that’s my kind of tablescape! Cute furbaby too!

  12. April 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    What a gorgeous, inviting setting! Lucky you, to have this fantastic porch arrangement! I love that tray — and the other elements are so pretty on it.

  13. April 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Inviting and so charming. Wish you were my neighbor:) You are so creative!

  14. April 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Your porch looks perfectly inviting, especially with the thought of a glass of champagne. Like you, I’d be perfectly content to linger there for hours. I’ve been tempted to place an order with Horchow, but haven’t yet decided. Too many things to tempt.

  15. April 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Oh, that’s beautiful!!

  16. Liz
    April 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    What a sweet spot! I could just sit back with a good book and take a nap! Love this!


  17. ann stephens
    April 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

    What a lovely, lovely table setting. I must know where did you find the wine bottle candelabra and also the pillow with the Napoleonic bee?

  18. April 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

    You have the most elegant porch and know how to accessorize it perfectly. I also adore the green tray. So special. — Jane F.

  19. April 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

    This is all wonderful — perfect for your pretty setting. Love the “art” on your candelabra bottle too.

  20. Lia
    April 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

    So beautiful!! Cheers, Lia

  21. April 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Wow, who needs a dinner mate when you can eat alone in such style.

  22. Ridgely
    April 10, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I could live in this little spot — how wonderful! Thanks for sharing it!

  23. Michele
    April 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    love your pictures- and esp love that tray

    thanks for sharing!

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