A Teeny Bit of Table Inspiration

Michael Lee West has cooked more delicious fun in

 A Teeny Bit of Troublethe second installment and follow-up to Gone With a Handsomer Man!

Lately I’ve been reacquainting myself and

Tasting with Teeny Templeton!

Since I’ve been following Teeny’s troubles~ I’ve been engrossed by Peaches, Red Velvet Cakes, a Bulldog named Sir, and lethal and imaginary recipes.

I’m reposting a table, from last year, inspired by

Gone With a Handsomer Man~

I hope you don’t mind a second helping :)


A Teeny bit of table inspiration from

 Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West~

Besides some table inspiration, GWAHM provided me with lots of laughs from the cast of quirky characters, along with some major food cravings~

Teeny Templeton, is an out of work pastry chef who cuts her own hair, does her own nails, and prefers cotton over silk.

She sets the table with some blue & white floral dishes, which had me promptly reaching for a set I received as a gift.


“I set the patio table with blue-and-white floral dishes, added a vase filled with hydrangeas. . .”

There are no hydrangeas at my table, but my peonies have just begun to bloom~

Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3” Dinnerware, a mix and match collection, allows you to combine patterns to personalize your table~


The Cordoba dinner plate has a bird and flower design, reminiscent of Portuguese tiles~

 The Castell salad plates have a checkerboard motif,  a pattern perfect for the countryside, or lakeside~

I added hobnail glasses to the table that Teeny’s Aunt Bluette might have served Iced Tea in~

Iced Tea that a girl from a Peach Farm would love~

Summer Peach Tea Punch~

~made with tea, peach nectar, ginger ale, lemonade, simple syrup and club soda.

~recipe courtesy Southern Living here.


 I eliminated the simple syrup and used diet ginger ale to cut out some of the sugar~

* gasp*

I know, we tend to drink our tea so sweet in the South it makes your teeth ache :)

Teeny picks up dinner at the grocery store:

 “I came out with an apple walnut salad with raspberry vinaigrette, a wedge of brie, and a cheesecake sampler.”

An Apple Walnut Salad~ sliced apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, & blue cheese crumbles on a bed of baby lettuces.

 While Teeny’s salad is dressed with raspberry vinaigrette, we enjoyed Light Cranberry Walnut dressing, straight from the bottle ~

We skipped the cheesecake sampler and saved our calories for Brie~

 Brie in Puff Pastry, recipes & videos courtesy Pepperidge Farm, here.


“ ‘I love how your mind works, Teeny. Like a bird hopping from twig to twig, never losing sight of the worm.’ ”

 Enjoy Gone with a Handsomer Man and A Teeny Bit of Trouble and help yourself to some Southern Flavor, Food & Fun~

 “Teeny” table details:

Placemats & Napkins/ Bed, Bath & Beyond/last year

Blue Goblets/ Dollar Tree

  Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3” Dinnerware/HomeGoods

Trays /HomeGoods

Hobnail Glasses & Pitcher/ World Market last year

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

StoneGable for On The Menu Monday~

  62 comments for “A Teeny Bit of Table Inspiration

  1. April 25, 2012 at 6:44 am

    A lovely set table…I can’t wait until we can open our cottage by the lake in Maine.

  2. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    April 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I am in total love of those dishes…what a gorgeous gift you received…Your peonies are magnificent…and always enjoy “the view”….I just bought those blue wine glasses to go with some blue and white RL dishes!…Love that Teeny!

  3. April 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Wonderful post for a morning read, set me in a perfect mood for a whole day. Lovely peonies, so inviting… I though it’s just me who noticed a super sweet tea they serve here in the South, and glad that I am not alone. :) That Teeny is so intriguing, ordering it for my Kindle today. Have a perfect day! :)

  4. April 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Lovelove love your whole post. Every detail. I just have to read ML’s books. I want to just sit in your beautiful garden, read, eat and enjoy. Oh your flowers. And the perfect tablesetting. Love the drinks and food. Would love some right now. Can I move to your house. (smile) I can just taste that brie stuffed pastry and that apple salad. Absolutely Yum! Its all fabulous!


  5. April 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I really enjoyed this post again. This time i noticed the bird on the brie matches the birds on the plates.. where was my brain the first time around.. Love love your table and the backdrop.. gorgeous as always.. xo marlis

  6. Marilyn
    April 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Gorgeous! Especially the peonies, one of my favorite flowers!

    Beautifully done, as always.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  7. April 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Your tables are always so beautiful. What an inspiration! I love your outdoor tables with that fabulous view. That salad looks scrumptious. The flowers are perfect for your table. Just love it all!

  8. April 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I love the peonies Mary! Gorgeous table! The basket chargers are fabulous!

  9. Carolyn
    April 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Mary I loved perusing this post. Peonies are a favorite of mine. My mother had a large bed of them during my growing up years and I remember that the little ants loved the sweetness of the blooms. Love the shadow on the plate. Blue and white setting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing ! CE NC

  10. April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for the 2nd helping, and I wouldn’t mind a 3rd!!! I still just love how you are able to create tables from the inspiration you get from reading!!! If only I could sit still long enough to make it through an entire paragraph!!! :-) I love the baskets you used for chargers on this table. Really great idea! I especially love how your fabulous peonies mimic the design on the plates!!!!!!! To quote Oliver Twist, “Please, sir, can I have some more?” ;-) (OK…so maybe I have read a little bit in my time!)

  11. April 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I am hungry and now want peach tea. I am a South Carolina girl but gave up sweet tea years ago. My sis drinks vats of it however. Beautifully inticate post Mary.

  12. April 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Now this is a tea I could enjoy. I am not a tea girl but this sounds SO good, I will try it! The table is fabulous and the VIEW makes my mouth water:) XO, Pinky

  13. April 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    As enjoyable as a hana hou (encore in Hawaiian) as it was the first time around…I love blue and white anything and have a collection of assorted pieces in porcelain and cobalt glass… I really enjoyed reading GWAHM and am looking forward to Teeny’s further adventures…!

  14. April 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    You always make me want to be a guest at your wonderful table! I love your dishes and those hobnail glasses and those wonderful rattan chargers!!

  15. April 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Your peonies are already blooming? Having those beauties in full color is my favorite time of the year. I just wish the flowers lasted a little longer and weren’t scared away by rain. Having just returned from Portugal, your dishes look very familiar.

  16. Ellen
    April 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Oh what a lovely setting for your table. I really like the blue and green dishes. The food is making me swoon…

  17. April 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    What a gorgeous post!! I LOVE your basket chargers, your dishes and linens are so very pretty. That peach tea and salad sounds so refreshing!!

    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  18. April 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Not only is your table goreous but, all the food and drinks look amazing! Definitely an eye candy post! Visitng from LD!

  19. April 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    If I’ve seen this before, I’m delighted anew. I love it all from dishes to the peonies. (If there is any flower in the world that can compete with the hydrangea, it’s the peony.

    I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read either book. I keep meaning to since they are so well reviewed in blog land. I MUST do something about that.

  20. April 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Don’t you just love Teeny? And her cheesecake sampler and other yummy goodies? I read book # 2 so I have to be careful not to give anything away. Love your table and those trays–but you must have gotten them awhile ago if this is a repost. I always like reposts because I have a chance to see things I’ve missed. The bird on the brie is beautifully done! And your photos of the peonies are incredible. I am using a Nikon 5100d now, but I’m not quite happy, especially with closeups. Oh, and your salad looks good enough to eat right off my computer screen!

  21. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    April 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Mary, I smiled when I saw the peonies. Ours arent ready yet, but it’s the one flower that I can’t get enough of, and wish they would last longer. What a beautiful table! I have those blue goblets and they look great with the colors of the peonies.

  22. April 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Let me just say, everything looks so lovely.
    I gasped when I saw the brie, looks so fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing

  23. April 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I want to read this book!! Lovely tablesetting, but what really caught my eye is the VIEW!! Just beautiful!

  24. April 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful! You pitcher and glasses are gorgeous.I love that you set your table with your peonies. Mine will be in full bloom in a couple of days.

  25. April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Mary, this is a beautiful table to start my day. I’m away from my computer, but checking in quickly while I’ve got a moment. Your blue and white dishes are so refreshing, and perfect paired with the basket chargers. I like that idea! No peonies here unless I buy them, but they are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing this beautiful table. My heart is singing! ~ Sarah

  26. April 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Gorgeous settings and fantastic photography! I love the baskets you used for chargers. What an idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  27. April 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I remember this beauty, Mary! Who would mind a second or third look at this with that view, the peonies and the VB dishes! Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish! Have a great weekend!

  28. April 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My breath is taken away everytime I see your view of the water! What a perfect setting for Teeny’s southern lunch Mary! Everything is so pretty. I just adore your beautiful blue plates. You do such a nice job reviewing a book too. The food looks delicious. I love your bird on the brie!

    I transplanted my peonies because they just weren’t getting enough sun. We are about 3 weeks behind you so I can’t wait to see if they do better this year. Yours are exquisite.

  29. April 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    So beautiful! Salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, Tammy

  30. April 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Everything is wonderful — the table the views and especially the peonies! I just cannot seem to grow them here — had lots in my last yard.

  31. April 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Mary, I always feel like I could sit at one of your tables and feel so at home. Each detail is so welcoming. I always seem to like the same things that you do. I love how you used the trays here. We finally got a Home Goods here and I am there too often. The food looks delicious. The bird on top of the puff pastry brie is absolutely delightful. You and Jain do the most amazing things with food. So inspiring!

  32. April 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Mary! Just breathtaking!!! I’ve said it before, but your tablescapes and photos are awesome. My husband just bought some property with a lake, so I’m hoping I can do a tablescape or two there when the weather is a bit better. It’s nothing there yet, just land and water, a work in progress, but he is like a kid in a candy store!! You have set the standard high! I adore the combination of the baskets with the gorgeous blue dishes and stemware. And who doesn’t love peonies?!! Mine haven’t bloomed yet, I wish they lasted all summer! Thanks for the inspiration, have a great weekend!!–Betsy

  33. FABBY
    April 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    You always make the prettiest tablescapes in some gorgeous sorroundings! Of course, your photography is perfect, it makes you feel there, so lovely! Nothing more beautiful and relaxing than to be close to a lake, like your home is . I specially love the baskets as chargers, very imaginative! Hugs,

  34. April 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    What a lovely table! A beautiful and refreshing location for a class of tea!

  35. April 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    every thing looks amazing!

  36. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    April 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Very pretty Mary! The dinner and tea look amazing:@)

  37. April 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Your setting and your photography skills are just as lovely as this tablesape. I have to make that salad now! The deep pink in the flowers is such a nice compliment to the blue and white with the added texture from the chargers and the dining table.

    Robin Flies South

  38. April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    The blue tablescape is gorgeous with the lake in the background! The bright pink peonies are perfect with the dishes! Love it all!


  39. April 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Love the blue and white table and the peonies are beautiful!

  40. April 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Your tables are always such a treat! The blue fabrics really caught my eye in this scape. And the rough tray chargers looks lovely holding that gorgeous blue and white china!
    It’s so nice to see the water in the background… makes me think your boat is near.
    Thanks for the great recipes! I am going to try the peach tea right away!
    As usual… the best!

  41. April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    My mouth is watering. The food is fabulous and so is your table and that view! Breathtaking! I want to eat here!

  42. April 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

    OHHHHH! so pretty, which this table and food could be transplanet in TEXAS for a Mother’s Day setting. If have such a wonderful talent.

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity<;)

  43. Jen
    April 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    What a beautifully set table, and the peonies? Oh my!! Peach tea sounds like the perfect treat for a summer day!

  44. April 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Just as pretty the second time around! I can’t wait for my peonies to bloom – what a beautiful centerpiece and table. I’d love some of that brie too!

  45. April 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Perfect, just perfect! Beautiful photos and scrumptious food offerings.
    Thanks for visiting me… I smiled when I finally found you and saw it was you ’cause you belong to Chloe and Gracie< my favorite bloggie doggies. (So I am following you through email now.) I am partial to Bichons, but don't tell Winston.

  46. April 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    The view is breathtaking! The flowers beautiful! The food looks delicious!
    Blessings My Friend,

  47. April 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful! I love your surroundings, the gorgeous table, the table setting…all of it is wonderful. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. Never disappoints when I come to your blog and see your table settings. Just wonderful.

  48. April 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    i loved your second-helping. the peonies — wowowowowowow!

  49. Pat
    April 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    You have such a beautiful view, Mary, and your table always looks so exemplary! The brie and peach tea sound like a perfect treat!

  50. April 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I cannot imagine a better way to spend a day, sitting and taking in your view and dining on your amazing food. Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  51. April 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Oohhhh so pretty! I love your pictures!

    I’m going to start a monthly party at my blog and would love you to join. Check out my blogg from 1st of May for more info. And also maybe become a new happy follower?! :-)


  52. April 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Your peonies are gorgeous and combined with the food, tablescape and setting, it’s an oasis!

  53. April 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Lovely tablescape, the blue dishes are beautiful and love the pink peony.

  54. Mid-Atlantic Martha
    April 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    How pretty! Can’t wait to read Michael Lee’s newest book.

  55. May 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Absolutely my fave setting this TTT time… very delicate and so charming.

    Happy TTT,

  56. May 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    What a beautifully refreshing table. Your peach tea, salad and brie look so delicious.

  57. smiley39
    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Oh that salad looks amazing, I am so hungry. lol Your tablescape is fabulous. I love the blue and white dishes and that’s a pattern I havn’t seen. Stunning. The touch of pink in the flowers is just the perfect touch. Peach tea, now how perfect is that with the salad and brie. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  58. May 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Very nice! Such a perfect tablescape – and a beautiful place to have lunch :)
    Greetings from Australia

  59. May 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful tablescape and delicious looking food. I want to be there!

  60. May 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

    These are really great table settings! Very beautiful on your table!

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