Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Casual Garden Lunch

Hello everyone,

I am glad you stopped in as I just finished setting the table for a casual lunch here in the garden.

I picked some phlox for a bouquet.

I have set out some of my dainty pink and white china.

Grab a plate

pick out your favorite teacup

pour yourself a cup of tea

maybe you would like some iced tea in my new pitcher bought at my neighbours auction

Well help yourself and then find a seat in the garden and enjoy!

Did you find a spot to sit ?

Today I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday again. Thank you Susan at Between Naps on the porch for hosting this great event.

Take care,



Deanna said...

Blessings to you! Hello from HomeHaven and wishing you well.
Had a lovely time at your place!
You're the BEST Hostess around.
Beautiful weather and dishes.
Glad to stop in,

Dining Delight said...

So pretty! Your china is lovely and your gardens are fabulous! I'd love to be a guest at your luncheon. I also love that you have Anne of Green Gables clips on your sidebar...your place on PEI reminds me so much of all those "Anne" books I read growing up.


LillyB said...

Very beautiful Carolyn!!! Have a blessed day!!

niartist said...

Gorgeous! Of course it always is! Dining in your garden would be such a treat ... even on a paperplate! :) I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!

Mary said...

I so enjoyed your post today, as always, but this one really invites me, and I would dearly love to actually be sitting there, having a cup of tea with you. Just the pretty teacups and dishes. Lovely!


Fluitenkruid said...

Hi Carolyn,
Lovely to be back in summer's soft colors, we're gettin into autumn overhere..
Love the flower tablecloth!
Love, Jannet

Federica said...

Everything looks so pretty, just like a fairytale.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be there with you enjoying the view and having a cup of tea from those gorgeous china cups and saucers!!
Jackie in the UK.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

All around gorgeous! The vintage dishware is so pretty and I love the way you mix and match and it all looks so good together. The garden outside is just the perfect setting.

June said...

So beautiful Carolyn. What time should I be there? You have such a lovely collection of china.
I loved the post on the rest of the story. The picture of your sweet g-daughter and the pram is beauiful. Always a gift to come here.

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
Anyone who gets to enjoy a beautiful lunch at your home is indeed blessed! Hope you have a wonderful day.
((hugs)) Rhondi

Janie's World said...

Oh, I so want to come and lunch with you in the garden! Everything looks sooo beautiful!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Your china is so lovely and it looks wonderful with your gorgeous gardens!~Patti

Joyce said...

As usual I'm never disappointed. It was fun joining you for lunch today. Have a Blessed Day Joyce from Mo

Joanne said...

Lovely settings rose patterned china my favourite. I have a Royal Albert Moss Rose dinner/tea service, not made any more but it is such a pleasure to use.

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

So happy to stop in to Aiken House and Gardens today, my friend! It's all just as gorgeous as ever! Well Darlin'...for setting a "casual" table as you put is certainly a treat and such beautiful eye candy to this old gal! Ohhh...I just long to have that cup of tea in your beautiful garden!!! It's lovely, my friend...I always just love looking through all of your pretty dishes! So how long did you say that you've been collecting them? A couple of hundred of years or so? Hehe! You have so many, many pretties!!! Love your new pitcher and I must admit that I'm more of an iced tea drinker than of hot tea! I think it's due to the 30 yrs. I spent in a warm south Texas climate! Thank you so much,'s always such a treat and a pleasure to come by your place for a visit!!!

Warmest wishes,

Pauline said...

How pretty!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit :o)

honeysuckle said...

I would love to join you on that lovely table. All the things I love--vintage, flowers, silver and birdcages! Thank you for being the charming hostess that I am sure you are! Have a great weekend!

marty39 said...

Oh wow, this is totally stunning. I LOVE the dishes. The pattern is so pretty. Also your birdcage would be perfect decorated for the Cloche Party on the 11th of Sept. You can click on the button on my sidebar for all the details. I hope to see you there. Everything is so elegant and so pretty, I have really enjoyed your tablescape. Hugs, Marty

Brenda said...

Carolyn, I always look forward to clicking onto your blog. Because I know you're going to have excellent photography, delicate pretty things, and I can glimpse that gorgeous garden of yours! You truly inspire me every time I visit!


So pretty!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing such beauty with us! I really like your charming new tea pitcher.

Happy weekend,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

My goodness -- this feels like an English tea party with the queen! Just lovely!

Rosy said...

Hi, Carolyn,

This is all my cup of tea here, I will find a spot no problems whatsoever, any spot would suit me, haha!

Bernideen said...

Love all the stacks of plates and dishes! One can never have too many!

nannykim said...

Beautiful and sweet; I love those tea cups! Pretty garden area!!

My tablescape is at the spindlecottage blog.

Pearl Maple said...

Pretty bouquets and beautifully presented tablescape. Looks like a wonderful day at your place.

Jane said...

I do love mixing china patterns and silver patterns. This is so lovely!!! And the setting is just perfect for an afternoon cuppa.
Well done!

Jane (Artfully Graced)