Tablescape Tuesday: Dining Out

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness”
Psalm 29:2

Welcome to our picnic edition of Tablescape Tuesday!  In the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama, there is one thing very predictable: our weather is unpredictable!  Sunday was unusually warm and glorious, so we decided to take advantage of one more opportunity to eat outdoors before it turns too cold.  Having shared our traditional after church lunch with family, we decided on a light picnic of fruit and cheese.  I share a fondness of alfresco dining with the French and Italians!  You can see a few alfresco tablescapes that I have done here:

Breakfast Alfresco!
Summer’s Happy Ending
Reservations for Two Under the Arbor

And who knows…with our unpredictable weather we may have Christmas Dinner outdoors!

“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne


The tray is an antique oak bed tray that I have had for years and it’s legs are folded down for our picnic.  I bought the quilt at a fundraising auction for Seth’s school quite a few years ago.

The basket holds a special memory.  Seth called one morning and said, “I need a picnic basket.”  I located one in Birmingham.  Later that week, he took the lovely Allison to Little River Canyon with the picnic basket full of goodies. He set up a video camera on a beautiful outcropping of rocks and got down on one knee and popped the question!  You can see wedding photos here: Tablescape Tuesday: The Wedding Edition and  The Wedding Edition Part Two. The lantern, along with three more is always found on the steps of our kitchen porch at Christmas.

Butch’s Taylor guitar that he makes the most beautiful music on!

The late afternoon sunlight cast a pretty light on our little picnic!

Cute sugar cookies from the bakery–and delicious, I might add!

I have enjoyed using the dome stands that I ordered from a catalog??  They fit beautifully in tablescapes!

The last of the season’s zinnias!

A plate of pears showing off their autumnal beauty!

We went casual for our picnic for two–this is how everyday living looks!

A few favorite things:  leopard throw, coffee table book by Betty Lou Phillips, and the needlepoint deer pillow!  A closer look and you can see the mother of pearl dessert knives that I found last week at a bargain!

Had to include this cool pic of the bicycle’s spokes reflected on Butch’s guitar

My favorite singer of all time.  So enjoyed his little mini-concert of some of our favorite John Denver songs!

Katy’s Nana gave me the cute  3-wheel bicycle.  You may see more of it!

People in the South (us included) love old fashioned hoop cheese!

Last year, Butch and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary and Seth gifted us with an afternoon of outdoor photos on our   “piece of heaven in the foothills of the Appalachians”.  This pic was taken where we shared our picnic!

As always, a warm thank you for sharing our everyday living!

Butch and Pam

“The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17


  1. lulu says:

    Such an elegant picnic you have prepared. Presenting food under the glass domes is a most special touch. BTW, did you decide against doing your link?

    • No, i didn’t try it this week. But I may do again. I am so new to blogging, just trying to get my feet wet. But, thank you for all of your encouraging words and the warmth and acceptance that you have offered to me! Love keeping up with you! Blessings, Pam

  2. Dayle says:

    What a lovely picnic. I don’t know if consider it “casual” though. Looked mighty fancy to this Southern girl. We do paper plates and plastic containers for our casual picnics. Love your glass cloches or domes or whatever they’re called.

    I found you through Mrs. Olson’s cup party.

  3. Nellie says:

    Looks like a fun time to me…………beautiful job, lovely anniversary pic too, and
    congratulations on 40 years. of marriage. Love to see couples who are long time
    married and still happy. Probably because we have a heart for marriage and family
    and teach marriage classes! lol
    Blessings Abundant,

  4. Julie says:

    I feel a little ashamed that out picnics are usually a plastic container with a couple of sandwiches, a bag of crisps and an apple! It just looks so elegant – lovely!

    • Julie, thank you for reading and commenting. It is much more about making time to enjoy the simple things than the presentation. If you are with the ones you love and making memories, plastic and sandwiches are just perfect! Hope you will visit our blog often!

    • Karin, thanks a million for highlighting the picnic on Centerpiece Wednesday and for your encouraging words. I have only been blogging about three months and have found such a welcoming spirit and feel like I am among friends! I love your blog and am excited to be highlighted! Blessings, Pam

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Pam, what a perfect way to spend the day! The entire scene is just delightful. I love doing things like this. I must say that I am drooling over that fabulous bike! Love it filled with pumpkins. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Holly, I checked out your blog and I loved your anniversary picnic! You are a very creative young woman and I will be following you to see what you are up to! Thanks for reading, commenting and I hope you will follow me!!

  6. Jane says:

    What a beautiful picnic! Seeing the beautiful images has prompted me to get outside in the spectacular 75 degree autumn weather here in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

    I remember the first time I became aware of Zep. 3:17 when I saw it printed on the back of a young man’s tee shirt at the Merlefest Bluegrass festival. It was breathtaking to realize that our Creator actually sings over us! I think I hear Him now as I see the harmony of colors in the lingering leaves gently blowing in the wind. Outside I go!!!

    Thanks again for sharing.

    • Jane, what lovely thoughts that you shared and I enjoyed reading them! I agree, just to imagine our Creator sings over us, how can we not praise Him! I hope you enjoyed your time outdoors in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Wishing you a joy-filled Sunday!

  7. Gorgeous! I loved everything about the Post. The bike is such a wonderful detail. From the quilt/tablecloth to all your dishes. Perfection. I very much enjoyed your photos. Thanks for sharing.

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