Tablescape Tuesday: Table For One

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:12‬ ‭

Once again I am outdoors for Tablescape Tuesday…but today is a little different!  I am enjoying a quiet late afternoon lunch in the garden…alone!  Warm tomatoes just plucked from the vine…sweet iced tea…and much loved books make for my peaceful little party for myself! You are welcome to join me, there are two seats…one for me and one for you!

I was so excited when I saw this cute bistro set at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago.  I walked away without buying it, but I told Butch about it.  Being the amazing husband he is, he went by a few days later and brought it home in his truck!  He is simply the best!

I clipped Rose of Sharon blooms for the vintage Fenton vase!

The menu was simple and summery…a fresh home-grown tomato sandwich and sweet, juicy cantaloupe!

My people often call them “mater” sandwiches.  But there is an art to this sandwich…only the freshest white bread, so fresh that you leave your finger indentions…the best mayonnaise (no cheap-off brand).  Now, there is much discussion what is the best!  Many say it is Hellman’s, many say Duke’s, and most of my people say it has to be Bama from our home state. (Interesting fact – my brother even found Bama mayo in a grocery store in the Republic of Congo)!  I always add basil from the garden.


We planted an heirloom variety of cherry tomatoes called “chocolate”… for extra tomato flavor, I sliced them along with a few grape tomatoes…so delicious!

On a hot and humid day, is there anything better than sweet tea with lemon and mint, especially paired with a tomato sandwich?

Eating alone always means the company of books!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs 25:11

Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love & homegrown tomatoes
Guy Clark

Could you taste the ripe tomatoes, basil, and cantaloupe, and what about the iced-cold tea?

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  1. You had the perfect spot for the cute bistro table. I love the blue color and darling butterfly back.
    Your tomato sandwich looks wonderful. You can tell by the vivid color of the tomato it was homegrown. What a treat! I haven’t had a good tomato sandwich yet! The chocolate heirlooms and cantaloupe look good too.

  2. Oh gosh, YES, I could taste the tomatoes! I love tomato sandwiches, and I like to add cheese to mine (sorry to all the purists!).
    What a cute, cute bistro set.I love the top. Good man, that Butch. 🙂

  3. Kim says:

    I saw those sets at TM and stood there pondering one for a while. I couldn’t justify a “true need”, so I passed. The butterfly set is perfect in your garden. It makes a beautiful feature, as well as being useful. I do love a “mater” and cheese sandwich…on wheat. I can’t make myself buy white bread, even though HH wishes I would. Your meal looks divine! I’d love to taste a chocolate tomato. Rain should be headed your way. We had a good shower last night and have more today. Yee-haw!

      • Kim says:

        Great! Early afternoon would be good, if that’s a good time for you. Or, this evening, as well. It’s raining all day, so, yay…all inside stuff today. 🙂

  4. Shenita says:

    What a beautiful setting, Pam! Your bistro set is so cute. What a sweet husband to go back and get it for you. That tomato sandwich is the most tempting thing I’ve seen in awhile. With the sweet tea, I am sure it was delicious!

  5. Ginene Nagel says:

    Oh, nothing beats good homegrown tomatoes and basil. I have an uncle from the south and he likes sliced tomatoes with breakfast. I do, too.In northern Illinois we only have Hellman’s or Miracle Whip mayonnaise. I would like to try the others. The butterfly chairs and table are perfection in your beautiful garden. It is like a set for fairies!

  6. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Duke’s is the only mayo I’ve ever liked at all and now I swear by it. Such an adorable table. Hope the humidity didn’t spoil your scrumptious looking lunch!

  7. Linda says:

    So gorgeous and heartwarming, and I love the Scripture verse at the beginning of your post. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

  8. Nikki G says:

    My sister says its Dukes. But I like several different mayos. And I LOVE fresh basil on my tomato sandwich. Dill is also good! And now…. my stomach is growling….
    🙂 gwingal

  9. You really caught my attention when you said ‘Birmingham’ and ‘mater sandwiches’. Alabama’s my home state although I live elsewhere now. And, I do love those ‘mater sandwiches’.

  10. Snap says:

    Love your new butterfly bistro set. I have a Fenton glass much like yours and love it. It’s just too hot where I live to do anything outside. You are so lucky to be outside! This time of year I go into hibernation! Nothing better than a ‘mater sandwich with home grown tomatoes. Yum!

  11. Marilyn says:

    Just saw this,,,,the tomato sandwich is making my mouth water! I’m receiving chemotherapy treatments, which has “played’ with my tummy – I surely hope I will be able to eat at least one fresh tomato sandwich (with white bread & Hellman’s!) before the summer is gone. No bistro set here, but my front porch will do 🙂

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