“Sweet” Time Around The Coffee Table

“For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation”
Psalms 149:4

 Blogging has opened up a world that I had no idea even existed!  When I began two years ago, I never dreamed that I would “meet” so many wonderful new friends!  I have found the blogging community to be such a warm and inviting one, and now you are all a part of my Everyday Living!  I feel as though I have sat on your sofas, tasted your delicious recipes, and conversed with you all through your kind and gracious comments!  

  Last weekend, Butch and I were able to drive over to Birmingham to meet Shirley from Housepitality Designs and her sweet husband for a late lunch!  We hit it off and it felt as though we had known each other forever!  I was the guest blogger for her yesterday, and if you haven’t met her, be sure to run over and see Shirley’s beautifully decorated home as she shares sophistication on a budget…she is so talented!  I so enjoyed my time with her and it made me think…I sure would love to have all of you into my home for some sweet time around my coffee table!  Today, you’re invited to sit down and make yourself comfortable…we’ve got some chatting to do!  

I decided to keep it simple and prepare an assortment of “sweets” to set up on my coffee table….because who doesn’t love sweets?!  Serving in my family room is more casual for this small get-together, and I don’t have to prepare a full meal!  I love to cook for guests, but you can easily buy many wonderful desserts from your local bakery or grocery store…and the kitchen stays clean!! In the foreground is sliced brioche topped with goat cheese, apricot preserves, and a sprig of thyme.

A mini angel food cake topped with raspberries and blueberries, doesn’t get much easier than this…and at least we get our serving of fruit in!

Using a tiered stand for serving is great because it adds height and you can see all of your options!  This peacock one is  “Artesian Road” by Tracy Porter.

My silver coffee service sits in a rattan basket rather than using the large silver tray…perfect for this casual gathering and provides texture!  The dessert plates and mugs are also “Artesian Road”.

A tempting selection of chocolate-covered pretzels, lemon squares, macarons, and shortbread biscuits to enjoy with coffee…all of which I, of course, had to sample!  Which will you choose?

I mixed roses from the grocery store with cuttings from my garden to fill the rustic birch container.


Six different macaron flavors…fig, lemon, salted caramel, apricot, coconut, and pistachio.  I took a class to learn how to make these heavenly French confections at Sur la Table, let’s just say, I prefer to let the professionals make them and I will do the eating!

With a nod to my favorite season of autumn, I added antlers for more texture.  You know I love to mix rustic with a little elegance!

My coffee table is an antique that I found at least twenty years ago…it remains one of my favorite finds!  

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Psalm 34:8

 As you all know, I love color and I’d rather mix than match! My family room has an English Country feel…things collected over time that have stories, memories, and sentimental value….things that are truly irreplaceable!  My style is quite different than the current “farmhouse look”, but in staying true to what I’ve always loved my motto is, “your home should reflect your own personal style, whether that fits with the current trend or not!”

How do you entertain?  I would love to hear your ideas!  I’ve sure enjoyed chatting with you!

It was such a joy to meet Shirley!  Be sure to check out her blog!


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    • Mary, thanks so much for your gracious comments! The macaron class was so much fun and our confections turned out so tasty, but there are a lot of steps and they are finicky (humidity)! Our instructor was loads of fun!

  1. How sweet it is, indeed. Pam! Love that you were able to meet you with Shirley. I’ll have to pop over and catch up soon. We’re still on the road….
    The Artesian pieces and that rug.. be still, my heart!

  2. What fun Pam! It’s so special to meet fellow bloggers in person… I must say, from your photos, I can almost taste those macaroons! Lovely display of goodies on your pretty coffee table and your Artesian Road pieces are gorgeous! I have always wondered about the classes at Sur La Table, oh and I did see frozen macaroons at Trader Joe’s, I wonder if they are any good? Thank you for a sweet time!

  3. Pat Monteith says:

    Pam, I had to chuckle when I read your blog today. I, too, love color in abundance!! When my daughter decided to decorate her home in the farmhouse style of gray and white, though beautiful, I felt I had failed???? Thanks for another beautiful post!

  4. Kim says:

    Yes, I love your family room! I love all the details and layers of items from your travels and decorating expertise. Maybe we should form a N. MS and N AL bloggers meet and greet! I didn’t know Shirley lives in our “region”. I see why your coffee table is a favorite. It’s so pretty – and a good size, too. So many delicious desserts fit there, with silver set and all! Beautiful flowers top it off perfectly. Thanks for inviting us to join you in your family room. I feel like I just spent some sweet time with you. Blessings to you today, my friend!

    • Kim, I really wish we could get together for lunch sometime with Jenna and Bonnie, and others that I might not know. Shirley is from NC, she was in Birmingham to tour the Southern Living Idea House. But, Butch and I drove to Birmingham after church and had the best time with Shirley and her husband…great folks!

  5. Pam, your family room is gorgeous, and it is definitely my style! I’m a color and pattern person, and I love the mix of your colors and patterns. Your coffee table is beautiful. I have been looking for one like it. All of your treats look delicious set upon it. I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed day!!!

  6. Shenita says:

    Pam, this was such a delightful post! Your home feels so warm and inviting; and I would love to share coffee table chat with you any day! Everything looks wonderful!

  7. lulu says:

    Isn’t it funny how we feel we get to “know” people through our blogs. They do open us to a bigger world. My only regret is I just can’t get to everyone. Oh yes, I love sweets so save me a place.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    I feel the same way about blogging Pam. How fun that you met Shirley! She certainly is a talented lady. Everything looks so yummy! I would have to have a shortbread and a lemon square. 🙂 Oh, a salted caramel to go. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. I enjoyed your Sweet Time presentation! How fun that you could visit with Shirley. I have to believe it was enjoyable! I’m weak kneed when it comes to desserts and would enjoy each bit of it all! I enjoyed how you set everything up and viewing your room beautiful room

  10. I do visit Shirley’s blog sometimes but I will check out your guest post!

    Well, let’s see. I just ate two of your chocolate covered pretzels and I might have a third, lol! I am laughing because I have not had dinner yet and suddenly I am not craving my dinner at all, just sweets 🙂

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