Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Summer Breakfast


     This table was all about teacups, but there actually wasn't any tea involved. The morning was all about four good friends finally taking time to catch up over a light breakfast and coffee.


It was Christmas when I opened this
fun-shaped box from my dad...


     ...to find these beautiful cups and saucers.
The hat box they came in, the soft colors...
I felt like I had stepped into a cross
between Easter and Alice in Wonderland.


     I knew that I wanted to use the cups and saucers when I had 3 friends in for breakfast last week. I also knew that two of them aren't coffee drinkers and that the two of us who did drink coffee would use the Keurig pot and we would want big mugs for our coffee. So, I came up with a plan. I wanted to use the cups, keep things simple and still be fun for my girls! As you can see, I have switched my formal dining table for my round oak table for the summer. For those of you who don't remember, this table was purchased by my grandmother with her first paycheck as a gift for her mother. My grandmother was born in 1900, so this table has been in the family for quite a while. I am happy to say that this is one of the few pieces that my daughter actually does want.


     I used a simple runner with a large shell on each end. One of my friends is all about polka dots, so I pulled out the dotted plates and fun silverware to match. A simple white plate provides a layer between the blue plates and the pastel cup and saucers. The juice glasses I first used myself at a hotel in Vero Beach, Florida. I loved them and asked if I could buy them from the hotel. Imagine my surprise when the waitress told me to just take them, "she wouldn't tell". Of course I didn't do that. I did find them shortly after that trip at TJ Maxx.


     The centerpiece has been on the table all summer. A silver edged tray with a starfish on it, some beach glass and shells and a favorite "beachy" piece of pottery from an artisan show in Sarasota, FL. Simple, easy and light for summer.






     White napkins, sea glass colored napkin rings and I was ready to add a simple fruit mix to the cups. I always tell you to think outside of the box when setting your tables! 


Breakfast was easy.
 Fruit, juice, cherry scones, bacon and coffee.


Sometimes it is much nicer to keep it all simple.
Don't worry so much about the menu
or the table setting.
It really is about the friends and the conversation!


     I have had an interesting service provided this summer. An organic family farm in a small town near here sends out an email on Sunday nights and I place my order.  Every Friday morning they deliver produce, herbs, fresh eggs and flowers depending on what I have ordered that week. I had her bring my first bouquet on Friday morning and it came like this, in the vase for $5! Needless to say, she is bringing another one this Friday.


I am joining Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for
Wow Us Wednesdays

Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen for
Let's Dish

for Tablescape Thursday

18 comments:

xinex said...

Lovely breakfast table, Sue. I love the cups and you set the table so beautifully. The flowers are gorgeous, I wish someone would deliver something like that here for $5 too!...Christine

nannykim said...

Love the cups/ I am like you I do usually like the big mugs for coffee AND I DO use the smaller ones as you have done. I use them for yogurt too, and sometimes for other quick snacks. Your table is very happy--I have not done any tablescaping in ages!!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your setting is so cute, I love the colors! Great idea to use the fun tea cups for fruit:@)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful table! Wow, great gift from your Dad. Love the flowers, what fun to have that farm service. Visiting from Let's Dish.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, this is SO pretty,and I love the solution you came up with for using the cups. It was perfect.

Linda said...

Your table looks so pretty! I love the cups...so sweet! The scones look great too...everything does!! have a great day!!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

I love those cups and the way they came in the hat box..and yours scones look soooo good!!! Your note made me laugh,yes my place is always that neat...mostly cause I am barely home,I work long hours,and as you know don't cook much if at all..so it rarely gets messy ,plus of course now being on my own and in such a tiny little apt.its even easier!! I am with you though I can not wait to wear a new sweater and feel a chill in the air,bring on fall!!! xoxo

Marlis said...

What a delightful gift from your dad. And to still have that beautiful table and use it.. fabulous. I agree about keeping things short and simple and you mastered that. Love the idea of changing out tables!!! And also using the cups for fruit. I need to get outside of my box. Way outside of my box. This table is wonderful and I am sure your guests and you had a wonderful time. xo marlis

Cathy said...

Fresh flowers always make the table so special. Your table is so bright and I am sure it put a smile on your guest face. What a great gift from your Dad and they way you used the cups is neat.
Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <:)

Pondside said...

Everything about the breakfast setting is beautiful, but the sunlight slanting across the table gives it all something very special. Who wouldn't want to be at that table?
Thank you for your comment on my poem 'No Matter'. I think you are the only one who read from the point of view from which it was written - exactly.

tablescapesbybev said...

Love this table, and those cups are so pretty.

Diane said...

What wonderful pastel cups and saucers! I am a sucker for polka dot plates (and scones!!) and yours are such a happy color. This table is adorable - thanks for sharing it!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Sue, your breakfast table is so pretty with those cups and saucers your dad gifted you! I love them paired with the polka dot plates! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Big hugs,
FABBY

bj said...

I love the idea about how you used those adorable cups.
I would LOVE to have some like that...do you know the brand?
Your delicious breakfast is MY kind of breakfast...ummmm...
now, I want breakfast for lunch today.

koralee said...

Such JOY...I love the polka dots and the cherry scones...yum! Hope your summer is going well. xo

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow..love it Sue!
It's cheery, bright and welcoming!
Lucky guests and love the bouquet!
Cindy

Red Couch Recipes said...

I laughed when I saw your title "I finally cooked something!" That is how my summer has been too. I love those little tea cups and the polka dot plates are so cute with it. Can't believe the price of that arrangement! Joni

Relyn Lawson said...

The polka dotted plate make my heart really happy.