Tablescape ~ Romantic Table Under the Rose Arches

Welcome to yet one more outdoor tablescape, the days are growing shorter so I'm taking full advantage of any time we can spend outdoors.

Lots of images this week, so I hope you have a moment to allow the pictures to load~

I couldn't decide whether to do a daytime or evening tablescape, so I photographed it both ways.

The setting is our newest garden, it's now just turned two years old. It is planted in mostly roses, clematis and perrenials which attract bees and butterflies in the summer. In spring it provides quite a show with tulips, daffodils and peonies.

Beyond the garden gate (pictures coming up) the focal point of the garden is a long sandstone pathway which meanders through ~ 6 large rusty arches placed several feet apart span the entire walk; both sides of each arch are planted with two pairs of roses; each arch provide support for these climbing roses ~ all but two arches are planted with some of my favorite fragrant old-fashioned David Austin English roses.

This part of the property used to be a barren, weed filled area. It is one part of the property that receives quite a bit of sun, so the rose and clematis arches provide welcome shade on hot summer days.

It's a really pleasant place to set up one of the bistro tables and chairs and enjoy a glass of ice tea, lunch, perhaps a glass of wine and appetizers, or a candlelight dinner.

This day I pulled out a vintage quilt and worked the tablescape around the casual, yet slightly elegant theme.

Needless to say I never buy roses during bloom time; these are from the garden.

I like the mix of casual lines and neutral plates with crystal.

These little roses are some of my favorites; "City of London".

I'm very fond of "everyday" dishes form the 1930's and 40's such as these cream soup bowls made by Homer Laughlin, 1945.

The goblets are from my first set of crystal when I was a young bride; it is by Rogaska, the pattern is "Gallia".

The candle holder is one of a vintage pair by Cambridge. I love the look of the bobaches with prism crystals both in the sunshine and by candlelight, too. :)

Soon the sun will set and I'll turn on the string lights which are hung up high on the perimeter of this garden to light our way.

The grape vines are now two years old; if all goes as expected they should offer up their first crop next summer.

Let's enter through the gate at the front of this garden ~ the arched gate is planted with the deeply fragrant ruby red climbing roses; Don Juan.

The fences on each side of the gate are planted with Black Corinth grapes, also known as "Champagne" grapes ~ though they are not the grapes from which Champagne is made, but named because of the minuscule size of the fruit. Maybe resembling tiny Champagne bubbles to someone who nicknamed them Champagne grapes?
Here's an image ~ the largest grapes in the cluster are about 1/4-inch in diameter; aren't they adorable?! :)

I'm quite excited; because as well as good eating, the fruit can be dried then used in baking; resembling black currants... I'm dreaming about cinnamon glazed cream scones made with these tiny grapes.

There is something about dining with candlelight under the stars ...

Thank you for coming by!
I hope you've enjoyed our little visit.

Blue Bistro Table & Chairs : Stonewall Kitchen
Vintage Quilt: My MIL *heart*
Chargers: Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Flatware: Comptoir de Famille, France
Dinner & Salad Plates: American Atelier; Baroque
Napkins: April Cornell
Soup Bowls, Blue Vase, Candle holder ~ all vintage

Thank you to Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for hosting this weekly event!

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  1. Oh Mari...what a beautifully romantic setting. I love the way the roses mimic the vintage bowls...the different lighting...the table setting and all of your hard and creative work in the garden. Champagne grapes are irresistible with their sweet taste and well...just cute size. Your photos are of course, just perfect in transmitting the mood. I hope you were able to linger and enjoy!

    Thanks for the tour...Diane

  2. Hey Mari, Love your tablescape.... And You won my give a way Been tring to reach you so stop on over.. I have E-mailed you also

  3. Wow! What a beautiful setting.Your new garden is amazing in both daytime and the evening shots. I love your dainty china - everything is so beautiful. I am going back for another look.

    Take care,


  4. There is not a single dead leaf in the garden...amazing detail romantic

  5. Oh I love it. Wish i was eating supper there... so pretty. your dishes and crystal are devine. the roses make it perfect.
    ♥ Rebecca

  6. Oh Mari, this is the most romantic outdoor table setting that I have ever seen. Everything is so perfect. The flowers in the garden are so pretty and the arbors with the climbing plants are so amazing. I enjoyed every single picture....Christine

  7. so pretty! im in love with the candle holder..

  8. Oh lala..Cutlery ...candlelight..bobèches.. roses and dishes..

    Fit for a queen:)

    Perfect! would be so nice to be a guest at your home~

  9. oooooooooooo my gosh, is this for REAL ??!!
    woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
    erm...that makes the SAND look so B O R I N G over here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    very , very gorgeous and ROMANTIC !!!!!!!!!!!
    HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Your table and setting are gorgeous! The stemware, flatware, and dishes are all so unique yet tie in perfectly with each other.

    I am also in awe of the unbelievable setting. Your garden is so romantic, so lush, and I'm sure very fragrant. What a lovely place to sit, relax, and share a wonderful meal. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love what you've done, and you presented it in an awesome way. Enjoy your romantic setting and thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  12. Day or night, they are both divine. I feel like I am entering a different world everytime I come here.

  13. Oh my gosh, you are so talented and your photography is incredible.

    Are you self-taught?

    The arches are to die for.

    It is just wonderful.


  14. Stunning! Your garden is so beautiful. I love the David Austin roses. They are so pretty and fragrant and they are perfect for your tablesetting. Both day and night are gorgeous!


  15. Oh my, I can't even begin to say how stunning this is. Just like a fairytale. I love the quilt and all the dishes and accessories are gorgeous. The setting is just breathtaking. I love it all. Such fabulous eye candy. Hugs, Marty

  16. Oh, your garden is a dream!!! I love your little table for two in this beautifully romantic setting. ENJOY!!!

  17. Mari, I'm in love with this post! It is breathtaking! The blue fountain, the quilt, table setting, everything just absolutely perfect! Just heaven!

  18. Hi Mari..this is just inviting and it looks like it's right out of a magazine...I love the quilt ofcourse.I use alot of quilts on my table...they just add color and a homeyness to the setting....Good Job!! Sue @ Rue Mouffetard

  19. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
    Love it.
    Blessings to you,
    d from HomeHaven

  20. How romantic. The creme soup bowls are so pretty. Very nice. Hope you'll stop by to see my post!

  21. Love all of your pictures. This is stunning.

  22. Oh beautiful -- It must be wonderful to be surrounded by this beauty -- I would never want to leave your garden. Your photos are awesome!

  23. Oh my word...would you look at that wedding ring quilt you used as a tablecloth! Outstanding!

    Your garden takes my breath away. I would love to come sit for just an hour & breathe in those heavenly fragrances from your abundant roses.
    The little candle stick with the prism crystals dripping off is to die for.

    What a marvelous tablescape! ~Clap~Clap~

  24. Very artistic! Very beautiful!
    Every detail is perfection!
    I really loved the black and white!
    You did an outstanding job!
    All the cream, and then the little bit of roses, just exquisite!
    Perfect tablescape!
    All the best,

  25. I'll be right over! Each one is so perfect. Love the quilt, the roses, the white dishes, etc. This is a lovely post! ~ Sarah

  26. Espectacular!!! Qué buenas fotos!!!
    So romantic and artistic table. Congratulations.

  27. Your garden is beyond gorgeous! What a beautiful, peaceful setting to spend time in. I love all of your special effects photography too. I've been trying to dabble a bit in that myself.

  28. Just beautiful. I can't decide what I like most, the cream soup bowls or the roses. Both are incredible. Such a lovely setting.
    - The Tablescaper

  29. What a fabulous setting for any meal/snack/beverage time! Your garden is breathtaking as is your photography! You have captured what it would be like to have a seat at that lovely table you've created. I adore that candleholder with the crystals - so elegant!


  30. Absolutely breathtaking!--the table, the setting, the pictures. I have some of those champagne grapes in my refrigerator right now. I used them for my Julia Child dinner that I posted about today! Thanks for sharing. You are inspiring and I would love to be in those pictures enjoying your lovely setting.

  31. Stunning! I have Gallia stemware also =)

  32. I will be following your grape production :-) We planted some vines this year. Beautiful setting Mary!

  33. Wow! Absolutely beautiful and stunning tablescape! ...worthy of a magazine! The outdoor garden is just as lovely!

    The candlestick is my favorite piece! :) ~Rhonda

  34. Gorgeous, romantic and what a spot to place that table! Everything about this tablesetting and post is wonderful. The quilt as tablecloth is very, very special. Just lovely...sigh.

  35. Oh this looks beautiful. I did a romantic table for two too;-) But I couldn't get night time shots. I love your setting in the garden, it all looks gorgeously romantic.

  36. i found myself holding my breath, then a huge sigh... that i survived! you know i live for the garden, this is my idea of a perfect life~

  37. Hi Mari!

    First--thank-you for stopping over--I love new friends!

    Now--WOW--WOW-WOW! The flowers -garden--dishes (the homer with flowers...ohhhh!)

    Your stunning garden and photography! How talented and blessed you are!!!!!

    love, kelee

  38. Mari, this is breathtaking! I am so glad I happened to go to Tab.Thurs this week and click on your name. I would have missed an extraordinary treat otherwise. Thanks for sharing and for all the time that went into this tablescape.


    Sheila :-)

  39. Please excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor!!!!!!!!!!!! Thus is just breathtaking!!!!!! YOur setting is gorgeous and your GARDEN and FLOWERS are amazingly beautiful! I am sorry to GUSH so but this truly is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this BEAUTY!!!!! Best, Pinky

  40. Oh my god, this is soo beautiful!! I am loving every details!

  41. You took my breath away~Thank you...

  42. I adore those plates. They have such a beautiful pattern and edge on them. Thank you for sharing your new garden. Inspires me to do a little more with mine, once the weather cools down from 100 degrees. Thanks for the candlelight as well. Very pretty

  43. Mari, only a few pictures loaded up for me. And believe me when I say I waited patiently.

    Luckily, I was able to view both, the daytime and evening tablescapes. And needless to say, they were both gorgeous.
    The evening shot, in particular, seemed like a setting out of "Beauty and the Beast."

  44. Hi Mari,
    Your garden and tablescape are absolutely exquisite. I am in awe of your beautiful photographs and your attention to detail. Your beautiful glasses sparkle in that gorgeous candlelight. I would love to dine in that perfect spot. Thanks for sharing it with me.
    PS .. that would have been a kick to visit you on my trip to Oregon.. we also visited Ashland and took the jet boat trip. You truly live in a beautiful place..I am tempted to move.

  45. Thank YOU so MUCH everyone.

    I am blown away by your very kind comments.

    Thank you for visiting, it's always a pleasure to see that you've come by!

    xoxo ~m

  46. hoooo my God !!!
    everything is wonderful,lovely !!! thank you for this great gift for the eyes!i love your blog ! i'll come back soon !cordially from France


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