Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Let's All Toast Susan!

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday with our hostess Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch. Susan is celebrating her Blog's 1st Anniversary this week. Be certain to stop by for a visit.

Each Thursday Susan hosts a delightful photo spread of a dining experience at her elegant and charming home. Visits to the "The Porch" have become a weekly date for me!

So lift your glasses and toast our friend!


"Here's to friends gathered round your table,

gentle breezes across your porch,

and to dishes galore to fill your cupboards!"

Happy Blogoversary, Susan! 

 You are truly a most creative and gracious host.

A special anniversary celebration such as this makes me think of elegant formal dinners served on one's very best china. And Since Susan is a southern girl, let's visit the Greenbrier for just such an evening.

Photo used with permission of the Greenbrier Resort, WV

Aerial view of The Greenbrier Resort 

nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of W V

The Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark, is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. This historic resort has offered classic southern charm and outstanding amenities since the late 1800s. The classic Georgian structure with Dorothy Draper interiors is steeped in tradition.

Photo used with permission of the Greenbrier Resort, WV

North Entrance of the Greenbrier Resort 

with its Beautiful Formal Gardens

Formal dinners at the Greenbrier are known as a Gold Service Dinner. Our celebration will be just such an affair. Black tie optional! We will be treated to a sumptuous candlelit meal served with much pomp and circumstance on the Greenbrier's Gold Service of Syracuse China.

Showcase of the Greenbrier's 

Gold Service of Syracuse China

The Greenbrier's Gold Service 

of Syracuse China is truly stunning!

Syracuse China's Gold Service 

of white bone china with 24 carat gold vermeil features the 

Greenbrier Springhouse on the service plate.

Photo used with permission of the Greenbrier Resort, WV

The Springhouse is a lovely retreat on the magnificent

 grounds of The Greenbrier's 6,500 acre mountain estate.

The regal wide rim serving dishes 

show off the culinary arts of each dish.

A sumptuous five course 

dinner will be served this evening.

Welcome to the Cameo Ballroom of the Greenbrier Resort.

Please find your table and enjoy this beautiful evening honoring legendary hostess, Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.

What an incredible experience 

to dine on this stunning china!

Photo used with permission of the Greenbrier Resort, WV

The elegant Springhouse Gold Syracuse China

Bon Appetite!

Please share a comment below. Then click here to join Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for her week long celebration and more Tablescape Thursday posts. To visit the Greenbrier Resort's web site, just click here and then click on the Video Tour.

Join me here next Thursday for another Greenbrier experience and a tribute to Julia Child.

And don't forget, August 28 is Barb's Rooster Party @ Bella Vista. Chick here to join in the fun!


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Thanks for the tour--what a perfect toast!

  2. Wow, what a fabulous place and the china is so elegant and stunning. I agree with you Susan's TT events are definitely one of my favorites and her tablescapes are always stunning. Thanks for the toast. Hugs, Marty

  3. Dear Sarah,
    Fascinating post! I'd love to be there to feast on that magnificent menu but, until then, I'm delighted to be able to join you in raising a (virtual) glass to our Most Charming Hostess of the Perfect Porch, Susan!

    Thank you for inviting us to join you!


  4. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful hostess!
    All the best,

  5. What a beautiful toast... Cheers to our host Susan... Julie

  6. I'll drink to that...oh girl I would love to see this place in person...great post all just beautiful...Thanks for coming by my liitle ole blog...May you have a great day...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  7. Cheers to you, Susan. Thanks for the enjoyment you have given us all with your Tablescape Thursday. :)


  8. I raise my glass to Susan and Tablescape Thursday and to you for a feature on one of my favorite places. So glad to have found your great site.
    Happy Twirls

  9. What an awesome toast to Susan! I second that! The Greenbriar looks amazing! Wouldn't it be something to be served on that china! I don't think I would be able to eat, I would just sit there in awe of the beauty of the placesettings! Wow!

    Have a great week!


  10. Hi nice of you to toast to Susan for her blog anniversary..I'm raisin my glass to jon you in celebration of a wonderful hostess who gives so much! Love your post, too! Mary

  11. Bonjour Sarah,
    This was my first visit to Greenbrier and it is truly exquisite.One more wonderful place that you have introduced me too.

  12. A toast to Susan --

    What beautiful place setting. Greenbrier is certainly a special place.

  13. Hi Sarah! How elegant! I would love to have an opportunity to go there! And I raise my glass with you in your toast to Susan! Happy rest of the week!...Debbie

  14. Hi Sarah! Thank you for showing us these beautiful china patterns. Just Wonderful!

  15. I join you in toasting Susan. What a gorgeous post. Pam

  16. Hi Sarah,
    Great post and I too toast Susan on her 1 year blogoversary. Just found your blog and it is just charming, thanks for visiting me. I will see you again soon.

  17. Hi Sarah! How sweet of you to toast our Dear Susan on her blogaversary! Oh, I have never been to the Greenbriar, but my hubby has and told me how wonderful it was. Loved all the photos and info...maybe one day.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Oh how I would to visit there myself. It would be so much fun!

  19. I am from Virginia and sometimes we went by the Greenbriar going cross country - I used to dream bit of staying there but never got to - lovely!

  20. Cheers to our host Susan!! Fantastic post!!!

  21. Cheers to Susan! Wouldn't a bloggers holiday at The Greenbriar be fabulous? Although in many ways "the" porch is more my style - anyway - wishing her a wonderful week of celebrating! And we all get the treat of visiting.

  22. Hi Sarah, what a lovely tribute to dear Susan and what a lovely post, indeed! Such wonderful pictures.

    Thank you for mentioning the Rooster are so very thoughtful.

    Your Link Within looks super!

    Blessings, Barb

  23. This is a very nice TT post! Great idea to have the toast!


  24. Oh Sarah...what fun! I've always wanted to go to the Greenbriar...thanks so much for taking me along. :-) When I got married many moons ago, that's where we were supposed to go for our honeymoon...but it was all booked up for some kind of convention. :-( So went to The Homestead...which was grand, too. But, now I can say I got to see the Greenbriar! It really is a gorgeous place! Dinner was fabulous...I'm stuffed! :-) Here's a toast to you, Sarah...and to your delightfully enchanting blog! :-)

  25. How sweet of you to think to "toast" Susan! Yes, we all should! Great pics, thanks for sharing!


  26. What a beautiful tribute to the most gracious Southern hostess. That southern mansion is just the perfect setting with those elegant china!...Christine

  27. One of my favorite places on the planet for all these reasons and so many more! Well done!

  28. Hello Sarah~ ~ ~Thank you for visiting me and leaving a lovely comment. I enjoyed my visit here and will return soon. Enjoy your weekend.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  29. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for visiting That Old House on TT! I love your toast to Susan, who certainly deserves the accolades. Her Tablescaping meme is so much fun!

    Love the Greenbriar. My Mom's best friend used to go there annually for cooking classes, and then come home and host a fabulous dinner. And my dad's best friend & his wife used to go there for rug hooking classes! It's a wonderful place.


  30. Hello Sarah,

    Thank ypu so much for visiting me and for inviting me back for a toast to Susan, our wonderful hostess and sourse of inspiration for Tablescape Thursday!! And I love your post. What a fabulous place!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sarah!


  31. Sarah,

    What a fabulous place.... thanks for sharing about the information on this lovely place.

  32. Thanks for stopping by. I love your toast! The tour was just wonderful! I been all over Georgia, how could I missed this! It so beautiful! Thank you for sharing Greenbrier!


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