Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Soup for Lunch

It's Thursday and my favorite weekly blog event with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. Today I'm serving lunch on our porch.

It's been raining for the past few days, so lunch on the terrace is out of the question. But with cooler temps, the sun room is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of soup and a casual lunch with my husband.

So come on in from the rain and

 enjoy a little lunch with us.

Today's Menu includes...

Spicy tomato chipolte soup 

with a garnish of ripe avocado bites,

fresh, warm focaccia bread,

and a glass of chilled 

Chateau St. Michelle chardonnay.

I met a sweet friend for coffee this week, and she greeted me with this beautiful bouquet of flowers. I popped in a few yellow blooms and a little seeded eucalyptus to fill out the rustic metal basket.

The mix of colors pulls 

in all the colors of the table.

Yellow is such a happy, cheery color. 

 It always puts a smile on my face.

The soup is served in simple 

white French porcelain bowls.

The accent plates, shaped like pumpkins, were an after Halloween find last year at a favorite local store. They only had two but I knew they would come in handy for various serving needs. They are the perfect accent for our fall lunch today. I've placed them on Nantucket plates to set them off against the fall inspired placemats.

The detail of the hand painting on these little pumpkins is amazing. I wasn't familiar with MSC Mainstreet Collection, but if these plates are representative of their product line, I'm impressed.

The napkins are a plaid in fall colors 

that I found at World Market a few years ago.

I like using these decoupage placemats because they are square. They were a special find in Paris a few years ago. The colors and the details are wonderful and perfect for any fall table. I used my husband's favorite flatware, Talisman by Christophe.

The above information is on the back of the placemats. 

 Check out the Siecle web site.

Bon appétit everyone!

Thank you for visiting today. I always look forward to your visits and comments.

Click here to see Susan's fabulous tablescape for this week and a list of others who have shared a tablescape this week.


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. Such a lovely tablescape on the sun porch! The soup looks delicious, too!


  2. So inviting... when you say soups on, I'm not far behind!
    The pumpkin menu holder is adorable.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very pretty, Sarah! I love the little pumpkins, and cheerful napkins.
    And what a cute little menu!

  4. This is so beautiful! We had that Soup and Bread Party, and everyone is loving soup right about now! The pumpkin menu holder is FANTASTIC! That would have been Perfect! Maybe next year! :) LOL! Thanks for posting! Super beautiful!

  5. Hi Sarah, Love the table on the porch... The pumpkins are perfect on the fall table..

  6. with the weather chilling off, this soup sounds like a delicious way to warm us right up.
    Lovely table!
    God bless,

  7. I love all the pumpkins, the menu holder! Oh, soup! I'll need some. lol So fun to get to meet Laurie! Lucky you! Thanks for stopping by I love reading your comments. Now someone send me some pumpkins dishes, as I seen to fine none here! lol This was a wonderful setting and meal.

  8. I am on my way to have some of that wonderful soup, I always buy the same wine only a Reisling, you must try it, not to sweet, perfect, and I will try the one you have. thanks for sharing i love the whole settine...

  9. What a gorgeous table setting. I love the little area, the table looks awesome. I love Focaccia bread! Yum! what a pretty leaf platter the bread is laid in as well. Lovely all of it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Very pretty tablescape! The food looks delicious! Yummy bread looks great on the leaf tray!


  11. I love soup and happy pumpkin plates that come in pairs! A perfect fall tablescape.

  12. Wonderful Sarah! That soup sounds delish!

    Loved your role in Monster Mash too! :)

  13. Very inviting, indeed!!! I love the gourds, and fun fall colors, it's all perfect for a Halloween dinner for two.

  14. Oh, Sarah... what an amazing tablescape! This is absolutely adorable. From the centerpiece to the precious little pumpkin plates to that neat leaf plate to the delicious soup, you left nothing to chance, and it shows. GREAT job!


    Sheila :-)

  15. Sarah, everything is just beautiful. I love the placemats and the pretty pumpkin plates are gorgeous. The pumpkin on the side is wonderful too. Soup looks just fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  16. It is all beautiful! The soup looks delish!!

  17. Such a nice tablescape. Love the cheerful flowers. AND I love your idea of the avacado in the soup--hope I remember that one---we eat tons of soups and that would be good in some of them!! Those placemats are darling!!

  18. Very, very nice! It's so nice to enjoy your hard work!

  19. Oh Boy Sarah!
    I am coming right over! This looks so charming! The pumpkin plates, the placemats, the flowers, it's all charming! Cindy

  20. Sarah...what a cozy, cozy table! I would love to dine on your sun porch at this lovely table! Those pumpkin plates are adorable! I love the's so pretty! What a sweet friend to bring flowers to you...says a lot about you, too! :-)

  21. It's definitely soup weather! The table is as delicious as the lunch!

  22. That is beautiful!
    If I served my husband a lunch like that, he'd go out and check the fenders of the car.

  23. It's all beautiful, but the bread is calling my name! I love the placemats!

  24. Sarah, what a charming spot for a cup of soup (which looks delicious). Love those pumpkin plates. They are the perfect touch on your table. Those placemats are so unique. I will go check out their site. Wish I could join y'all for a cup of soup. laurie

  25. I always feel special after visiting here!
    Thank you!

  26. Those flowers are gorgeous! I'm sure they brighten up any yucky, rainy day!

  27. Your soup looks delicious! Tour table scape looks beautiful too, from the tin bucket of flowers to the table linens. It looks like a yummy fall feast! I hope your soup didn't get cold while you took it's picture! Have a beautiful day and thanks for visiting.

  28. Its a cold rainy morning here & your tablescape just warms me to look at it! Yummy sounding soup & your bread looks delicious, Sarah.

    The placemats are very interesting & I will go check out their website later.
    I've never thought to bring a bouquet of flowers when meeting a friend, but you can bet I will next time! What a wonderfully thoughtful gesture!

    I was too sick to do TT this week. Maybe next week will be better.

  29. Such a lovely table you have set for the two of you.
    The pumpkin plates are gorgeous and the menu holder is delightful.
    The soup, of course, would have been delish, with 2 chefs in the house how could it not be?
    Bisous from HHI

  30. Good Morning Sarah,

    Your table is very nice! I like how you design your floral arrangements. You seem to know just how to put all those flowers together to accent your tablescape. I love how everything just "comes together" and the setting is perfect! You seem to enjoy doing TT, it shows in your presentations! I know that was a fabulous lunch.

    Have a great week!

  31. Sarah, you have such a beautiful collection of china, fun plates, etc. and you put it all together so well. Looks very inviting, thanks for sharing with us all.

  32. Sarah, this is all so lovely....just a complete joy to behold!!

    Barb ♥

  33. Wow!!!!!!! What a lovely setting. You have such a touch for making a warm and beautiful meal. What a talent. jan

  34. it is all so pretty! i especially love your leaf with the bread and all your flowers~

  35. Such a lovely tablescape! Happy fall to you and please stop over for a visit soon!

  36. Lunch on the sun porch sounds so lovely. We have sleet and snow flurries here today, brrrr.

  37. I would love to join the Halowe'en blog party but the button doesn't seem to work for me. Can you give me a link? Thanks.

  38. Yes the rain has been coming and we need it badly but I am looking forward to a cooler dry weekend. I am heading to Fredricksburg tomorrow with a friend to play at their Flea Market. The weather man promises a great day.
    Looking forward to meeting you in person next month.
    Thursday Blessings on your beautiful lunch table for you and hubby.

  39. it all looks just so warm and inviting! you did a great job...and that soup does look yummy!

  40. So lovely Sarah. Boy does that soup look great especially with that avocado garnish. Yum! Good ole Ste Michelle Winery, my Washington favorite. Have a nice weekend...

  41. What a beautiful setting and the soup looks delicious. I enjoyed visiting you today.


  42. I would enjoy having lunch with you! Love the pumpkin plates!

  43. You may consider this casual, but for me it would be all-out gourmet! I love to decoupage, so should make some of those placemats. Everything is so elegant. I am very impressed with your whole scheme, the plates are gorgeous, and your husband is one lucky man!

  44. This is such a lovely meme, I just found it yesterday and will visit Tablescapes again...
    Your soup looks fabulous and I have to send this along to my daughter who loves avocados with anything!
    Your place mats are gorgeous... I must look them up!
    A lovely weekend to you! ~Maria

  45. Hi Sarah,
    Just lovely, thanks for the moment on the porch.

  46. Hello, Sarah,
    Your table is just beautiful! I love all of your autumn adornments. The menu sounds delicious, too! Blessings to you! Vicki

  47. Beautiful table and the soup sounds yummy. I love avocado with tomato. Perfect pair.


  48. How nice that you and your husband actually get to enjoy your tablescapes.

    I'm sure that having the little round table in that cozy setting helps.

    My tablescapes makes the dining room look nice, but it is just for show... being that it is now just the two of us.

    We have to get out of the habit of sitting down in front of the t.v. for our meals.

    You have given me inspiration!

  49. The spicy soup sounds delicious. We use a lot of ground Chipotle in our meals.
    I'll bet that wine went with the soup perfectly. Good choice.

  50. Love the little pumpkin plates too cute!!

  51. This is such an inviting lil corner for a yummy looking lunch. I love your little menu cards,pumpkin plates and your rafia tied napkins. Your husband is truly blessed!

  52. Very colorful and beautiful! Thanks for posting!


  53. Ooooh this soup lunch looks PERFECT!!!


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