White & Blueberry Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


It’s been nearly a year since I’ve had the pleasure of hosting overnight guests.

My friend and her daughter were driving between Chicago and New York State when they took a detour to visit us. We aren’t sure, but it seems like it’s been close to two years since we’ve been able to get together.  When you do life with someone on a nearly daily basis…through the thick and thin, but mostly thin….it’s a joy to finally be able to spend time together.  We’ve burned many minutes chatting on the phone, but that isn’t quite the same, is it?


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I love serving a nice full breakfast to our guests as they appear in the morning after a late night of catching up.

Today’s menu included my “famous” Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake along with scrambled eggs, bacon,  fruit, and blueberries.


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Because there should always be a pretty table to sit down to, I created a super simple white and blueberry tablescape for our breakfast.  This inviting table was set with Blue Willow bowls of blueberries, a mixture of blue and white plates, and an assortment of tea cups and saucers, toile napkins as a nod to the transferware dishes, and placemats festooned with tiny blue roosters.  Everything pulled together to perfectly complement the large urn holding the gorgeous hydrangeas with a few blueberry sprigs.


Blueberry Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


The hydrangeas on the table were fresh picked. Isn’t it wonderful to be blessed by a friend’s garden abundance?

Because of the weight of the flowers I needed to create a grid, like I did here, to help support the bouquet and keep the massive blossoms from falling out of the wide-necked urn.  This time I used black electrical tape and it worked great.  For fun, I added a few sprigs of blueberry stems (with berries!!) because this table is all about blueberries.


Blueberry Tablescape with Hydrangeas :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


My friends enjoyed being treated to a wonderful homemade breakfast.  After a busy weekend of moving and helping another daughter/sister set up a new apartment, they were pretty tired.  There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast to bolster body and soul for a long day’s drive.   After breakfast, I enticed them with the beauty of the water.  Though they faced a long drive ahead, they decided that a paddle boat ride around the lake would be a good thing before hitting the road.


Blue Willow and Assorted Blue & White China Blueberry Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


So my friend, her daughter, and I, paddled and explored the edges of the lake.  We spotted white and yellow waterlilies, red cardinal flowers blooming just off the banks, and turtles sunning themselves on logs and branches jutting up from the water.  We even saw a muskrat, fairly far from shore, sitting on a lily pad enjoying his morning brunch.  We had a ton of fun spying all these things and more on our nature ‘hike’ from the water.

My heart was sad to see my friends go.   Yet, I was so grateful to spend time with them.  Hopefully, it won’t be another two years before we get together again.


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Have you noticed how the light is different and how the darkness descends far too early these days?  It’s so hard to believe that summer is coming to an end.  I loved her like a best friend this year.  After the long hard winter, spring and summer seemed like a blink in time.  Have you felt that way too?  A few trees are already sporting a few bright red leaves, and many others tinged with a faint burgundy blush though still green.


White and Blueberry Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Fall has always been my favorite time of the year.  I love the color, the crisp air, apple cider, and sweaters.  I even chose to get married in early September.  So why am I dreading the change of season so much this year?  Why does it feel so foreboding?  [sigh]  Today I’m not going to even think about fall.   There will still be moments to soak in the warmth of the sun.  And so….for a wee bit longer…I’ll stuff my face with blueberries and turn my face to summer’s waning light and the memories of a special overnight visit with my friends.


Do you enjoy hosting overnight guests?

What’s your favorite thing to do to make your guests feel special?

If we were to rank blueberries in the top ten fruits…where would they be on your list?


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  1. Mel says

    Oh….how lovely is all the blue and white, how wonderful that you had that precious time with your friends and how poetically you wrote of the sadness with the coming fall. We’re stretching out summer with a trip out west, an adventure with minimal destinations. Not ones for overnights outside of our own home, we do welcome guests on occasion. Nothing quite as elaborate as what you provided, it’s rare we dine in when we do have them. We feed people who drop in for holidays or events, but not when they sleep over. LOL. How odd is that!!

    • Diane says

      I was just thinking of you this morning Mel. 😉
      Thanks for your kind words. Creative writing isn’t coming easily these days.
      Yay for a fall trip! I have no doubt that spontaneity will rule your trip and you’ll come home with your joy cup overflowing. I’ll be looking forward to hearing all about it, too!
      Isn’t that funny how we approach our care of guests differently? I think that is what makes our patchwork of relationships so beautiful?
      Best wishes for an extraordinary day. [[hugs]]

  2. Great combination – gorgeous blue and white table setting – always elegant – and luscious blueberries!! I’m not on to fall yet either. Way too hot and I’m feeling ‘back to school’ before I move on to fall colors.

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Lory….thank you!! A blue and white combo is always a favorite of mine.
      Stay cool and may your day be filled with extraordinary creativity! [hugs]

  3. Beautiful table and flower arrangement! I am feeling the same way about the season change but it’s sunny today – off to see my grandsons!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Barbara! 🙂 We just had another storm roll through which is making everything lush and green. I’ll take it! The sun will be back out tomorrow. 🙂
      Enjoy your special time with your grandsons!

  4. Zenda says

    I saw these beautiful posts on Facebook! Love the blue dishes and am going to make that blueberry buckle this weekend! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Diane says

      Zenda….be prepared to get raves! It’s soooo soooo good.
      Thanks for coming by the blog, you just made my night! [hugs]

  5. Gwen says

    This was very tranquil! I’m sure just what your friends needed after so much hustle/bustle. I am amazed you have hydrangeas. Mine look like burnt cookies as our temps are still over 100. I liked how it all played off light and blue from chairs to dishes to flowers to muffins!! Just beautiful. I do not have guests often. My girlfriend has stayed with me and we stay in pjs and eat our blueberries on top of cereal!! But yesterday my friend brought lunch and a pecan bar to share. I got out antique clear glass dishes and a fun pretty napkin. It made dessert feel special. I try to keep fun napkinsm on hand at all times!!!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you for your kind thoughts Gwen!
      We’ve had wonderful summer temperatures this summer so the hydrangeas that survived the winter (and many did not bloom because the weather was so cold and severe) look terrific.
      I love how how always pretty napkins to make your desserts and guests feel special.
      Hope you’ve had a beautiful peaceful day. [hugs]

  6. Love it all, the berries, the flowers, every detail, perhaps because I’m currently so in love with blue, especially navy.
    I’ve also been in love with autumn my whole life, and cannot imagine a time when I’ll no longer welcome it, but I can understand a hesitation in change, especially in saying farewell to summer. Maybe this will give you a boost, consider that autumn is the only season noble enough to lay down its life for new birth to spring forth. Who could help but welcome such grace. 🙂

    • Diane says

      Ahhh….that is a noble thought Marcia. 🙂
      My husband has been reminding me that it has always been my favorite time of the year.
      Thank so much for popping by and for your lovely thoughtful words.

  7. Love the colors…very pretty table!!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Christine. 🙂 Thank you so much! Blue and white always make my heart sing.
      Best wishes for an extraordinary weekend!

  8. Cathy says

    I don’t think you can ever go wrong when putting blue and white together and adding some gorgeous hydrangeas just puts it over the top. Beautiful tablescape – thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you so much Cathy!! That combo just makes my heart sing.
      Thanks, too for popping by. Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start!

  9. Sarah says

    What a beautiful table setting and a lovely way to entertain your guests!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Sarah for your warm thoughts!
      Best wishes for an extraordinary start to your week!

  10. Carolyn says

    Hydrangeas seem to be the transitional flower, stretching from Spring into Autumn quite effortlessly. I’m gonna try your blueberry buckle as it looks so tall & tender in your sumptuous photo.
    Overnight guests can be so much fun. Usually family members, in our case. I like to have thoughful touches in the guest rooms & bath, such as classic devotional books, a magnifying mirror, hotel-type soaps, shampoos, etc. Also like to stack a couple of bath towels, hand towels & washcloths, then tie w/a wide ribbon around the stack, ending w/a big bow on top, & streamers. Sometimes I tuck something under the ribbon, like a small shower gel or a little note.

    • Diane says

      Carolyn, in my mind’s eye you are a more gracious and caring hostess. I would be delighted to stay at your home for sure!
      Hydrangeas are on my garden list for my next house…unless God pre-provides. 😉
      Please try the recipe Carolyn. It really is amazing!
      Hope you’re enjoy the beginning of fall. It really is a perfect day here today. [hugs]

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful blue and white tablescape at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Love having you at the party. Have a great week.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much for the lovely feature Leslie! {hugs}

  12. your table setting looks so inviting. Enjoyed the refreshing story of friendship. Time slips away so fast.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much for you thoughtful words. Friendships are so precious.
      Wishing you an extraordinary start to your week! 🙂

  13. Kim says

    Beautiful, Diane! I’m so glad you got to visit with your friends. Your time together sounds divine! Blessings…

    • Diane says

      Thank you Kim! It was a very special time. God has a way of helping us cram a whole lot into a little bit of time. 🙂

  14. Janet says

    Blue and white is always the perfect combination. It is classic and so inviting. You have managed to set a lovely and elegant table. I am sure your friends were very happy with such a welcoming setting.

    Have a great week.


    • Diane says

      Thanks so much Janet! 🙂 My friends appreciate a pretty table and that makes setting it an even more joyful thing to do.
      Hope your week is filled with extraordinary moments!

  15. susie says

    I don/’t mean to sound pushy but can I get invited to share a blueberry breakfast? the flowers are so lovely and the blue dishes are wonderful but I am a sucker for blueberries do you happen to live near San Diego? LOL Susie

    • Diane says

      I live at least a 5 hour plane ride from you. 🙁
      But, let’s pretend we’re able to get together anyway. We would have had soooo much fun!! [hugs]

  16. Love, love, love your blue dishes. They are gorgeous!

    • Diane says

      Pam you are so sweet! Thank you for stopping by and blessing me with your kind words.
      Have An Extraordinary Day!

  17. Such a pretty table setting Diane. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I always enjoy your posts.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    • Diane says

      Kerryanne….I am always in awe of your talent and creativity…so your kind words really mean a lot. Thank you!!

  18. Jann Olson says

    Beautiful Diane! Love the dishes and I’m sure your company did too. I have some gorgeous Limelight blooms. Think I need to bring some in. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Diane says

      Oh Jann…you must gather some blooms. I can’t wait to see what you do with them, too!
      Thanks for stopping by with your warm words.
      Have a blessed weekend!

  19. Everything is so pretty! So lovely. Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Diane says

      Thank you soooo much Kathryn!! I have more blue to share this week! See you soon!!

  20. I always enjoy your posts – but today I couldn’t get the pop up survey thing to go away. I just wanted to let you know because it’s never been that intrusive – or persistent! before. And I clicked on close and the X . What I could see of the photos looked intriguing – who doesn’t like blue and white!!! I’m just sorry I missed what you had to say .

    • Diane says

      Thanks for letting me know that Susan. I have no idea why that happened. Often the best thing to do is to refresh the page when something like that happens…usually it’s just a glitch. I’m sorry that the ads are such a nuisance.

      Thanks for you kind words in spite of everything.



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