Everyday Living Around the Coffee Table

Hello everyone!

As I am recuperating from my hand surgery, I want to introduce (and some of you may already know)

Pam, of Everyday Living.  She is a multi-talented lady who lives in a most beautiful home

surrounded by the most gorgeous gardens that she and her hubby have so lovingly created

over the many years that they have been in their home.

Be sure to visit her blog and experience a real treat!

Take it away Pam!

A warm hello from the Appalachian foothills everyone!

I am Pam and you can find me over at Everyday Living. I am so

excited to be a guest on my talented friend Shirley’s beautiful blog…

what a blessing she has been to me ever since Istarted blogging two years ago!

We finally met last weekend for lunch with our hubbies, and we had the best time!

You will find me doing a little of everything…

tablescaping, decorating, gardening, traveling, cooking, and of course

gushing over my first granddaughter!

I love to entertain, and today I want to share with you an easy idea for hosting a

small group of girlfriends! And there will be little to no clean up involved…because let’s face it…

when you gather ladies

around sweet treats, there is usually nothing left!

Today, I want to invite you to sit down and make yourself comfortable

around my coffee table…we’ve got some chatting to do!

I decided to keep it simple and prepare an assortment of “sweets” to set up on my coffee table….

because who doesn’t love sweets?!

Serving in my family room is more casual for this small get-together,

and I don’t have to prepare a full meal!

  I love to cook for guests, but you can easily buy many wonderful desserts from your local bakery 

or grocery store and the kitchen stays clean!!

In the foreground is sliced brioche topped with goat cheese, apricot preserves, and

a sprig of thyme.


A mini angel food cake topped with raspberries and blueberries, doesn’t get much easier than this…

and at least we get our serving of fruit in!


Using a tiered stand for serving is great because it adds height and you can see all of your options!

This peacock tiered stand is “Artesian Road” by Tracy Porter.


My silver coffee service sits in a rattan basket rather than using the large silver tray…

perfect for this casual gathering

and provides texture! The dessert plates and mugs are also “Artesian Road”.


A tempting selection of chocolate-covered pretzels, lemon squares, macarons, and shortbread biscuits 

to enjoy with coffee…all of which I, of course, had to sample! Which would you choose?


I mixed roses from the grocery store with cuttings from my garden to fill the rustic birch container.


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Six different macaron flavors…fig, lemon, salted caramel, apricot, coconut, and pistachio.

I took a class to learn how to make these heavenly French confections

 at Sur la Table, let’s just say, I prefer to let the professionals make them and I will do the eating!

 


With a nod to my favorite season of autumn, I added antlers for more texture.

You’ll notice I love to mix rustic with a little elegance!

 


My coffee table is an antique that I found at least twenty years ago…it remains one of my favorite finds!

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8


As you can see, I love color and I’d rather mix than match!

My family room has an English Country feel…things collected over time that have stories,

 memories, and sentimental value….things that are truly irreplaceable! My style is

quite different than the current “farmhouse look”, but in staying true to what I’ve always loved

my motto is, “your home should reflect your own personal style,,

 whether that fits with the current trend or not!”


A special thanks to the always gracious and sweet Shirley 

 for allowing me the opportunity to share my Everyday Living.

You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Thank you Pam! …. I always love it when Pam blogs about her wonderful recipes

and you should see her beautiful tablescapes in the setting of her exquisite dining room or gardens!

Have a most beautiful day everyone!

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Comments

  1. Pam, this is so beautiful and I love the color and mix of patterns in this room. That coffee table was a great find and I don’t blame you for hanging onto it. It’s a classic.

    Good luck, Shirley with the surgery and wishing a speedy recovery!
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  2. Shirley, I hope you are feeling better soon! Pam, your SWEET offerings look delicious and even more special in this beautiful setting! I LOVE those dishes and will have to go check them out too. Thanks for filling in for “our Shirley”. She is the best! I totally agree with you about decorating with what WE love rather than trends! My home is also filled with things collected over the years and also inherited.
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  3. What a delicious looking display and such a classic piece of furniture! I love the colors and inviting feel to these photos…and I always enjoy reading Pam’s blog. Hope you feel better, Shirley!
    Shelley
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  4. What a gorgeous spread for friends to enjoy! Beautiful presentation…who wouldn’t want to join Pam around her lovely coffee table.
    Trust your recovery goes smoothly and quickly, Shirley!
    Mary Alice
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  5. Hello Pam nice to meet you and see some of your beautiful home. Your treats look so yummy. What a great presentation.
    Shirley I hope your surgery is successful. Sending you healing thoughts and good wishes for a fast recovery.
    Hugs,
    Kris
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  6. Speedy recovery, Shirley! I remember when you were the newbie!?

  7. Shirley, I hope your hand is healing well. Thank you for introducing us to Pam, what a beautiful post. Pam truly has the gift of entertaining. I love the gorgeous attention to details for this lovely sweet entertaining set up.

  8. I loved the post with all the amazing sweets that you have served. What a beautiful room, love the couch and coffee table. I’m with you, I do not follow trends either, when I find something it is mine for life and I love color.

    Have a great week.

    Mary

  9. Hi Shirley! Hi Pam!
    Well Pam this is just beautiful as always! I”ve run out of adjectives to describe your gorgeous tablescapes! Just know it’s perfect and I’d love to be invited.;-)
    Shirley get better and take good care of yourself!
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  10. Sending hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery! and now I’m hungry…
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  11. I hope you have a very speedy recovery Shirley! Pam’s little “tea party” looks beautiful and delicious. I would have to sample everything!
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  12. Pam, your gathering for ladies is just lovely. I may nab some food ideas as I have a ladies gathering at my house in a couple of weeks. I love your decorating style and it speaks to me in a big way! I am Anglophile and Francophile If possible to be both at the same time. Ha! Wonderful that you could help Miss Shirley while she recuperates! 🙂
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  13. What an absolutely gorgeous spread for some lucky girlfriends. And I love your room…it looks so comfortable and gracious. I like that you use things you love and have collected and are comfortable with.
    Shirley, saying a prayer that you heal quickly and completely. Thanks for introducing Pam.

  14. What a gorgeous, delicious spread. Love this.

  15. I share your love of saturated color mixed with many patterns in the English Manor house or countryside look! Your family room is gorgeous. I thought I’d get on the neutral farmhouse bandwagon by helping my daughter decorate her new home but seems they love color and pattern too! Shirley I’ve had surgery on both hands and I know what a challenge it can be. Take it easy, if you can lift the coffee cup to your ls then you’ve done enough for the day. ?

  16. Shirley, I wish you a speedy recovery. Our weather has been less humid and a little cooler. Hope you can do some porch sitting as you recuperate. How nice to have Pam guest post for you.
    Lovely post, Pam. Who wouldn’t like to sit around your beautiful table filled with pretty treats! We could chat for hours!
    I love your style. You are a marvelous decorator and talented blogger.

  17. Shirley, I hope you heal quickly! And hello Pam! I love your pretty home. How nice to see someone sticking to what they love. Don’t get me wrong, I love farmhouse style but it refreshing to see something different. Besides, English cottage style has always been a favorite of mine. 🙂 It’s great to meet you!

  18. Well, Pam, you already know how I feel about your blog and your style! This setting is wonderful; and I am sure that anyone would love to be hosted in your beautiful home! Shirley, I wish you a very speedy recovery and thanks for sharing Pam with us today!
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  19. Hope you’re hand surgery went well.

  20. I love that your style is mix rather than match Pam! We recently had a date night cooking class at Sur La Table and I saw the macarons on the schedule and thought that would be fun. I’ll take your advise and pass on the class and have someone pass me a plate instead. 😉 Wishing you a speedy recovery Shirley!!
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  21. Pam, who would not love to sit around that coffee table???? I will have one each please! Your family room is Beautiful! I love a mix also and love color. Neutrals are pretty that you see trending but please give me Colors….love your lamp.
    Take care Shirley and thanks for posting.

  22. Pam has a great blog ; nice to see her post here. So sorry about the hand surgery and here’s hoping that you have a speedy recovery! 🙂

  23. Everything is lovely… Hope you are healing well and stay off that hand…
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