One of the very first plants to go into my garden each year are my herbs!  There is something so therapeutic about going into the garden and snipping a big handful of herbs for a bouquet or a meal.
Today’s table brings the herbs inside and they become the inspiration for this tablescape.
Sweet pots d’herbes spread their green happiness all over this table!

An intimate group of friends had lunch here at StoneGable. We have been friends for over 20 years. Our children went to Nursery school together!
No fancy dining room table, we sat at my round kitchen table catching up on each other’s lives and enjoying a hearty meal!
A very organic feeling cotton tablecloth with a small stylized floral print is the background for this tablescape.
It’s pretty border drapes over the edges of the table.
SG TIP: Finding a round tablecloth is not always easy. I use my square and rectangle tablecloths on my round table anyway! It makes the table look even more interesting!
Pretty scalloped rattan placemats work well with the tablecloth. Their soft brown hue adds a layer of organic warmth to the table.
A stack of interesting green and white plates rest on each placemat.
A napkin that matches the tablecloth is folded to show off it’s detailed border and tucked between the dishes.
Pot d’herbes grace the top each dish stack.
Small teracotta pots were painted white and waxes with clear and dark waxes.
They were planted with applemint…
rosemary and thyme…
Twiggy curly willow were anchored in the soil around each plant, gathered up and tied together making an interesting topiary, of sorts. 
Garden twine makes a bow!
I love to mix flatware! Green flatware and a white fork in the same easy breezy style adds whimsy to the table.
Green leaf dishes sit above the forks. They were filled with olive oil for dipping crusty bread!
A rough planter box made from old wood works as a centerpiece. 
During the summer it sits on my potting bench filled with flowers, but for today it holds pretty greens!
Look for a tutorial later this spring for making this rustic flower box!
Creeping Jenny’s bright trailing vines look so pretty in almost any pot or planter. I love how it spills over the edge of  box. Thyme and applemint fill out the box planter.
Herb infused water was served in tall bottles. So delicious and refreshing!
This pot d’herbes tableau was the perfect setting for lunch with my girlfriends from our children’s nursery school days!
We chatted, laughed, caught up on one another’s families and of course ate!!!!
When the girls left they each took a little herb pot with them to remember this fun day!
Hors d’oeuvers
Assorted Olives
Fresh Mozzarella And Feta
The Meal
Arugula Salad With Parmesan And Pine Nuts
Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
Crusty Bread And Olive Oil For Dipping
made by my friend Kim~ fabulous cook!
Herbed Water
StoneGable Iced Tea
Assorted Wines
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I am participating in:
LET’S DISH at Cuisine Kathleen’s
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch


  1. says

    Hi Yvonne, Your table is so pretty and I’m sure you all had a wonderful time catching up. The pots of herbs were such a great idea for a take-home souvenir, as they will remind your friends of this gathering all summer. I’m saving your Eggplant Parm recipe as it looks absolutely delicious!!!! Linda

  2. says

    Oooooh…I just knew that you were going to send each guest home with one of those delightful pots. Wonderful, warm, gorgeous table. I have those Tastefully Simple leaf plates. I had forgotten about them. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  3. says

    I hope I can someday relax and do things like this again! Noone told me babies take ALL your time! :) just gorgeous setting.. esp love the old wood in the centerpiece

  4. says

    haha… just noticed your dogs name is SCAMP… as is ours! :) We adopted him from a shelter… just kept the name bc it was SOO appropriate for his looks ! haha. just thought Id mention that

  5. says

    I love it all BUT your little topiaries have stolen my heart! I love SQUARE tablecloths on round tables. I have GIVEN UP on round tablecloths…They just ARE NOT big enough! Unless you make your own…I like the interest of layering and using the topper…Your tables are ALWAYS GORGEOUS and thank you so much for sharing this one with us…
    Have a wonderful week,

  6. says

    Delightful, GREEN post. I have been trying to grow some herbs from seeds, but have had little luck. I think I need to visit my local nursery and pick up some that have already gotten a healthy start. I love the addition of the sticks for support and design. Thank you for me such an inspiration.

  7. says

    Wonderfully done, what a beautiful tablescape, menu and story about your 20+ years together as friends.

    What a special day you created for them.

    LOVE your tablescape!




  8. says

    Old friends are dear friends especially when you tie them into times with children. I met a friend when we were both pregnant. Those babies are now 28! Love how you take time to continue to nurture your friendships. The table was so inviting-thoughtful as always with a gift to take home. You certainly have the gift of hospitality and use it!

  9. says

    How delightful, Yvonne, to see all these organic textures & wonderful accessories combined so beautifully! You always take things to another level! Your guests must feel so special to be invited to dine at one of your gorgeous tables. I know, I would!

    I’m guessing it was leftover AS paint that you used on the pots…great idea!
    I am head over heels in love with your centerpiece!! I have several old wooden wine crates, just waiting for this inspiration. Thanks for sharing your home & your ideas.


  10. says

    Yvonne~ What fun and how special your “lunch bunch” friends must have felt to dine at your table! I ADORE your little herb pots, complete with their own willow=tied topiaries! Your centerpiece and herb water at the table are the perfect touch! Your menu looks delicious too :)

  11. says

    Your friends must think they have died and gone to Cuisine Heaven when they sit down to you special tables, Yvonne. You do SUCH a beautiful job and I am sure that even better than the lovely table is the warm welcome they get from you…cuz you are just that kind of gal.

    Blessings to you today- I hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  12. says

    I’m sure your friends felt so special with the beautiful table you set for them Yvonne, there is nothing like spending time with friends who have a long history with one another. Those little pots for a “take home” are just perfect and as always your whole table comes together with perfection and purpose. Thanks for sharing.

  13. says

    I’ve been away from home for a month and the first thing I did was order my herbs! They arrived yesterday and I am thrilled to plant them tomorrow. Just makes me feel like I’m back home. Admittedly my speed had something to do with a post I’m going to do that requires some odd herbs you can’t get at Whole Foods, but when the box arrived and I opened it to smell the herbs…well it made my day.

    Gorgeous table and photos…

  14. Bonnie says

    My daughter-in-law and I are decorating a table for our church’s yearly dinner next week, and we were talking about giving each of our guests the gift of “thyme”. Your table is perfect “thyming”! I love the curly willow twigs tied with string. I’ll have to wander my lot to see if there’s anything similar here in south Georgia. You do inspire others!

  15. says

    Wow.. this is a fabulous table.. I might just have to copy this sometime. I love the pots that you painted and how you used the curly willow in them.. so architectural. The colors are serene and inviting.. Love this table.. another winner.. xo marlis

  16. says

    Yvonne, what a clever idea for planting herbs in little pots. I’m going to remember this one. I often like to use potted herbs at place settings to send home as gifts. This makes the presentation really special. Thanks! As always your table stacks up to be fabulous!!!

  17. says

    It IS a pleasure and a dining delight to sit at this table. I have sat here and enjoyed every single minute of your wonderful hospitality and thoughtfulness. Your lunch bunch friends, I am sure, felt SOOO special to be at this table. I love this tablecloth and napkins, remember them. I WANT a wooden container like that, will anxiously await the tutorial. Although I know Joe could whip one up for me:):) MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  18. says

    Yvonne, your table is beautiful, even around your kitchen table. The Pot d’herbes are beautiful and such a wonderful gift for your friends. Having fresh herbs in your garden is a blessing and adds so much flavor to food. I liked the stacked plates on the Rattan chargers. The menu sounds delightful. Looks like Spring.

  19. says

    Good morning, Yvonne! The pattern of your table linen is great! I know what you mean about it being difficult to find large round tablecloths in the retail stores. What makes them think people don’t want those in their homes?!??!! I am just tickled over the little miniature obelisks in your pots! How cute!!!!!! Wrapping what appears to be the same twigs around the bottom of the pot makes it even better! BEAUTIFUL and very welcoming table! Have a wonderful weekend, and have a Happy Earth Day!

  20. says

    I sure enjoy how “finished” your lovely table is, Yvonne. I’m completely charmed by the pots. The topiary really gets me. I know what a lovely fragrance there would be upon sitting down. I love the earthy centerpiece too. The tablecloth you chose is perfect of course. Such soothing colors for a first rate gathering. Lovely menu!

  21. says

    This is so earthy and Organic! I love the pots with the willow twigs, it add such nice height , and tied with twine, cute! Beautiful table, Y, I am sure your guests felt very pampered! Thanks so much for linking this very Earth Day appropriate table to Let’s Dish! Looks like we are going with the Mother’s Day tribute for May! I can’t wait to see what you conjure up!
    What size round does your table take?

  22. says

    Hi Yvonne, this is just gorgeous, and just my style. I’d love for you to come link up at Vintage Inspiration Friday later this morning if you have time. the herb pots and the box are just wonderful!!

  23. Anonymous says

    Beautiful as always! Your style and creativity is inspiring. This is my most favorite blog. I’m so glad you’re back!!!

  24. says

    Such a beautiful table Yvonne I’m sure your friends were blessed by the special attention for them. I think my favorite element {so hard to choose} would be the placemats. Can you share the source?

  25. says

    It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to visit. I am so glad that I didn’t miss this table. I too have a group of friends from our early school days. It is such a special friendship. I love using square cloths on round tables. I wish I had discovered that sooner. I love the way the herbs are winding around. This is lovely, in every way, Yvonne.

  26. says

    What wonderful touches of detail you always create, Yvonne! I know your guests felt so special and what a lovely gift they each took home. You never fail to inspire me!

  27. says

    Nothing better than catching up on life~long friendships!!!Unless, of course…being served @ StoneGable’s beautiful table!!! I adore the use of herbs! Thank you for reminding us to make time for the important things in life!

  28. says

    Yes, the herbs are so great. I even was able to dig through snow and get some this year if you can believe. I love them because they grow like weeds and you don’t need any special abilities to do herbs. Your tables are always so lovely and you do such a great job photographing them.

  29. says

    I love the way you used all the natural elements together. What a great menu too! The wooden box is just perfect for the center of the table. I actually prefer a square tablecloth on a round table!

    Robin Flies South

  30. says

    Love your tablescape! I realized half way through the post that I have that tablecloth. I think I’ll pull it out tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder :)

  31. says

    I just love this. I just purchased a dozen terra cotta pots just like those with plans to paint them and use them at each place setting. You beat me to it, but in such a beautiful way! Just lovely. Dianne

  32. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    I am from Brasil and JUST LOVE to visit Stone Gable! Give me lots of ideas to do My on blog! come to visit someday, will be a pleasure to have you there!
    porta-guardanapos-dani.blogspot.com! It’s all about napkins ring I do for sale!
    You post is just lovely

  33. says

    Beautiful job Yvonne. I always love to visit your blog and see what you are creating. This is another beautiful tablescape with the soft browns, tans and use of naturals. Thanks for sharing.

  34. says

    Your tablescape is gorgeous as always! Love every details you put in here that I even envy your your herbs as part of your table decor. I never tried this stuff so I think I might need to change another unique ideas which I learned from you.

    Damask Tablecloths

  35. says

    Just beautiful. Love, love your tablesettings. The attention to detail is amazing. What great ideas you have. You are very talented and creative. Where do you keep all tihs stuff. I am running out of room in my home. PS.. Love Homegoods too. Keep those great tabletop ideas coming.

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