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Savannah Style

Savannah Style

A Spring Table for Two

by Brandon Branch

Lush and liveable, Savannah Style is not just a look or book, it is a lifestyle. A lifestyle I hope to bring into your home each month as I share a new Savannah Style Tabletop Inspiration with you here on Beautiful centerpieces, wonderful mixes of dinnerware, flatware and linens AND a Takeaway Tip or two that will leave you saying “WOW!” All the dining tables in this monthly series will be put together using handed down family treasures from the butlers pantries of our Paula Deen staff members as well as Paula’s own junkin’ finds. Add flowers from the garden and my hyperbolic fairy dust for a monthly tabletop inspiration…Savannah Style.

Savannah Style: A Spring Table For Two

Paula’s cousin, Johnnie Gabriel, is in town from Marietta, Georgia and Paula wanted to have a girls’ luncheon for just the two of them. She wanted the table to be lush and “girly”.  Johnnie has been so busy working on her new cookbook that Paula thought she needed some special time to just sit down and giggle. So, I sat a Spring Table for Two near the French doors to capture the warmth of the sun on this cool Savannah April afternoon. Here are the ingredients I used:

Paula has a beautiful collection of Vintage Jadeite and I wanted to show it off here. The pale green says Spring to me. The bowl in this photo was given to Paula by Johnnie. It was Johnnies grandmother’s dish and it means the world to Paula. The cupcakes are Paula’s Bunny Cupcakes...without the bunny decoration!

Glasses and linen:
The table linen is a remnant I found in Paula’s linen closet. It adds a little French charm don’t you think? I just snipped the frayed edges and it was perfect. The sweet green polka dot glasses are from the 1950’s and were found in the butler’s pantry of Paula’s friend, Lynn Rahn. The pink juice glasses are also from the same era and are Paula’s own. I used vintage handkerchiefs for napkins. The flatware is Paula’s own and has wonderful polished Alabaster handles.

I am in love with this arrangement. Both Paula and Johnnie gushed over it. It’s such a happy arrangement and just makes me smile. I used beautiful layers of spring flowers. Pink French tulips, deep pink triple tulips, champagne colored roses and daffodils picked from Paula’s garden. Don’t skimp on the flowers, even on a table just for two. This is part of my Savannah Style way of life…making everything lush and livable. 

Take Away Tip:
Think outside the vase for your flower arrangements. Use something unexpected. Since Paula and Johnnie are both fantastic cooks, I used one of Paula’s copper saucepans as my vase! The beautiful copper color looks amazing with the color pallet of this Spring Table for Two. Best thing…since it had two handles, it was easy to carry!

Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. Look for his newest book, co-authored by Paula Deen, Paula Deen's Savannah Style, available Spring 2010.

Paula and I are thrilled about our new interiors book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style, releasing April 6th, 2010 from Simon and Schuster. Nearly a year in the making, it has been a labor of love for all three of us...Paula, myself and this jewel of a city we call home, Savannah.

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Reader Comments:


My heart just went pitter patter when I saw this! So fun, so flirty, and so fresh! Truly the epitome of a “Girls Lunch.” Can’t wait to get my hand on the book.

Debbie at The Hip Hostess of Northern Michigan on April 05, 2010 12:06 PM


margaret of somersworth, nh on April 05, 2010 02:43 PM

I love Jadeite, this table is stunning and perfect for spring. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

Jamie @ My Baking Addiction of USA on April 05, 2010 08:22 PM

STUNNING! Thank you! I don’t use my Jadeite often but now I will. Can’t wait for the book.

D'Arcy Nunn of Union City, CA on April 06, 2010 02:29 PM

Paula and Brandon, I just bought your book and read it from front to back.  Going back to get one for my momma tomorrow.  It made me feel so good to see Brandon calls his Grandmother mawmaw. That is what we called our Grandmother Miracle.  Brought back some great memories.  Good luck on the book sales, of course I doubt you need luck with such a great book.  Kudos to you both.

Greg Kantner of Tampa, Florida on April 06, 2010 06:21 PM

thats a beauitful colorful setting for two and the seting. paula you give me lots of good tips for my husbad and i, thanks a bunch smile love           cat

catherine walllace of charles city va on April 06, 2010 08:59 PM

paula, ordered your ham for easter. group effort. missy warmed it up as i don’t have a stove. she lost her husband at 47 yrs of age and is raising 5 children on her own while trying to keep thier home. it was an excellent meal for all us holiday orphans.

barbara of acton, ca on April 07, 2010 01:08 AM

Incredibly chic and elegant - like Paula! The color combination of this table setting has the “wow” factor. Kudos to Brandon and Paula! Looking forward to attending the book signing in NYC with my daughter in law, meeting Paula & Brandon, and purchasing this fabulous new book.
Looking forward to seeing more of Paula’s “best dishes”!

Barbara of new jersey on April 07, 2010 03:47 AM

Just saw you on the “Today” show.  As usual, you are a hoot.  But it is the charm of Savannah which captivates me.  I first went there when we were on vacation in Kiawah.  It was everything I thought it would be, including the heat.  We ate at your restaurant in the old location.  I had also enjoyed John Berendt’s book before going, so I felt very at home.  Sometimes I feel like I have lived there in the past.

My grandson chose SCAD so I was able to go back to Savannah at a small hurricane time.  However, I was able to walk Lafayette Square on a dark day, which made it even more interesting for photographs.  I still intend to paint a picture which evokes the spirit of the city and its wonderful old houses.

Rae of Cleveland, OH on April 07, 2010 10:08 AM

P.S. I forgot to tell you about making so many of your wonderful recipes, you butter fiend.

Rae of Cleveland, OH on April 07, 2010 10:10 AM

Paula, I love to entertain outdoors, and I use all my tablecloth for these events.  I just loved your table, the bright pinks the huge flower motifs, just delicious. If this particular table cloth is not an antique, where can i purchase one?

Sylvia Cabrera of Vienna Va on April 07, 2010 01:20 PM

You have truly inspired me…AGAIN! Thank you so much! Love it!

Gammie of Chicago Heights, IL on April 07, 2010 03:35 PM

Brandon & Paula, this is simply beautiful!  As I set about Spring cleaning, I am pulling out old pitchers (to use as a vase?), silver platters and china from the 1930’s!  Your photos & ideas are truly an inspiration!!  Thank you so much!
Bunny (from the cruise) Melton

Paula 'Bunny' Melton of Western North Carolina on April 08, 2010 03:50 PM

Paula that is beautiful its a great idea

Annetta Taylor of Ohio on April 08, 2010 03:51 PM

Beautiful - I want to come for lunch and be pampered also. lol

Elaine Dillabough of Oxford Mills Ontario CANADA on April 08, 2010 03:53 PM

Paula I always love everything you do from cooking to decorating. As you can see I am from the South. I just love everything about the South. I have several of your cookbooks had more but lost them in hurricane Ike but I will get them again. Really enjoy your magazine such great receipes and decorating ideas. Also love Savannah it is such a beautiful city.

Belinda Simon of Hackberry, Louisiana on April 08, 2010 03:54 PM

The arrangement is beautiful, Paula I just love all of your cookware, mixing bowls, all of it. I have a set of the red cookware and several other skillets, roaster, mixing bowls, ect… I Love It keep up the good work, recipes and great ideas. Thanks, Kris

Kris of Leesville, La on April 08, 2010 04:00 PM


I was wondering if someone could tell me where to buy the top Paul is wearing in the “Sending Love Somebunny’s Way” article.  It is so beautiful!


Jennifer Leal

Jennifer Leal of League City, Texas on April 08, 2010 04:06 PM

Hey Brandon and Paula,
I absolutely love the table setting and Brandon—you too, Paula!!  It’s just that Brandon is my NEPHEW and we could not be more PROUD of him!!  He is a great person and a WONDERFUL nephew!!!  I could tell you some really good stories of Brandon growing up!!  He was, and still is, a HOOT and we adore him!!!  Can’t wait to see Brandon in Savannah in a couple of weeks!!

Johnnie Whisenhunt of Hammond, LA on April 08, 2010 04:15 PM

There’s just something about Spring! You did a beautiful job on the table—wow! Peonies are my very, very favorite flowers, too. I love tea rooms, and this is the epitome of the perfect tea room table. Great job!

Sandy of Alabama on April 08, 2010 04:20 PM

Paula this is a beautiful table and the Jadeite holds such a special place in my heart for my Mother, she has a ribbed Jadeite bowl that she has made biscuits in ever since I was a little girl, as a child I can remember her being so careful with that bowl and I was not allowed to use it not till I was older anyway a couple of years ago I was putting away some of my dishes in the cabinet and I discovered the bowl had been broken :( I cried and cried because it was my Mothers favorite bowl and had become mine too, she told dont cry its just a bowl but to me it has so much sentimental value it could never be replaced , well anyway come to find out what happened was I had an Aunt to pass away and she had several of the ribbed Jadeite bowls as well one the same size and several smaller bowls and I stacked them all together without placing any protection in between them and someone had probably pushed another dish up against them and it caused it to break but I still get sad when I think about my mothers beloved biscuit bowl and I still have it glued with a plant in it. I know that might seem silly to some but I will never let it go not in this lifetime so I can relate to how special Johnnie’s Grandmother’s Jadeite bowl is to you smile

Jacqueline Woodard of Middle Tennessee on April 08, 2010 04:24 PM

Thats it!!!!  I am now getting out all my girly settings and having the ladies over.  thanks for the ideas.

Carey Specht of Schafferstown, pa on April 08, 2010 04:31 PM

love !!the table arragement! beautiful!never thought about using a pot for a vase!cool idea . you never seem to amaze me paula love your show and all the recipes.

tammy white of hartwell ga. on April 08, 2010 04:45 PM

Just beautiful. Hope ya’ll had a wonderful lunch. Love Johnnie and her fantastic bakery. I always have lunch there whenever I’m in town….and of course you have to have dessert. Actually, I usually have two….one there and one to go! Can’t wait for her new cookbook - the first one was great!

Marlene Jackson of Carrollton, Ga on April 08, 2010 04:55 PM

Just gorgeous!!! Nothing else can be said!!!

Molly of Texas on April 08, 2010 04:59 PM

Baptist Preacher’s wife from MI here. If my hubby won’t move me South, I’ll continue to do my best to influence the great white North with your Southern charm! LOVE the Jadite, and peonies are my favorite! I always set a pretty table for our Sunday dinners with the family - so I’m tucking these ideas away until my peonies bloom here in MI.

Starr of MI on April 08, 2010 05:06 PM

The table is very very beautiful and I love watching your show all the time.

Jeannie Collins of earlysville, virginia on April 08, 2010 05:11 PM

I know that Johnnie will definitly feeled pampered at this luncheon.  Very girly, very sweet, and I know VERY GOOD!

Shelia Gardner of Gastonia, NC on April 08, 2010 06:23 PM

Gorgeous!! I’ll be right over!!
Love you Paula!!

Mary Hoover of Crosby, TX on April 08, 2010 06:28 PM

I love the table settings using things from the family and I did say WOW!

Shirley Moore of Maumelle, Ar on April 08, 2010 07:15 PM

I just love this!! This is soo beautiful!! Spring is my favorite season and this just sums up a stylish southern spring. grin I love you Paula!!

Chiara June Marie of Georgia on April 08, 2010 08:48 PM

I love the look of Spring as you have displayed so well!!! I collect several patterns of Fire King dishes. I always feel special when I use these dishes for “special” meals. I have several pieces of Paula Deen cookware and love each piece. Continue using the simple things in life to make it special…

Debra Wilburn of Richmond, KY on April 08, 2010 09:33 PM

I love the floral arrangement! I have an antique copper teapot that my mother gave me and I have it on top of my frig. You just gave me another great idea to show it off in a better way, & so everyone else can enjoy it more so too, so THANK YOU! By the way, I also love the pink stemware,...goes nice with the green pokka dots & really adds to the inspiration that spring brings! Love Ya Paula & everything you do to make your fans feel more warm & welcoming to their family & friends with your great recipes & creative ideas!

Sherry Simmons, LMBT of Vale, NC on April 09, 2010 12:22 AM


Heather LaChapelle of Riverside, CA on April 09, 2010 03:27 AM

beautiful. definitely girly. i love the pink juice glasses, so cute! i do believe i felt myself melt a little when i read champagne colored roses. just the name says Spring, friends, joy. Brandon you have grand talents with decorating, im glad you’ve done a book and im planning to buy a copy very soon. thank you and Paula for sharing ideas with your fans. good luck on the book tour!

Donna S of Martinez, Ga on April 09, 2010 10:17 AM

What a beautiful table! I can’t wait to try my own version @ the next occasion!

Becky Bentley of Prestonsburg,Ky on April 09, 2010 09:23 PM

Savannah Is the place to go .Just beautiful.!!!I learn so much from you Thank you.e

will dekker of Ottawa canada on April 10, 2010 02:47 PM

Paula I just love everything you do.
By the way the P initial in my name stands for

P. Kay Lewis of Ashland, Kentucky on April 10, 2010 04:14 PM


TERRIINTNViewer of MCDONALD TN on April 12, 2010 07:52 PM

i just love it, spring just makes you want to do so many things, like a pretty table to redoing your home, spring flowers.

revice cooper of odessa,texas on April 14, 2010 10:57 AM

You one time had some sweet potato balls with a small marshmallow in the center. Would like to know what was used in the potato. Love your show.

eleanor holmes of calhoun falls, s.c. on April 19, 2010 06:45 PM

I love it!!!!  Gonna go get he book!!!

Brenda Barfield of Myrtle Beach, SC on April 20, 2010 08:10 AM

Precious!  Love the polka dot glassware!

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