Savannah Style: A Green Dinner Party

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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 pauladeen.com. Beautiful centerpieces, wonderful mixes of dinnerware, flatware and linens AND a Takeaway Tip or two that will leave you saying “Fabulous”! 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 Green Dinner Party

My march table is set for a dinner Paula is hosting at her home over St. Patrick’s Day week. I wanted it to be lush with greenery, elegant and easy. Here are the ingredients I used:

China:
From the grandparents of Joshua Summers (husband of Paula’s Food Editor, Libbie). This green and gold pattern was brought to this country wrapped in handmade quilts in the late 1800’s and now is the everyday china of Josh and Libbie.

China Takeaway Tip:
Don’t put the good china in a closet only to be seen on Christmas Day. Admire it everyday when you use it. Josh told me he can’t help thinking about his grandmother, Reba, every morning when he makes a cappuccino and drinks it from her china cup and saucer.

Glassware, Linens:
Emerald Green Glasses and Natural Cotton Linens, Paula’s own

Napkin Rings:
Silk rope curtain tiebacks, repurposed

Florals:
Arrangements in polished silver urns brimming with calla lilies and zinnias of white, greens pulled from Paula’s backyard and hydrangeas cut from Michael’s brother Nick’s garden

Place card Takeaway Tip:
A fun and chic monogramed place card on a tiny 2X2 artist’s canvas painted green with a monogramed stencil painted over top in black and white craft paint. The canvas is sitting on a small artist’s easel spray painted in gold to match the gold rim of the vintage china. Canvas and easel both can be found at your local art supply store. A fun place card to keep and use again and again.

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. He was featured on HGTV's seasonal special "Celebrity Holiday Homes" and looks forward to similar opportunities in the future. Pick up a copy of his New York Times best-selling book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style in our online store.
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I like your idea about spray-painting the artist easels gold. The green glasses are jewel-like. I hope to see fewer yellow-greens as time goes by, and these beautiful glasses are a move in the right direction. I've got my own bone china-with-a-gold-rim right besides me now, because I drank a cup of tea. I've got no hand-me-down china because all the mothers and grandmothers had lots of children, so I'm sure glad I had people give me china for my own wedding twenty-seven years ago. I'm just learning to enjoy it now. smile

By AlliefromAlbany on February 25, 2014

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tuna burger i have one befor and they very good y all. hay y all

By donna marie eichhorn on March 18, 2013

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I try the fresh ham befor It is very good y all.

By Donna maire eichhorn on March 17, 2013

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Paula: I'm loving the green and white dinnerware you're using on your show lately. They are green on the outside edges of the plates and white in the center. It looks like you have the bakeware, mixing bowls, etc in the green and white also. Where can I get this? Love your show and love you, Paula! Sheri Johnson

By Sheri Johnson on May 26, 2012

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love it !!!

By Monimaria on March 17, 2012

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Brandon - you have done very well for a gentleman from small town USA (Tylertown, Mississippi) Good Luck!

By Linda on March 16, 2011

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I want those green glasses. Please have Paula have someone make reproductions for sale. I must have them!

By Kaye Polakoff on March 09, 2011

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Love the tables...could you put additional photos of them from difference angles so we could see better? Like this one, I couldn't see the China very well.

By Southern China Girl on March 08, 2011

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To this day my trip to Savannah and Hilton Head was/is my favorite vacation of all time!!! This newletter with all the extra articles reminds me of that trip- just wish I was there for real!:) Loved the Green Table article and will be unpacking my Nana's china today. I am enjoying the sweet tea recipe right now! Every sip brings me back to the Lady and Sons or sitting outside in Ellis Sqaure listening to the live music! Thanks for the "mini-vacation"! Have a great day! Ginny

By Ginny on February 19, 2011

I saw this green glassware in “Savannah Style” book and fell in love with it.  There is no reference that I can find as to the name.  Can you please tell me if this is available glassware or vintage?

By Maggie Straker on July 26, 2010

I’ll have to say that is the most beautiful table setting I have ever seen!  I have thought about using my husband’s grandmother’s china.  It came to us after she passed away and I have no idea how old it is.  It’s just sitting pretty in my china cabinet.  Thank you for all the tips and advice.

By Jackie Butler on June 17, 2010

Brandon, Beautiful and love the tribute to your grandmother. So special.

By debbie mayfield on March 21, 2010

i love the tabel setting and the fact that the china is a tribute to his grandmother, which he thinks of each time he uses it. I too think of my grandmother Elsie, each time i use her china. What a wonderful tribute. Happy ST. Paddy’s Day to you Paula, and yours. I am a new and dedicated fan. Debbie Mayfield. See you on the 19th of april for the book signing.

By debbie mayfield on March 21, 2010

um, in a word….WOW! well done.

By Carla Binai on March 17, 2010

Hi Brandon

How beautiful! I especially love the glassware. I also would like to come to dinner and eat from that fabulous table!

Dianne (monticello is in the Tallahassee area)

By Dianne Clark on March 17, 2010

Hi Brandon

How beautiful! I especially love the glassware. I also would like to come to dinner and eat from that fabulous table!

Dianne (monticello is in the Tallahassee area)

By Dianne Clark on March 17, 2010

I ALWAYS keep my china out for everyone to see!!! I have two china closets - one in the dining room and a very large one in the kitchen!!! I just love having my things around me. (My everyday china is green and white!) Your table is absolutely gorgeous - wish I had the green glasses!!! Can’t wait to buy your book!!!!!!

By Fran Nantista on March 17, 2010

Green is my favorite color!  This tablescape is absolutely breathtaking!  It made me smile smile

By Angela Pineda on March 17, 2010

I just love this, how beautiful!  No doubt my next dinner party will be Savannah style…..

By Carol on March 17, 2010

Hi Brandon,

Wonderful table decor and the dishes are beautiful. Can’t wait to buy your book, I adore good style and I’m sure this book will be a true inspiration. One question, when one has beautiful china how should it be stored (when not being used) to protect it, especially where their are earthquakes?

Thanks

By Diane Higgins on March 15, 2010

great looking tablescape brandon   can i come to dinner   i’ll bring the soda bread happy st paddy’s to you all…

By margaret on March 15, 2010

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I just want to say this I don't even know if is the right page all I ever wanted to say to Paula Deen welcome back I have missed you. You are my favorite home down girls keep your head up and hang on and feel the love. P.S. from a woman of color.
in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am