Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two

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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 “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:

China:
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.

Florals:
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. 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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Reader Comments:

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Paula, I am so glad that you survived the terrible injustice visited on you!!! GOOD always wins! I love the tablescape....it just screams Spring. The unexpected mixture of blooms and color is so refreshing....keep up the good work. I hope to get to Savannah sometime this summer to enjoy for a few days what you are able to enjoy EVERY DAY! Love and Best Wishes........Sherry

By Sherry Burdsal on April 18, 2014

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Hi Paula~I was just wondering when you might make a trip out to The Wild West of Nevada, you have a ton of followers out this way! Maybe you could have a Southern style luncheon & Book signing & I would be Happy to help you set it up in the appropriate location? What do you think about it? Fingers Crossed!

By Gina Stephenson on April 14, 2014

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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.

By Gladys Rainesl on April 13, 2014

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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.

By Patricia on April 13, 2014

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Hi, I am always thrilled to see Paula Deen, and this Savannah Style Spring Table set for two,, is simply gorgeous,,I plan on having a tea with my girlfriends this spring..& using your example,,I have a table cloth almost like the one I see on here,,

By Karen McMillan on April 13, 2014

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The chair amazing where can I find and buy?

By Anonymous on April 12, 2014

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Hi Mary Pues, Unfortunately you cannot purchase the tablecloth in stores. It was part of Paula’s linen closet which Brandon was able to turn into a tablecloth. But you can try to re-create something similar if you can find a similar pattern on a textile. Just be crafty! Thanks for visiting the web site, here at Paula Deen we hope you continue to read our articles and try our recipes!

By Anonymous on March 13, 2013

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Hello Paula, Love everything about your family. Where can I purchase the lovely tablecloth. Thank you, Mary

By Mary Pues on March 11, 2013

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Brandon u sure know decorating. i so love spring, with new life and shades of winter gone. so many adorable ways to bring life and beauty into our lives and not break the bank doing it. Rosie in Ct.

By RoseMarie HERDMAN on April 04, 2012

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I just love the pinks and greens together, truly a beautiful spring table, the flowers are just beautiful!

By Beth Cowick on March 25, 2012

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You always amaze me!!! You have such a God given talent!! I am so blessed to have such gifted Son! Love you!

By Sandra Branch on April 20, 2011

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Paula, you and Brandon are simply eaten up with good taste!!! I LOVE this beautiful spring table, especially the fabric, the daffodils in the centerpiece, and the pink Noritake glasses. I have them in clear, red, and green. You create so many wonderful things I wonder when you have time to sleep!!! You inspire us to never give up on our dreams. Thank you for sharing!!!

By Burma Davis Posey on April 09, 2011

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Gorgeous!! Such style and a happy table, too!

By Anonymous on March 30, 2011

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Paula you are truly my hero. I love the passion that you have for your family and for cooking. You have overcome so much in your life, but you have never forgotten where you have come from. My husband and I have a small antique business and we specialize in early american pattern glass. It is so nice to know that people like you still treasure your heritage. Keep doing what you are doing everyone loves it. Love Vetta

By Yvette M. Veach on March 30, 2011

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Hi Cindy, These flowers were just put in water! Hope this answers your question!

By Jonathan Able on March 24, 2011

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Having 7 children, I love taking a deep breath to enjoy this vision! Would love to have it delivered to my home!

By Cherril Graff on February 28, 2011

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This is amazing.It looks perfect for an afternoon tea on the porch.I wish I had kept some of the old and odd things my family had.Can you use different shades on the plates?

By Denise Gonzalez on February 28, 2011

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who the heck is Johnnie....did I miss something?

By NIcole on February 28, 2011

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Love Savannah in the spring, I to love vintage dinnerware nothing can beat jadeite, its so fresh looking. Great looking table to pertty to eat from. Your Fan Virginia

By virginia rodgers on February 28, 2011

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Beautiful table! Love using all of the available "stuff" already in one's closet and mixing and matching it. Doing all of this for lunch for 2 has to make somebody feel very special!

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By Callaway Razr on December 06, 2011

Precious!  Love the polka dot glassware!

By Miss Janice on May 04, 2010

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

By Brenda Barfield on April 20, 2010

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.

By eleanor holmes on April 19, 2010

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

By revice cooper on April 14, 2010

LOVE IT!!! SHOUTS SPRING, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? GOOD FOOD AND PRETTY FLOWERS AND THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE!!!!!c

By TERRIINTNViewer on April 12, 2010

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

By P. Kay Lewis on April 10, 2010

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

By will dekker on April 10, 2010

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

By Becky Bentley on April 09, 2010

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!

By Donna S on April 09, 2010

OMG.
THAT IS SO GORGEOUS.I LOVE THE CENTERPIECE

By Heather LaChapelle on April 09, 2010

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!

By Sherry Simmons, LMBT on April 09, 2010

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…

By Debra Wilburn on April 08, 2010

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!!

By Chiara June Marie on April 08, 2010

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

By Shirley Moore on April 08, 2010

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

By Mary Hoover on April 08, 2010

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

By Shelia Gardner on April 08, 2010

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

By Jeannie Collins on April 08, 2010

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.

By Starr on April 08, 2010

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm