RUSTIC WITH A PUNCH OF COLOR: Sunflowers on the porch

Happy Tuesday, all!


It’s a little early for sunflowers here in East Tennessee, but I’m working on plans for a Summer BBQ in Carmel Valley, CA . . . and sunflowers are on my mind. If you want to see my inspiration board on Pinterest, HERE ’tis.


I remembered a shower Renaissance Man and I hosted last Summer that I never shared here, so it seems like a good time to do that now.


The couple’s wedding colors were turquoise and coral, and they wanted a rustic vibe. We’ve known the young man for years, and he’s very easy going and “outdoorsy”, so plans were made for a fun evening out at the farm. I wanted to “give a nod” to the upcoming wedding, but I didn’t want the shower to be too wedding-y. Does that make sense, or are you totally confused?


This was the invitation.


couples shower


But on the day of the event, “cool & casual” turned into “wet & sloppy”, so we moved festivities from the farm to our old house porch. I love entertaining there!


Here’s a little inspiration if you ever find yourself wanting a rustic theme with a punch of color.


sunflower shower collage

I’m not crazy about turquoise and coral, so I added another burst of color with the “rustic” sunflowers.

Elements used in this casual, rustic tablescape:

  • Wood crates and boxes (Mine are old, but new ones are readily available at Hobby Lobby and can be stained to look old.)
  • Burlap
  • Canning jars (I used turquoise on the tables and clear for the desserts.)
  • Paper fans in multiple sizes (Hobby Lobby)
  • Galvanized metal tub (for iced drinks)
  • Print fabric
  • Sunflowers



Chopped brisket sandwiches w/ BBQ sauce

Potato salad

Pinto beans

Dill pickles spears

Green onions

Apple, peach, and cherry pies with whipped cream

Sweet tea, soft drinks, and water


The pies served in individual canning jars were a huge hit! Homemade or store-bought . . . It doesn’t matter. It’s all about the presentation! Just bake the pies, let them cool, and spoon into jars. Shortly before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream to the top and put on the lid. I’ll definitely be using this idea again—probably this Summer!


Interested in more porch entertaining ideas?

The Pleasure of a Porch: Outdoor Entertaining

Table for Two: Lunch on the Porch


How about some ideas for Tables with a Theme?


What’s the last theme table you did?

Have you ever done a theme table?

I’d love to know! Won’t you leave a comment and tell me?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Nancy Reinke says:

    Great menu, Susan. I love the idea of pie in jars. Sunflowers are so cheery. And I adore your green metal dining set. SwOOn! Hugs, Nancy