Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"FALLing" Back In

I created a post in September, but have not done a tablescape since April ! I woke up today and decided that with temperatures in the 60's (a welcomed signal that fall has hit Southern CA) it was time to bite the bullet and FALL into tablescaping again!! Wow!! Am I rusty!! I must have stood in front of my dish storage closet for 30 minutes before an idea started to germinate. On our last RV trip we went antiquing and I found some plates that seemed just right for a fall table. So that was how this table began.  Much rummaging and many mutterings later, this is what I came up with to honor my new-to-me plates:

Here's the table:

Here's How It Was Created:

The table covering I chose was one I have used on previous Thanksgiving tables. I thought it would coordinate well with the rust-colored flowers so prevalent on the salad plate I was highlighting (sorry I didn't smooth out the wrinkles; I was busy re-orienting myself to my camera!)

The base of my plate stack was my faithful brown basketweave charger I have used for many Thanksgivings and other fall tablescapes. It's always nice to welcome back old "friends" when you haven't created something in a while!

The next layer is my yellow Metaceramica plate from HomeGoods. I wanted to pick up the yellow in my accent plate, so I felt this was just the right match!

And now for the main attraction! I found these salad plates hidden away in a bookcase of an antique store and immediately fell in love with the colorful pattern. It is labeled "Spode; Great Britain, Gainsborough" with a marking stating Copeland, which I believe is the pattern name. I feel very fortunate to have found them!

I completed my place setting with yellow linen napkins from HomeGoods, napkin rings from Pier One (which I thought mirrored the flower on the plate!) , amber-colored glasses from the Dollar Tree store, and my ever-faithful Treble Clef stemware from World Market.

For my centerpiece , I started with a strip of burlap to add texture to the table and break up the solid color of the tablecloth. I wanted to use a colorful flower arrangement I got last fall so I lined with napkins that match my tablecloth, one of the wooden boxes my neighbor, Gary, had made and stained for me . Next, I added the flower arrangement.  I completed the look with a couple of fall ceramic plates, and some pumpkins (one of which I got at the pumpkin patch I visited with my grandkids). Then I finished the look with a couple of fall-festooned votive candleholders.

And there you have it! I enjoyed my day of putting the table together, but it certainly took longer than in the past.  I want to keep up my momentum now that I'm back to tablescaping, so I'm looking forward to posting my upcoming Thanksgiving table in a couple of weeks.  How did the holidays get here so incredibly fast?!  I hope all of you are enjoying the change of seasons and gearing up for all the wonderful activities that make those memories we like to cherish.

I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at   Please be sure to stop by and see all the creative entries that are shared! Thank you, Susan, for keeping the tradition of Tablescape Thursday!!

P.S. On a side-note, I want to let you know that sweet Alyssa Grace, our newest granddaughter is now home with her Mama, Dada and sister Gianna, and she is thriving! She's now up to 8 pounds, still having some feeding issues, but busy growing and making all around her smile!! Thank you for your continued prayers.


  1. Your long contemplation and mutterings paid off!!! Wow...pays off to peek around in the nooks and crannies of antique stores, doesn't it? Those are really neat salad plates! Thanks for the update on your granddaughter. I'm glad to hear she is home and rallying.

  2. Welcome back to the wonderful world of tablescapes, we've missed you! Your comeback table is beautiful and the Spode dishes were a great find. I've wanted chargers like those for a long time and they run out quickly. So happy to hear that sweet Alyssa Grace is home with family.

  3. It's so good to see a post from you, Rosie! Your table is perfect for a Fall dinner. Those new salad plates are so pretty as is that centerpiecea, I love how you mixed the flowers, plates and pumpkins. I'm going to have to get on the stick and put a tablescape together. It's been a long time for me, too. I'm so glad to hear your granddaughter is doing better. What a blessed Thanksgiving you all will have!

  4. Nice to see a new post from you Rosie. Love those Spode dishes; a very pretty autumn tablescape. Great news about your granddaughter. xo Deborah

  5. So bright and fall pretty Rosie! I love the way you styled your centerpiece with fabric and pretty plates as well as flowers! You don't seem rusty to me! Glad you're having fun!

  6. Rosie,
    Your new Spode dishes are beautiful and they look amazing on the table you skillfully put together. Dianne

  7. So very pretty. I miss visiting you and seeing your tables.....SOON

  8. Hello, I have been reading through all of your tablescape posts. Very nice. Copeland Spode is the manufacturer and Gainsborough is the pattern name. Regards.