Easin' Into the "Seasin"
I wanted to do a table with the theme of falling leaves, emphasizing the colors of gold, brown, orange and bright yellow. But....our climate has just not cooperated. Where we live, this time of year is beseiged with HOT winds and blowing dust and the only leaves that fall are still green and were just unlucky to be hit with a gust of wind that catapulted them to the ground on the limb of an injured tree! So, trying to reproduce the fall where I grew up (in NY) is almost impossible to do. But, Halloween and Thanksgiving WILL arrive despite the weather, so I thought I'd just ease into the changing season with muted fall colors and some accents that pay homage to the fall I remember from my childhood.
Here's the table I created:
In my mind, I'd be having a fall lunch (with all the windows and French doors opened!) of Cesar Salad, a selection of cold cuts and cheeses, a selection of breads, sides of pickles and olives, and sliced fruits. Since we would have had such a sensible lunch, our dessert would consist of Double Fudge Brownies with ice cream and tea or coffee. Can I save you a place at the table?
Here's how the table came together:
This celery-colored tablecloth was a gift from my cousin. I wish the color had photographed truer to the color that it is in person. As a new blogger, I still have to learn photographic skills!! I started my stack with a placemat from Bed, Bath and Beyond (got to love their end-of-the-season sales!)
Then I added my basket-weave charger from Michael's that I have shown in previous posts.
This yellow plate is from Home Goods and is labeled Metaceramica from Portugal. It is the same brand as the white plates I bought for my inventory when I first started to tablescape.
On top of this, I placed a fall plate from Hobby Lobby. There is no pattern name, just Fall 2013 Table Top.
When I found these napkins and napkin rings at Pier One, I had no idea what I could coordinate with them. I just knew I liked the colors (green is my favorite!) and that I was compelled to buy something because our Pier One was moving two storefronts down and having a HUGE clearance sale (almost 70% off EVERYTHING!) Honestly, could I have left empty-handed?! Was I excited when I saw I could use them for this post, and especially glad that they went so well with my new salad plates (the flower is almost an exact match!) I completed the look with my Treble Clef pattern flatware from Old World Market and goblets from Dollar Tree.
I was delighted I could showcase these serving platters in this post. My husband and I were visiting Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim, CA years ago, and I spotted this trio in the gift shop. They are labeled Grasslands Road, nested tray set. He totally surprised me by purchasing the set, and it is now an important part of my Thanksgiving decor. Yes, HE and THE SET are keepers!!
I kept my centerpiece simple, since this would be a lunch. So, I have my votive candle holders from Dollar Tree and a flameless candle from a set my husband got me while at Costco! The scarerow figurines are from Dollar Tree, and I thought I 'd give one to each of my guests as a "luncheon party" favor.
So, with this table and lunch, I'm "easin' into the 'seasin'" of fall, as much as I can until the weather turns cooler. I hope everyone out there is making an easy transition into this busy time of year. It sure does get here fast!!
I'll be linking up to http://betweennapsontheporch.net for Susan's Tablescape Thursday and
http://CuisineKathleen.com for Let's Dish
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