Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Autumn's Glow

Welcome! Enjoy some tablescapes at Tablescape Thursday and then pop over to Southern Hospitality to get yourself into the feeling of fall!
Today's tablescape is all about the glow of Autumn.

I love the ochre plates against the burgundy tablecloth.

Instead of layering the plates, I layered the tablecloths: the rich golden tablecloth below the printed burgundy cloth.

Even the goblet has a glow.

A wreath of leaves encircle the little ramekins.

The ripples of the plate edge dance upon the tablecloth.

A glow from the golden candles in varying brass candle stick holders.

Gilded faux fruits scattered amongst the pine cones set off their own glow.

One can almost sink into the depth of color of the plate.

  • Dinner plate, Stoneware by Grestel
  • Villeroy and Boch goblets
  • Flatware, Gourmet Settings
  • Table linens, Ridgefield Home
  • Brass tureen, tag sale
  • Brass candle stick holders, years of collecting - didn't realize I had so many!
  • ramekins, Walmart!!!!
Til next week.
- The Tablescaper

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn Azure

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. Click the button below and visit Susan at Between the Naps on the Porch for more tablescapes. Also, be sure to visit Rhondie's Fall Party for some great inspriation to get ready for this lovely season.
One usually associates autumn with bright vibrant colors - oranges, reds, yellows and greens. Today's tablescape views the serene side of autumn
The soft blues, creams, and whites.
Touches of brown for the autumn wheat.
A lidded pumpkin entwined in delicate vines filled with a warming soup.
A step back to the days of wheat.
With a subtle splash of grey blue.
The lusciousness of white pumpkins near the reflecting glass.
A sip of something warm to soothe the soul.
A ring of leaves.
And acorns adorn...
All inspired by a blue pumpkin.
and a glistening white china gourd.
A pumpkin soup tureen with it's tendrils interlacing it's ladle.
For a calm, serene, soothing autumn display.
  • I did a bit of searching about blue pumpkins as they are on the unusual side. The best web site that shows photographs of pumpkins, squashes and gourds that I could find was KCB-Samen. It's a company that was an outgrowth of someone that was so interested in pumkins. squashes and gourds that they started a society. As best as I could tell, although when I purchased it my pumpkin was labled a "blue pumpkin", it appears to be a Bounty, or an Etna or a Grey Star. I'm not really sure which one it is, but one thing I feel pretty certain about is that the little white pumpkins are baby boos.
  • I found the amazing knives at a tag sale this summer. They are Solingen Stainless knives made in Germany. Little did I know that my little purchase had such a history.
  • I feel that the plates in this post were destined to be mine. They are Glamour by The American Limoge China Co. - Made in the USA - Sundale, as when I was first beginning to collect china I went to my local charity drop box to drop off several bags of china. There at the foot of the drop box, with the big printed words DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING OUTSIDE THIS BOX, was a delapidated box which held these dishes. I must admit at first I felt a bit odd taking them, as they were left for charity, but as they were never put in the box and since I had left many a donation inside the box I felt they must be destined for me. They've sat never used in my basement for years as I'm not a big 40's wheat fan, but somehow this tablescape unfolded. They were fall with their colors of brown and rust and there was just a touch of blue. When I brought home the blue pumpkin, they seemed a match!
  • Blue Depression Glass footed glasses
  • Martha Stewart placemats
  • vintage napkins
  • Walmart napkin rings
  • Tag sale, unmarked, blue leaf plates
  • Lidded white pumpkin bowls - Christmas Tree Shops
  • White pumpkin soup tureen - Mikasa
  • Stainless flatware - Oneida
Thanks so much for visiting. Kindly leave a comment. Thanks.
- The Tablescaper

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Romantic Fall

So happy that you're here for another fabulous Tablescape Thursday. I've been so busy with the children getting back to school, that I wasn't sure I was going to make it this week. Last week my post was #1 on Tablescape Thursday. This week it's got to be one of the last. Well, at least I made it.
Now, after all of the hub bub of getting everyone ready to go back to school and finally having them back to school, it's time for you and your special someone to settle in and enjoy a quiet dinner just for two.
Relationships need tending to. The summer is over, life is getting back to order. Don't forget to take a little time with your someone special.
Nestle in to the evening as the leaves begin to fall.
Enjoy the splendor of the season as it takes place in your own back yard.
Light the candles.
Prepare something a little special...
or just order in!
But be sure to bring out the silver (or silver plate)
Pull out the crystal.
And make it happen. Enjoy an evening for just the two of you...
  • vintage napkins
  • chargers by Target
  • Community Plate flatware that was my maternal grandparent's
  • floral salad plate - Summer Botanical by 222 Fifth PTS International
  • dinner plate - Victorian Pearls by Culinary Arts
  • mini pitcher from Christmas Tree Shops
  • beaded garland from Big Lots (ages ago)
  • crystal inherited from my in laws, approximately 50 years old, pattern unknown
  • tablecloth and center piece from Home Goods
Thanks so much for visiting . Please be so kind as to leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Autumn's Arrival

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. Stop over at Susan's to view many more tablescapes.
North or South, East or West, by now all have gone back to school.
The beaches are empty.
The bathing suits are packed away.
Lunches are packed.
Binders are filled.
Pencils are sharpened.
The parade of yellow school buses marches by.
Life seems more serious, not so carefree.
The air is changing, a bit of a nip in the early morning.
The acorns are falling.
The leaves are beginning to change.
Autumn has arrived (even if the calendar doesn't say so).
Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoy the change of seasons.
  • Tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren
  • Mug, salad plate, and place mat from Christmas Tree Shops
  • Dinner plate - Victorian Pearls by Culinary Arts
  • Burgundy charger by Pottery Barn
  • Horn napkin ring by Tracy Porter
  • Flatware by Gourmet Settings
  • All pewter, vintage, courtesy of my dear friend and fellow dish-a-holic, Barbara