Friday, October 28, 2016

Dinner Club in the Fall

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted a group of 12 for a fall dinner party, and here are the flowers I brought home and prepped for arranging.  The roses and sunflowers came from Costco, and the others all came from Trader Joe's.  I was a happy girl when I found all of this and didn't have to make a trip to the floral wholesaler.

This is the container that I chose.  It's French, but I found it while visiting a friend in Indianapolis.

Here's the result.  It's got lots of texture and even though the colors are within a very specific palate, they are varied and vibrant.

And this cachepot!  I can't even!

 
Since eight is the maximum that we can seat comfortably in the dining room, this is the way it came out.  Lots of color and a casual vibe.  Just what I wanted.

Here's the placesetting.

The rattan charger and the napkin rings are from World Market and similar ones are available everywhere.  The Portuguese plates and napkins are from Homegoods.

I like the way this Martha Stewart flatware shows up on this busy tablecloth, which is also from Homegoods.  

These stems are just perfect for fall with leaves and acorns.

I added these for a bit of whimsy.

On the dining room buffet, I piled lots of white and green pumpkins and gourds.  You can see the flowers reflected in the mirror.

I do not understand why I didn't get better pictures of the table for four in the breakfast room, but here's the placesetting.

And here's the way I carried the flowers onto the other table.  This time I used a narrow bark covered vase that saved space.

 
Our fall decorations are some of my favorites.  This tiered server brings everything I love about fall into the bar.

I buy lots and lots of small gourds and use them everywhere.

These French shelves sported neutrals and pops of bright green. 

The powder room gets it's share of  pretty, as well.

This candle from Michael Aram is perfect for this room and this season.  It was a gift from a very dear friend.

These corner shelves holds pumpkins and mums.

A small flower arrangement and some guests towels.......

and this French water bearer sit on the vanity.

Instead of water, she is carrying these teeny little fall fruits.  

These lasted days and days, and we enjoyed them immensely, just as we enjoyed our guests.


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3 COMMENTS:

  1. Everything looks so lovely, especially the heirloom pumpkin!

    ciao!
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  2. WOW, your table is stunning! The pumpkin bouquet is absolutely gorgeous....so are the candle rings!
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  3. What a beautiful tablescape and the dishes are gorgeous. Lovely center pieces as well. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. It's always fun to see what you have been up too.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Welcoming Fall Outdoors


When you arrive at our home, you'll be greeted by this at the road.  Minus those wreaths, I'm afraid.  Between the time I took this picture and when I posted it, someone pilfered those wreaths on the gates.  From now on, I'm using zip ties on any decorations.

The mums are also a bit more open by now.  And I have added some orange ribbon and bows to the corn stalks.

As you come up the driveway, you'll pass the cutting garden.

If I took you through the gate you' d see a garden in dire need of tidying up!

At the front door, I've arranged a pile of pumpking, mums, and flowers. 

Don't you love these stripes?

If you turn around at the front door, you'll see this.

I just love how this Japanese maple lights up in the sunshine.

This is out the back door.  I have often wished that I had a shelf on the fireplace chimney so that I could decorate the face of the fireplace, but I've had to choose other places to "pretty up"!

We had a dinner party recently, and I put tablecloths on all three of the outdoor tables.  This the one on the main patio.

The throw pillows on the patio have morphed from turquoise and coral to these brown leaves.

This is the table on the lower terrace.

And this is the table on the upper white deck.  We had cocktails outside, as it was a perfect fall evening.

Since these pillows had orange in them, I added them for a little comfort.

I tried to make several areas of interest reflect this beautiful season.



This statue has a basket of flowers in his arms, but I added an orange ribbon and some more signs of fall.

Even the fountain had a nod to fall.  After Thanksgiving, all of these pumpkins and gourds go into the woods for the deer and squirrels.  The mums will be planted in the cutting garden in hopes that they come up in the spring.  We feel so fortunate to celebrate this season of bounty with so many decorations and such beautiful weather.  But, probably the most beautiful of all is not what I add, but the incredible carpet of leaves and acorns that Mother Nature is supplying!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Corals, Oranges and Peaches in a Pumpkin


This beauty needed a pretty table to sit on!  I used it last night for a dinner at church, and it is too fab not to use again.  It's a real white heirloom pumpkin with a selection of peach, coral, and orange flowers.

I started with a taupe straw place mat on our dark wood table.  Then I stacked a ruffled burnt orange charger, a white oak leaf dinner plate, and this pheasant embossed salad plate.

Can you see the pheasant?  These oranges are intentionally mis-matched to reflect the colors in the flowers.

 
I used these salad plates a couple of years ago the night before Thanksgiving.  It was a really pretty table you can see here.

I realized that I never took a  pic of the glassware.  Can you see it here?  It is a tortoiseshell water tumbler and a raffia covered stemless wine.

Here's the same selection of flowers that I added on the chunky gold washed candlestick.

Aren't they yummy?  I especially love the brown scabiosia pods.

Here's the secret to using the pumpkin without carving into it: this little plastic prong.  I buy them at the floral wholesaler, but if you can't find them, you can use the piece that comes in the center of a delivery pizza!!!

This, my friends, is the most wonderful product.  That's what I use to attach the prong to the pumpkin.

Then I use a soaked piece of oasis, and it STAYS ON!!!  It will also come off when the flowers fade and I still have an intact pumpkin.

Here's the candle cup and oasis that I used for the flowers in the candlestick.  I did a post on how to use it here.

These will be even prettier when the roses open up a little more.

 
So, here's the way the table came together.

This is a simple cream linen napkin held in a brushed gold napkin ring. I'm not that much of a trend follower, but I find I am certainly using more and more gold these days. The flatware is a cream handled French design.

This seemed to be a perfect day to use these bittersweet place card holders.

I was happy to depart from the bright, bright orange and yellow flowers I have been using lately.  It look much better with our dining room colors, too


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