I always look forward to having my bridge buddies here for lunch. They have become such sweet friends and they make the best guests.
Here's what greeted them at the gates.
The front door decor has a lot more color than last year.
But I set the table in a much more subtle palate of green and white and brown.
We first went to the bar for drinks. Here's what it looked like before the food was put out. Cider and iced tea and wine were offered.
I lined these pumpkins filled with mums up in a row as a backdrop. These were take-home favors for the guests. These will last about four or five days and then the pumpkin gets a bit soft, but the mums can be planted outside.
It was such a beautiful day that we started outside with appetizers. I served Double Cranberry Crostinis. I'll do another post about the food in a day or two.
Every beautiful day at this time of year is such a gift.
When we went in for lunch, this was the centerpiece.
Our last home had red silk walls in the dining room, so when fall came around, orange did not work at all. So I collected these white paper mache gourds to use in place of orange pumpkins. I add nuts and grapes and some bleached wheat and placed them on an olive linen runner.
I used natural colored flat woven place mats on a bare table and then cream plates bordered with embossed acorns from Crate and Barrel.
These bowls with figs on them held pumpkin risotto...........
And these plates were for Fig/Arugula salad. One of my bridge group gave them to me, since she knows how I love acorns.Can you imagine how thrilled I was. And another friend gifted me with the matching platter that I used for appetizers. How lucky am I? Both the bowls and the salad plates are from Sur la Table.
This flatware from Kmart is made for Martha Stewart. I like the way the cream color matches the place mats and the gourds.
I used two types of napkin rings with these olive linen napkins. This one is antique carved bone, and I also used a cream color celluloid style.
The apple green wine glass is from Swoosie's and the etched brown water glass is from Bobby Flay's line at Kohl's.
I tied a cream tag embossed with an acorn onto bleached wheat for a name tag. Mary Janet would have sat here, but she had to cancel due to illness. I am so sorry that she didn't make it, especially since she was the one who gave me the salad plates that inspired the whole table!!!!
I like to add a menu card with an appropriate quote. This one by George Elliot says "Delicous Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns."
These sweet acorn salt and pepper shakers came from Michaels last year.
I didn't choose this wine entirely for it's pretty label, but it did play a part!
Here's the wooden box lid that I used as a coffee tray. I used the coffee cups that match the dinner plates.
This pretty tea pot was a gift, too. I guess I am one lucky girl.
My favorite thing on this tray is this black forest bear that holds sugar. Isn't he cute?
More acorns on the water pitcher!
This all makes a serene fall table.
I also use these colors because they look good in my dining room, and I use them a lot all year around. These fruits and gourds and grapes used as a centerpiece just seem to represent the bounty of fall.
And then we played bridge. We didn't do so well, did we Kay?
I'll do another post on the menu and recipes and house decor in the next couple of days.
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