We were only home a couple of days between an incredibly lovely wedding in Napa and a week at the beach. But during those few days, I squeezed in lunch in the garden two days in a row. There is nothing left to look at in the garden, but it was special to have the opportunity to the enjoy the weather and friends. The first day we were back, I had an absolute screaming fit at the way the deer had decimated the hosta in the driveway circle, so I featured these stag plates as an apology to our deer friends.
These colors were not the fall colors you might expect.
Here's the placesetting!
I started with a cream burlap tablecloth over our unfinished table that we keep stored in the garden shed. Then I added these chargers from Hobby Lobby. I love the distressed look that they have.
Then scalloped cream plates from Z Gallerie and these salad plates from The Victorian English Pottery. You KNOW I had to have them with the acorns AND stags! Two of my very favorite subjects.
This dark wooden handled flatware is such a workhorse. I use it so much and it is so versatile.
These turquoise glasses came from Target this spring, and they complemented the wicker covered ones that make good wine glasses, although we both decided to forgo the alcohol in order to have a little more productive afternoon.
These Pottery Barn plaid napkins tied everything together and gave the table a bit of pizzazz.
And look who joined the table.....more stags!
As you can tell by the background of these photos, I had NO fresh flowers, but a Limelight Hydrangea bush did have some dried blossoms. I plopped them into a faux wood vase and added some bleached wheat. A few little white pumpkins later, and I was done!
It was fun and gave us one more afternoon in the fall fresh air.
This little vignette was the only thing I left for the following day.
Target's gold decorated pumpkins with some real tiny ghost ones inspired this next table.
Over the burlap tablecloth, I added these gold printed placemats. I've had them for ages. I feel that they are sort of retro, as I bought them when Martha Stewart first made gold accents "the" entertaining detail.
This is what greeted my college friend.
I used my Silhouette to cut gold glitter details for the bottom of the glass salad plate.
They sat on the cream scalloped plates that I used the day before, and a gold charger. The cream flatware is a French reproduction.
Gold glassware worked for this table. I was a little nervous that I should have chosen something a bit more heavy duty, but it all came back into the house with no breakage. The alcohol was NOT passed up this day!
The napkin was a cotton shot with gold and I used a simple gold matte ring.
This is definitely the last meal in the garden for this year. That always makes me a little sad, but when the garden rests, I have a few more hours to myself each week until spring, and then I start again. I'm not too sure that the rewards are as great as the work, but I'll probably never give it up!
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