Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome Fall Tablescape

Tonight at 10:09 pm my little part of the world will officially usher in the beginning of fall with the autumnal equinox. We will be needing that official proclamation; the weatherman has forecast record-breaking highs of 96-98 degrees. But, no matter. Sometimes seasons are a matter of the heart and not the thermometer.

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I’m afraid a busy schedule has made me a little lax in the feeding of my family lately. So I’ve planned a meal to welcome fall and the table is already set.

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I bought this set of dishes several years ago at Steinmart. After using it for a while, I tucked it away and had almost forgotten about it. The pattern called Still Life has all the deep, rich jewel tones I associate with fall.

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There are four different patterns in both the dinner and the salad plates so I like to mix them up.

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The centerpiece is sunflowers I purchased for next to nothing in the last few minutes of a street festival on Saturday. The carafe makes an interesting vase.

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Susan’s napkin tutorial last week sparked my interest in playing with napkins. These are “wash and wear” napkins made out of a blend, so they are perfect for a week night family dinner. I’ll show you how to make this easy silverware pocket next week.

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The stemware, also from Steinmart several years ago, is sturdy and ready to hold water, milk, or your favorite merlot :)

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You can nibble on some hors ‘d, oeuvres and check out the menu while I finish up in the kitchen. I put out some homemade sour dough bread, grapes and cheese.

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Apple and Fennel Salad

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Fresh Mustard Greens

Wild Rice

Cornbread

Apple Dumplings with Vanilla Ice Cream

**I’ll be back for Foodie Friday with the salad and dumpling recipes!

And I couldn’t resist this—Remember the street festival I told you about? I saw this and thought of Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

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Aren’t you glad this isn’t Susan’s philosophy? :)

Happy fall and thanks for stopping by. And thank you Susan for not “keeping it on the porch”! :) Click on the Tablescape Thursday button on my sidebar for immediate transportation! See you tomorrow with recipes and pictures ! :)

24 comments:

  1. Such a nice tablescape. The dishes with the blue and then the pop of the sunflowers. Very nice.

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  2. Your family is in for a treat to be seated at this table for dinner. Love those dishes. I'd start using them rather than keeping them packed away. They are lovely. Beautiful table! ~ Sarah

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  3. Beautiful table. The pears on the dishes make them perfect for fall dinners! I love the napkin fold and can't wait for your tutorial. Thanks, Susan!

    xoxo
    Janie

    P.S. Love the sign!

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  4. What a pretty table setting to usher in Fall. Your menu sounds wonderful - except for the greens. :D
    Enjoy!

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  5. Happy Autumn to you Susan ~ I loved seeing your Fall tablescape, the blues and yellows and the sunflowers are all so beautiful.
    The menu sounds delicious too.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  6. Perfectly beautiful! I'm sure the family will forgive you with this lovely setting. As for fall, I'm turning down the temperature on the ac and putting a fire in the fireplace. I learned that little trick when we lived in southern California!

    Happy fall!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  7. Oh, Susan, it is so elegant & inviting. Love the blues wit your autumn inspiration.
    Have a lovely eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  8. Still warm here too, we had to put the a/c back on today. But no fire in the fireplace!

    Those plates are so pretty, and the table looks lovely. Blue and yellow ... always a winner!

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  9. I love the dishes. The colors are beautiful and I also associate fruits with fall. The sunflowers add just the right touch of color with the cheese board. Perfect!

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  10. Love those dishes. Love the blue and white and the lattice pattern on them. Beautiful sunflowers are the perfect centerpiece.

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  11. Great 'scape! We don't have a Steinmart here, wish we did! Love the colors and the sunflowers are really fun!

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  12. Love those pretty dishes...perfect for ushering in fall. Your bread, cheese and grapes look beautiful too. Very pretty.

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  13. Those dishes are just so pretty--I love the border on them and the beautiful fruit basket. The colors of your placemats pick up the trellis on the dishes beautifully!

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  14. What a pretty table! Those dishes are just lovely. I agree with the philosophy of seasons are a matter of the heart. I am waiting for some cooler temps too.

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  15. That meal sound delicious. And the dishes are very lovely and cozy-looking.

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  16. So pretty -- I love blue and yellow. Your fancy napkin folding reminded me that somewhere I have a book that shows a lot of those folds. If I ever locate it, maybe I will post about it!

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  17. Beautiful dishes...the sunflowers go so nicely with blue. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. What a lovely setting! And I simply adore sunflowers.....any time of year.

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  19. What a beautiful table.
    I love blue and yellow together.
    I enjoyed visiting and linked to the same party.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  20. The sourdough bread and cheese, incorporated as part of the centerpiece, is a brilliant choice. It is such a welcoming touch, and the texture of the bread is a great design element. Thank you for sharing your charming tablescape. Cherry Kay

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  21. I love those plates. I bet they got lonely stashed in a forgotten corner. I'm glad you brought them out to play. Your table is beautiful.

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  22. Susan, I am loving those plates! Not only is each "still life" beautiful, that border is stunning. Perfect fall table setting, and very clever napkin folding! laurie

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