Ahhhh, October, my favorite month of the year. A magical, mystical month with so many things to enjoy, from cooler weather, to trees bursting with color, to, well, my birthday. I celebrate a milestone this year. I won't tell you which milestone, but I will say it's been a long trip.
This week's table reflects the seasonal changes that fall brings. Earthy colors, seasonal produce, and a more subdued setting. This was such an easy table to do. Yes, I did buy a few new things during a recent shopping excursion, but largely it is a simple redo of this table, and yet looks completely different.
The runner is the same. The new items are here. (I can see these placemats being used for a lot of holidays due to their neutral color and striped design -- be mindful of this when shopping for linens. I picture bright red or lime green napkins with them for Christmas.)
The centerpiece from the last table was dismantled and piled with fresh seasonal produce courtesy of Melissa's. (I'll be dicing, roasting, and caramelizing that Butterkin squash this weekend, and making a quince and apple crisp for dessert.) You can read more about the easy centerpiece here.
I used my favorite round wicker placemats, topped with the incredibly useful white nubby-edged plates.
Then, yet again, I added these plates from 222 Fifth. Honestly, I think this set of plates was one of the best purchases I ever made. I use them again and again.
Only the edge of these plates will show during dinner because the salad will be served on these wonderful Williams-Sonoma plates featuring William Hogarth drawings. (I bought these for Mr. O-P years ago because, as professor emeritus of 18th-century British literature and history, this was right up his alley. We love this set and use them all of the time.) When the salad course is finished, the black polka dotted plates will be removed along with the Hogarth plates and no one will be the wiser.
The individual candle holders give the table a lovely glow when the lights are turned down.
The yellow flatware, a gift from my mother years ago, adds a nice touch of color. The crows, a gift to myself.
These wonderful nubby glasses were supplied by the good people at Uncommon Goods (along with another fun item that you'll see later in the week). They are stemless wine glasses, but can be used for water, iced tea, exotic cocktails, Agua Frescas, or, if you must, wine. I love these so much, they are such fun. How can you not enjoy a beverage served in one of these?
The napkin fold is called “Bowtie.” Easy and fun, it allows use of napkin rings, so I'll be using these a lot this fall. You can get the instructions for this simple fold here.
Runner - Pottery BarnGlasses – Uncommon Goods
Napkins - Pier One
Round wicker placemats - Pier One
Striped placemats and key napkin rings - The White Hare
White Plates - Old Time Pottery
Flatware - Noritake
Polka Dot winter scene plates - 222 Fifth
Hogarth plates - Williams-Sonoma
Crows – Antique Farmhouse
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