Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome October Table Setting

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 Barn
Glasses – 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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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love the table - everything works so well together. Like all your new purchases and I love the stripped place mats and dishes.
Have a great weekend.

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Month! I favor October too because it signals the start of autumn and cooler weather. Your table is delightful. I agree, those striped placemats are great. Can't beat black and white in my book.

Marigene said...

What a great transitional table, just little hints of fall everything about it. The nubby glasses are really pretty...I can see them in a summer setting, too.
Have a great rest of the week, Pattie.

Susan Freeman said...

Love the way you have mixed color, texture and style elements to create a really striking and inviting table!
Whatever milestone you have reached, I wish you many more happy and healthy ones to come.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Alycia Nichols said...

The trip couldn't be THAT long!!! Whatever the milestone your birthday will bring, I hope you enjoy the celebration!

I have to tell you that I looked and saw that Doberman in the background of your table. I used to have one exactly like that!!! I would sit him in the doorway off the patio back when I was a single lady. He always looked so real! My son had named him Hooch since the Tom Hanks movie "Turner & Hooch" was popular at the time. I miss ol' Hooch. I gave him up when Ramon and I got married.

Your table setting is beautiful. I just looked at the table from a couple of weeks ago, and I can see the resemblance between the 2 settings. Even with some of the same elements, though, the differences are very apparent! You did a great job of remastering the tablescape!!!

The crows are SO COOL!!! That one all hunched over (almost like a vulture!!!) really rocks! His presence fits in well with the design on the salad plates! There's something really edgy and cool about 18th-century British lit and history that makes me want to sit up straight and soak up a little culture!!!

I love your choice of placemats! The stripe is perfect with the plates you chose! I can't let this go without mentioning how absolutely cool the napkin rings are, too. They fit in with the whole 18th-century vibe, but have that cool bent twist. Absolutely fab!!!

Beautiful table that really sells fall! Have a terrific weekend!

Crafts a la Mode said...

Pinned. Such pretty pictures. linda Crafts a la mode

Lady of the Manor said...

This is a great table for the changing season. I love your centerpiece...always enjoy one you can munch on! Those plates are awesome, too! I can see why you use them a lot. Lots of options!!! Have a great birthday!

Rosie M. said...

I really love your table. There is something about it that is so serene, yet has an edgy contemporary feel to it. I love your runner, centerpiece, dish stack (those "sketch plates" are extraordinary): everything is put together so well. Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Kathy said...

Your tablescape is lovely, Patti. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,