This is a very simple tablescape. There is no big, flashy centerpiece. There is no layering of plates. The star here is color -- bold, vibrant, color. Despite its simplicity, isn't this fabulous?
The centerpiece is nothing more than a pumpkin tureen. I’ve used it in various forms over the years as you can see here.
Today as I was setting a table for a pizza party with my son and his family, I wanted to keep it simple. My grandchildren appreciate a nice table, but they don't quite get the point in stacked plates and a lot of cutlery. They will one day, but in the meantime, I try to keep things simple when they come for a visit.
While digging for the tureen in the “belly of the beast,” I happened to come across these darling little pilgrim hat treat holders that I bought years ago at Williams-Sonoma on clearance. The idea at the time I suppose, was to use them at the Thanksgiving children's table filled with goodies. In giving them a careful assessment I thought, Egad! It is going to take a lot of candy to fill these things, so I came up with another idea. Don’t they look great? I love the whimsy here. And it gives the table a nice flash of gold, and look of fun.
Having successfully retrieved the tureen, I placed it at center table along with the surround of bittersweet that was a part of a shop display.
The plates are a new addition this year. I know, I know, I do not need new plates. I know that. Honestly, it's a sickness, when I see something this gorgeous I just can't resist.
I don't think I've seen colors quite so bold. I also liked the fact that the edge of the plate is little wavy, so it's different from the average plate.
An additional justification to my purchase was assuring myself that, because this is a sunflower design, I will be able to use these from midsummer all the way until late fall.
Simple can be fabulous, as I've shown you here. A nice simple centerpiece (that can double as server for soup), gorgeous fall plates, a whimsical holder for napkins, some autumn flatware, and the table is set.
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