Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Tablescape


This fall tablescape was a pleasure to create because of two things:

the use of a new color


a Birthday Club celebration for some dear friends, which was held at my house.


I wanted to use purple, and I wanted to

fill the table-

I used everything I could find.

I LOVE doing that.

More is more.


It may seem like too much, but that is the way I like it.


I used my Royal Stafford bird dishes and my Nyssa garage sale soup tureens.



Even though they are not my favorite (as my grandson says), I am so glad I kept my 12

mercurochrome colored goblets.

I have 12- and for several years I have tried to sell them at a local antique mall.

They just wouldn’t leave (sell), because alone they are pretty startling, but mixed in with everything on the table, they become wonderful.

I love THAT too.



My Reed and Barton Francis 1st still makes my heart flutter – and it  has since I chose it many, many years ago.

I only had one place setting for years.

I didn’t tend to it, I didn’t make it a priority, and rightly so I guess.

And then one day I woke up, years had gone by, and I thought,

‘I better get this show on the road.’

And so I turned to Ebay.


I am just so grateful today-

which is not to say that perfection lives in my house,

because it does not.

But the irregular does-

*my purple tablecloth from DD’s Discount- which is a retail phenomenon in and of itself.

That is where things from Ross are sent out to pasture.

Can you imagine?

*my ceramic pumpkins from Walgreen’s- I love multi-tasking shopping, don’t you?

You can even buy Blue Bell there.

*my copper colored, mercury glass candlesticks (from a garage sale), that I found stuck and forgotten in a cabinet in the little house

*my goblets that wouldn’t leave


a simple life today.


I am linking to these wonderful parties.




Marla said...

Laura I love everything! So so beautiful!

trash talk said...

Funny thing...the "monkey blood" colored goblets are the first thing that caught my eye! That is a table fit for a banquet...and I don't mean the TV dinner kind!
I love it when you "play dress up"!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, truly you always set such lovely tables, and I completely agree that more is more when it comes to fall. I also think that at Christmas!

That purple cloth is perfect as a backdrop, and that is amazing that DD Discounts is the drop off point for Ross. I dare say that cloth is wonderful, and if I had seen it at Ross, I would have nabbed it there!

I love your Francis I which is my MIL's and SIL's pattern. It really is lovely. And I love your bird plates. I saw those on Susan's blog and just had a fit over them. Your whole table is perfect. I also think the goblets are great with that fall look, so you couldn't go wrong there. I can't believe someone didn't snatch them up.

This is a great idea to have a birthday club. I have friends with whom I normally celebrate, but the idea of a club is a great idea.

I'm having server issues, so I guess I had best post and run!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Cindy said...

Very beautiful! I always enjoy seeing how other people do things like this. For myself, I keep things practical and simple which has benefit but isn't nearly as beautiful! lol

Karen said...

Really beautiful, Laura. I think I'll take a second look at what is not selling at my booth. It could be because it doesn't want to "leave"... and shouldn't. Hmmmm....
Ladybug Creek

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Beautiful. I love things that hang on like your goblets. In the end you end up loving their persistence and back story. I saw those bird plates on another blog earlier today...I just love them.

Low Tide High Style said...

Laura your tablescape is beautiful. I love the bird dishes and those goblets were meant to stay with you where they would be loved and used in such a lovely setting! It's not too much, it's perfectly perfect!

Kat :)

Linda Q said...

Laura, gorgeous table, I love the purple in it and there are those dishes again. If I see them again at Marshalls I am buying some!!
Yours one of my favs this week!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Laura your table looks as if it stepped right out of a decor magazine ... it's FABULOUS. Gorgeous centerpiece, and I love those goblets. Of course, I have not seen them in person! But they sure look wonderful in the pictures.
What a great and unexpected pairing of the main colors -- fantastic. What a great eye you have!

Scribbler said...

Your table almost looks like a Renaissance painting! Aren't you glad the goblets didn't sell -- they are perfect.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Wow, wouldn't I love to dine at your table! Simply stunning! Your guests must feel like Royalty!!!

Tricia said...

Oooh, pretty! The purple works so well with the pumpkin colors! And the glassware is perfect with all the rich colors surrounding it! Love "not my favorite" -- such a polite way to express one's feelings!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So pretty! I love deep purple mixed in with the usual Fall colors You did good! :D

From the Old InkWell said...

Laura, so elegant! Love it!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a great table you set. I bet you had some lovely compliments. So pretty!!

Olive said...

Your goblets that would not leave were meant to stay! I try for less but do better with more every time. ♥O

Katherine Your Online Avon Lady said...

beautiful, you set a lovely table for your party. Well done!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous table, Laura! I'm so glad you kept your glasses. They are really beautiful.

Lynn said...

What a beautiful table! Your goblets are fantastic and I'm lovin' those copper candlesticks:@)

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Be still my heart! Those dishes are gorgeous! Great post with a meaningful ending.

Sue said...

It is a beautiful table! My 2 favorite things are garage sale finds? The candlesticks and the soup tureens. Garage sales around here tend to be baby clothes...tons of them. Ick.

Deb said...

Oh Happy Day....I love that song...I love the goblets...what a great table...

NanaDiana said...

It is just a gorgeous setting. I think more is more too! Those are very unusual glasses...I don't think I have ever seen any quite like that...I suppose they are a rarity? Beautiful blogging- Diana

Kathy said...

I love your table how special your guests must have felt

Entertaining Women said...

Of course, we are in complete agreement....more is always better! I need to think about flirting with purple, even if I don't ever fully embrace it. I'm currently scouting amethyst goblets....seems that would be a good place to start. Round tables...think about the flip top table tops or the 'break-down' 60" round tables from Sam's. Combine those with good tablecloths, and you're in business. For the flip tops, contact 'By Invitation Only' 405-748-4949 or email her at Her name is Sandy, and she's such a nice person. Thanks for stopping by my post. Come visit again soon! Cherry Kay

Theresa said...

Gorgeous table setting dear Laura! I truly love all of the color! The goblets are keepers for sure! I LOVE them! Enjoy your evening in your lovely home! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Such a warm and cozy table setting. I love the addition of the rich purple.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, love all the more is more!! I have one of those same dinner plates hanging on my guest room wall. Great minds......

Savannah Granny said...

Laura, I am so glad you stopped by. Otherwise I might not have found your blog. It beautiful. Your tablescape is so warm. Just glowing. I am sooo glad you goblets didn't sell, they absolutely make the table. You are quite the shopper. Seems you and I haunt similar places. Wish I had a DD's.
Thank so much for dropping by. I am your follower. Hope we have many mutual visits. Ginger

June said...

Laura I have just one word...gorgeous!
I love the goblets for the Autumn table.
Bet your friends were thrilled with the setting!
hugs to you...

All The Pretty Dishes said...

You table looks great, so many pretty things. And I love the goblets!

Bill said...

Hi Laura,

This is just spectacular! I love everything about your festive fall table -- colors, shapes, textures. And the silver! Oh my ... I first encountered Francis I at an estate sale a couple of years ago. It was a HUGE set, with every imaginable size, function ... a vast quantity, in like-new condition. The price reflected the quality, so I walked away. But I've fantasized about it ever since. Good for you for going for it via eBay and fulfilling the dream that began when you first selected the pattern!

The stemware is wonderful -- not sure why it didn't sell, but so glad you could share it with us this week!

With warmest regards,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

HI Laura...

Ohhh my...your autumn table is sooo rich and lush! I just adore the colors that you chose...the deep, rich purple paired with the earthy orange and bronze...simply glorious! I think your centerpiece is awesome! I'm a "more is better" kind of gal as well! Hehe! I especially like those beautiful bronze candleholders...they really do look stunning with the purple tablecloth! And...I love, love, LOVE your dishes! I have the same dishes...they're my latest favorites! In fact, I did a tablescape using them last week. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table with us...I love it!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Marlis said...

Oh Laura, your table is wonderful. I love purple with the fall colors. Never thought of doing that. I can't wait to go back and see all your old posts. Glad you stopped by and left a message. I do love how the centerpiece turned out, as you said "More is More". Cya around soon!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laura! I knew you would have a lovely fall tablescape and I was not disappointed! I am sure that your guests were amazed! I love the colors...such a rich tapestry! And...they look fabulous with your signature blue and white in the background. You know I love that! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Leave a Legacy said...

Hi Laura, How beautiful. I agree that more is more in my house, too. Hey, I wouldn't ever get rid of those goblets if I was you. I love them! Fall colors are just so pretty, aren't they?

Debbie said...

I'm trying my best to see all the tablescapes and nearly missed this. It's just plain beautiful to me and a favorite this week. I saw those plates on Susan's and fell in love with them. They're beautiful, and I particularly love them with your stuff.

Love the stemware. I have some colored pieces (tons) from back when I got married. I'm so glad that I kept them now.

This is really very beautiful!

CIELO said...

Very pretty.... come show off your table at our Monday "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"! ;)



Your tablescape is phenomenal. And you are right, those glasses look incredible. They just needed the right setting.

Have a great weekend,

All That Glitters said...

Your table scape is beautiful!!!! I like the way you shop!!! You would have never known that is where your stuff came from!!! Gorgeous!!!

Have a great weekend!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Nicely done, Laura! Love the purple, too. I used purple in last week's tablescape. It's fun to step out of the "red, yellow, orange, brown" box sometimes, isn't it?

Unknown said...

Laura your table is absolutely beautiful! Very warm and cozy feeling with those colors and those them!

Have a great weekend!

CHERI said...

So pretty! My granddaughter's favorite color (right now) is purple...wouldn't have thought to use that but it works!

kayellen said...

So pretty Laura :)
Love your birdie plates!!

Have a blessed weekend!

Kay Ellen

Brenda Pruitt said...

You sure set a pretty table. And I think those goblets are absolutely gorgeous! Can't believe they wouldn't sell. Love the bird plates too.

ChaChaneen said...

I absolutely lurve this post!!!

Domestic Designer said...

Just lovely in every way!

Splenderosa said...

I love your beautiful creation, but then I'm a Texan too, and love opulence. The story of everything made it so much more interesting. Love your blog. xx's

Diane said...

I love your table. Everything looks like all the rich jewellike colors of fall. And I love the name of your blog, too. Reminds me of myself - don't like the color, antique white spray paint!!! Have a nice Sunday. Diane

Nancy's Notes said...

What an exquisite setting Laura, you have such style!

Now, I have to get back to unpacking!!

Hugs, Nancy

Julie Harward said...

Hi there, thanks for your visit. Your table looks so beautiful! More is more and the all is gorgeous! :D

Donna said...

Your table is gorgeous! I love birds, and your china is beautiful! And I love white spray paint, too:)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- your tables is absolutely beautiful!!! I love all of your elements- your glasses look right at home and your china is delightful! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)


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