Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Dinner Celebration

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday with our hostess Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch. Tuesday ushered in the beginning of a new season. A cool front blew through the previous night, temperatures dropped into the 60's, and much need moisture has moved into our area. So we are celebrating!

If you joined me for my "Fall Nesting" on Tuesday, you've seen the simple arrangement of white pumpkins and oversized acorn that greets guest from the bachelor chest in our entry. A lovely bouquet of fall blooms, a hostess gift from a thoughtful friend, has now been added.

The weather is so pleasant, with cooler temperatures, let's go out to the sun porch, have a glass of wine, and visit before dinner.

Mr. Scarecrow is here to set the mood. The fall leaves that landed on this sweet guy are about the only colorful fall foliage you'll see here in Texas.

But the flower markets are full of beautiful fall asters, hypericum berries, and godetia.

Pumpkins and blackbirds ring out "Fall Is Here"!

A bunch of bittersweet makes the perfect fall statement.

And what fall decor is complete without candy corn!

But I know you don't want candy corn with a glass of wine. So help yourself to a little gouda and crackers.

The jewel like grapes will be a better choice with the cheese. Leave the candy corn till later.

We'll go into the dining room for dinner.

My "Fall Tableau" posted for Metamorphosis Monday this week, will set the stage for dinner.

I wanted to include the rich hues of the fall season in as many elements of this table as possible.

I've selected a bottle of red wine to go with our meal.

The squirrels will feast on their stash of acorns.

We will dine on a salad of greens with figs and blue cheese, roasted pork tenderloin, potatoes dalphine, and fresh French haricot vert. OK, I know that's not what is printed on this vintage menu card, but don't you think it is a nice touch for the fall table?

There's a spot for each of you, so find your place at the table.

Of course Susan is joining us. I recently assured her that there would always be a place set for "Our Queen of Dishes and Tablescapes".

Brass pear shaped placecard holders are from Pottery Barn. Fall leaf accents are simple foil confetti added to plain cards.

Napkins are from William Sonoma. The lush gold textile with its embroidery of French royal bees and fleur de lys give the table a touch of France. The silver and enameled flatware is Talisman by Christophe.

I started with Zrike porcelain chargers with a wide band of deep green.

The dinner plates, our wedding china, are Palermo Brown by Richard Ginori.

Salad will be served on Royal Crown Derby's Olde Avesbury.

We'll finish with a baked apple drizzled with a warm caramel sauce and a swirl of whipped cream served in the Denby sherbet stemware.

The crystal, also from our wedding registery, is a rich amber color by Denby.

Fresh hot dinner rolls will be served in an Italian silver basket with Le Jacquard Français linen to keep them warm.

What a treat it is to celebrate the change of the seasons!

Here's to fall and a most welcomed change of crisp, cool air!

I'm so happy you joined me for a fall dinner celebration.

Now that my guest have departed and the dishes are done. I think I'll have a little sweet snack before heading up to bed.

It's going to be a wonderful fall! Thanks for joining me today. Would love to have you leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. Don't forget you are just a click away from more tablescapes here at Between Naps on the Porch.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Your tablescape is just stunning. I admired it on MM. I love all the wonderful fall touches you have added to the table. You china and linens are beautiful. I really like the rich color of your stems too. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  2. thanks for coming by

    your tablescape is awesome. Pretty and fun all at the same time

    barbara jean

  3. Sarah - A beautiful table. When is dinner? All of your Fall colors and china are so pretty. You are so creative and I love to see what all you do!

  4. Sarah, everything looks so pretty. I have obviously missed some of your posts, so I'll got look at them now. laurie

  5. great looking table, so much to enjoy, very fun!

  6. Hi Sarah, I love all the wonderful fall touches you have put out...
    The squirrel is just to cute...

  7. Oh, what a beautiful table you've set! Everything is just perfect! Now I'm looking for my place card! ;)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. What a rich colored tablescape --I do love the colors of fall! Everything from the wine and cheese right to the bedtime snack -- just looks wonderful.

  9. Sarah, I couldn't wait to see the rest of your tablescape after you wet our appetites with just the centerpiece earlier in the week. You did not disappoint! Everything is just lovely & I relish your deep, dark colors.

    I'll be happy to send you some colorful pressed leaves if you'd like. We have plenty & I used to iron them between waxed paper & mail them to my sister in AZ, since they too don't have any.

  10. Very pretty ... love the printed menu! Hope you'll stop by to meet my angels.

  11. What a beautiful Fall table you set and all the touches that go with it...loved it all just awesome girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  12. Hi Sarah! Your tablescape is just gorgeous and your menu sounds wonderful!! All of the Fall touches in your home are so pretty! I always look forward to seeing your wonderful collection of dishes and getting a little peek at your Quimper ware on your beautiufl hutch!! Happy rest of the week!...hugs...Debbie

  13. This is a wonderful post! I love everything you've done and the table looks stunning! I love the place settings and the little nut bowl with the squirrel is too cute! Great job!

  14. You've set a very lovely table to share with us today. You have an eye for detail that many of us lack. I love the fall colors you've used here. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  15. That looks beautiful..
    You have lovely things and put it together so prettily!
    Thanks for that delicious dinner...:)

  16. I loved your centerpiece for met monday and I love it even more for tablescape thursday!
    Very lovely table you have created that sure sets the mood for Autumn.
    So glad you've shared.

    Autumn Blessings,
    d from homehaven

  17. Sarah, you do such a splendid job! So creative, and you find such treasures. Now what I'd like is to see more of the Quimper one can only get a glimpse of.

    Very nice indeed!

  18. Sarah, thank you for stopping by, so glad you did. I love all your Fall decor. I'm having a Fall party myself on Oct. 1st, so I hope you'll come & join us. Please come back often.

  19. Looks like Marthas Stewart table this is lovely.

  20. I can picture myself having a class of wine on that fabulous sun porch, nibbling on cheese, crackers and grapes. Then, onto that gorgeous tablescape in the dining room. I just love those placecard holders and the foil leaves on the placecards. The entire tablescape is so warm and inviting. I probably wouldn't want to leave.


  21. Everything is so beautiful and tastefully done. Love it! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  22. Sarah! Thanks for visiting me, cause now I've found you! My goodness! Your home is stunning and this tablescape . . . absolutely gorgeous. Menu and ALL! I particularly like the part about having a glass of wine before dinner.
    Oh PLEASE join me in my mini-series "Door of Welcome". We're going to have such fun and I know your home would make a wonderful contribution! Everyone will LOVE IT! Pop back over to my blog and look at the 8-31 post. It will tell you all about it.
    I'm so glad you visited! Thank you!
    Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

  23. Everything on your table is so pretty, Sarah! Your fall accessories are lovely. Beautiful centerpiece, I like that you used a tray to tie all the accessories together.

  24. Sarah, your Fall decor, tablescape, china, and menu are fabulous.

    I am not a wine drinker, but if I were, I would certainly have a glass. The presentation of this meal makes me super hungry.

    Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hello Sarah,

    Great presentation! Love all the extra touches. Thank you for sharing your fall dinner celebration dinner with us.

    ~ Tracy

  26. All so cozy and inviting! Now you can call it a day and curl up in a favorite quilt.

  27. Your table is one of the most stunning I've seen. I love it all, and especially the salad plates. The little squirrels are so cute. I'll take some cheese and crackers and wine, please!

    By the way, I ordered a pashmina after seeing your beautiful one for the Welcome Fall Party. I would have never thought to use one of those on the table.

  28. Hi Sarah,
    Your table is so pretty, everything is perfect for a lovely dinner party. Wish I could come, the menu sounds delicious!
    And candy corn before bed, how perfect is that? :)
    Have a great day, thanks for visiting!
    Heidi - Heart and Home
    PS - I love your bamboo chest of drawers, and I think we have twin wooden trunks!

  29. Lovely Autumn table... cheese, wine and grapes are PERFECT for moi! I'll be over!

  30. I enjoyed the "dinner" and "wine"...the table was lovely! Thanks for stopping over at Pandora's Box

  31. Now I'm hungry! All the flowers are beautiful - especially love your close-up pic of the second bouquet.

  32. Oh, this is all so beautiful! I love that large rooster picture (beside the bittersweet.)

    You certainly have a magic touch with tablescapes!


  33. It looks very pretty. I really like Mr. Squirrel !

  34. Hi Sarah, your tablescape is gorgeous. The colors are wonderful as are all the great trimmings! Stunning, sweet have done a wonderful job.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  35. Hey there, Sarah!
    Your table is beyond beautiful.
    I know what you mean about fall in a non fall place.
    I lived in Orange County CA for the last 42 years!
    We had to make fall up!

    Now I have FALL!

  36. Sarah, I saw where you wanted some real acorns for your table so I'll take a walk in the woods at the end of our road tomorrow & see if I can find you some, along with a few pretty leaves. Stay tuned!


  37. Love the flowers you have as a centerpiece---love the stemware--I saw some amber stemware at an antique store the other day and I wish I had bought some;it is so nice for this time of the year. Lovely silverware and squirrels!! Very inviting.

  38. Thanks so much for your comment! Loved your very in depth tablescape!

  39. Just beautiful, as always.
    a bientot

  40. Sarah,
    You have outdone yourself again.
    Everything is just beautiful, I loved all the little details, the punpkin holding the menu card, the little squirrel and you dishes are wonderful.

  41. Lovely Fall decor and wonderful table settings. Thanks so much for your visit to Happily Retired Gal. I'm glad you enjoyed my mosaics and wish you a happy weekend ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  42. Beautiful tablescape and I just love all your fall decor.

    Thank you so much for coming by, I hope to hear from you again soon.


  43. Wow! I need to get some of those white pumpkins--I love them!

  44. This inspires me to go and retrieve my fall decorations from their storage boxes!

  45. Sarah...what a gorgeous fall tablescape! I really like your wedding china and's wonderful and perfect for this time of year! I saw my place...I'm all ready to sit down at this beautiful table! :-) I love all your fall are all ready for autumn at your home! Awesome post! :-)


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