Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Soups On

There is a nip in the air, 

and we are welcoming fall.

It's the perfect time to enjoy a cup of hot soup.

I've set a table for 

two out in our sun room.


~ Our Menu ~

Spicy Tomato-Chipolte Soup 

Garnished With Ripe Avocado Bites

Slices of Warm Focaccia 

Right Out of the Oven 

Chilled Chateau 

St. Michelle Chardonnay

Let's Dish 

about the details on the table.

The soup is served in 

simple white French porcelain bowls.

These cute pumpkin plates are 

the perfect accent for a fall table.  

I've place them on Nantucket Basket 

by Wedgwood to set them off 

against the fall inspired placemats.

The detail of the hand painting 

on the pumpkin plates is amazing.  

I wasn't familiar with MSC Mainstreet Collection, 

but if these plates are representative 

of their product line, I'm impressed.

We found the decoupage placemates 

at a Paris shop many years ago.  

The colors and the details are wonderful 

and perfect for any fall table.  

I've used my husband's favorite flatware, 

Talisman by Christophe.

These were made by Siecle, 

but I suspect many of you clever 

DIY readers could make these yourself.

The metal leaf serving plate 

offers another touch of fall.

As do the plaid 

napkins tied with raffia.

The mix of colorful 

flowers fill a favorite medal basket.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

A few tidbits about this table:

Raffia Accents 
Fall Gourds Tied With Silk Ribbon
Main Dish that Echos the Colors of the Table Setting

Bon appétit everyone!


Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
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House and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
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Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Fresh Cut Friday @ Rose Vignettes
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm
Open House Friday @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday @ 2805
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life
On the Menu Monday @ Stone Gable
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
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Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
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  1. Hi Sarah, First of all, your husband has exquisite taste in flatware. I love it too. And thank you for pointing out the tip about the pretty ribbon on the gourds. The silky ribbon contrasts so nicely with the gourds--I am definitely going to do this. Yum, the menu sounds delicious. This is such a cozy and welcoming table. Linda

  2. Sarah - Your table setting is beautiful. I especially like the plaid napkins! The soup looks wonderful, too. Thanks for such an inspiring post. Think I'll make your soup this weekend.

  3. What a gorgeous tablescape, Sarah--I love the pumpkin plate against the white china, the plaid napkins in those wonderful autumn colors, and the soup!

  4. Sarah~ I love your cozy table for two by the window...I'm ready for soup weather! Your Tomato Chipotle sounds delicious and llike it might have the right amount of heat but not too hot with the cool avocado garnish! I'm a fan of foccacia too! Adorable pumpkin plates and wonderful place mats :)

  5. Looks like a very welcoming table to sit at and have a nice long conversation Sarah! Happy Fall:@)

  6. Sarah, the decoupage placemats are wonderful. Love this cozy table for two, and the soup sounds very good. xo Debbie

  7. Love this autumn setting and the menu! Sarah I just love all the small details that you highlight when you prepare a table.

  8. Great Autumn setting there.. and we adore chipotles!! Use then all the time here. So are or is there a lesson coming in decoupage soon? It's been eons since I've last done one.

    OH, and 'schootch' over there and slide me up bowl and some yummy bread too.

    warm hugs,

    Cotton Peony

  9. Do you have an extra plate for me? Oh, that soup sounds wonderful! I love soup. My dad did, too. Tomato soup is a favorite with me, and I like the way you spiced this up, Sarah. And your dishes and accoutrements are so cute.



  10. What ' a beautiful table you've set on your sunroom, Sarah! I love those placemats (aren't they clever?) and those pumpkin plates (swoon!). The menu sounds perfect for our cooler temps (yea!!!!).

  11. Oh Sarah, this is so warm and inviting. I wish I could pop over for a bowl and a visit.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. This is just lovely, perfect for early Fall! The mats and napkins arenso pretty! What a sweet table you set for you and dh! We have no nip in the air yet, just ac!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  13. What a wonderful fall table! The soup looks pretty tasty too!

  14. Sarah this is a warm and welcoming table. Love the pumpkin plates!
    hugs, Linda

  15. Hi, sister friend,
    As always, your table is just beautiful and....perfect. Everything is so lovely and the menu sounds to die for.
    I love your pretty sun room.....

  16. Perfect table for two. Love Autumn and these designs that you have put together reflect the loveliness of the season.

  17. Hi Sarah, a nip in the air and soup, doesn't get any better! What a lovely spot to enjoy your dinner. The floral arrangement is the perfect centerpiece and I love how you display the menu card. Soup looks delish! I love your pretty decoupage pattern, looks great with your husband's favorite flatware too. Lovely post.......

    The French Hutch

  18. Your photos are so beautiful! I loe your tablescape, Sarah. Food's delish too!....Christine

  19. Hi Sarah,

    I agree! The nip in the air makes it perfect for a cup of hot soup. I am ready for soups, stews, chili, etc. I think I'm going to make something this weekend along those lines but haven't decided what as of yet. We've got a cold front moving in now and I have to say I'm loving it. I wonder if it's hitting you all to.

    Your table looks wonderful and is full of charm and detail. I especially love the iron leaf dish but the plates, the plaid napkins and the crisp white make it all so inviting.

    Thanks for sharing,


  20. Holy Focaccia! Give me some of that warm! I love what you've done. You've mastered the art of detail, evident to all. I'm stopping by from 2805, where I linked up as #118-120. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings from Oklahoma,
    Meredith at

  21. Lovely table, Sarah, and that soup with the avocado (perfectly cut, I might add), looks yummy!! Fun post! ~Zuni

  22. I'll be right over...the table looks so inviting and the soup looks always set such a delightful table!


  23. Lovely, lovely table. Such a warm and inviting setting. It just makes me want to sit down and enjoy the delicious soup.

    Jocelyn @

  24. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you so much for linking up and sharing this lovely post with Fresh-Cut Friday. That metal vase is that your arrangement is in is gorgeous. :) I would love a bowl of that yummy soup. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend. :)


  25. What a lovely tablescape! The soup and wine sound lovely! Your flower arrangement sets the table!
    (This is Liz from Infuse With Liz)
    I'm visiting from Fresh Cut Friday.
    I hope it keeps cooling off for you! It sure has here! Fall is definitely in the air.

  26. Hey there, Sarah! I could use a cup of warm, spicy soup today. It got mighty chilly around these parts overnight, and we are expecting a frost over the weekend. Nothing like what they are getting in Denver or Minnesota or North Dakota, though...thank goodness!!! This is a very pretty setting, and I really love the way you have presented the napkin with the raffia tie and placed on the diagonal. The placemat is really fun, too. I am NOT a crafty person, so I would have to buy them, too! :-) Don't know that I can go all the way to Paris for them, though. Wow...Paris! I really like your metal leaf serving dish, too. Definitely rings of fall!!! Have a happy weekend!

  27. Your table is beautiful, Sarah (as always) and the soup looks so tasty! I could devour a piece of that warm foccacia bread, right now. Yumm! Thanks so much for sharing a lovely taste of Fall today and have a wonderful weekend! ~Mary

  28. Did someone say soup? Looks delicious! Such cheery tomato plates. And the placemats are amazing! So perfect for fall!

  29. Sarah, your soup and focaccia look sooo good. Love the avocado garnish. All your tablescape details are so pretty..but the metal leaf plate is my favorite thing..aside from the lunch. Have a great weekend,

  30. Your soup looks delish! and I love the setting; cute pumpkin dishes and the placemats are so unique! I always enjoy visiting!


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  32. Lovely post Sarah, I can just picture the two of you enjoying thus delicious meal.
    Love your understated, very classy style!

  33. Hi Sarah,
    this is pumpkin soup at its finest. I love how you serve it with lovely china, placemat and decoration. The nicest thing is for me the Menu. It looks like a real etching print. Really luxury Menu!
    Best greetings, Johanna

  34. Wow a beautiful table. Love it, love the orange....and I would love the soup!

  35. Hi seems all of us bloggers love fall...your table is beautifully set...I love the flower arrangement and the ribbon tied's not cool enough here yet to start enjoying soup the way it should be enjoyed....BUT that didn't stop me from using my new crock pot to make a big pot of beef barley soup yesterday....I just turned down the air conditioning to 65!!

  36. WOW. That soup, and that FOCCACIA are what autumn dinners are all about! Sarah my dear, what a gorgeous table!!! Don't you just love this time of year?

    Thank you for inviting me to sit down here with you, and for coming to view my art and home. A new camera is keeping me busy to learn to get the right lighting!

    Have a splendid fall day. Anita

  37. I think you need to add another place setting, Sarah, as I will be over shortly. Your menu sounds wonderful, and I adore those pumpkin plates and plaid napkins with raffia bows, so fall, so home-y. xo

  38. What a nice fall supper you are having here, Sarah! Everything looks delicious and is so, so festive, too! Love the fall colors. Cute little pumpkin plates, too!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
    Ricki Jill

  39. Gorgeous table. First off, so nice to dine in the sun porch. The white bowl on the pumpkin plates are contrasted nicely. Lovely placemats. The soup and bread look yummy. The soup must have a little kick to it.

  40. Hi Sarah, you have set a beautiful fall table. The pumpkin plates are fabulous. Your soup looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  42. The first thing that popped into my head was..."How romantic!"

    It's just lovely!


  43. That soup looks so good, Sarah!!! Your table is lovely in it's Fall splendor:)

    Ron @ Uptown Acorn

  44. Your table is like a breath of fresh air, Sarah. I love each and every component. And, how fun to have a few pinks in that gorgeous arrangement.

    I hope you will be joining our Themed Pink Saturdays.

  45. What a marvelous setting. That first picture of yours with the view out the window sets the stage for your lovely fall table and then it is topped off by all of your warm and comforting food. Wish I was there sitting at your table.

  46. Sarah, the chill in the air has made me think of soup also. My next post will be a tablescape for soup and dinner. That soup sounds delicious. I'd love to get the recipe. Your table looks so pretty. Those pumpkin plates are wonderful, and the placemats are so unique. The plaid napkins with raffia ties are the perfect Fall accent. laurie

  47. It sure is a soup kinda day here today in the south Sara. Love your pumpkin plates. You make everything look so cute cozy and delish!

  48. Love those placemats...very lovely fall table.
    Your menu looks wonderful, we love soups with fresh baked flatbreads!

  49. Such a lovely meal and your table looks so pretty. Love the pumpkin plates and the menu sounds perfect for Fall.

  50. Sarah, What a lovely luncheon table. Your use of great fall colors make it perfect for this time of year! Oh, I'm going to have to try that soup, I'll have to google it!! YUMMY!

  51. Sarah, this is so pretty. I love the leaf serving dish. That soup looks good and so does the wine.

  52. So beautiful and cozy Sarah, love the table by the window. I am ready for some soup too, the pumpkin and sunflowers are beautiful on the table.

  53. Hello Sarah, you have the loveliest dishes - and set the loveliest tablescapes - love the serene autumn feel to your tablescape and your soup looks and sounds amazing - yum! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  54. Such a lovely post and I am enjoying your touches of fall.

  55. Oh my gosh Sarah this all looks so pretty. The soup is right up my alley. I've loved tomato soup all my life. Thank you for sharing!

  56. I really like the transitional value of this tablescape. Enough brights to make us remember the lingering moments of Summer....mixed with the golds and crimsons of Fall. I love the leaf serving plate...great piece. Glad that you liked the XO cookies. I should have sent you one. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay


  57. Hi sarah....such a beautiful scape you have it....:):)

  58. Hi Sarah,
    Lovely Fall Table, and all your images are wonderful. The menu looks great too. Very nice and inviting.
    Liked your menu card too.
    Blessings, Nellie

  59. Hi Sarah - |I just love this post about "Soups On" and am asking if you get a minute or two could you come link it to my "Open House" - this is such a wonderful reflection of Fall!

  60. Oh, you are making me hungry! This table looks so beautiful, and so does the food.It is the perfect fall setting! Everytime you set a table, I am amazed at all the wonderful and unsual tableware, and the way you have to make it always so lovely and inviting.
    You inspire me. I made Ina Garden's corn and cheese chowder. Now I will try to set a pretty table for hubby and me.
    Have a great week,
    Love all the Halloweenie posts too.


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