October 28, 2009

Tablescape One... Opening Season!

Well, I've decided to attempt my first official tablescape.  I'm linking with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  Check out all the talented tablescapers...

So where do I start?  Well, I say I'm most comfortable beginning with a blank slate....

This is my nice, large table.   Chairs are in place and I'm wanting to set a table for six.  I've been wanting to use the pretty brown runner given to me by my mom several years ago.  She gives the best gifts!  But alas... the runner was longer than I wanted it to be.  So I folded and tucked until it looked just right.  Golden chargers were also put into place.

I knew the china that I wanted to use was from my grandmother's collection.  These plates are old and delicate.  I love using them.  And the colors definitely fit an autumn theme....

However, I didn't think the plates looked their best.  They are in need of some sort of "outline"...  so I tried a a goldish plate as a background...

...but I didn't feel it brought out the colors very well in the antique plates.  So I tried some plates rimmed in a dark brown and yes!  The look I had visualized!

Adding candle holders in honor of "opening weekend" of deer season here in Texas.  My dear husband loves hunting and we usually have plenty of venison on hand.  Goblets and a soup tureen is now added to my tablescape.   It's coming along nicely!

I thought this little guy fit well into the autumn theme...  I've had him for a long time... just never put him on the dinner table!

I'm using some crystal stemware which is SO old!  A set of 8, all different colors, were given to my parents at the time of my baptism by my godparents.  They were antique then, and that was 54 years ago!  I love the handles on the serving bowl which matches the china.  And to add even more, I picked up new napkins and beaded napkin rings from Pier One...

Love those beads...

The soup tureen....

Table set, candles lit...

The ambiance of glowing candles and autumn tablescape...

From a blank slate to a nice autumn tablescape....

Have a wonderful week!


  1. What a neat table! The colors are so warm and "fallish". I like your centerpiece and the runner is so pretty!

  2. Wow, that is a fabulous table. I especially love the goblets. Anything with a story is all the better by me! Great job!

    Christ @ A Southern Life

  3. I love before and after...I saw this on a previous post that you had as a teaser...and now you have the finished table! I love the deer theme ~ the centerpiece is perfect! The stemware, china, napkins, and napkin rings are so pretty, the colors are so inviting! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your photos are gorgeous and I love that you took us from start to finish! Love those napkin rings! My guys are hunters too!

  5. Oh the china is beautiful. YOu put that table together so well. I love the beaded napkin rings.

  6. The old dishes are just so precious and beautiful...Love the squirrel and I think the stemware is just so delicate and beautiful, I just love the entire look, great job...

  7. Your table is very warm and inviting. Love the plates and napkin rings. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  8. Welcome to TT....your first one is just perfect. I love your pretty, fall table and the napkin rings are just wonderful...
    xo bj

  9. Love the whole look but the napkin rings and goblets were my fav. Those dishes are very nice.

  10. Fabulous transformation!!! I love how you took us through your process. The squirrel is just too cute.

  11. What an inviting table. You house looks charming too from the little you can from the pictures. Love the China. The brown and gold with em make em pop.

  12. I loved that you showed the evolution of your tablescape!! It was wonderful to see it come together, photo by photo. It turned out beautifully, and your photos are great!!

  13. I always like it when we get to see the step by step process of how a tablescape comes together and yours turned out wonderfully. Those napkin rings are gorgeous and I like how you folded your napkins too.


  14. How pretty your Grandmother's china looks on your nice BIG table! Gosh be careful washing it & that GORGEOUS vintage stemware. It is lovely!
    I really like how you used your tablerunner to define the space for your centerpiece. I need to try that!

    I also noticed your wooden tennis racquet on the wall....I collect them! I have my original one from when I was in the 6th grade. A beautiful Spalding still in its wooden press. I hardly used it at all back then. I have played weekly for over 25 years now....most of that time with the same group of gals, too.

    I really enjoyed my visit to your blog.

    ♥ Rettabug

  15. This is so pretty and I love how you've shown us the way you set your table. The little squirrel is darling. Love it.

  16. Wow, I love this so much!! I am crazy for the goblets, though they are incredible. Beautiful job!!!

  17. Lovin' this tablescape, wildlife, my husband is an outdoors, he loves to hunt and fish and he would love this tablescape, even though he doesn't blog I tell him about the blogs I read and I will have to share this with him.