Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fall Tablescape Blog Hop

I'm delighted to join an amazing group  of bloggers for a fall tablescape blog hop, organized by the talented Chloe Crabtree of the popular blog, Celebrate and Decorate. You'll find links to the participating bloggers at the end of the post.

In my neck of the woods, September can be an extension of summer weather, but as the month progresses, the light deepens and the temperature drops. All at once, I'm reaching for a nubby wool sweater and thinking about chili recipes. I thought it would be fun to create two tablescapes to express September's dual moods.
I used the same grocery store bouquets for both centerpieces, adding alstroemeria and vines for the second table. Let's begin with a transitional look, an Early Fall Tablescape with Sunflowers and Squash.


I couldn't find a single gourd or pumpkin at Publix, Kroger, Lowes, or Home Depot. However, I found plenty of sunflowers and pristine hydrangeas. I also scooped up a few acorn squash, which I plan to roast tonight. 

For the centerpiece, I began with a white Ironstone urn. If you don't have florist tape, and I never do, just cut regular tape in half and criss-cross the pieces over the urn. I added flowers in my typical slob style, which is to say no style at all, then I snipped some Carolina Jessamine.

The tablecloth is an old favorite. I bought it several years ago at Williams-Sonoma, but only two napkins survived the move to the hilltop two years ago.

I layered green dish cloths and green plaid napkins.

Delicate yet woodsy twig flatware came from Pier 1, and I found the leaf napkin rings last year at HomeGoods.


The salt and pepper shakers were bought at Pier 1 last year, too. 




(Note: To keep the hydrangeas perky, I removed them from the centerpiece, recut the stems, and put them in water-filled plastic cups--and put the flowers in a cool room until I was ready for them.)

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A Mid-Autumn Picnic on the Porch uses the same flowers with the addition of burnt-orange alstroemeria.  Instead of the urn, I used a long wooden box and filled it with Mason jars (criss-crossing the opening with tape). 

I found a Cynthia Rowley tablecloth in the linen closet and paired it with striped napkins from Pier 1.



The Italian pottery plates were bought last year at HomeGoods.


   Since everyone was home, I made a pasta salad and served it with crusty bread.



You'll find inspiration galore every single day this week at the Fall Tablescape Blog Hop. It began Monday, August 28th and will end Friday, September 1st. You will love the ideas!
Thanks, Chloe, for organizing this event.

40 comments:

  1. *Gasp*...both your tables are gorgeous and I love how you dressed two tables for September's split personality! Both of your tablecloths are beautiful, especially the WS cloth with the squash, almost to pretty to cover up with plates! I love your bountiful bouquets with the sunflowers and hydrangeas and sunlight streaming in highlighting your tables. The peek beyond the table into the trees of the warm, golden foliage and Crepe Myrtle blooms is the perfect backdrop for September. I looked high and low for small pumpkins and gourds too. Walmart usually is the first in our neck of the woods to get them in and I usually pick up a couple of mesh bags of decorative squash and pumpkins but it's still a couple of weeks early. I love your beautiful Italian pottery plates too. ♥

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  2. Michael Lee, I love your dreamy light in your photos. You have captured the moods of autumn in both photos. Each tablecloth is so pretty and using the same gorgeous flower arrangement almost was fun to see how the look could change. I love the twiggy flatware and your napkin choices. The stripes with the florals just set the table off. Of course, your food makes it all look like a magazine and they have that special panache.
    It's fun to bloghop with you.

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  3. oh goodness Michael Lee, I don't know which one I like more, but the FLOWERS are amazing! I love your casual style, that makes for the best arrangements~the gourd cloth and sunflowers are a happy marriage, and I am swooning over the fruit plates and wood elements on the other table. Thanks for the double treat today and so much eye candy!

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  4. Both of your tablescapes are absolutely gorgeous! I adore that gold twig flatware and what a wonderful idea to create two different looks. Both are so lovely I can't choose a favorite! Blessings, Cecilia

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  5. Michael Lee, what a lovely 2 tablesettings you've created. Beautiful use of flowers and food to convey the fall feel. Your photo of the table with apples looks like a painting. Such a pleasure to see.

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  6. Your tablescapes are beautiful! So festive and I love all the colors! It's cool here in NJ today so I am actually starting to get in the mood for fall. Sad to see summer go but getting ready to move on. Your pretty tables are helping to motivate me too!
    Shelley

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  7. Michael Lee, wow you have given us two beautiful tablescapes. There would be no way I could choose between the two. Gorgeous details on both...love the WS tablecloth and twig flatware....the sunflowers and hydrangeas make for a beautiful centerpiece! The Cynthia Rowley cloth paired with the Italian pottery is perfect! The box arrangement of flowers is so pretty. The rustic bread and pasta salad are calling my name!

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  8. I love both of your tablescapes Michael, and using flowers from Publix works for me too. The early fall tablescape and the picnic are both lovely. I especially like how the sun beams shine in on your table...so cozy and real!

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  9. I love both of your tables! Such pretty flowers and accessories. Can I please come over for lunch? lol!

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  10. Gorgeous table setting. I am loving the beginnings of Fall. The colors are coming in and the leaves are dropping. The bread looks lovely on the wood slab. The Italian plates are so pretty. Such a beautiful table that welcomes Fall.

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  11. Your table is gorgeous! Really! Love the tablecloth, and I had to chuckle about your "slob" style of making a floral centerpiece. I am a follower of that style. ha ha. I like an arrangement that looks like you just gathered the flowers in your hands from the garden. Perfect in my opinion. As always your photos are swoon worthy Michael Lee!

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  12. This table is gorgeous and you definitely have the gift of arranging flowers. I did not get that gift. You are right in that there are no pumpkins or gourds out yet but you did a beautiful fall table without them!

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  13. Wonderful and inviting fall tables!

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  14. Two perfect tablescapes! Love the pumpkins tablecloth and salt and pepper of table number one, and the wood touch of the second one

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  15. I love this tale of two tables! Your flowers are arranged perfectly and each table is inviting. It's been a pleasure to blog hop with you!

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  16. Oh my goodness! So beautiful! Love, love, love both centrepieces. So perfectly inviting :)

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  17. Love them both, Michael Lee. I'm sure the pumpkins and gourds will hit the stores soon.

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  18. Your table looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Marion

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  19. What beauty! I can't figure out how to pin these lovely photos though.
    Brenda

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  20. These are beautiful tables, Michael. It's a wonderful thing when creativity flows such that you were inspired to do two tables. The color transitions are spot on for the month, and all the elements are simply gorgeous, including the foods and drink. I absolutely love absorbent cotton napkins like you've used in the first table. Your flower arrangements are outstanding.

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  21. Your post is so lovely. The table clothes are beautiful. Everything is so nice.
    Marilyn

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  22. Oh my, Michael Lee, I can't pick a favorite table, as they're both so gorgeous, and making me get into the Fall mood! Both tablecloths are so pretty and it's amazing how adding some different flowers changes up the mood of the arrangement. I want to sit in that cozy Windsor chair and eat some pasta salad and crusty bread!

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  23. Oh my these tables are stunning! One table is just as gorgeous as the other. I love how you captured the beautiful light on the tables and the flowers. The images are like pages from Gourmet magazine! Stunning!

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  24. That tablecloth with the pumpkins and gourds is gorgeous! BOTH tables are beautiful, I loove the idea of the 2 stages of Fall. It is so true. The flatware is one of my faves, wish I had some. The centerpieces are GORGEOUS! Bravo!!!!!

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  25. What a perfect transition you've given us going from late summer to fall with these gorgeous tablescapes! The tablecloths are wonderful and you've incorporated the best dishes and accessories to accent them both. Great floral centrepieces too!

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  26. Your creativity is shining through! Gorgeous table settings welcoming my favorite season Fall. I loved how you coordinated the colors of the veggies in the mason jars with the tablecloth and floral arrangement.

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  27. Wow! Two for the price of one! Such beautiful tables, I would have a difficult time picking my favorite between the two of them! I love the tablecloth with the beautiful gourds along the edges and the acorn squash are the perfect complement to your table and the lovely flowers you arranged so beautifully. Your Picnic on the Porch is fabulous, too, the lighting was perfect for your photographs and you captured all of the elements exquisitely. Thank you so much for being a part of the tablescape blog hop!

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  28. oh how beautiful!! I love that sunflower floral centerpiece! Gorgeous!

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  29. Oh my Michael Lee!!! I am in love. What a gorgeous table.

    First, your choice if tablecloth is perfect. The pumpkin and gourds decorating the tablecloth is gorgeous. Muted earth tones are perfect to transition into fall. I am also swooning over that beautiful floral arrangement which compliment your table beautifully. The napkins, flatware and plates are fabulous.

    I have picked up so many wonderful ideas from you. Specifically the way you served the bread and the salad on the cute mason jars. I just love everything about these two tables. And may I say, your photos are stunning.

    It was fun joining you on this blog hop..

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.

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  30. Wow! 2 beautiful tablescapes for the price of one! Ha! Both are so lovely!

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  31. So, so pretty! Both tables! I love the addition of the acorn squash - they are a great fill-in for pumpkins and gourds! I really like the pairing of the hydrangeas (my favorites) and sunflowers.

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  32. Wow, your dual season table is spectacular. I did like you and went hunting for little white boo pumpkins and couldn't find anything except squash. So I finally pulled the plug and ordered seeds so I can grow my own next year along with some sunflowers. Seeing your gorgeous table I am now wishing I bought some sunflowers. They set the mood and leave me wanting to sit down and enjoy it in person. Beautiful!

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  33. Oh my, your tablescapes are so gorgeous! I love how you used ordinary grocery store flowers to create such beautiful centerpieces...I am so inspired! You also layered your table linens so nicely-I love them both! All the best, and so fun blog-hopping with you this week- Kristy Seibert from Starfish Cottage www.starfishcottageblog.com

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  34. Beautiful tables, what a nice transitional look. It is still a bit early for autumn, but as the weather cools off the lightness of your table is perfect.

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  35. So vibrant and beautiful.. I'm falling with fall all over again..

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  36. Wow!! What a stunning tablescape!! I'm pretty obsessed with sunflowers so I absolutely loved your centerpiece! The dishes are so pretty and everything just flows. I was blown away!

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  38. I am glad you posted this in another link up again because somehow I missed it the first time!! These are both such beautiful tables. I love the napkin choices on both tables!! Gorgeous photos of two stunning tables!!

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