Today’s Woodland tablescape is celebrating the Crispness of Autumn as the Simmering Summer Slithers away.
Here in Florida, we notice our streets of traffic begin to get a little busier, and we know that our nice long leisurely lunches at waterside cafe’s will soon be replaced with long lines of Sno-birds swarming like flies over hot pavements.
This is the time locals either go out to dinner very early or very late as restaurants begin to fill to capacity and our supermarkets stock extra sausages and specialty breads for all the foreign and non-foreign visitors.
Yes, this is the time locals comment to each other in a sing/song sort of way…. “They’re Baaaaack”.…and yes, even the weather has dropped by several degrees announcing the new arrivals.
To be honest though, I don’t actually think it’s the slightly cooler days that have made it all feel somehow different, …I notice new businesses popping up in anticipation of “the Season”, and existing businesses have spiffed up and remodeled and hired additional help.
Our language which normally includes only talk of weather or the fresh catch of the day….now becomes littered with “the Season” phrases, which divide the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter into months of “In Season” or “Not Season”.
It’s a system quite unlike anything the Captain and I have been used to, but it seems to work.
Benefiting those wanting to escape the cold winters of their homes., SW Florida becomes their home away from home.
So as summer begins to fade away, my thoughts turn to Fall Tablescapes. Some may say it is too early,…and suggest waiting until September. However, if you are like me, and you like to entertain… you like to get a head start on your decorating and table settings, by at least having everything ready to go so that when you are deep into the season, you don’t have to search around for certain patterns of dinnerware or centerpieces.
The tablescape I have chosen for today is one that I especially love because it reminds me of pheasant and quail season in the Midwest.
I call it my Woodland Theme.
This is the time when the Milo fields are abundant with those perfectly round orbs of yellow, orange and maroon seed grains dropping off the brittle, yellowish, three foot tall stalks.
You will notice the Spode dinner plates play host to the Spode Woodlands salad plates, which feature beautiful pictures of pheasants, red grouse, quail and wood ducks!
Now, how beautiful is that? I luv luv luv it.
The Autumnal browns on the dinner plate and around the rim of the salad plate are a dark chocolate color.
The golden goblets are from Libby, and the cloche in the center of the table is from Pier 1, several years ago.
I found the cutest little owl at a local novelty shop and I placed him under the cloche along with a few Fall fruits.
Fall leaves surround the center piece.
I also used my rust colored napkins and placed a shear, copper-colored napkin as an overlay and placed them in brown napkin rings.
The flatware handles are a dark brown. I purchased the flatware from Bed Bath & Beyond many years ago.
As you can see, this tablescape is very simple and very easy to set up.
I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on easing into the Fall season so soon after Summer.
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