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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Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I love your tablescape! Beautiful dishes!! Fall is m favorite Season and I welcome the cool weather after having such a sweltering Summer. I have no idea how you survive in Florida!! LOL! If anything, I would be moving further north than here in Pa.!!!
Thank you Deb……the Captain lived in PA before he met me…still has some family there who we try to get up to see every now and then. I hail from the Midwest…Kansas and Missouri and I have to admit, I do not miss the ice and snow…but it can get hot here…usually not over the 90’s…and I can get cooler (jump in our pool) easier than I can get warm. LOL thanks for stopping by.
Kari, you did a splendid job on the tablescape. The richness and eloquence of those plates is so lovely. Just perfect to usher in Fall. And yes, I’ll be in Florida soon for the “season”!
Thanks Wendy but my entry into the blog hop is for Thursday and so the tablescape you saw was not for the hop. but thank you anyway for your comments. This tablescape is an older one and I love putting tablescapes together. I will most likely have 5 or 6 before the Fall Season is over. As a tease, I have raccoons in my tablescape for the Blog Hop on Thnursday. 😉
Rita C. says
I love hearing how you, as local residents, read the in season and take your queues from that. Here in WV, the August fog, football, back to school, and definitely Labor Day seem to be our gun starts for in season. I am really trying to resist buying my real pumpkins because they all rotted last year with the Indian summer heat, but I’m all in with booth displays, tables, and other decor. Your table ware is gorgeous, and I love it. I have a few pieces of that Spode pattern to complement other dishes, and it’s very versatile right up to December. Love your new owl under cloche too.
Hi Rita, “Season” as we locals call it, is a double edged sword. The economy needs it but the locals do a grin and bear it. So many of the sno-birds stay until after Easter bringing a much needed boost to restaurants, hotels, long term rentals and vacation rentals.
I have learned the hard way about pumpkin spoilage….LOL, so I hear ya. Thanks for stopping by.
Pam Richardson says
Kari, I love your tablescape! I have the Spode Woodlands dinner plates and I love,them so much, they say autumn to me. I can’t imagine living where there is a swelling population during certain seasons. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
The Spode is so pretty isn’t it? I confess I like it all year long. Thanks Pam for stopping by. 🙂 God Bless you and enjoy your week-end.
Chloe Crabtree says
You have certainly summed up the upcoming changes we endure here in Florida. I do long for cooler weather, even if it is just during visits to our condo up in Ohio and our son in New York. Your table really suggests the lovely fall season to come!
Chloe, You are so fortunate to have a place “up north” to go to when you need a bit of snow and ice. LOL thanks for stopping by.
Fall is my favorite season of the year, Kari. Although, all seasons have something to like about them.
Your settings are gorgeous.
thank you Sandy…I really love to play with my dishes….And Fall is right around the corner.
thanks for stopping by