Monday, September 3, 2018

Autumn Entertaining

Autumn is in the air even here in the south. The mornings are cooler and the leaves are beginning to fall. I'm happy to be joining a number of talented tablescapers for a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate. A schedule of the bloggers participating is included at the bottom of this post. 

Thank you, Chloe, for organizing the blog hop!

The inspiration for this tablescape began with my friend Joan's beautiful Lenox china pattern named "Autumn".  The floral motif with jeweled colors of autumn flowers is so elegant.
Remember last year I told you that when my friends offer their things for my tablescapes I am delighted. So is my husband because after 47 years of marriage he says I don't need any more dishes!
Notice, I didn't say I didn't want more dishes! 

An elegant china pattern banded in gold called for gold flatware and napkin rings. I was happy to have on hand the perfect shade of blue napkins as well as blue goblets, gold napkin rings, and gold chargers. 

My centerpiece began with this authentic French jardinière at a street market in Dijon, France, by my friend Sarah, who is in the antique business. You might enjoy viewing her Instagram account called Spence Collection.  She was so sweet to offer some things for my last year's tablescape and again this year. 
 Isn't it gorgeous? The burnished copper and bronze tones, it's graceful shape and detailing was perfect for my centerpiece. It was easy to add fall flowers, dried pods, and grapes for a fall arrangement. Since grapes are harvested in the fall they came to mind and I liked the cascading effect of adding the clusters of grapes. I have been wanting to add some fruit to a flower arrangement so this was a great time.

The size and weight of my burnished candlesticks worked well with the jardiniere. I've had the gold chargers for years and they have been used frequently.

A vintage damask tablecloth given to me by my mother-in-law was just the right color for the ivory background of the plates.

I hope perhaps something in my post today has given you an idea to incorporate in your decorating for fall or at least you are thinking about it.
 It won't be long before we will be baking pumpkin bread, apple pies, drinking pumpkin lattes, and adorning our porches with varieties of pumpkins, mums and corn stalks. I can't wait for those crisp mornings to enjoy a morning walk and have coffee on the porch!
 Are you dreaming of autumn as much as I am? It's a little early here in the deep south but it won't be too long. Football season has started so that is a clue it is coming!

🍁Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile.- William Cullen Bryant

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  1. Bonnie, What a beautiful French jardinière and how wonderful to have it on loan for your table. I love it as a centerpiece with the grapes, Gerbera daisies, hydrangeas and alstroemeria. I’ve always loved blue paired with gold and your friend's Lenox ‘Autumn’ is such a lovely pattern and perfect for a fall table, especially with the blue goblets and napkins. Wouldn't it be fun to be closer and share our accessories, dishes and linens, what fun we could have!! It’s always a pleasure to blog hop with you, Happy Labor Day. ♥

  2. Bonnie, you have created such an elegant fall table. You know you have good friends when they all start lending you dishes and accessories so you can have the pleasure of creating such a gorgeous table! I had a friend lend me something for my table this week as well. I hope your fall is as beautiful as your table!🍁🍂

  3. Bonnie, there is something magical about the complementary colors of blues with orange for me, signaling autumn. This is a perfect layout for my tastes, traditional yet with vintage flair. Your floral arrangement in the jardiniere with pods and grapes transports us to a harvest setting, and the china is just gorgeous in its vintage, classic deaign. Yes, you've certainly inspired me with the idea of borrowing from friends instead of storing and having so much of this tableware! It's a fabulous idea. I've encouraged my neighbors and family to borrow from me, and I wish they'd do it more often!

  4. Autumn is my china!! Looks lovely.

  5. Bonnie, I love your French jardinière. It is perfect along with your Lenox dinnerware. The flowers of daisies, hydrangeas and alstroemeria and grapes remind one of France and the laid back casual yet elegant atmosphere. Pairing the blue goblets and napkins add to the elegance of your table. Great job. It’s always a pleasure to blog hop with you, Happy Labor Day.

  6. Such a pretty table, Bonnie. I'm enjoying the richer colors of autumn after all the summer pastels.

  7. Bonnie, Autumn has always been a classic china pattern and you've paired it beautifully with the gold chargers. The jardiniere is perfect for the fall season and how lucky to have such a special piece from France.

  8. The jardiniere is really lovely and I especially love the Autumn Lenox with the chargers. That's so striking. It's a beautifully formal table yet one that looks warm and inviting, not coldly formal.

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu InteriorsSeptember 3, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Bonnie, I am swooning over that gorgeous centerpiece with that wonderful French jardeniere! The candles you chose to put with it go just perfectly. The Lenox china is so pretty on your fall table. Everything looks just beautiful, sweet friend!!!

  10. Bonnie, this is so very pretty. I think you're smart to borrow items from your friends. We all have special things that are too lovely not to share. The centerpiece says it all. The Fall colors just set the tone for the whole setting. Thanks for sharing!

  11. What an exquisite table!The centerpiece is really gorgeous!Hugs!

  12. Beautiful looks. Have a happy week. Greetings.

  13. Bonnie, you have the best of friends LOL! I've always loved the Autumn pattern and came very close to picking it myself when I got married. But, I'm swooning over that centerpiece with the fabulous jardinière.

  14. Bonnie, forgive my tardiness in visiting, I have had company. The jardinière is perfect for your beautiful arrangement, I also love the cascading grapes. The “Autumn”pattern is my daughter-in-love’s wedding China. I love it because it is classic and elegant. It looks so pretty with your gold flatware and chargers! I love blog hopping with you, have a wonderful week!

  15. Lovely and elegant, Bonnie! Lenox plates are the perfect choice for the season, and your French jardinière add a very charming touch. Bravo!

  16. Bonnie, your table is lovely. I almost chose 'Autumn' as our wedding china, I have always thought it was beautiful. Your floral arrangement in the gorgeous jardiniere is stunning. It truly would be a ribbon winner on the show bench.
    Wishing you a lovely week!

  17. Isn't the Lenox "Autumn" pattern of your friend, such a beautiful and exquisite pattern? That was so sweet of Joan to let you borrow the pretty dishes for your tablescape. The French jardiniere of Sarah's is a stunning piece and you've arranged it perfectly for your centerpiece. Dishes are such a weakness aren't they? I just bought four salad plates at Pier 1 last week!

  18. Bonnie, what a lovely tablescape and it did come together beautifully, just as I knew it would! How sweet of your friends to share their beautiful dish sets and the jardinière, they look so pretty used together. I love the arrangement too, the colors and the way you use the fruit. Grapes are so pretty in an arrangement, I have to remember to do that. I love your choice to the tablecloth for the table and what a sweet gift from your MIL. Thanks Bonnie for all of your inspiration. You have inspired me to do a scape of my own. Have a wonderful week. PS, we sound just alike about the dishes, where would I put another set my husband asks!

  19. I've always loved that beautiful china pattern Bonnie, but did not know it was called Autumn! How smart to create a centerpiece that mimics the center of the plate, beautiful! You certainly have great friends, how much fun to have new patterns to play with!

  20. Your tablescape is the picture of classy and elegant! The French jardiniere is the perfect touch that brings it all together. So happy to be on the hop with you!

  21. First, how brilliant are you to borrow dishes! I think my husband would be delighted with that, instead of my regular trips to Home Goods! Your table is an elegant setting for a lovely fall dinner for family and friends. I love the addition of the grapes to your fall centerpiece. Thank you for once again sharing your table styling talents for another hop!

  22. Bonnie, I am so ready for fall! Even though we are well north of you in Canada, our temps are hitting 90 degrees! I thoroughly enjoy your autumn tablescape. Those plates are so pretty. I love the combination of the blue and the traditional fall colours of orange, red and yellow. The French jardinière is just lovely and the perfect vessel for your autumn centrepiece, and just a wonderful piece all on its' own!

  23. I'm not quite ready for fall but I love this table. This shade of blue isn't used often for this season but it's perfect here. My daughters have been telling me I don't need any more dishes but I haven't listened. Beautiful work and its' been great hopping with you.

  24. Those dishes are simply stunning! I am a vintage dish "collector" a.k.a. "Dishaholic" and I simply adore your plates! You have set a lovely early autumn table. So happy to join you on this hop! Happy fall!

  25. Bonnie,
    Your table is beautiful. I have always loved that china pattern and you did such a good job with it. The way you arrange flowers is always special...perfect centerpiece...

  26. Bonnie, your table is so lovely. Pairing gold with the blue is a great combination. The French jardiniere is so beautiful. Love the flowing grapes and flowers. How sweet your friend has let you borrow dishes. The Lenox Autumn pattern is lovely. My husband is also saying I have enough dishes. Running out of places to store them. Thank you so much for thinking of my mom. A pleasure to join you on this fall tablescape blog hop.

  27. Barbara @ Fair Meadow PlaceSeptember 6, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    This is such a lovely table, Chloe. Those plates are so beautiful and pair well with the gold chargers. Well done!

  28. Very pretty table, Bonnie! I love how elegant it is. I'm still trying to decide how to decorate our kitchen for fall. Decisions, decisions!

  29. Isn't it great when your friends share their dishes with you? My sister lets me borrow hers too. I love the gorgeous lenox dishes and the centerpiece is just beautiful! Everything looks just lovely! I've enjoyed hopping with you!

  30. Bonnie-
    I would LOVE to ring your doorbell and have you show me EVERYTHING.Your tablescapes, home, and gardens are exquisite.
    What I love the most is that it is clear it reflects your gracious style.
    And that china.
    I have too many sets to count , but I have always loved that one. I may start scouting again:)

    Love to you! Have a wonderful day!

  31. What a beautiful tablescape Bonnie! The French jardinière is absolutely stunning. I am not sure why you have to type in your name each time. I have to as well on certain blogs. It will be interesing when Google + goes away later this year as well. Because here on your blog my automatic signature comes via through that account. If I figure it out I will let you know.

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