Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fall Entertaining

When I lived in Charlotte, I became enamored with the Spode Woodland china pattern. Perfect for fall dinner parties and Thanksgiving, I use it exclusively from September through November.

For this dinner, I layered the earthy pattern (each plate has a different bird represented) with rattan chargers, hemstitch napkins and placemats, my Reed & Barton Francis I silver and Vagabond steak knives. I love the horn handles, especially for men.
For the centerpieces, I combined hydrangea, roses, artichokes, white pumpkins and thistles (as my street name is Thistle Lane). I always love a subtle "nod".
Every guest needs a little something to take home. For the ladies, this amazing pine candle from Patch NYC. The men got a masculine fragrance, also by Patch, with the cute fedora design.
I'll probably repeat this tablescape with some variations for Thanksgiving.

Have you been entertaining this Fall? Will you be hosting Thanksgiving? Setting the table is my favorite part!

33 comments:

pve design said...

Elizabeth,
Please tell me this was something you hosted when the lights came back on! Wow, what a stunning table. I love how thoughtful you are....the china, the crystal, the flowers and then those charming gifts!
Wowie~
pve

sega61 said...

I LOVE your table. What an inspiration and the colors are divine. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Love the pumpkins on your table too. Where did you get them?

The Buzz Blog said...

We are of the same mind today as we plan our Thanksgiving tables... And we're setting one for the holidays tomorrow at Nielsen's - hope you can join us for Home for the Holidays! Your table is stunning!
xxoo
C + C

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Elizabeth-
Nothing makes a guest feel more special than a beautifully dressed table and a thoughtful gift. You certainly accomplished that here. Beautiful!
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

carolyn bradford said...

So pretty! I have those plates ( and that silver!) and I love to use them in the fall! Your table looks wonderful and I love the fact that the guests get a gift to take home! That just gave me an idea for my annual Christmas party! Thanks for sharing this! Hope you are doing well!

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering said...

Elizabeth - That is the prettiest fall table I have seen yet! I love the Spode plates!

My exact first thougth when I read your post was the same as Patricia's "Please tell me she didn't have to host the party in the dark!"

Thanks for sharing - I am going to pin some of your pictures to my Pinterest page because they are so gorgeous!

Belle on Heels said...

I actually asked for my first sets of Spode place settings as Christmas gifts this year!! I've always loves Spode Woodland and decided that I wanted to start collecting it since fall is my favorite season.

GORGEOUS table setting!!

The enchanted home said...

Wow that could not be any prettier!! Seriously gorgeous. Love how you did everything, the china, Vagabond anything....its all so elegant and yet inviting too. Wonderful job Elizabeth (loves the favors too)!!

Lucky guests to sit at such a fabulous table..have a great day!

Karen Albert said...

Elizabeth, so interesting that before this was not one of my favorite patterns and now I absolutely love it! You do a fabulous tablescape!

That centerpiece is gorgeous!

xoxo
Karena
A Special Scalamandre Giveaway

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Divine, Elizabeth! Very seasonal and beautiful. From the horn handles to the Spode china, I love your gracious and thoughtful table setting.
Cheers,
Loi

Kelly - Talk of the House said...

Oh I love your table! Spode Woodland is one my very favorite patterns, and your mix of it with the silver and horn handled pieces is gorgeous! Just discovered your blog. You have a beautiful place here!

Alexis said...

So Gorgeous, I can't stand it...I will be right over!!
xo,
Alexis

5th and State said...

oh elizabeth you really know how to set an inspiring and gorgeous table. love this pattern of spode, but the way you collaborated that with accessories makes for a stunning table!
was not aware of patch nyc candles, love the packaging, off to inquire
glad you are safe and sound
xo
debra

I Dream Of said...

Stunning, Elizabeth! I love every single detail, all perfectly combined! (Especially the thistles, what a lovely personal touch). We are entertaining friends tomorrow night and I've been thinking about the table, what colors the flowers should be, what dishes I will use. So much to be inspired by here!
Have a lovely day. XO

Leslie said...

Gorgeous! The white linen with the earthy tones of the Spode is perfect. Love all the details Elizabeth. I was just on line last night trying to pick up some last minute pieces of the china ~ it's so pretty.

xx
leslie

Marianne said...

Your table is gorgeous, although I wouldn't expect anything less! Your china is to die for! What time shall I come over for dinner?!

Stitchfork said...

Gorgeous table E! I love setting the table and pulled everything out yesterday.
xo
Cathy

Divine Theatre said...

You didn't miss a thing! Amazingly beautiful!

xo

Andie

Avis said...

I want to be invited next time! Lovely!

Katherine said...

This is an elegant combination, just the right mix of tradition with the dishes and an introduction of new linen styles.
So pretty.

Lobster meets Peach said...

Such a wonderful table for fall and Thanksgiving. Beautiful inspiration!

Sunday Taylor said...

Your table is gorgeous. I have always loved the Spode Woodland pattern. Your choices are perfect, from the napkins to the cutlery. A beautiful fall table!

Lisa Herring Mende said...

I love that too Elizabeth! What a special table. You are so generous! Isn't it fun to do something for others totally decadent! I love the reaction! Happy Thanksgiving!

Fashion-isha said...

The white flowers look just perfect with the rustic chic look of this gorgeous table! I love it!
xo
Sharon

michele said...

your table looks so lovely and inviting--i would love to enjoy dinner here!

michele

designchic said...

What a gorgeous table, Elizabeth. I love the china and have the same silver pattern. Your guests must have felt so special when sitting down to this table, and love having a special treat for each guest at their place setting...all so beautiful!!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

This table is absolutely stunning! I love the china, chargers and horn knives paired with the silver! What’s fir dinner? xx

Hamptontoes said...

Absolutely fabulous! I too love setting a table. I just dropped off textile this AM to have a runner made. Like you, I will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner. You are such a gracious hostess! Adore you. :)

LeeLee said...

Everything from the table sets to everything. Wow, I'm stunned, haha. You are a fabulous host.

bentley said...

you never cease to amaze me. this is just gorgeous. and how lucky is your mom? such a cozy welcome! hope you are well and i hope to catch up soon. even though i don't always comment, I'm always reading your blog. xxoo

The French Tangerine said...

Elizabeth, your table is lovely! I'm especially taken with party favors! What a gorgeous take home gift.. Seriously inspires me to do some entertaining.. It's so fun to provide surprises.. And those candles are certainly a handsome choice..
Thanks for the inspiration!
Jan

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