Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Last Tablescape of Summer

We have been having beautiful weather this fall.  Last week, our trees were still green and it felt more like summer than fall.  Now we have beautifully colored trees, the leaves are falling and fall has really arrived.  But for now I thought I would share my last summer inspired tablescape of the year.    

I started my table scape with a navy blue tablecloth.

Some lemony yellow place mats and our white dinner plates went on as layer number two.

Our everyday silverware and a fun appetizer plate went onto the table next. 

I am using my favorite wine glasses tonight and an extra bottle of the wine I am serving with dinner.  I like to put an extra bottle of wine on the table sometimes so people can read the bottle.  It's just a fun little conversation starter if your guests enjoy wine.   

My favorite white napkins tied with a thin yellow ribbon finish off each place setting. 

Now it's time for the centerpiece.  Instead of a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit, I am getting a little creative with a sprig of greenery, fruit and candles.  To begin with, I am laying a garland of greenery down the middle of the table. 

Next, some bright lemons add a punch of color to the table. 

I nestled some frosted glass candle holders into the greenery next. 

I also hid a couple of saucers under the greenery to put some candles on. I did not want the wax to mark my table cloth in any way. The lemons, candle holders and greenery hid the saucers.

Here it is all ready to go for the evening.  I love the way it turned out. 

My favorite napkins are so pretty!

This French inspired tablescape deserves a French inspired menu to make everything complete.   I am serving Provençal Inspired Bread Pudding, Lemon Herb Chicken Tenders, and a simple salade with a lemon and Parmesan dressing.  My recommended wine pairing for this meal would be a young Chardonnay.  Enjoy!

I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


  1. I like the step-by-step photos of how you put this cheerful table together.

  2. Beautiful table! I love the colors and love how you created the centerpiece...Christine

  3. Delightful tablescape, the blue & yellow with white is very French!

  4. You made it seem so simple but the look is very sophisticated! What a fabulous idea for the lemons. Yesterday, I walked around with my container of faux lemons looking for the right container. I finally gave up. Silly me. I have always loved blue and yellow together, and your napkins are tres chic! :)

  5. I love the step by step, too. My favorite part turned out to be your lemon centerpiece - the perfect touch! Very pretty table. I always love yellow and blue.

  6. This happens to be one of my favorite color combinations for a table. I love yellow and blue of nearly any shades together, but these hues are my favorite pair. I think it all looks completely lovely. I think my favorite part might actually be those white napkins. They don't look like regular old linen but something daintier. I love the way you tied them with a pale yellow ribbon.

    Now, I'm heading for some bread pudding.

  7. I'm going back to look at the recipe in a minute, but I wanted to tell you that this is a wonderful tablescape, and the centerpiece is outstanding. Your napkins are indeed very very pretty!

  8. I like a big centerpiece and this one's perfect. I'll bet it smelled good too. Can't go wrong with blue and yellow.

    Robin Flies South

  9. You did a great job of portraying the last breath of and yellow were made for each other!

  10. Blue and white with yellow is such a striking combination. You've used it well to set a stunning table!

  11. Such a pretty table!! The centerpiece is just beautiful and the color scheme is great! Love the dark blue tablecloth!