Tablescape Thursday ~ An Autumn Gathering & A GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome to an Autumn Gathering on this Thursday before U.S. Thanksgiving 2011.  

(And scroll down for the GIVEAWAY information!!)

The table is set with traditional fall colors ~

Using things gathered from around the house (and garden)

I went for the 'organic' feel this time. Earthy tones and natural textures, they especially remind me of autumn.

The Dogwood trees flower in the spring, but their foliage is beautiful in fall, so before they all fell off the trees I gathered a few to make a casual wreath for the centerpiece. Around an acorn filled pedestal hurricane glass. 

And arranged a few sweet apples here and there among the leaves.

Details of the napkins, napkin rings, charger, dinner and salad plates.

Both sets of salt and peppers are from Arthur Court Designs. I've had them for several years, but many of his pieces become classics so they may still be available.

I love the pear and pomegranate theme of this set, I live in a historic pear growing area here in Oregon, so I collect a lot of 'pear' things.

I love Fall . . . but the winter weather which is right around the corner? 
Not so much . . . so we'll enjoy this while it is here.

The glass leaf plates are from a dear, dear friend.  I admired them in one of her beautiful photos ~ and shortly thereafter she sent me a set!
Thank you sweet friend.  I'm thinking of you. xoxo

The internet can be a cold place at times, but there are some good and true friendships formed here too!  I'm grateful for that.

I'm more of a "green" person, and usually prefer cool colors (unless it's RED!)
So I accented with lots of green in this table setting.

Well, this isn't  the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, but a stylized exotic bird, so let's just pretend. ;)

The other salt and pepper set on the table tonight is also by Arthur Court Designs,
a bird sitting on a grape vine among leaves and grapes.
I think it fits well with the Fall theme.

Of course acorns remind us of Fall, too.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Please leave a comment if you wish,  I'd love to know you've come by to take a look.  And I would love to come by and visit your blog as well.

And last but not least!

Here is the current  GIVEAWAY  at Once Upon a Plate.

Please come enter . . .

Click HERE for the details!  There are several chances for each entrant to win.

 Contest closes Saturday November 26th. Winner announced on the 27th. 

Click to read my review  of this fabulous little coffee & espresso maker.

If you drink coffee (or know a coffee lover),  you will want to WIN this giveaway! 

Psst... makes a great gift, too.


Tabletop Information:

Round place mats:  Crate & Barrel (last year)
Woven chargers:  World Market (I still call it Cost Plus, from it's origins in San Francisco years and years ago)
Faux Horn flatware: Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Napkins: April Cornell 
Pedestal Hurricane:  Williams-Sonoma
Dinner Plates and salad plates: Made by Varages ~ France
Green goblets ~ either Target or (I've forgotten)
Napkin Rings ~ Pottery Barn (last season)

I'm linking to Tablescape Thursday, please come visit the party there!


  1. I'm more of a green person too, but I'm starting to add a few red pieces here and there. Love your French plates - they're yummy!

    Take care,

  2. Ohh...Love your salt & pepper set. Very elegant.

    Your table setting looks very inviting. Very fall = )

    Thank you for your giveaway.


  3. Gorgeous tablesetting. I love those green plates, they add a wonderful light to your table.

  4. Wow! Your table is absolute beautiful. Every piece have their own characters and I do love it all.

    I Love the salt & pepper shaker the most.

    Happy day.

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm & join my Swedish giveaway too.

  5. Just beautiful Mary! Your table and everything on it made me smile!

  6. This is simply gorgeous. I love your color coordination. The different tone of greens matched so well with the brown and red. :)

    Wow, those salt and pepper sets are beautiful....gotta go online and search for them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I'm more of a green person too, and I noticed that we have very similar tastes. I have several of the items that you used in your tablescape. The green glass plates are lovely! You have given me a gift idea as well. The beautiful pear shakers will be perfect for one of our directors that is retiring and is buying a pear farm in Washington. Beautiful table Mari! Glad you are still enjoying the Ala Mode pieces that made their way from New York to Oregon ;o)

  8. Love the warm colors and the S&P's are too cute-enjoy:@)

  9. Wow, I just love the colours you have used today. Charming...

  10. There are so many elements of your tablescape that I just love. First, I love those green plates, napkins, and goblets! I'd have to say I'm a green person, too! Those salt and pepper shakers are so unique and beautiful. Everything you've put together is just wonderful.

  11. Just Beautiful! I'm a green girl...I love all shades from the new spring growth of leaves to avocado so your plates send me! We're having an untraditional Thanksgiving this year so I can appreciate birds of any kind at the table :)

    I saw your giveaway in my email notifications yesterday and haven't gotten around to entering yet, thanks for the reminder. I think I'm going to have to tell Santa to include an AeroPress in my stocking this year!

    Wishing you & your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. First time visiting through BNOTP, but will return again! I see so many things I want to explore! Absolutely beautiful tablescape with all the greens. LOVE the salt and peppers and green stemware. Everything coordinates-so pretty! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  13. very pretty mary, i always love green, what garden gal wouldn't!

  14. Beautiful touches of green! I especially love your napkins and goblets. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  15. I love the beautiful so beautiful...the salt and pepper shakers are to die love them..

  16. You sure did the color green proud...beautiful table, Mari!


  18. Thank you so much for your great comments, everybody! Hope you're all having a wonderful day.

    Blessings to you! ~ Mari

  19. I love all of the green - unexpected when I think of an autumn setting.

  20. This table is just simply gorgeous, Mari! The colors are fabulous!

  21. What a beautiful table...those green leaf plates are GORGEOUS!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Mari, you already know how much you inspire me, so I'm hoping you don't mind if I COMPLETELY COPY THIS ENTIRE TABLE!!!

    Well, just the centerpiece, actually, for this week. It is so wonderfully organic & I have all the elements available to me right now. I've been struggling with what to put in the center of the dining room table for Thanksgiving. I didn't want to go with the usual boring floral arrangement. This will be perfect!

    Have a wonderfully Blessed & Grateful Thanksgiving, Hon & thanks for all your wonderful recipes you share all year long.



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