Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn in The Garden

I thought I would join Leigh of for Thrifty Thursday. My contribution is my centerpiece below. Please visit Leigh for more interesting thrifty finds.
Lots of tables in Blogland are busy today because Susan of is hosting another tablescaping event. Be sure you visit her after coming from here and check out all the fun creations out there.

It's fall and pretty soon it will be too cold to eat outdoors so I decided to do one on the deck table today. Might as well make the most of the weather. I hardly ever use this table because it is too far from the kitchen but it has a pretty view.

Do you see my vegetable garden in the background? I could not keep the fire on the candles burning because the wind was blowing.

How do you like my parrot flower?

I used my everyday dinner plates and I mixed 2 types of salad plates, this is one of them.
Here is the other. It is shaped like a flower. I layered them with smaller leaf plates.

The part of the deck where the table is sitting will be the site of the future jacuzzi.
I used a faux Japanese maple tree for my centerpiece. I bought it from Pier 1 last year after fall for $3.99. It was on clearance from over $30. That would qualify it for Thrifty Thursday, right?

My flatware has brown and cream bone handles. Do you see the droplets of rain on the knife. It was starting to drizzle while I was setting the table that's why we had to eat inside the house.
a birdie salt and pepper shaker from TJ Maxx
Bird napkin holders from Z Gallerie.
I bought the dragonfly placecard holders from Longwood Plantation shop after we toured the antebellum mansion last year.
I hope you enjoyed viewing my tablescape. Thanks to all for coming and to Susan and Leigh for being such gracious hostesses. Now let's go see the rests!


Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love your leaf plates and what a nice setting by the pool!

once in a blue moon... said...

looks fun poolside! we have the same leaf plates too~

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christine, you always do such a great job. I love your dishes, and the pretty leaf ones are just gorgeous. Your maple centerpiece is so different. I love it what a great find. I always love seeing your yard. Hugs, Marty

SILVIA said...

beautiful Christine and the view its lovely, i could have a really nice dinner out

have a great night.Silvia.

Blondie's Journal said...

One of these days we will have the husband's standing over us with umbrella's while we make out tablescapes!! (Like the butler in the Vettriano painting!!!),

This one is so pretty looking over the hill and your veggie garden, with the pool in the background. You really have worked so hard on this space.

I like how you used the 2 different plates and I noticed the bird napkin rings right away when I clicked to enlarge. Very cute!! I like your colorful glassware also.

I am wondering if Pier I still has those Japanese Maples because I keep seeing them pop up in Blogland lately. And I mean, like in Florida!! lol!

Are you leaving for London soon?? We are going to Las Vegas from 10/20 to 10/26. Very boring. He entertains clients, I entertain myself! And I have just booked our Naples trip from 12/22 to 12/27. I wish Alan & I could just stay right through New Years because there is nothing to come home to anyway, but he is needed at work. Oh well. I am going to try to do a tablescape tomorrow morning, I ran out of time today. I bought a sewing machine and I am trying to teach myself. It is NOT easy!!


Just Breathe said...

Love the leaf plates. What a beautiful table. You never cease to amaze me.

niartist said...

Ooooo! This is great! I particularly LOVE LOVE LOVE that flatware! Thanks for sharing! Come by and check out my giveaway - I think you'll like them! :)

Martha said...

I love the fall dining al fresco! Beautiful touches. Love the leaf plates nd the dragonflies!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Christine,
I just love those leaf plates and the dragonfly place holders are gorgeous! I would love to be having lunch at your beautifully set table by the pool! Hugs, Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, those leaf plates are so pretty. What a deal you got on that pretty tree centerpiece, and I am loving those bird napkin rings. So sorry it rained, because what a lovely spot to have a meal, and what a pretty tablescape. laurie

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love the leaf plates. I also love the centerpiece. I like how it's in an urn and the little guy sitting in the pot is just so cute. I can just see you scrambling to unassemble that beautiful table before the rain really lets loose. lol

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty setting you have -- and all the little accents you have on your table make it such a lovely and interesting tablescape -- It's perfect for outdoor dining -- I bet you were longing to be out there instead when it started to rain on your pretty tablescaping masterpiece!

Barbara said...

Very Nice!

Shelia said...

Oh, Christine, what a lovely spot for a little table setting! The view is gorgeous and your table is so nice. I love all of those fall dishes! You really know how to set a table, Dear One.
Be a sweetie and happy fall,
shelia :)

susan said...

Christine-You were brave to set the table outside--Your dishes are so pretty and I love the way you have mixed them. What's in your vegetable garden??

Sarah said...

Christine, I love the layers of plates and the fall touches. I have one of the littel drangofly card holders. I use mine to hold a photo of my godson and his wife when they were hiking in the mountains. Beautiful setting out in your lovely yard. Alfresco dining is such a delight! ~ Sarah

Tootsie said...

I love seeing anything that is of your home! your gardens are looking lush in the background of this beautiful tablescape!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a lovely table, in a REALLY lovely setting. Ah -- what a wonderful place to sit and have a leisurely dinner. Sweet.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Christine...girl you always set a beautiful table with rain and all just levely you have some of the best stuff girl...Loved seeing your pool area again...I bet you are enjoying that to death my friend...Thanks for sharing...Hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, LOVE THIS! I just love those leaf plates. You always come up with the cutest things. ~ Robyn

Mary said...

What a warm and wonderful tablescape for a poolside setting. Your table looks inviting and any guest to your home would feel special and welcomed. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Denise said...

Oooh Christine, I love everything you have on your table, from the beautiful leaf plates to your centerpiece, and the gorgeous crystal wine glasses, that look just like mine only in pretty fall colors. I have to say I love your pool too (I miss having one and am trying to talk hubby in to getting one in this house - pictures of yours might just do the trick ;-)
I like your wicker table and chairs too. It's all perfect.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Thanks Christine for stopping by my blog. Your tablescape is beautiful. The leaf plates compliment your whole design.
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Brenda said...

Love the leaf plates! Look so pretty combined that way. Your goblets are gorgeous. And that view: unmatched! The parrot flower is lovely!

jennifer said...

That is stunning! I like all of the fall elements against the background of the pool and the outdoors. It gives a sense of "change".

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your table is beautiful, Christine!! I love the leaf plates!

Fifi Flowers said...

Beautiful outdoor area to enteretain... lovely table decor!!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Christine your tablescapes are always just wonderful. THen to have that wonderful pool in the background!!

I adore the leaf plates! I so wish I could find some of those- well,let me restate that- find some cheap!! I commit to not spending alot of money on my decorating in order to be a good steward and Good will just doesn't cooperate sometimes when it comes to offering you somethings!! LOL- oh well that the thrill of the hunt!!


Kathleen said...

I love the leaf plates!
The maple is so pretty! What a deal..
It all looks very pretty outside by your pool!
Just lovely!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Christine,

Your outdoor table is beautiful! I love the leaf plates and the parrot flower is lovely! I see another pair of S&P shakers I need to find at TGMaxx!

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

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Julie said...

Hello Christine,Love your leaf plates Oh and to eat out by the pool so wonderful... Love it all.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I LOVE those leaf plates, as well as your japanese maple! What a great deal! Thanks for linking to Thirfty Thursday this week! I always enjoy making the rounds to see the treasures that you find! I appreciate your visits to Bloggeritaville, friend! Thanks for your participation!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

BTW- you always have the most gorgeous tablescpaes, Christine! Oh! To be a guest at your table!

Julio said...

As expected, another fabulous table Christine. Beautiful autumnal colors. I especially love the dragonfly place card and the bird napkin holders. And the backyard is just great. Thank you for sharing.


Dining Delight said...

What a lovely 'scape set up in such a beautiful background! Those leaf plates are perfect for fall. Your faux Japanese maple is a great centerpiece and a great deal!


Connie said...

Hi Christine,
You have planned your home so well. It is just a storybook ! How nice you have have a garden, too.

Love the leaves !!!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

So lovely! I really like the Japanese maple and what a great deal!

Sue said...

Christine, What a pretty outdoor table! Too bad it started to sprinkle on you... I just love those leaf plates and the silverware! I've never seen dragonfly place holders before and I really like them. I have a dragonfly cloche that would complement them just wonderfully. Did you see it in my cloche post? Enjoy your weekend- it is raining here in Ohio.
:-) Sue

SmilingSally said...

I love your autumn tablescape.

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Very pretty tablescape! I love all the little add ons here and there. And yes, I would qualify that Maple tree a a thrifty find! What a great bargain!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Christine!
Delightful tablescape and in a beautiful setting! I adore those leaf plates and little dragonfly place card holders. Awesome flatware! I've been shopping off and on for bone or antler flatware and haven't bought any yet, so I loved seeing yours! Now, I feel a Met Monday post coming, hearing about a future jacuzzi. :-) Thanks for sharing this beautiful fall tablescape!

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