October is the perfect time to entertain with an easy, beautiful buffet. At our home, John and I like to invite family or friends for a late afternoon party, as we can still enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres outside on the patio before it starts to get dark. Please join us!

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When I entertain, I love having buffets, they are so easy to set up ahead of time.

I want the stage to be set so when guests arrive, they can see something beautiful, and know that we have prepared the scene for a fun evening! With autumn just around the corner, I decided on an apple harvest fall theme for our table. This wonderful linen tablecloth is a great beginning for any table or buffet setting. {for those of you emailing, YES! It will be available in my shop soon}

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I used these adorable red checked country plates and cafe au lait bowls as my inspiration, and the red apples I bought at our farmer’s market piled in an antique ironstone compote added more red. I wanted a striking centerpiece, this red bucket with the hand painted #8 is perfect. Inside, I arranged greens from the garden together with a few stems of faux pepper berries that I love. {I wish I had real branches of those, but I don’t, and mixed in with the real branches, you can’t really tell!}

 

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The pitcher with large red checks is perfect for serving hot caramel sauce for on top of the apple pie I’m serving along with the small Pumpkin Tarts.

 

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A great believer in mixing antique, vintage and new for interest in your home and entertaining style, I served up the vintage silverware in an antique glass candy jar, with the dessert spoons being showcased by her smaller sister.

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The antique ironstone sauceboat serves no other purpose but to be decorative, a bit of green moss and another apple together with some red berries that fell off a stem are all it needs to add a bit of fun to the table!

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You know I love simple, easy to serve food most of the time. That way I can enjoy our guests, and I’m not fussing with the meal. Soup is more often than not on my menu in autumn, rounded out by one or two great salads, a cheese board, fresh baked French bread and baguettes from our local bakery, and a fantastic dessert with coffee.

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The plates, designed in Europe, are perfect for this casual French Country table. I love red, not only is it my happy color, it works so wonderfully well for several holidays, and always brings cheer. Once my guests have arrived, all I have to do is add a big antique soup tureen filled with one of my “go to” soups, my two bowls of salad, the cheeseboard and apple pie, and I’m ready for a beautiful evening with lots of laughter with friends.

Thank you for joining us at FrenchGardenHouse for a casual evening of friends, food and fun!  {find the French Country style dishes in my shop, just a few sets left to make your table happy. I wanted to give you all a heads up that soon I will be interviewing chef extraordinaire Lisa Hatfield Torres, she’ll be sharing an easy to make French treat with all of us. And best news yet…she has a BLOG! Please sign up to receive my blog in your email box, so you won’t miss anything.

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