Fall is a wonderful & beautiful time of year

 

 

to invite friends and family over for an easy and delicious lunch or dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set a table that reflects the changing of the season, full of beautiful details.

 

 

 

 

Because all our beautiful fall linens are arriving on the daily

 

 

 

 

I’m sharing some tips for setting a beautiful table for this transitional time,

 

 

 

 

when it’s not quite the time yet to add pumpkins to everything.

 

 

USE A DARKER COLOR PALETTE.

 

 

 

Choose a deeper, darker color palette now that summer is waning.

 

 

 

 

I love the deep dark colors of this tablecloth, with the red roses,

 

 

 

hydrangeas and cream and green accents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USE YOUR NICE ANTIQUE DISHES.

 

 

 

Nothing sets a pretty table like antique dishes, they have patina, history and stories to tell.

 

 

 

For this table setting, I mixed antique ironstone white dishes {which go with everything}

 

 

 

with smaller antique French story plates for the bread and butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADD LITTLE CHARMING ACCENTS TO YOUR TABLETOP

 

 

 

Table accents up the charm quotient of your table and can be conversation starters.

 

 

 

 

These cast iron hand painted roosters and chickens

 

 

 

 

add French Country rustic charm at each place setting, with a few who have escaped the roost

 

 

 

 

marching around the center of the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 USE PLACE CARDS.

 

 

 

Place cards at each setting make your guests feel special.

 

 

 

Write out each person’s name, a favorite quote, or a scripture you love.

 

 

 

 

This is such an inexpensive way to show your guests you cherish their company!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREAT YOUR GUESTS TO LINEN NAPKINS.

 

 

 

I know, paper is easier.  But there is something special about real cloth napkins!

 

 

 

I have used real linen napkins for over 20 years now,

 

 

and honestly, I haven’t looked back!

 

 

 

Here are some tips on how to care for your linens, antique and new >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLECT SEASONAL FLATWARE.

 

 

Just a few extraordinary pieces will liven up your table!

 

 

 

This year, I found these exceptional steak knives for us to use on our fall and holiday tables,

 

 

 

made with real antlers {naturally shed}.  They make a stunning statement!

 

 

 

 

 

Even if a meal isn’t home cooked, it can be presented with creative flair

 

 

 

by using a tabletop that reflects what you love.

 

 

 

These days, with the abundance of ready-to-eat meals at stores such as Whole Foods Market,

 

 

 

Trader Joe’s and services that deliver meals right to your door,

 

 

 

it’s simpler than ever to entertain at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE THE MEAL SIMPLE.

 

 

Don’t know what to serve?  Might  I suggest S O U P?

 

 

 

It’s my favorite for this time of year, serve with salad, warm bread, and a {bought} dessert.

 

 

 If you google “FrenchGardenHouse Soup” you will find all the soup recipes

 

 

 

 

I have listed and you can choose one or more.

 

 

 

 

BON APPETIT!

 

 

*Black watch Rose Tablecloth >

*Antique Ironstone Plates >

*Les Poulets > 

*Place Cards >

*Linen Napkins>

*Stag Horn Knives >

 

 

 

Please share your favorite way to set a beautiful table in the comments!

 

à bientôt

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