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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall is in the Air tablescape

Fall is my most favorite season of the year. The nights are cool, the days warm. No dust storms. No hail, high winds or tornados. And I think it has the most glorious colors. And since this fabulous season is just starting, I'm easing in slowly... Oh yeah, we are on the new table!!

It is the best season for eating outdoors. Bar none. Of course, I'm taking you there with me.

 While I was setting the table, I thought that using napkins folded and placed end to end made the perfect narrow table runner. I do love the way it looks, providing a wonderful backdrop for the sunflowers and candles.

I used my most loved hand-blown cocktail glasses for our appetizer. They are also perfect for a chilled soup. Then I pulled out Mikasa's gorgeous Daylight salad plates. A wooden dinner plate from Hawaii rests on top of the Mikasa Daylight charger. I absolutely love the color of green that Mikasa chose for this set!

I love how the wood plate gave enough definition between the charger and salad.

Both the wine and the cocktail have the same pattern, in different sizes of course, I picked mine up in Santa Fe, NM; however, I have seen similar ones on-line. Maybe Napa Style? Maybe somewhere else?

I feel so blessed when we are able to sit outside. We've done a bit of patio repair, reseeding grass, removing excess trees and just preparing for the influx of plantings that will happen in the fall and then again in the spring.

Yeah, I know, I could have avoided yet one more blooper.. can you spot it?

Both the lanterns and the centerpiece vase have the same look. These are offset by more sunflowers in smaller white vases.

I just keep reaching for this bamboo flatware over and over again. You know, at first I really wanted the lighter bamboo, but "settled" for the dark... Now, I'm really glad that I "settled".

Both the napkins and napkin rings came from Pier One. Both were on sale, of course at different times. 

Thank you so much for dropping by. I love your company and hope you had a good time.

Chargers & salad plates - Mikasa Daylight
Teak dinner plates - Hawaii
Cocktail and wine hocks - Cielo, Santa Fe, NM
Bamboo Flatware - Horchow
Napkin rings & Napkins - Pier One
Hurricanes and vine encased bowl - TJ Maxx
White bowl vases - Tuesday Morning

I'll be joining
Cuisine Kathleen for her most fabulous Let's Dish party on Wednesday
Cya there!


Cindy Ritchie said...

Your table is lovely. I love all of your natural touches. Don't you just love this time of year?

ellen b. said...

Oh so pretty! Love your table...the layering, the colors, the setting. Those cocktails and wine hocks (that's a new term to me)are fabulous!

Tricia said...

I love this setting, Marlis! We are SO grateful for the change in the weather here in central Texas, too. It's great to be able to be outside without breaking a sweat in two minutes! Wonderful table!

Kuby said...

The tablescape is is enchanting and the napkins and holders just warm my heart!! You must have so much fun every night. Your husband is blessed. Every meal is a celebration

Alycia Nichols said...

I know what you mean about the flatware, Marlis. The dark bamboo is a great "go to" for so many tables! I bought the light and I like it, but I LOVE the dark bamboo and use it quite a bit more often. The light one is really more of a summer one, I think. You really gave the Mikasa dishes a whole new look with the accessories you chose. They look right at home ou there on your fabulous new table in the fall air. Great idea on the napkin table runner! What's the blooper in the photo?!??!!! I can't see it. It's drivin' me nuts lookin' for it!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, OK...I think I see it. NOT a big deal at all! I thought it was something really horrendous like Big Foot in the background or something! :-)

Anonymous said...

I didn't see the blooper.

Every time I see those Mikasa plates, I wish I had them. They are beautiful. Your entire table is beautiful, Marlis!

We had supper on the porch tonight. It is the best time of year for dining outdoors.

The light for photography is wonderful during Fall.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this fabulous Marlis. I love the setting and the photography is gorgeous!! I don't know if you are having the same issues as I am with the new blogger. I really do NOT like the new interface. Much more complicated then the old way!! And I have found that if you just upload pictures, they are taking twice as much space then before. So I am now downloading my pictures directly to Picasa and changing the size there. Anyway, great table and I LOVE the flowers.

Jocelyn @


Autumn is the most gorgeous time of the year in the USA, I always loved it, even when I was a kid, as I'm also a "Fall Girl", (my b'day is in Oct.) Your table as usual is gorgeous! I love your place set layers and the wooden plate is perfect in that dark tone, I like how it blends with all. Your centerpiece is great with the lanterns and flowers...I cannot see any bloopers, lol..The Mikasa plates are a beauty for all seasons!

kitty said...

I love your outdoor table, Marlis! I did not see a blooper!! I love how you did the napkins at the edge of the plate. I also love the dark bamboo flatware. I WANT some. I think they'd be used a lot. Did you get them from Horchow?

Mary said...

Marlis~ What a wonderful table and al fresco setting for easing into fall! It's our favorite time of year for dining outdoors too! I love the colors of the leaves in the Mikasa Daylight too. Enjoy your new table. I didn't spy a blooper :)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Marlis, I can't believe it--I was just thinking of these Mikasa dishes today and all my friends who have them!!! You have used them so nicely. I can't see any blooper--you must tell us next time! I love my bamboo flatware too, and your lanterns are wonderful. Have a nice evening. Linda

Marigene said...

Such a beautiful table, Marlis. Those napkins are great for easing into fall. Love the overhead shot!

Dianne said...

Marlis, First of all that table is gorgeous! I love the color the napkins add as a runner and can talk about those Mikasa dishes? They look amazing with wood. I must be blind b/c I don't see a blooper either. Dianne

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh Marlis, this is all so lovely!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

xinex said...

I love it, Marlis! I love Fall too though my favorite season is spring. It is so nice to be able to eat outside. Love the colors of this table and loving the table itself that your son built. How clever of you to use those pretty colored napkins for the runner. Lastly, I love the etched stemware....Christine

The Tablescaper said...


I love how you are easing into Fall. Such a great table.

- The Tablescaper

Laurie Ritchey said...

Such an inviting Fall table, Marlis. Those cocktail glasses took my breath! What a clever idea to use those Fall colored napkins as a table runner, and those napkin rings are so pretty and the perfect colors for the napkins. I'd love to join you on a Fall evening at this table. laurie

Chubby Chieque said...

Unbeatable moment dining outside, this time of the year. I can't imagine dining in my porch on Fall? However, right now, I am enjoying the exotic weather. From Beijing to The Philippines and loving it.

Happy w/end.

Marlis said...


Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

That is a great outdoor space and table. I love all the colors! Beautiful!

Tea in Texas said...

Marlis, I love your outdoor setting! The Mikasa china is so versatile. Love the cocktail glass with the pretty pattern. Your table is just perfect for the patio and your photos making an inviting place to dine. I want to thank you again for helping me about World Market! I told you my son lives in Lubbbock and I sent him to World Market to see about finding in new bed. He went there and looked then he made a second trip and found a bookcase on for $78 marked down from $398. He called to tell me and was just thrilled. He said Mom thanks for telling me about World Market. He said, when I was younger I went there with you but now I understand what a great place it is to shop! He is the Sports Anchor usually on the weekend on TV and Chris Curtis is his name. You may see him at one of the TT or sports game just say hi for he loves being back in Texas and close to home, Dallas. Thanks for all your help and love your postings!

Thanks, Pam

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh I love these color combinations! I am loving green for fall, and those are the prettiest dishes. How fun that we have the same tablecloth! I find WS so irresistible. SO great that you liked my Jemez post too! Sometimes I think that some of you are in my neighborhood more often than me! We were away at least once a month all year.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Marlis, I love your new outdoor table and how you've set it. The Mikasa china is really lovely with your other elements on the table. I love your gorgeous wine and cocktail glasses! What a lovely time of year to sit outside and have a little cocktail!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Your table is Beautiful! I love that it is outside, and I agree, my husband and I were commenting on how much we are loving the fall!

Joanne Bischof said...

I officially want to hire you to do all of my tablescapes! We are having an outdoor fall party to celebrate the launch of my first book on Saturday and seeing your decorations have given me some extra inspiration. Thank you!

Dish Girl said...

I can see why you love those cocktail glasses. Makes me want a frosty drink right now. Beautiful table, Marlis.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

What a great fall table. I can just imagine sitting out there staying warm enjoying the evening. I love your table runner! It looks so pretty with the dishes and flowers. I'm your newest follower.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Marlis, as always, this is such a beautiful setting! I love the colors and the clever use of your napkins. The sunflowers are so pretty as a centerpiece. Just beautiful!

RhondaBuss said...

Lovely as always. You provide inspiration and a bit of escape as well!

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Marlis, I love your tablescape....as usual! Great idea about using napkins for a runner!

Kathleen said...

Hi Marlis!
I love how you used the napkins as a runner, and I love the feel of this table. Welcoming, rustic, and colorful. Perfect!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!


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