Fall has truly come to North Georgia at last. Flaming reds and vibrant golds deck the trees against brilliant blue skies. In celebration, I decided to do another autumn table that could easily become this year's Thanksgiving table.
The warmth of the exposed wood table underlies the place settings. A taupe and cream cloth runs down the center of the table, anchoring the serving pieces. In lieu of a centerpiece, an English Victorian silver plate dome dating from the 1850's rests on a contemporary walnut board, awaiting the unveiling of tonight's main course.
A covered vegetable bowl received as a wedding gift joins a sparkling crystal bowl bought a few years ago at Waterford's outlet store.
The starring role is held by the Woodland game bird plates in four designs: Red Grouse, Wood Duck, Pheasant and Quail. The charming bird patterns are framed by the British Flowers border which dates back to 1831. Red Grouse is shown above, the others are below.
The dinner plates are stacked upon textured glass chargers, and bracketed by green and clear crystal stemware, napkins of alternating burnt orange and olive green, and sterling flatware that we have been collecting since our wedding.
Running the length of the table are sparkling silver and crystal pieces and enchanting glass pumpkins and acorns in rich autumn colors.
My favorite bobwhite salt and pepper shakers have joined the game birds. Not to be forgotten, a turkey and pumpkin set are at the other end of the table.
I prefer a beautiful centerpiece and interesting accents on the dining room table, with serving dishes set up in the breakfast room. The husband prefers to serve dinners from the table rather than having a buffet. I think tonight's arrangement was a successful compromise.
Chargers | Villeroy & Boch
Plates | Woodland 'Spode'
Flatware | Reed and Barton '18th Century'
Clear stemware, crystal bowl | Waterford Marquis
Walnut board | Williams Sonoma
Napkins, acorns | Pier 1 Imports
Napkin Rings | Crate and Barrel