The late November birthday belongs to Greg. This year I set a table for him that's definitely fall, but there's not a pumpkin or turkey in sight!
Deep gold placemats set the tone, followed by dark rattan chargers and contemporary china with charming studies of hunting dogs in muted shades of brown, green and gold. The pattern has six types of dogs, framed by the British Flowers border which dates back to 1831.
|Black Labrador Retriever (my favorite of the six)|
|Pair of Golden Retrievers|
|Two Flat Coated Pointers|
|Yellow Labrador Retriever|
To add color and artistry, I used several pheasants from my collection which I've been adding to gradually. These two were a "just because" gift from Greg, so I particularly wanted to build the centerpiece with them.
Faux flowers fill the basket we discovered at an antique shop in Greenville, South Carolina. For more on our trip there see Falls Park on the Reedy.
The intricate pattern of the napkins complement the border of the plates. The napkins looked quite different when I used them in the Falling for Apples tablescape. Greg's mother's gold flatware makes a bright pairing, also with quite a bit of detail.
These lovely pheasants strutting through flowers and leaves are candle holders, but I'm not using them this way today. I love their level of detail.
I've used glassware in topaz iridescent glass. It too has intricate detailing, yet is content to play a supporting role. The glasses are often viewed as a Depression-like glass pattern based on their
design, although they were actually made later in the 1950s. I like their square bases.
Jake is pleased that the black lab plate is my favorite!
Big brother Joey is convinced that where there's a birthday — treats can be found!
The pheasant? He's not so sure!
Although designed for a birthday dinner, this setting could be used at any time during the fall or winter. Just use a mix of deeper colors, natural elements and special details.
All I need is the cake!
Thank you for visiting!
Plates | Spode 'Woodland'
Pheasants | Fitz & Floyd
Tumblers | Jeannette 'Floragold' (aka 'Louisa')