Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Schedules, schedules, schedules

Fall makes me happy because it's cool and I feel more like cooking and baking...the problem is, people are back into their busy schedules (pronounced "shed-yules", according to my Brit), so get-togethers take some juggling.

I am looking forward to having company for dinner...once I can schedule it. BUT, I can certainly have a menu planned and a tablescape ready!  In my mind, it's nearly a done deal, I just need to get my guest list in order. I'd better get to it soon because this tablescape plan has a definite autumnal feel!!
A casual table with the "Gollum" dishes (you know all about those!) 

Dinner plate, salad plate, and soup bowl/underplate...simple and pretty

A straight on view with crooked signature!! :-)

Interesting colored and shaped gourds 

Again, my mother's silverplate and those paisley napkins that I love

Oops...I should have put a few candles on the table...I promise I will when dinner is served!

Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • Everyone knows the "Gollum" dishes...I didn't get the deal at Big Lots-mine were from Linens 'n Things for a bit more $$
  • All purpose glasses are Marquis by Waterford
  • I used these lovely paisley napkins last week.  I found them at T.J.Maxx and LOVE them
  • The simple silverplate was my mother's from when she was a new bride in the 1940s
  • The cut glass tripod dish with the gourds was her's as well 
  • Gourds from Walgreens and ribbon from the Dollar Tree
It's pretty simple, but I think a warm table and a delicious dinner will make for a good time!
I'm happy that you stopped by and I hope to see you at your "place"



  1. very pretty dishes. I love the napkins and good finds at TJ Maxx!

  2. Very pretty, Tess! I like the look of the white dishes with the dark wood of the table and the paisley napkins. How wonderful that you have your mother's silverplate! I love the vintage patterns.

  3. I love those napkins! They look very pretty with the placemats you've used. Your stack of white dishes looks beautiful, and the soup bowl is making me crave a warm bowl with some crusty bread!

  4. Hi Tess, I am laughing about your crooked silver comment--no matter what I do to mine and how careful I am my pictures always show the pieces crooked! It's pouring rain and damp here and your table is very appealing to me. The warm colors of the linens and the rich brown of the table contrast so nicely with the white gollum dishes (everyone has them except me!). Have a great day. Linda

  5. Hi Tess,
    Although your setting is simple, it is so welcoming and cozy. The soft light makes it so warm looking. Everything looks great, the centerpiece and the Gollum dishes, the silver and your wonderful napkins. I love Paisleys also.
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful meal at this table.
    Greetings, Johanna

  6. Oh, I want some of those paisley napkins! They are so pretty. I love the simplicity of your table. It looks very elegant.

  7. Beautiful tablescape. I love that you embrace your signature crooked silver. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  8. I'm so glad that you are enjoying your time working at home. I think that it's neat that you made the choice to 'set' a tablescape for yourself. You've done a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay