Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Dinner

Saturday, we had guests for dinner.  My sister Lynne and friend Diane came for a "comfort food" autumn dinner.  I love this time of year and set the table for the season. (I took photos in a hurry so they are worse than usual!!!).  I never seem to get pics of the food either :-(

It was just the four of us so we left the leaf out of the table

A closer look at the place setting...
The leaf serves as the bread plate (you can see the chandelier reflected on the table!)

A white dinner plate, black toile salad plate, and a casual footed soup bowl

Leaf bordered place cards in fall colors

The table is "small-ish" so the only centerpiece is a cute ivory pumpkin and candles that match the bread plates

Our dining room is open to the living room so you HAVE to have 
a cozy fire with a comfort food dinner!

Dinner was definitely comfort food.  We started with homemade chicken veggie soup.  Then we had salad and rolls.  Main course was pot roast (with chicken cooked with it-I don't eat red meat), mashed potatoes (my husband's specialty), fresh green beans, and peas (the only green veggie he eats!).  For dessert we had a chocolate trifle made with chocolate cake,, chocolate pudding, and fresh whipped cream.  For you purists, there is no fruit or liqueur because DH doesn't eat fruit either.   It was a relaxed and  leisurely dinner and we had a wonderful time!  

Now for the dish on the dishes:

  • The paisley dinner plates are from TJM...I bought two several weeks ago and was mad at myself for not getting more.  I happened to be in there last week and there were still two there!!!! Yippee!!!
  • The black toile salad plates are also TJM
  • Ditto the leaf plates...they are from last year and there were only four.  Wish there had been more.
  • The place mats are from Linens & Things several years ago.
  • The paisley napkins are Ralph Lauren (also at TJM).  I have matching placemats-stay tuned!
  • Silverplate flatware is an ebay find
  • The pumpkin is from TJM last that color!
  • The crystal is Waterford Marquis.  Wine glasses are from my friend Joanne and I then purchased the waterglasses myself

Thank you for stopping by to see my autumn tablescape.  Thanks again to Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch".  If you didn't get here from there, be sure to click on her button up on the right and see amazing tablescapes!!!



  1. Love the tablescape and I adore those gold leaf plates...sooo pretty...thanks for sharing

  2. OOh i love your comfort.. it fits me perfectly. Your dishes, your leaf plates, the roaring fire, the placecards.. every thing is so welcoming and warm! Bless you for blessing your family and friends. xo marlis

  3. Tess, I know the guests at your table felt special. The cozy, comfortable evening will be etched in their memories always. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Bundle up's going to be mighty chilly in our neck of the woods.

  4. Lovely can't go wrong with black and white! I love the transferware plates with the print napkins.

  5. I love your tablescape, it so inviting. I can see myself sitting by your beautiful fireplace for hours. Your meal sounds so yummy. hugs ~lynne~

  6. Beautiful Autumn tablescape! Such pretty dishes and that fire...I'd love to cozy up to that!!!

  7. Exactly what the doctor ordered for a cool autumn evening! I really like the napkin fabric. It's so pretty and subdued. Neat place cards, too. I have trouble finding any pre-made ones that look good around here. I wish I had one of those card folder thingies so I could make my own. I don't even know where to look for one. Hmmmmm....anyway....very nice! Have a good weekend!

  8. Beautiful the small leaf dishes. To answer your question, I am in the Syracuse area (Cicero, just north of the city)...not many of us bloggers in the central NY area, are there?

  9. I love the black toile with the yellow accents. Great gets! My fireplace has been going all week...nothing better than a beautiful fire in the fireplace. Happy Thanksgiving. Cherry Kay

  10. Tess, Firstly, I love the fireplace open to the dining room! Great finds on the paisley plates, perfectly fitting the season and your napkins. You are my people! Thanks for stopping by my table as well. Happy Holidays ahead! ~CJ

  11. Hi Tess,

    Thanks for stopping by! I loved the opportunity to browse your blog. I spied your awesome buffet, and have buffet envy. I have been keeping an eye out for a DP buffet for my living room. Your red tablescape was beautiful. On this post, I really like your colors and those little footed bowls are so cute. I am your newest follower.

  12. Tess, I received your comment about the Goodwill in our area. It is located in Herkimer (downtown), on Route 5. It's very hit and miss, but worth an occasional trip. Have fun looking!

  13. Tess, I love your new header! We did get a dusting of snow overnight, so it's beginning to feel a little like Christmas.

  14. Hi Tess, love your black and white plates. I think I have the blue and white ones like yours. I can only see the rims,but they look like mine.Don't you just love them!