I might be a little bit crazy for inspired table settings.
I love everything about them.
From the place settings, to the flatware to the flowers
and especially all of the ambiance that goes along with them.
The sounds of the crickets quietly singing
the flicker of the candle lights
the fresh air all around…
When I start dreaming up an outdoor table setting
I start dreaming of a place.
And all of the sensory elements that play a part in that setting like the wine country for example.
The wine country itself is surrounded by beauty-so it has a ton of ambiance and charm.
Rolling mountains frame both sides of a gorgeous lush valley.
The vineyards have a mingling of green leaves with pops of black, red, green grapes
and old thick gnarled vines.
The smell of the wine country is fresh.
It also involves a lot of bread and cheese and all around delicious.
And the sounds – well you can imagine when you are sitting in a little winery in
Calistoga or Saint Helena that the sounds of music in the background create a charming
At the winery, they will often times have a charming outdoor area where you can taste wine
and set up for lunch on their lawn
or enjoy a bite to eat at their restaurant.
There is an abundance of twinkle lights overhead
and festive music playing in the background.
And you feel like you are in a charming little cafe in a foreign country
truly enjoying the flavor.
Each element plays a part of the ambiance song.
Of course, this table setting is not quite as amazing and inspired
but thinking about that feeling you get in a place like the wine country or that cafe in New Orleans
and listening to what it is that spoke to you and the details that made you remember it?
Well, that is the best way to evoke a similar feeling
when hosting a get together.
when hosting a get together.
For me, I tend to focus on first things first.
And for me- that is the ambiance.
Aka the flowers,
the place setting details
the table setting location,
the lighting, the perfect music,
then the menu-
well, honestly, the menu is the last thing I focus on.
(I know, a little backwards)
The things is, when I have friends or family over for dinner or a party,
I want to create something that in turn
creates a memory for my guests.
One where laughter and fun and beauty happened.
This table setting was inspired by early autumn outdoors.
Warm tones in the copper and gold
and woodsy elements with the fresh picked ferns
and soft muted florals for a touch of romance.
The candles were a huge part of the ambiance
and these copper mercury glass candles created a soft warm glow
while keeping the pretty coppery look going strong.
It is a simple table with just a few woodland inspired elements.
The ferns which grow in abundance on our acreage
the fresh millet adds a touch of autumn
and the eucalyptus pods with their chunky charm
were all that was needed to create a soft fairy garden sort of feeling
for the centerpiece.
A simple old wonky table that is never going to be perfect but that is perfect just as it is
set under an apple tree on the pea gravel patio.
With nature all around providing a beautiful backdrop.
I am already planning the next girls get together
and the next table inspired by the ambiance of a favorite place.
With flowers and an abundance of twinkle lights.
Soft music in the background, the perfect amount of candles
well, and the food, of course.
And on that note:
Several of you have emailed and asked me to share some favorite
beautiful, delicious (and EASY) recipes for entertaining.
And November is just a month away (how in the world did that happen already?)
so I am going to share a few inspired tables
and inspired (and easy) menu’s to go along with them this month.
Because, when you are entertaining-
you should be out mingling and laughing with your guests
not stuck in the kitchen cooking away-
and sitting down to eat looking a little disheveled
after all the work.
Hosting a party doesn’t mean the party isn’t enjoyable for you as well.
So an easy and amazing menu is definitely
something that is important.
For more of the autumn home tour that goes along with this table
you can find it HERE.
Happy Monday everyone.
sharing at SSS