Sunday, October 28, 2012

Outdoor Fall Tablescape

There are some of us that really love our Fall issue magazines. We keep them and drag them back out each year to study and savor; taking mental note on ideas that we each year translate into our own homes.  My Autumn publication stack just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and each year my favorite story and photo shoot will always be their outdoor Fall tablescapes and parties. So for the last two years I've gone all out and created an outdoors tablescape and setting that celebrates the season with a vintage party feel.

Departing from the party atmosphere of the last two years, I wanted a simple and quiet getaway by using all white, and neutrals, then letting the subtle beauty of nature complete the moment. Pumpkins, falling leaves, and bittersweet share the setting.

 I always enjoy this secluded spot on our patio, under a very large Japanese Maple.  My old iron bistro set became my stage for a quiet outdoors afternoon of enjoying the crisp air, beautiful leaves, and the company of a few squirrels and birds.

I wanted an elegant touch, so two of my Heisey goblets were chosen for their intricate lace pattern and delicate look. A chilled bottle of my favorite Riesling waits to be poured.

A vintage wicker lunch hamper with a happy fat pumpkin.

 On our recent trip to St. Louis I found this wonderful large ironstone soup tureen from England. Filled with a hearty stew, and with a loaf of crusty French bread, it's the perfect late afternoon supper. 

The sun started to peek thru the clouds, but the chilly wind let me know that November is just around the corner.

An antique French fringed luncheon cloth 
and a stack of old ironstone plates

and a wicker flower gathering basket holding linen napkins,
some bittersweet and a white pumpkin complete the table.

what a perfect Fall afternoon

I'm so glad you came by to visit. 
Hope you're savoring every moment of Fall,

Joining in for these parties this week:

Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
TTT at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Knick of Time Tuesday
Cowgirl Up at Cedar Hill Ranch
Fall Nesting Party at the Inspired Room
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Blissful Whites at Timewashed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
TTT at StoneGable
Creative Things Thursday at the Vintage Farmhouse
Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence
Feather Your Nest at French Country Cottage
Simple and Sweet Friday at Rooted in Thyme
Shabbilicious Fridat at Shabby Art Boutique
The Charm of Home
Stuff and Nonsense
Happy Hour at Craftberry Bush
Jennifer Rizzo
Power of Pinterest Party at Fox Hollow Cottage



  1. So beautiful and inviting... love your big fat pumpkin on your vintage picnic basket... and your new tureen is just gorgeous... and filled with yummy stew with some French bread and wine... what could be better!... YOUR photos belong in an Autumn magazine dear Debra!... xoxo Julie Marie PS How tall is your stack of Autumn magazines?... mine is almost as tall as me!... (5'3")

  2. I love this, pretty and inviting. I can just imagine a perfect fall afternoon here! The pumpkin on your wicker hamper is unusual, I love it! Pop open that wine, I'm coming for a visit!


  3. Such a beautiful setting and a beautiful tablescape, Debra! I love your tureen and the bittersweet just adds the perfect Fall touch to your whites. I could just imagine some beef stew and wine being enjoyed.

  4. Debra ~ love these pictures. Your fall tablescape is just gorgeous. Lovely spot to have some soup and crusty french bread with a glass of wine ~ Happy fall ;-)

  5. Such an inviting area. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. what a beautiful spot you have created, the perfect Fall table, the white with the red leaves and orange pumpkin are beautiful! I just realized I was not a follower of your blog, I am now, have a wonderful Sunday

  7. Love, love your tureen! Delightful table en plein air. I agree such a happy pumpkin. I enjoyed your tablescape and am tasting that delicious stew, bread and chilled glass of Chateau Ste Michelle.

    Now, I am off to tour the last two years fall tablescapes again. Thanks.

  8. Debra - What a elegant and serene tablescape! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!! Your tureen is so pretty and the setting is just gorgeous - love your Heisey glasses!!


  9. Debra, what a glorious idea to sit outside under the maples. With a setting like that you couldn't help but have a good time. Your table looks beautiful and I just love the quiet nature look..Happy Sunday..Judy

  10. It all looks so pretty Debra! I love the way you've set everything up. Well done!

    Have a great day.

  11. Debra,
    Ahhhh so beautiful. I want to join you for a glass of wine and take in that beauty. I love fall and the crisp air and all the pretty fall colors. This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Debra, this is such a pretty setting. I love your table and chairs. Great shots.

  13. this is such a beautiful post! I was born in the fall, married in the fall and my oldest daughter was born in the fall~it is my favorite season. you have so many great ideas,wish I could join you for a glass of Riesling! the glasses are beautiful!

  14. Debra, what a beautiful fall setting! It looks so peaceful and serene. Perfect for a fall afternoon!

  15. Such a wonderful tablescape in a perfect Fall location:-)

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend!


  16. These photos are gorgeous Debra!! You are a wonderful photographer. Sorry I haven't been around in awhile, but our computer/internet is slower than ever. Am at my daughters right now on her high speed. :)

  17. Everything looks great 0 love the white with the bittersweet!

    I save all fall and Christmas mags - not the spring and summer ones. The ones that I keep just make me feel cozy!

    Enjoy your week!


  18. Wow Debra, this setting is simply gorgeous! The colors, backdrop, and styling is so perfect for fall! Always love your fall decor and tablescapes :)
    Have a great week!

  19. Just lovely. Your etched goblets are beautiful.

  20. What a lovely setting, very inviting!!! I have that same stack of Fall mags, and right next to it is the giant stack of Christmas mags!!! Love the Heisey glasses, have a few serving pieces that I treasure......

  21. Such a lovely little tablescape! I love the richness and warmth of fall colors!

  22. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous images full of inspiration. This is a lovely tablescape........Sarah

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE your tablescape!!! Your pumpkins and the decor is absolutely wonderful! :D


  24. What a beautiful setting, Debra. I love the tureen and bittersweet is one of my fall favorites.


  25. I would love to be there and enjoy a glass of wine with you Debra! Happy Monday! Ciao Rita

  26. Picture perfect. I can just see my big ol' melon head joining your pumpkins.
    Miss you.

  27. Oh Debra, that is such a picturesque scene and setting. truly gorgeous! Have a happy Monday:)

  28. This is so lovely and inviting! It reminds me - my sweet daughter never wanted me to rake leaves. She loved the look of fall leaves on the ground. They look great in your setting, too.

  29. Lovely setting. I love the neutrals with the fall colors!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  30. Such a beautiful setting Debra that you have shared with us. Love your white bistro set with us. Now I am wishing I wouldn't have gotten rid of mine and simply painted it like yours. The tureen is perfect for stew. Wow, it is all just so impressive, wish I was sitting there enjoying the table and the afternoon.

  31. Debra,
    Ah~h~h, how romantic!!!
    The neutral palette does set off your Fall accessories, dear friend! Lovin' that soup tureen! Unfortunately for me, everytime I'm sinsus go NUTS!!! Thanks for letting me join you via virtual tour!

  32. Debra, you continue to outdo yourself. This is beautiful. Should be in a magazine. I am a tad worried the picnic basket is being squashed by the pretty pumpkin however. xo, olive

  33. I have to say that these are some of the most gorgeous outdoor photos I have seen. I love this entire setting. So beautiful and so inviting!! What you set up should be in a magazine!!

  34. Beautiful and oh so cozy. Love the colors and textures. feels so fall. thanks for sharing, liz

  35. What a romantic fall scene Debra! Love that little bistro set. I have that same exact wicker suitcase thing!

  36. I would love to be invited to a fall party that has as gorgeous a table setting as yours, Debra--I love all the white, and the lunch hamper and the happy fat pumpkin!

  37. This is so inviting! I love the outdoor settings I see too! Hopefully by next Fall we will have our deck and patio in and I can do outdoor tables once again:) Your tureen is beautiful and the glasses are GORGEOUS! XO, Pinky

  38. Spectacular! So so pretty! It looks like amagazine cover! xx

  39. I love your fall tablescape. You have created such a welcoming arrangement with the perfect blend of rustic and elegant.

  40. Hi Debra,
    Love your outdoor vignette. So charming and inviting. Love the soup tureen. A setting perfect for a special fall day.
    I have a stack of fall magazines too that keep growing each year.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  41. Debra, It is stunning! I especially love the Ironstone tureen. It looks lovely next to the bittersweet. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  42. Yep, we all have those that we keep and look at year after year. Your table setting is beautiful. Magazine worthy. I hope your day is going well and thanx for coming to THT!

  43. OK! So when I am up that way, I will pop over for some wine, bread, and soup out there with you!! :o)

    Gorgeous...simply gorgeous. Each and every detail is delightful. You captured the essence of Fall and alfresco dining wonderfully! Looks like it's from the pages of a magazine, Debra!

    Thanks so much for all of the inspiration you give us!
    Hugs, sweet friend,

  44. LOVELY, Lovely, Lovely!! So picturesque.
    And thank you, Debra, for hosting VIF each week.
    Mary Alice

  45. This is so beautiful. Seriously, absolutely stunning. Every detail is perfect, including your choice in wine! It is my all time favorite and the winery is just minutes from my home :)

  46. Debra, I love this outdoor fall table setting. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  47. So beautiful Debra!! Just love it! Thanks for linking up!!

  48. This is so very beautiful Debra! I am especially loving that soup tureen!! What a great find. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!


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