The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Calm Dining This Fall. . .

On Crooked Creek will be joining our gracious hostess, Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Never disappointing are all the inspiring tablescapes that blog land ladies have prepared for your viewing pleasure. You're sure to come away with a collection of ideas for use in your own home. Be sure to leave a comment and thank you for visiting today.

Isn't it amazing how quickly the days are passing by and the holidays are rapidly approaching? With the onset of cooler temperatures, comes a hurried time On Crooked Creek. As "Mr. Ed" prepares for long hours on the Kansas highway, my schedule lengthens with holiday sales in the retail world. So these last few days of Autumn are especially important for us to enjoy one another's company.

Having changed out the vivid hues of Autumn, I chose soft colors for Calm Dining This Fall. For the next thirty days or so, I'm savoring every stolen minute with my dear husband. A touch of Romance is the air tonight
On Crooked Creek.

 Red and gold stripe shades have been changed to soft ivory on the overhead chandelier with the addition of hydrangea and twig garland with beaded pearls for accent.

 Champagne and soft russet hydrangea in the French Country half basket replace the former sunflowers.

Removing the ivory tablecloth allows the warm hues of the natural oak wood to enhance the hues in the table runner, place mats and napkins. Burgundy, sage green, gold, khaki, rose, rust and a hint of lavender on a taupe background in muted hues calm our souls.

Taking center stage are candlesticks, votives and a candle lamp to enhance the Romantic allure for the evening. Seating has been reconfigured for intimacy.

Using my golden dinner plates rimmed with brown as chargers adds another dimensional layer to the place setting. Our dinner plate will be the sage green scallop, white embellished leaf salad plate, and a sage green scallop dessert plate.

With cooling evening temperatures, we'll enjoy 'a cup of tea' in the sage green pedestal mugs. Most anytime Raspberry Tea  is a favorite; however, having sampled Cranberry Orange on our Annual Trout Fishing Trip, we have made a seasonal change. The bubble stemware serves as our water glass.

Pears, still my continual favorite faux fruit, I opted for a French Country wire basket filled with passionate pomegranates for the centerpiece. Two red candlesticks continue the 'fire of passion' with taupe ROOT candles. Transparent sage green glass leaf votive holders with heady fig scented candles are placed at each setting.

Instead of using napkin rings, I folded the napkins following a design from Susan, @ Between Naps On The Porch. Featured here is number one Pocket Fold from Susan's Napkin Fold Tutorials. The stripe backing of my napkin folded twice makes a mitered corner, adding interest to the fork placement. This double fold allows for the floral design to be seen at the top and at the bottom of the napkin.

Soft flickering flames coming from the lamp candle will enhance our conversations as we linger over tea. The lilting sounds of Celtic Harp Instrumental Christmas background music  will remind us that our time to linger with one another is time to be cherished.

Until next time. . .
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