Fall Entertaining

An intimate dinner party this weekend was an opportunity to test drive some Thanksgiving ideas. I always pull out my Spode Woodland this time of year, as the color and style reflect what’s happening outside our windows. I love that it is gracious without being stuffy. I also love pulling out my antler steak knives….my husband makes an amazing tenderloin!

For the flowers, I was drawn to the texture and colors of the kale, artichokes, orchids, berries and roses. I worked with a local florist to pull my choices together and have them delivered the day before the dinner. That way, I can have all the table elements out of the way before I focus on the cooking.img_0693 img_0704 img_0706 img_0699 img_0700 img_0703 img_0705I may not repeat this exactly for Thanksgiving….but I feel a little more prepared.

What are you planning for your Thanksgiving table?


Fall Dinner Party – Centerpieces

DSC_0003A couple of years back, we hosted a Fall dinner party and because my dining room seats only 10 comfortably….I ended up setting up a tent over my patio, so I could seat over 30 people. That led to adding heat, hanging light fixtures and a walk up bar, with a signature drink. I don’t know if that happens to you, but once I decide to host something, one thing tends to lead to another.

I don’t think I shared these photos before because I missed so many elements of the party, but in looking back, I think the centerpieces are worth sharing. I adore the little white pumpkins, so that was my jumping off point. A cabernet colored orchid and white and green hydrangeas channeled “Fall” without incorporating the expected orange hues. I took my own containers to Greenwich-based McArdles where they did a beautiful job with the arrangements.DSC_0004I used the burlap tablecloths to anchor my look and you can see the purple mums in the corner. Mercury glass votives and candlesticks brought in some light and reflection, so that the look did not get too heavy.DSC_0005I love using footed containers to give centerpieces some height along a long table. A variation on a theme.DSC_0007 DSC_0006 DSC_0009 DSC_0010It was one of those nights that was so much fun, I didn’t touch my camera all night long. Though I wish I had the photos, I cherish the memory of friends gathered together for no other reason than….we could. In this season of Thanksgiving, there is no better reason to invite people into your home. Because you can.

Thanks and Giving….they truly go together, don’t they?!


Falling for Fall

IMG_7461We’ll be “falling back” this weekend, much to my chagrin. I like daylight. I don’t mind nighttime, but it doesn’t need to arrive at 5pm! Or earlier, as it will this winter. The Northeast usually produces a gorgeous Fall season, but it’s over too quickly, as the leaves that are so vibrant are too soon on the ground.

As we “fall back”, I’m looking back over one of my favorite months of the year.IMG_7459 IMG_7469IMG_7449 IMG_7522 IMG_7524IMG_7569 IMG_7572 IMG_7577 IMG_7589Cheers to a happy Halloween, sneaking your favorite candy and cozying up by a fire. Good-bye October….it was a really good month!

What was your highlight for October?