Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tabletop Memories

The Autumn chill is really in the air today, and I'm getting out all of the tablecloths I like to use for the season. Some are beloved favorites that I love to revisit every year. Others are new finds from the hunt that I can't wait to get on the tabletop. To help me organize my tabletop plans, I took a stroll down memory lane with a few photos from last year. I thought you might enjoy two tables from 2009. I think they are great choices to share for Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper and Sunday Favorites at Happy to Design. This is my first link to Sunday Favorites, so welcome to the table if you're finding my 'scapes for the first time via that site.

I really like the story behind this 1950's cloth. At the 2009 HLCCA conference, my friend Elaine dubbed it the "challenge cloth," a polite way of saying that it was a textile only the designer could love. Truth be told, I was thrilled to take it home with me, because I knew it would be the perfect backdrop for my then-budding collection of Homer Laughlin Ovenserve.

The post-86 Fiesta dinner plates in cinnabar are a great foundation for the Ovenserve in pink, dark green and pumpkin. The small comport is vintage Fiesta. I've had the glass pumpkins for several years, and the amber Mexican glass is from Pier One. The table also includes Oneida no-name flatware and gold-trimmed napkins.

I entered this context in the tablescape contest hosted by Colorful Dishes. Colorful Dishes is one site that every tablescaper should know!

The next tablescape memory features a vintage Vera from the 1960's or 70's in bold colors that was most difficult to tame until chocolate Fiesta was introduced. I presented a placesetting from this table in my Tabletop Time exhibit at the 2009 HLCCA conference.

The chocolate Fiesta square plates are joined by chocolate pyramid candle holders, a persimmon presentation bowl, tangerine lunch plates, sunflower and persimmon after dinner cups and saucers, the same amber glasses, vintage Bakelite flatware and chocolate napkins in Pottery Barn leaf napkin rings. The napkin rings were a gift from a good friend who CANNOT understand my tabletop obsession, but feeds it none the less...a true friend indeed!

Thanks for jumping into the tabletop timemachine with me. Now I'm going back to work on my organizing so that I can work on some new 'scapes for 2010.


  1. I love the Fiesta orange and chocolate brown together. They look great with the tablecloth. Looking forward to more tablescapes.

  2. Both tableclothes are really neat! Two very different fall tables, but both pretty:@)

  3. Hi Daphne...

    Welcome to the Sunday Favorites party, my's so nice to have you join in with the fun! Wow...both tablescapes are really festive and so perfect for the autumn season! I love the vibrant colors of all your dishware! Ohhh...and both tablecloths are so pretty! I love the first vintage autumn tablecloth! Of course, I love all things vintage! Love, love, LOVE the pretty amber colored pumpkins too! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful autumn tables with us today!!! I hope that you'll join us again for Sunday Favorites!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. Your tablecloths are so vibrant and full of life. I love the first one, along with those glass pumpkins.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Sweet memories Daphne and you surely met the "challenge" head on and conquered it soundly. Very nicely done!