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Falling Leaves Tablescape

Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  Welcome to the 2023 Welcome Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by my Sweet Friend, Rita, from the Panoply blog.

Thank-you so much for hosting, Rita!

I'm a summer girl, but I must admit that this year I'm truly looking forward to fall.  Our niece will be getting married in October in Louisiana, and we have a few other events we're looking forward to as well.  Although I always lament the end of summer, there are things I love about fall: college football season; all the pumpkin spice things; apple cider donuts; fall color (we live on a mountain in a deciduous forest); cooler weather; cozy decor; and quieter weekends at Lake Martin. 

Would you like to see my first step in fluffing our home for fall?  

Step into our dining room!

For my Welcome Fall tablescape, I chose a set of falling leaves napkins as my inspiration.  You can see what they look like in the first graphic at the top of the page and below.

Not only do I love the napkin's fall colors, I also love the pink on them.  I chose a few pink roses to match.

Because it's been very hot here, I chose a white table runner and willow placemats.  I was planning on using a green, orange, and yellow plaid runner that also looks nice with the napkins, but I changed my mind because it seemed too heavy.  I selected MacKenzie-Childs dinner plates that match the napkins.

Next, I added white leaf plates from Williams-Sonoma.  I actually have several white fall decorations;  I guess I've always liked using white to decorate for fall.

The MacKenzie-Childs rose cottage pattern blends nicely with the napkin and leaf plate.

I chose a vintage Laura Ashley brown and white plaid pitcher as a vase for the roses.  I also used a MacKenzie-Childs Keukenhof pitcher for the main centerpiece.

I enjoy purchasing flowers for our home from a local grower.  
The centerpiece includes celosia, zinnias, and bunny tails. 
I also added a few white gerbera daisies in white MacKenzie-Childs thistle vases because they're so cheerful.

I thought a few glass acorns would be fun additions, so I have them scattered on the table.  
MacKenzie-Childs tumblers and salt and pepper set; Horchow iced tea glasses and flatware; Longaberger votives; and a Pier1 candle holder complete the tablescape.

I was adding water to the centerpiece, and I spilled some a lot of water on the white runner, so after I quickly removed it and I cleaned up the table, I replaced it with a brown and off white Spode table runner.  At least I'd already taken a few photos!  I can't decide which one I like better.

Thank-you for visiting!

I hope you take the time to visit the other stylists participating in the blog hop via the links below.  I always enjoy seeing the other ladies' stunning tables!  

Everyday Living - Autumn is My Favorite Color
Home Is Where the Boat Is - Sunflowers and Pumpkins
Life and Linda - A Fall Wine Dinner
The Bookish Dilettante - Falling Leaves Tablescape  (You are here.)
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Gathering of Mushroom Joy
Me and My Captain - Goodbye Summer Hello Fall
Red Cottage Chronicles - Autumn Brunch Table Setting
Thrifting Wonderland - Savor the Moment...Fall Tablescape
Belle Bleu Interiors - Anticipating Autumn's Arrival
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall is Time for Football
The Painted Apron - Celebrating Fall

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Love your pastel take on fall at your table Ricki Jill! I’m always wowed by your beautiful collection of Taylor MacKenzie-Childs in your hutch. The white leaf plates and glass acorns are the perfect addition and nod to fall. I actually prefer the Spode runner…the brown contrast is so pretty against the pastels. I’m a fall girl myself and look forward to leaving the heat and humidity of summer in the rear-view mirror. As always, it’s a treat to have a virtual seat at your table. Happy Tuesday ♥

  2. Good morning, Ricki Jill. How lovely to live on a mountain in a deciduous forest. I know it must be beautiful when the leaves change. Your napkins were a great inspiration for the table. I love seeing a touch of pink in a fall tablescape. The pink roses are perfect in the vintage Laura Ashley pitcher. Isn’t it wonderful to purchase fresh flowers from a local grower. Zinnias are a favorite flower in my garden and celosia adds a lot of texture to your centerpiece. The WS leaf plates are perfectly framed by the MKC plates. How often have I spilled water on a table after setting it. I love the look of both runners. It is a pleasure to pull a chair out at one of your tables. Happy Fall!

  3. Oh, I love the leaf and floral combination and those glass acorns are beautiful! It's a pleasure to join you and happy almost autumn!

  4. Oh Ricki Jill, so pretty in pink! I love the way you tied in the pink with your fall table, the roses in that MC pitcher are gorgeous! I love the other flower arrangement too, the bunny tales are fabulous! The plate stacks look great, the leaf plates are lovely with your MC plates on the woven mats. I like both runners, and the glass acorns are so fun and pretty~ Happy Fall and bring on the football!

  5. Ricki Jill, your table is lovely with the falling leaves. I am always in awe of your fabulous collection of Mackenzie Child's collection. I love pink and being inspired by those pretty napkins with pink is so pretty. The pink roses are beautiful, especially in your Laura Ashley pitcher. Switching to the Spode runner is lovely. Always a pleasure to join you on these seasonal blog hops.

  6. Good morning, Ricki Jill! I am loving your gorgeous fall table. You have incorporated so many pretties! I adore pink and love how you added it to your fall table. It compliments those pretty napkins perfectly. Your floral arrangements are beautiful! I’m sorry you had a spill on your table runner. Both runners are lovely though. It is difficult to choose a favorite. The Spode one is really striking though with your stunning florals. It is always a joy to join you on these hops! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  7. Ricki Jill, this is just lovely! The napkins are gorgeous and I love love love how you brought out the pink in them in the roses in that pretty Laura Ashley pitcher. The main centerpiece is gorgeous too and how great that you can buy flowers from a local grower. The MKC plates perfectly frame the lovely WS leaf plates, and oh my goodness, what a lovely collection of MKC you have. I think either of the runners look great on the table and the glass acorns are such a pretty addition. It was great hopping with you and wishing you a lovely fall season at your beautiful Lake Martin!

  8. Ricki Jill, I ALWAYS love seeing your plate rack filled with your set of Taylor ceramics. Mine are stacked behind closed doors. I need to figure out how I can have them visible to enjoy. They make the best compliment to your napkins. Who would have thought, but I love the colors, the touch of pink roses, the cute bunny tail blooms (I made a note to look for those.) Both runners look great, but I think #1 gets top vote from me. I like the crisp white and lace detail. The white leaf plates are a perfect touch as a nod to fall. I absolutely adore your take on a fall table. Well done!!!

  9. Love your table Ricki Jill.....your colors are perfect for Fall. I like both runners and I can sympathize with your seems I am always spilling something these days and you were fortunate it was only water. It is always a pleasure to table hop with you my friend. God Bless you.

  10. Your roses are simply exquisite and the glass acorns are run-away-with-them tempting.

  11. Lovely - the acorns are adorable and perfect little accents. You know I love seeing your M-C collection - especially the cups! The flowers are a perfect match and this is certainly a lovely way to welcome autumn!

  12. Good Afternoon, Ricki Jill. I really enjoyed your tablescape of pastel teals and pinks. It was a refreshing take on welcoming fall. The pottery dishes are beautiful and go so nicely with the pink roses in your vintage pitcher. The white, embroidered runner is a great backdrop for the centerpiece. Wishing you a lovely Fall.

  13. Ricki Jill, I am so intrigued with how you incorporated beautiful and delicate pastels with the more bold and earthy tones of Fall. Your napkins truly combined them both. I loved the burnt orange with the pink. And your use of natural elements like your willow placemats help to convey that it is Autumn. The glass acorns are unique and fit in beautifully with the look you were going for. The dinnerware and checkered pitchers gave me a playful feeling, like one of playing in a pile of fallen leaves. You are right.....both of the runners are lovely. I do like the one with the brown design. Happy Fall!

  14. Ricki Jill, your white leaf plates are gorgeous and are set off so beautifully on you MKC plates. They bring in just enough fall in your wonderful pastel colored setting. The glass acorns are a fabulous complement as well. I am not sure which table runner I like better!! They both look great with your pretty flowers!! I hope you have a very enjoyable autumn season ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

  15. I always find it fascinating to hear what inspired someone to create a lovely tablescape. Falling leaves are perfect! Then capture all the change that's inherent in the season and can lead you in so many ways. I like how you introduced the beginnings of fall with subtle colors and icons (love the glass acorns!). The willow placemats tie summer and fall together, since they suggest the bare branches to come. Such fun hopping with you!

  16. What a lovely tablescape. The roses are beautiful. Thank You for sharing.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  17. Ricky, pink is always a welcome addition at my fall tables. It is that little something different that attracts the eye. Happy!

  18. Ricki Jill, your ceramic collection from Aurora is just fabulous. Agree, the Rose Cottage, and the Heather, and the Keukenhof all look so good with your choices for inspiration from the napkins and roses. I love all the cream and softer shades you've selected and have. Those WS leaf plates are great, especially with that darker rim. A beautiful segue to the colors we'll soon see more of as the annuals and landscape colors wane, only to be replaced with the more brilliant hues. Thank you for bringing this soft look to the hop and joining in the inspiration. Btw, I spilled water twice (!) on my beaded runner after watering my own container, and scrambled, using a table napkin to soak it up!

  19. I'm not ready for fall but this beautiful tablescape nudges me a little more in that direction! Lovely dishes an I like the pink roses.

  20. I love this table Ricki Jill! The pastel tones look so pretty, and calming. The hint of pink is so subtle yet really adds to the soft, relaxed feel of the table. Those are my favourite roses, with little hint of green around the edges! I do enjoy either table runner to be honest. The white one gives it a light and airy feel, while the other one adds a bit more warmth.


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