Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn Buffet...

Fall has arrived here with very cool temperatures and possible frost tonight. I plan on inviting some ladies for tea in a couple weeks, so I thought I would show you my buffet all ready for afternoon tea.

I added a heavy, paisley runner with shades of rust, red, and gold. I replaced the decanter set with my silver tea/coffee service.

I filled a vintage sterling compote with potpourri to add some warmth to the silver...

These vintage tea cups are part of a set my grandmother gave me from China. I love how the colors are so nice and warm for fall...

Naturally, I brought some weeds in from outdoors! I used hydrangeas, astilbe, golden rod and tree branches then supplemented with a few preserved leaves and faux foliage to fill in.   

Summer turns into...


I am using a lot of warm/cool this season as I have found I love the combination of silver with the warm, fall colors. That is a big hint for what is coming the next few tablescapes:-) 

I'll be joining Marty's "Tabletop Tuesday" over at "A Stroll Through Life" so be sure to go by there and visit her and her lovely participants. 

See you Thursday...


  1. WOW!..that looks amazing....your silver is fantastic,...I got to get some!

  2. So very warm and welcoming Anita!! I LOVE it all :)


  3. Anita, Your buffet looks beautiful all decked out for Autumn. You also have a gorgeous silver tea and coffee service! Have fun hosting your tea, Anita!

  4. OH Anita, you can do so any pretty things with that piece....I do like the silver. And what a pretty arrangement you made. Happy Fall!!~

  5. Dear Anita, it all looks really lovely. I do like dark furniture, they tend to look like antique, even when they're not, lol. Please, don't mention frost :o(
    Have a blessed day

  6. Oh, Anita, this is gorgeous! It ALMOST makes me want to go polish the silver coffee and tea service! The runner is a perfect base for the silver and warm colors you've used.

  7. What an amazing coffee/tea service. I love those pieces. You buffet turned out wonderful

  8. Hi Anita! Oh, your autumn buffet looks so beautiful! I love all of your changes! Now if I lived a little closer maybe you'd invite me over too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Hi Anita! Your photos always have this kind of "glow" around them that really makes it such a treat to look at! I can't believe how similar our silver tea sets are and I love that you added that compote with the potpourri. It gives it such a fresh new look! I also love that you mixed that tea set with so many other great tones and textures so that it looks much more interesting than if it were just on its own. Your "weedy" arrangement is fabulous too! :-)
    Wish I were coming for tea!

  10. How do you just make everything better and better? That is stunning! I love the silver with the warm touches. You have the touch!

  11. Your buffet is absolutely stunning. I love the lushness of the fall items. The silver looks beautiful with the warm tones. I'm a weed lover myself ;). Blessings, Kim

  12. I think it's all absolutely beautiful! I can't believe that arrangement is just stuff you picked from outside. Yours looks lovely. I'm convinced that if I tried to do that, it would look like a pot of dried up flowers.

    My favorite part is the little stack of tea cups. You're right that they are perfect for a fall setting!

  13. Hi Anita! I love what you've done to "autumn-ize" your buffet. It is beautiful! Of course, it looked beautiful in it's summer attire, too. But, autumn colors and textures are my favs!! The buffet itself is a gorgeous piece of furniture. Is there a story behind it?

  14. Very lovely! I like the combo of silver with the warm fall colours too!


  15. Hi Anita!
    I think it all looks so elegant and sophisticated, your tea set is beautiful, as well. Your buffet, the arrangement look perfect! It has all the fall colors! At least you have your frend to sit down and have tea, I miss all of that.


  16. Hi Anita!
    Happy Autumn!
    I always finish my day with a cuppa tea... perfect timing to visit your "tea party."

    I was just thinking of you ~ visiting Mikasa on facebook and then over to their site to see the Brava Rooster plates on sale!
    I thought your tablescape using Brava Rooster ~ it was fabulous...
    Mikasa has a lot of patterns on sale, including Brava Rooster! I'm so tempted~
    We used to have a Mikasa store here in the captial region...I miss them! There is one near my daughter, Amanda. Looks like I need to make that part of an upcoming visit!

    Wishing you a lovely week ~ Blessings always*

  17. beautiful transformation!! like how you incorporated the natural elements from your property-hope you and family are enjoying the cooler weather. Think you would be amazed how much Lauren has progressed with her piano lessons. Will have to send you a clip soon!!

  18. Well I'm such a sucker for silver that your post caught my eye right away. Beautiful.

  19. Gorgeous! I love the vignette and the cabinet is wonderful!

  20. Your silver service is gorgeous. I love the compote filled with potpourri in the center. Your vase, lamp, cross and the beautiful runner are all perfect. Such a fabulous tea buffet. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. I need to use some of my silver in the mix too. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Marty

  21. Oh, thank you so much you're so sweet and lovely person! God bless you and your family always.


  22. Oh, wow(!), this truly is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! I love the mix of silver in there, too! *Becca*

  23. I love your buffet, the service...the whole atmosphere is just delightful :)

  24. What a beautiful buffet. And I love that you have your silver out and about. It is meant to be used and admired.

  25. This is really gorgeous! It's warm and inviting. I like that you showed the contrast with the summer picture too. I just love the colors of autumn!

    Life on the Edge

  26. Beautiful! That silver set is amazing! It all looks very elegant.

  27. Love the just makes your vignette.

  28. I love everything about this set up..nice.