Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Ready for Fall: Game On Tablescape!

Welcome to Panoply and almost fall! Are you ready for fall?! It's "Game On" for me today, as in a game on fall tablescape. 
Today I am hosting a bevy of bloggers who are all excited to share their ideas for fall tablescaping in a Welcome Fall Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to see the complete list near the end of this post and visit each one. You will be thoroughly entertained and inspired!
I set my Welcome Fall: Game On Tablescape! with an eye on transitioning toward fall decor in our home. While the title may have led you to think it would be a football themed tablescape, the play on words was intentional, I must admit. I love a mix of masculine and feminine touches in my decor, and this table is all that. I've mentioned before my tablescapes become part of my decor until put into service. 

Besides the tablescape, I've changed out the most prevalent wall art in the dining room as part of my seasonal decor.
A recent find at a local, prominent estate, the framed oil painting lends itself toward a transitional look from summer to fall. Without a big commitment budget-wise (it was purchased on 50% discount day), it was a good fit for the room and my tablescapes for fall. The bowl of artichokes and pitcher of feathers and dried lily pods were prior finds.  
The elements for this tablescape - typical of my style - are a mix of metals, vintage/new items, and masculine/feminine appeal. 
My plate stack starts with a navy charger anchoring a zebra dinner, leopard salad and jeweled / feathered bread/butter or appetizer plate. The twig flatware is my favorite fall choice.  Table linens include a vintage linen runner in neutral with a hemstitch and wide crocheted tasseled trim. 
Double napkins are newer:  a navy linen with hemstitch trim over an abstract cotton floral printed one, trimmed in grosgrain navy ribbon. Drinkware for the occasion is a smokey blue glass and copper mug. Cheeky giraffe swizzle sticks are used as stirrers for the mugs. 
Napkin rings are authentically African, safari animals carved of wood and hand-painted. 
A primitive dough bowl is filled with scavenged pine cones, harvested lavender and deer sheds woven among a metal sphere and string of lights.
Next to the fireplace in the dining room, I arranged a vase with feathers, cotton bolls, and a fig tree branch with attached fruit.
The bookcase in the dining room to the right of the fireplace becomes an integral part of the fall decor and tablescape too.
Evening candlelight comes by way of pewter bases with etched glass hurricanes.
I've loved incorporating more blue into my decor in this cottage home. Lighter blues as well as navy blue are classic for any season. Why I never used them much before is beyond me. 

Now, for your pure entertainment, below is the list of bloggers who have prepared a Welcome Fall table for you. I encourage you to visit each one, as the ideas are as varied as the person presenting them.

Me and My Captain - Shine On Harvest Moon
Home is Where the Boat Is - Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends
Hyacinths for the Soul - Whoooo is Ready for Autumn?
The Painted Apron - Early Fall Pumpkin Patch
From My Carolina Home - Autumn Apples Tablescape
Celebrate and Decorate - A Fall Tablescape in Shades of Blue
Living With Thanksgiving - Fall Vibes
Dinner at Eight - Mums Lead the Way to Fall
Thrifting Wonderland - It's Time for a Fall Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Back to (Art) School
Life and Linda - Welcome Fall
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall Tablescape - Autumn Gnome
Red Cottage Chronicles - Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table

My customary format for tablescaping is to list my sources used, both for my own future reference and for anyone's interest. I am not affiliated with any brands.

Ready for Fall: Game On Tablescape Source List
Table Runner, Pewter/Glass Hurricanes, Glassware (Libbey), Swizzle Sticks, Napkin Rings, Dough Bowl, Deer Sheds - Estate Finds
Copper Mugs - Auction
Chargers, Printed Napkins - Jaye's Studio
Dinner Plates (Ralph Lauren) - Horchow
Salad Plates - Ballard Designs
Bread/Butter or Appetizer Plates (Ralph Lauren) - Macy's
Solid Napkins, Flatware - Pier 1
Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you'll leave a comment letting me know you stopped by, and return again soon. 

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Have a great September, everyone!


  1. Swoon Rita! What a handsome table and mix of dinnerware, colors and textures! Those navy chargers with the faux bamboo gold trim are gorgeous. Love the mix of animal prints (and animals) and pop of pattern in your layered napkins. Your table would work for any season as well as your coordinating shelving and décor. I bet the mister appreciates your handsome table setting and your restraint from overfilling your shelving and tabletops. Thank you for all your organizing efforts for these hops…I so appreciate you! Happy Tuesday. ♥

  2. Good Morning Rita! What a lovely Fall post you have created. I LOVE your foundation starting with the NAVY charger and the layering of your beautiful china is gorgeous! You centerpiece speaks to everything Fall too! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely setting. You've inspired me to get on the "Fall band wagon!" Kathleen

  3. What a delightful mix of animal prints and interesting plates! Just wild!

  4. Rita, your creativity is endless and never ceases to amaze me! Your mix of metals, colors, and patterns is lovely. Your charger with gold faux bamboo edges is gorgeous! The African wooden napkin rings are indeed the perfect element to your table design. I personally like animal prints and you have mixed them well. Your dough bowl design is creative also.
    Thank you Rita, for your leadership in organizing the hops. It is a lot of work.

  5. Oh my god that is so (bleeping) stunning I can't stand it! Damn lady, you are on fire with that one. I absolutely adore how you mixed the animal prints! It's so Ralph Lauren looking and just beautiful. You really did a gorgeous Fall theme without using some more expected items or colors too, and that just nails it for me!

    Damn, I may have to break out my tablescaping skills after this one, color me inspired now!

  6. Rita, you are definitely on top of your game! You always set a beautiful table with interesting details. The dark blue chargers with a bamboo rim are stunning. What a fabulous touch to start your layer of beautiful plates. Animal prints are a fun mix, always!
    I'd say your new painting find was a huge score. The painting sets a beautiful mood, and the frame alone is fabulous. Score!!! Your home is beautifully styled any season. I'm glad you included some peeks around your home. Thank you for organizing this blog hop. It's a pleasure to be a part of this group of talented ladies. I appreciate you!

  7. Good Morning Rita. Your fall table is so pretty. I love your centerpiece and the animal napkin rings are very cute. I love to see different colors for fall other than the traditional oranges and yellows. Very pretty. Hope your Labor Day was good. Have a nice week. xoxo Kris

  8. Good morning, Rita. I love your table and how you mix it with interesting details. The stack is stylish and elegant with the dark blue chargers and animal print plates. The napkin rings give a vibe of a chic African safari. It was a treat to see how you have incorporated fall into your decor. The dough bowl centerpiece is so creative. It reminds me to get my deer sheds out for display. The painting was a great find and definitely sets an autumn mood in your beautifully curated home. Thanks so much for organizing the hops and Happy Tuesday ♥️

  9. What a great theme for fall. Are your navy chargers trimmed with gold (or are they on a gold tray?). So stylish!! Napkin rings are a perfect addition, too. Your room is lovely and I wish I had built in bookshelves! I have a similar blue pumpkin! Thanks for hosting!

  10. How elegant and beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Yep, you got me --- I thought it might be a WVU vs Pitt theme table for the renewed Backyard Brawl. I'm a sucker for a "wild thing" theme like the decor in my youngest son's/now guest bedroom. Love your mix and match styling, as always! Your tablescape is perfect for transitioning to fall. Have to admit though, I kept lingering over the photos of that stunning painting you recently acquired --- what a find! The frame is quite similar the huge mirror in our living room. If you ever decide to transition it to your shop, please let me know.

  12. Oh Rita, I LOVE this table! I adore animal prints and your plate stack knocks it out of the park. The navy touches are brilliant, and that dough bowl centerpiece is spectacular! What a great take on a fall table, and it's sophisticated and elegant with a sense of fun. The carved wood napkin rings are really special, so cool! I also love the rustic runner, it's all fabulous! Thanks so much for being our hostess, I know it's a lot of work and you are much appreciated. Happy Fall!

  13. Good morning, dear Rita! I hope that you had a wonderful Summer! Your table is beautiful - I love the plates and napkin rings! I have a bread bowl just like that. It's sitting in a cabinet. Not for long!! Thanks for the Fall inspo. Have a great week!

  14. Rita, first off...thank you for hosting. I know the work involved as I have passed that way before. Good job with your simple yet instructional steps toward each blogger's presentations. That said, your table and surrounding areas of decor are beautiful. Incorporating the blues makes me want to sing...but not the blues. LOL The jungle animals slipping into your tablescape via napkin rings and plates are intriguing and a delight for the eye. What a find the painting is and you are inspiring me to change out my art pieces for the seasons too...Have a Blessed Autumn my friend.

  15. What a gorgeous table, Rita! But first I must comment on the landscape: What do you know about the artist? I think it is stunning! I also love the wild touches on your dining room table. The napkin rings are darling! But my favorite: The crocheted and tasseled table runner. I have really been drawn to textures lately, and I think the runner is perfect for fall. Beautiful table as always, Rita. Thanks so much for hosting the hop! I always look forward to them.

  16. Wow, Rita. What a gorgeous place setting. Love those dishes. And, of course, the blue accents. I love that you decorated the
    entire dining room as part of the fall theme. Thank you for hosting.

  17. Rita, such a lovely table. I adore animal prints. Your plate stack is stunning starting with the cobalt blue chargers trimmed in gold. The animal napkin rings remind me of the ones I have, so cute. Love the copper mugs. The dough bowl is lovely, a nice variation than just flowers. The painting is fabulous. So fun to take a peek around and enjoy the whole Gam On vibe. Thank you again for organizing this fall tablescape blog hop.

  18. Your table is gorgeous! I especially like the twigged flatware and the bamboo-edged chargers!

  19. I think this mix is one of the best I have seen. I especially like the chargers and the napkin rings. The painting is wonderful, too. I am so happy to be out estate sale-ing again, too.

  20. Oh my, this is such a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous table setting!! I love every single thing about it, from the chargers to the leopard plates to the feathered plates. You truly created such a beautiful setting, just right for fall. The animals are wonderful, the dough bowl is wonderful, okay YOU are wonderful!! And so talented at setting a welcoming and beautiful table. Thank you for this lovely hint of fall. {Your painting is just right, and good for you for buying on the last day at such a great discount! } Happy almost Fall, Rita. xo lIdy

  21. Happy almost autumn, Rita! As usual, your creative accessory combinations are charming. I love your unique napkin rings and the complementary art is gorgeous--pinning! Thanks again for hosting. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  22. I love how you incorporate your tablescape into your autumn decor Rita! Your game theme is spot on, and the mix of feminine and masculine is perfect. The mix of animal prints is such a great idea, and those napkin rings are so fun! I love the mix of copper and blue too! All a nod to the beautiful colours of autumn. Thank you for hosting. I always look foward to the chance to set a seasonal table and be inspired by so many talented ladies!

  23. Rita, your tablescape is so luscious! Those chargers steal my heart, you would know with that deep navy hue! I think the color would match my formal dining room walls perfectly! Your plate stack is great! The mix of pattern on pattern is a great combination and mixes so well with your gathered items in your centerpiece. I love all of the texture those items along with those in the vase by your fireplace bring. Who would have thought to change out your artwork with the seasons? Now I am wondering about a piece I have hanging in a bedroom and if I could move it someplace else in the house!

  24. How beautiful Rita! I love the mix of colors and of course FALL. I always learn something from you each blog. Today's is 'deer shed'!!! Married to an avid deer hunter.....we have many 'deer sheds' and some are still attached...(antlers, skull). I had never heard of them being referred to as sheds. My lesson for today!

  25. What a delightful table setting, Rita. I really liked how you co-ordinated the painting and it's frame with the choice of china on the table. Black and gold is a favorite color combination and you used it so well here. The subtle color picked up by the centerpiece works really well and echoes the subdued color in the painting. Loved the zebra plate that co-ordinated with the African animal napkin rings. Thanks, again, for co-ordinating the "hop". It's a delight to be part of it all.

  26. That soft candlelight is so beautiful, Linda. I love the mix of old and new and the change-outs (the painting, the blue/white pumpkin and all) ae just perfect. It's a wonderful color combo and a beautiful fall transition table!

  27. Beautifully done Rita! Handsome and elegant. Your centerpiece brings it all together. Love the dishes and flatware. Love the painting and how you decorated the shelving area. Lovely!

  28. So elegant and exotic!! Love those amazing carved napkin rings! I always love this Fall Hop because it's always so varied and unique. The candlelight is perfection!

  29. Ooh Rita, I’m loving your mix of animal prints in your dish stack. What a fun table, and the neutral, tasseled runner is perfect. Your new painting looks great in your dining room, and the pewter based hurricane is just lovely.

  30. Rita, Your table setting is certainly an inspiration for autumn decor. I love your signature style of mixing elements. The masculine and feminine is spot on. I love your mix of metals and the animal safari napkin rings are gorgeous and perfect with this scape. My eye also goes directly to the place setting stack, chargers and flatware. Very sophisticated and elegant Rita. Happy September Rita........

  31. Rita, I think you outdid yourself with this uber gorgeous table. It's not easy to mix warm and cool colors with many different items on one table and still get the balance right the way you did. Of course, I'm in love with the feather plates, but the addition of the hand-carved napkin rings, antiqued wood dough bowl, and organic dried lavender and pinecones add a ton of warmth. The picture was a great deal. I think I would have purchased it even at full price :)
    Thanks for hosting another fun blog hop. I really appreciate being asked to participate.

  32. Rita, your animal print table is wonderful, you have so many interesting pieces. My two favorite pieces are your navy chargers and your napkin rings, I always enjoy seeing your interesting finds! Thank you so much for coordinating these hops, I appreciate all the work you do to keep us going!! I hope you have a wonderful fall🍂🍁🧡

  33. I've never thought to use navy either but it's beautiful with your decor. Love those chargers and the table runner but all the little animal details took it over the top. Hope you really enjoy it this season and having a working fireplace near the table... Heck yeah!

  34. Good morning, Rita. Such an interesting and pretty table. It would provide wonderful conversation. I love the navy - I am a blue girl. Most all shades of blue make me happy. I think you may find you will fall deeper in love the more you use it. Have a great week!

  35. I loved how unexpected your table is! The various "game" patterns on the plates pair well with the navy napkins and chargers and fit comfortably with the more conventional fall decor in the centerpiece. Truly creative!
    I also wanted to thank you again for organizing the tablescape hop with the "herd" of us. Have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Just gorgeous Rita! The blues are beautiful and your theme is so unique. I was fixated though on the clock on the bookshelf. I was trying to remember where I had seen it before. It finally dawned on me that it was on my Grandmother's mantel long ago. So pretty! Thank you for putting this blog hop together. You are all so talented and I always enjoy seeing your latest tablescapes. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  37. Ah! You mentioned the masculine/feminine appeal of this tablescape, and that is what IMMEDIATELY sprang to mind when I first looked at it! Everyone would feel comfortable with this "game"!!! Lovely!

  38. Rita, your game on table is gorgeous! The plate stack is beautiful and I love the mix of metals and wood and textures that you've brought to the table and the background bookcase is the perfect backdrop. The napkin rings are so unique and I love love love that vintage table runner. When you posted a tour of your sweet booth in the antique mall, I could see all those tempting vintage linens and I wished I was there in person for a closer look. Beautiful table!

  39. Such a beautiful table Rita :) I'm in love with your napkin rings and think you picked a winner with that new estate painting. I do hope you're enjoying fall down in WV!! Our maple tree out front is absolutely ablaze this year and has brought us so much joy.