Entertaining season is here. First task of entertaining is setting the table. Instead of a fussy tabletop, I wanted to set a natural and simple but elegant table for the fall. Whenever I want to set the table, I walk around my garden to get inspiration. For this table, my inspiration comes from gold and red chrysanthemums that are growing in the garden. Gold, orange and red define the traditions of the season. I know gourds and pumpkins are another fall favorite. Instead of pumpkins I wanted to incorporate persimmons(also from the garden) for a twist on tradition.
Keeping the color scheme to a minimum with two to three colors gives a striking effect. I found napkin rings in my table top arsenal to go with the chrysanthemum centerpiece.
Since the centerpiece is dramatic with different textures, I wanted to keep the rest of the table to a minimum to showcase the flowers on the table.
I used small tumblers for wine instead of wine glasses.
Now the table is set and stay tune for the menu and recipes in upcoming posts.
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