Happy first day of Fall, y’all! It topped out at 86 today, and there are still several 90+ degree days in the coming week (hello, Global Warming in the Ohio Valley…), but I’m doing my best to usher Fall and Fall weather into the bluegrass with as little power as I have. Namely, I’m celebrating the hopefully soon-to-come cooler temperatures with a diner party with friends, and have set the table in simple neutrals.
I set my matte black plates from Williams-Sonoma alongside my gold flatware from Target and a black-on-white embroidered napkin from Hearth and Home. These sat atop a new natural linen tablecloth from Threshold for Target.
Wanting to have at least a little something pretty, I pulled my vintage hobnail wineglasses out for what I’m sure will be a few glasses of Viognier, as well as a matching dish full of munchy mixed nuts.
Instead of a centerpiece, I draped a huge bunch of seeded eucalyptus along the center of the table, around vintage gold candlesticks and white tapers. The result looks soft and easy.
For a little something fancy, I laid black placecards with our names written in gold pen on the center of each plate. A sprig of the seeded euc makes an all-black place setting look a little more decorated.
I’m hoping beyond hope that sub-80 temps come our way soon. I’d love nothing more than to retire outside after dinner on Saturday with a drink in hand, a blanket, and god conversation. My fingers are staying crossed, friends.
** special thanks to Mahonia for the gorgeous eucalyptus **
** photos by Don Lehman **