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A Brown and Aubergine Tablescape for Fall with Pheasants and Transferware

I have long admired the Game Series plates by Palissy but until recently had never had any of them.  I think these have a quintessential Fall look.   The combined colors of aubergine and  brown is one of my favorites.  

 I thought these plates, having the pheasants depicted on them, would be great paired with some natural elements.
I like to blend patterns and textures and sometimes I will begin pulling the things from around the house that I feel will pair well with the plates I'm tablescaping with before I begin setting the table.

I purchased a Ralph Lauren wool Euro sham on clearance a few months back and with the subtle dash of purple interspersed within the brown houndstooth, this I decided, would be a perfect table covering to pair with the plates.

Natural and rustic, grapevine wreaths are used here in lieu of traditional placemats.

  You all may have dubbed me the Transferware Queen, but for those of you who follow tablescapers then you know that Yvonne at Stone Gable should most assuredly be dubbed the Dish Layering Queen.  She skillfully piles a stack of plates into a work of art like no other.  I decided to copy her a little bitty bit and layer my dishes.  Mine was more out of necessity because my plates, measuring just shy of 9",  were just a tad small for the opening of my wreaths.
I chose some Ridgway plates having a purple polychrome border with rust and gold accents.  These colors compliment the colors found on the face (the center decoration/scene) of my pheasant plates.

Next came some Spode plates with a wide, white Gadroon rim.  This adds light to the table and is a good contrast between the grapevine and colored border plates.  The grapevine wreaths have dried leaves in them and this subtle hint of color and texture pairs well with that of the plates.  

I'd planned to use these tea towels in the place of napkins a few times this season.  They are a rich shade of aubergine with a deep, eggplant colored border and embroidered with pumpkins.  Tea towels are a great choice for table settings, either as napkins or placemats, as the variety of styles is endless and prices are quite often less than that of cloth napkins.

Pheasant feathers were placed at an angle on each napkin.  Mixing it up a little more, I decided to use two sets of flatware; Spode Woodland and vintage Japanese ceramic handled pieces in a deep purple.

I couldn't pass up an opportunity to use these glasses again.  I am crazy about them, and they were so inexpensive to boot!
I don't think I could find stemware that matches the tea towels turned napkins any better, do you?

I've got all the essential elements, plus a few, gathered and set at the table.  What this table needs now is a centerpiece.  I have a collection of purple transferware in my bedroom and pulled from it this antique, Sporting Series pitcher in keeping with my theme and color scheme.
To this I added a bouquet of aubergine and lavender silk mums,  green and gold berries and a few pheasant feathers.  If ever I'm rich again, my splurge would be on real flowers in all my tablescapes and throughout my home...tis faux for now.

I always like to have at least one candle at the table.  Zest candles has a wonderful selection of candles including themes for each season, like this maple leaf pillar candle
I set it on top of a purple transferware ashtray and scattered some small wood slices around it, bringing in more natural elements.

My table is set for dinner.

We will be having Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Cutlets with a Blackberry Vinaigrette Sauce for dinner.  This is one of Ashton's favorites, and as you all might know, we always let our kids pick any meal they wish for us to make for their birthdays.  Ash's birthday was the 30th and this was her choice.  No one got their fill though, so we're having it again.   You can find the recipe HERE at my very first tablescape I ever posted.  In advance,  I apologize for the pics as they aren't so good but I promise you this is an impressive looking, company worthy dish and more importanly (in my book) delicious meal. Guess what else?  It came from a low cal, heart healthy menu plan.  Beautiful, tasty and healthy?  You can't go wrong!  We serve it with a Spinach salad and seasoned mushroom rice.  One other thing to consider about this dish is that it makes a wonderful Fall dinner, or substitute for those who don't like turkey.  The pecan mixture is infused with sage.  It would be equally good served with all of the traditional side dishes that accompany turkey...mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry get the picture.

A few other ideas for serving and decorating the table.

Pretty ceramic gourds.  Colors are just too perfect not to at least take a picture of them at this table.

Yvonne would have stacked this plate here if she'd been at my house setting this table.  Don't you just know it?
I'm going to use them in another table this Fall.

My four youngest kids are at a nursing home tonight visiting elderly people. They don't have school tomorrow.  Knowing that they are out of school tomorrow, I've allowed myself to slip into the mind set of staying up late, watching a good movie and not having to get up early tomorrow fully set in.  
Today feels like Friday. 
Fridays just feel good.
 I'm putting on my pj's, preparing our late dinner and hoping someone will make a big fat bowl of overloaded with butter popcorn to accompany the movie. 

Happy weekend everyone! 


  1. Love the pheasant dishes and your layering. This was the perfect fall table setting, beautiful. And the movie and buttery popcorn sounds perfect, have a great weekend. Laura Cottage and Broome

  2. Your tables are always so pretty and you have such wonderful dishes! And it is a perfect fall table!

  3. Love the whole look. Now, what time was dinner?

  4. The pheasant dishes are wonderful. This is such a beautiful Fall setting for the birthday party! Dinner sounds terrific too!

    Thanks for linking your gorgeous table setting to Potpourri Friday!

  5. What a warm and inviting table! Everything looks so lovely. I love the way you fixed your "problem" by layering your plates. Clever lady!

  6. Nancy, SWOON! This is such an elegant yet rustic table. I LOVE everything on it! Gorgeous! The game series pates are so utterly beautiful. I would just love to have a set of those for Thanksgiving.
    Nancy, you set such a special table. Using the feathers and mixed flatware is brilliant! Thanks for your very very kind shout out! I miss setting a table this week. Tuesday I had a back procedure that has left me a little too sore to lug dishes around! But I can enjoy yours!
    One of my very favorite tablescapes!
    xo Yvonne

  7. The pheasent dishes are wonderful! love the wreath chargers, what a great and nice idea. Elegant and rustic!! Fabulous for Thanksgiving, such perfect china. Lots of hugs, FABBY

  8. Those pheasant dishes are beautiful, love them with the grapevine wreaths as chargers. It all looks so pretty and the menu sounds yummy.

  9. Hi Nancy, I'm your newest follower and am I ever glad I found your blog. Houndstooth calls out my name. I love it on the table, too.
    Thanks, Helen

  10. This is just gorgeous, Nancy! It's funny you mention Yvonne; two people whose tables I am in awe of are yours and Yvonne's! Plus, you both make some wonderful recipes. These dishes are gorgeous and I love your rustic elegant table setting.

  11. Your transferware is just gorgeous. I love all your table elements.



  12. Love your color palette and different textures used, especially the houndstooth. Such a beautiful fall table.

  13. Beautiful table, Nancy. Perfect plates to use with the grapevine wreathes. It is amazing how many patterns look so great with that stemware, isn't it? I decided to buy the aqua/lime/cobalt ones, too.
    Gorgeous centerpiece.
    Your menu is pretty impressive, too!
    Have a great weekend.

  14. Oh my goodness I LOVE this table. Beautifully done.. love the sham stroke of genius to use. All of your natural elements are so warm and welcoming.. to say nothing of the menu. Yummy!!!
    I received my equestrian plates, cannot wait to order again... hugs ~lynne~

  15. Beautiful table! Just happened across your blog as I just bought two brown transferware plates from your site. I have a wonderful collection of pink tw, but am just venturing into the brown. Had to laugh at your comment--"If I'm ever rich again!" I think many of us can relate. We have definitely learned to do more with less. Not an altogether bad thing. Blessings!

  16. Wow your table is amazing Nancy! Of course I am partial to the purple colors! I loved how you used the wreaths and the feathers in the table design. Looking forward to our giveaway!!

  17. I love the combination of elegance and rustic...makes for a very different fall tablescape and beautiful to boot!
    We also let the birthday person choose the dinner of choice. I'm flagging your crusted pork tenderloin recipe..looks yummy!!

  18. Very pretty Nancy. I am going to use natural elements for my table this year, too. I love those plates. I need to bite the bullet one day and purchase some.

  19. Hi lovely lady.
    Your tablescape with your dishes are gorgeous Nancy. I also love your grapevine wreathes for your chargers. You did a Beautiful job putting this all together as always.
    I hope you have a great weekend coming up.
    XXOO Diane

  20. Sooo gorgeous Nancy!! What a beautiful table! I adore the idea of using grapevine wreaths under your plates!! LOVE!! Thanks for linking up! :)

  21. Nancy Ive been MIA for a while, but so glad to come back to another beautiful tablescape of yours. It is beautiful from beginning to end. The grapevine wreaths are such a wonderful idea.

    Enjoy your night and have a great weekend!

    Lucky 7 Design

  22. Nancy, I had to pin the pecan crusted pork! Sounds to die for. One of our favorite dishes is pork ribs with a blackberry sauce, so I know we will love this one.

    The dishes are just lovely! I think pheasants are so beautiful. I love the rustic touch and your floral with the feathers is great. My mother in law made me a pheasant pelt wreath years ago and I eventually threw it out. Now I wish I had it. It had some amazing feathers on it.
    I agree, your stemware is perfect, what fabulous colors combined together. So fun and thansk for the great recipe. (Your pictures were great when you first started bloggin!)

  23. Nancy, I'm loving your tablescape and kicking myself for not buying the RL euro sham like yours. I may have to go back to Home Goods and see if it's still there. Houndstooth, velvet, wool all go so well with brown/polychrome transferware. Your stemware is gorgeous and I've seen it on a couple of other blogs, but never in any of the stores around here. It's just perfect for your tablescape.Great tablescape.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. a lovely table. I really like the grapevine and tweed with brown transferware..I have a different pattern but it will be beautiful like this..thanks for your inspiration..

  25. This is stunning! Just stunning!


  26. Simply stunning ~ as usual! I just love all of it...the glasses, the flower arrangement, the gourds...just perfect together. The meal sounds wonderful wish I lived closer! :-)

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend ~

  27. Beautiful! Love the grape vines wreaths! Joann

  28. Beautiful! I love the wreaths and those dishes are gorgeous!

  29. Beautiful tablescape! Thanks for visiting my blog; I am now happily following yours. I love a well set table and beautiful dishes. I know I'm going to enjoy your blog.


  30. The table is gorgeous. I love the way you pulled all the various elements together. The wreaths add such a wonderful touch of texture to the overall look.

  31. Oh my goodness Nancy this should be in a magazine!! I love this table..the natural elements are so beautiful with those dishes. Every layer is beautiful. Fabulous!!

    Miss Bloomers

  32. The use of the beautiful euro shame is ingenious! "Borrowing this idea!" :) And I love the wreaths as chargers, as well! Very beautiful tablescape! And the menu sounds delish!

    ~Coming to you through Amaze Me Monday! ~Newest Follower!

  33. Hi Nancy, This is a gorgeous Fall table!! Love the pheasant dishes and the way you used the grapevine wreaths. Everything is beautiful and worthy of a magazine cover.

  34. Nancy, your talent and creativity is just incredible! This tablescape is so gorgeous and using the grapevine wreaths was genius. I had to keep scrolling up and down just to take it all in! :-) Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this past weekend!

  35. So pretty... you're featured this week! Stop by and grab a button! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  36. I'm loving your's gorgeous and the grapevines underneath the plates is genious :) Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  37. Nancy, you outdid yourself on this tablescape! The mix of textures, colors, and dishes is perfect ... and those goblets were definitely the perfect choice!

  38. Where did you get the drinking glasses? Please do tell! Beautiful arrangement - glad I found your blog!


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