Hallowe’en is not my favourite holiday. I entered into the spirit of it (pun intended) when I was a candy-crazed kid. The sinister and destructive overtones of the occasion reverberate more with me now, and I see less innocent enjoyment than was my youthful perspective. How’s that for a cheerful start?
But pumpkins! Pumpkins I can get right behind, applaud loudly and enthusiastically support. Especially when they’re in the form of tableware and not the tough gourd itself, requiring carving and slimy gutting of stringy innards. Hmmm – there seems to be more than one reason to dislike Hallowe’en.
Pier 1 has a lovely set of watercolour pumpkin and gourd salad plates called Pumpkin Patch (currently on clearance, so make tracks, folks) that pair beautifully with Hartley Greens Creamware (now discontinued, but can sometimes be had at Replacements.com).
I found the paucity of orange in the Pumpkin Patch to be quite refreshing, with the colour emphasis of the plates being very pleasant green and yellow tones.
The table glowed warm and invitingly at nightfall.
The tablecloth is a HomeSense (HomeGoods in the US) purchase, and its warm neutral tones of brown, grey and cream served as a coordinating base for the cheerful variety of tableware.
I’ve collected the tureens over the years. The pumpkins and woven basket ones are Fitz & Floyd, purchased about 20 years ago. Discontinued, obviously, but they come up occasionally on eBay. The gravy boat is from Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma, several years ago. The wooden pumpkins came from Harvest of Barnstable several years ago, but I’ve seen similar ones at HomeGoods/HomeSense and its ilk more recently.
Fitz and Floyd’s figural collections range from quite attractive to nightmare-provoking-hideous, so one has to be judicious in their deployment. A little goes a long way, I always think.
This little pumpkin came complete with a lovely little ceramic spoon. We often use it at Thanksgiving to hold cranberry sauce.
The paisley napkins in green and brown tones were from Pottery Barn and the napkin rings were from Chintz & Co, both several years ago.
The green goblets are from Pier 1 about 20 years ago, and the amber-stemmed Morgantown depression glass is from Replacements. I have a mixed set of the depression glass. It’s blank # 7617, and I have a couple of different versions of it. The one shown above, and
this one (picture courtesy of Replacements), which has a more lacy pattern to the etching. I love them both and they coordinate well on the table.
Some tables just resonate as they come together, and this one was one of them. I left it set for a couple of days just to enjoy it, braving the perils of less-than-graceful careening felines (I’m looking at you, Moxie…) and wagging tails. Happily, no mishaps occurred and the table remained unmolested.
It was fun shooting pictures at various times of the day and evening, capturing the table in its different moods. My right hand is beginning to solidify into the shape of a Nikon camera…
While the weather has been less than fall-like, it’s been nice to enjoy the extended warm days. The chill will set in all too soon!
Have a great week, everyone. Thanks for joining me on the Pumpkin Patch tour.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.