Fresh, crispy, crunchy and juicy. Fall apple season. Yum!  

Known for his vibrant use of colour and heartwarming images, David Carter Brown strikes again with his Apple Orchard series of salad/dessert plates by Sakura. 

The series had a short shelf life, produced only from  2001 to 2002, so these were an eBay find. I discovered the pattern a couple of years ago and filed it away in the “explore later” Evernote folder I keep for inspiration. I’d forgotten all about them until I went looking for patterns for autumn and decided I still loved them, The little birds quite stole my heart.

They were a natural choice for serving Leanne’s Apple Bundt Cake with Apple Butter & Bourbon Glaze. I teamed them up with Forsyth by Royal Doulton, a bone china pattern of much the same era (1992 to 2001). Forsyth is one of the very few patterns of which I have the entire service, as it was a wedding registry pattern. It’s a beautiful, traditional, gilded-edged pattern with a deep green ribbon of colour within the gilding. Mixing “old school” china patterns with more casual pieces gives them a modern feel, and saves them from my grandmother’s crocheted doily exile.

The green glass cake stand was purchased from a touristy shop on the Cape many years ago.

I’ve got two cake stands of graduated sizes and three bowls in the green pressed glass. They work well for any tablescape that needs a shot of green, such as Skating Chefs from last Christmas.

These “sipping Scotch” (or in this case, Bourbon) glasses are Riedel’s Sommelier Single Malt glasses. They’re light and elegant, and have a lovely feel in the hand – perfect for enjoying a little nip on a chilly evening.

This post is making me hungry…

The Homestead Harvest Plaid napkins are from Pier 1, this season. The unusual combination of reds and oranges allow them to transition easily from fall right into late winter.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, everyone! Enjoy the week.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.