It’s Labour Day weekend, and the kids are back to school next week. While I’m always sad to say goodbye to summer, soup season is a cause for celebration in my books. Starting with Fall Vegetable Chowder.

And with soup comes individual soup tureens to tickle your tableware fancy.

I’ve had these Juliska Jardins du Monde individual lidded tureens for years. Very generously sized, they hold a hearty portion of soup, chilli or stew—whatever takes your fancy. In this instance, they’re filled with Fall Vegetable Chowder. Yum.

When I purchased the small tureens, I passed on the large tureen, deeming it too ornate.

So I was delighted when Pier 1 brought out an inexpensive pumpkin tureen in a similar glaze several years later. It fits the bill nicely.

I couldn’t resist the salt and pepper containers in the same series.

Then Pottery Barn offered this embroidered pumpkin and leaf “table throw”, which would have been called a square tablecloth back in the day, but times change, apparently! 🙂 Perhaps others also failed to get the memo because I picked it up at the end of the season for a song. Doesn’t it make a cheerful backdrop to this otherwise quite simple table setting?

With its myriad colours from which to choose, I went with bittersweet napkin rings (actually candle rings) from Save-on-Crafts and plain Forest linen napkins from Sferra.

It almost reconciles you to the approach of winter, doesn’t it?

Tree slice chargers from Amazon and wooden-handled cutlery from World Market (discontinued) complete the picture.

Oh – and my much-used twisted Amber goblets from Williams Sonoma many moons ago.

My thoughts and sympathies are with anyone involved in back-to-school preparations—it’s always a bit fraught. Calming new-school-year jitters, tracking down elusive items from irritatingly last-minute lists of school supplies demanded by frazzled teachers… It all settles down in a couple of weeks, but it’s a lot to negotiate at the time. Good luck to everyone, kids and parents alike.