A "Transitional" Tablescape

Hi everyone!

Today's tablescape ( A LOT of pictures...just a warning! LOL) is kind of what I think of as a transitionally table because that is what September means to me. We are ending summer and autumn is peeking out at us here and there.

But, how to create and reflect this transition was an interesting challenge to me. I wanted summer colors on the table along with the warm earthy feel of autumn.

And then things just kind of start falling into place. And idea is sparked from the oddest things. What sparked this table? A gift from a wonderful blogging friend!

I know most of you already know this beautiful blogger from her blog In the Middle of Nowhere. That's right, I am talking about Mimi! By the way, you need to check out her gorgeous lush green tablescape today! Okay, what was I saying? Oh yeah, anyway, Mimi saw a post I had published several months ago where I showed a new thrifted tureen I just got. It had a ladle with it but, it was much too large for this tureen. Mimi said she thought she had one that would fit. Yippee! And she said she would send it to me.

Well, I received the box and knew who it was from however, it was a rather large box and I knew their were extra surprises in it! She had sent the ladle (which fits perfectly!) and a couple of other goodies! One of the surprise goodies was this set of flatware.

About a week before I got the box from Mimi, I had picked up this set clearanced at Walmart.

A set of 2 coral placemats and striped napkins. Originally $5.00 but, were half off. Hum, are you seeing a glimmer of a tablescape here?

And then later that week, I went thrifting and found this set of dishes.

You probably recognize them from the SA shopping trip I took y'all on back on this post. Let's see....blue and coral dishes....Oh, a tablescape is really coming together!

I thought the sky blue and the coral colors in the dishes, flatware and linens represented summer quite nicely. Time to scrounge around and come up with things that start to show the presence of autumn!

So, here we go!

I placed a natural wicker charger on the coral placemat and added a thick orange acrylic plate. (chargers clearanced from Walmart last year, acrylic plates clearanced at Family Dollar for .50 cents each)

Add the salad plate and large bowl of this new set of dishes. These dishes were never used. The price tags were still on the bottom. Each piece was bought individually from "World Bazzar". They are "Pagnossin Ironstone made in Treviso, Italy".

Pretty vintage stemmed sorbet glasses were added. These have a beautiful iridescent shimmer to them. I got them at an Estate sale.

A blue water goblet (clearanced at The Christmas Tree Shops) and vintage orange carnival-ish drinking glasses (flea market a couple of years ago) were added.

The matching cup and saucer along with the napkins and tortoise shell napkin rings (these were in a large bag of assorted goodies I got at a flea market).

And let's not forget the generous gift from Mimi which started this whole tablescape, the flatware!

Now, for the overall tablescape with all the accessories added. And remember, EVERYTHING on this table was either thrifted 2nd hand or clearance. Uh Oh! I just lied! The two little votive birds were full price at the Dollar Tree!

One of the salad plates, a vintage sunflower carnival glass bowl and a large grapevine sphere.

A pretty bread basket with a napkin and two votive holders.

Vintage brown and gold creamer and sugar on small china dishes.

Another dish with a pretty peach lusterware FireKing bowl.

A light blue metal cheese dome with a ceramic base on top of a diamond cut glass cakestand.

The little Dollar Tree candle holder birds.

Two finial candles.

Although they are both different, I think they work great together.

I just got this blue ceramic pitcher last night. I couldn't believe that it was the perfect pitcher to go with this tablescape and it was half off at $1.50! woohoo!

Gold rimmed glass dessert bowls.

With feathered sphere in them.

Okay, now random pictures.

Now some candlelight pictures.

Thank you Mimi!!

Just a Reminder!! The month of September is "Steal Diann's Thrift Finds" Giveaway!! Just check out this post to read all about it!

I am joining these fun parties!

Tablescape Thursday

Thrifty Thursday

Vintage Thingie thursday

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday


  1. Wonderful tablescape! Your vintage sorbet glasses are awesome!

  2. Loving this table! What a great combo of colors! Mimi is the best isn't she! I blogged about the milk glass goblets she sent me in my tablescape today. I saw some 'red' items today! Whoo Hoo! Gosh this is pretty and a great transitional table.

  3. Your tablesetting is stunning! I would love to be invited to sit at your table and just swoon over all the pretties.


  4. Your table came together so well- isn't funny how once you find your inspiration the rest just seems to fall in line? That flatware is just adorable! Happy VTT!

  5. Your table is really fun and you can tell that you had planned each piece painstakingly. Beautiful

  6. This is one of my most favorite of your recent table settings. I really like the blue and brown together. hugs♥olive

  7. I LOVE those striped utensils & placemats! So fun and summery!

  8. Diann... that gift really did turn my week around. I'm normally the most positive person you'll ever meet...guess I just had a couple of off days. :-) Deborah is such a sweet lady...I just think it's amazing how many wonderful ladies there are in blog land. (present company included!) :)
    I absolutely LOVE your cheese cover..it's so cute! Your whole table scape is adorable. You got some great finds! :)
    Hope you have a great week! Oh, and thanks for linking up to my party...I always look forward to what you have to share.
    Blessings & Hugs

  9. Just hopped over from Treasures and Trinkets~ lovely tablescape...the sorbet glasses are gorgeous...

  10. Love the tablesetting - especially your covered cheese plate! Very cute. It is so neat how everything came together. Love the candlelight photos, too.

  11. Beautiful table...great new dishes. I have always liked blue and orange together...I can't believe the camping flatware goes so well! Love the blue stemmed glasses and napkins...perfect with the dishes.

  12. I love looking at all of the pictures and all of the detail you added to your inviting table. I learn so much by looking at different tablescapes and you always do a great job. I am now looking for dishes, etc., everywhere I go.

  13. Lovely tablescape... I love the blue ceramic pitcher. It all goes together beautifully!

  14. What a beautifully set table....so much pretty details to absorb....Christine

  15. I love your vintage stemmed sorbet glasses! I also love the little birdie candle holders! This is such a pretty tablescape! I wish i could do this! It just looks so pretty!


  16. Oh snap, I just adore your darling table setting. Now, thats what i am talking about. So inspiring.

  17. Love it watching your plan come together! What delightful finds! What great flatware and everything goes together like it was all purchased as a set (only better!)

  18. I am amazed at how your tablescape just came together,so pretty. I love the summer & autumn theme. to top it off everything was such a great bargain! Thank you for sharing.

  19. Saw some red items. What a pretty table you set. You inspire me with your ideas!

  20. That is the cutest and only transitional table I have ever seen. What a great idea! You did a wonderful job of combining things to make a fantastic setting.

  21. Your tablescape is stunning!! Just gorgeous, and full of fun and life and texture, and color, and I could go on and on and on!!! You always have the best tables - such inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

  22. D~
    was seeing red on several occasions while viewing this gorgeous setting!!
    loved it..

  23. What a beautiful tablescape! I love your vintage sorbet glasses, the sweet basket and the votive cups. What a lovely setting with thrifty finds. And we can't forget the Dollar Store :-)


  24. Hi Diann you mix very well spring and autumn feelings! Is a beautiful tablescape!

  25. Diane you always find a way to set a lovely table!!

  26. Pretty and fun at the same time. Really like the water goblets.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend.

  27. Hi Diann, this tablescape is an inspiration. You did what you wanted and pulled summer and fall together. Beautiful. Love gifts too. Perfect for your summer/fall plan.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  28. Howdy Diann,
    I love the tablescape. My favorite is the pretty vintage stemmed sorbet glasses. Isn't it amazing what beauty can be created with so little money.

  29. Those color were right up my alley! I love your table scape. Cute little bird votives too. Cute silverware...just a great table all the way around. Have a great weekend. Debbie

  30. What a wonderful serendipitous tablescape. Proof that there are no accidents on God's good earth. Everything looks like it was bought specifically to go with everything else. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry kay

  31. I love that bread basket and those votive holders! But everything is amazing! Diann you are one terrific tablescaper! Anne

  32. What a fun tablescape! And it looks so lovely with the candles lit. You are a table artist.

  33. Diann, I bought those very same napkins and placemats on clearance at WalMart! In fact, I picked up several colors of placemats to mix and match. I guess it's one of those "when you see it, you know" kinds of things! I've used my napkins for so many different occasions... and you've used yours in a great "between seasons" tablescape. Nice job -- and beautiful candlelight pics!

  34. What a fun beachy tablescape, I love the coral and the blue together! thanks for sharing!


  35. oh how i would love to come to dine with you and princess...would be an experience....aahhh
    thought of you today, my mum-in-law gave me 2 plates in brown. they are Fair Winds - original copper engravings depicting historical scenes of chinese export to america. the george washington at anchor by Alfred Meaken Staffordshire England. if i could i'd come round to give them to you! am sure you'd appreciate them more than me!
    becky bpbajona(at)maltanet.net

  36. very beautiful table setting with candle lighting and without! I do love the Dollar Tree

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  37. So beautiful. Love your tablescape. How is it I've never visited you before today?

  38. Beautiful tablescape. Love dishes, just don't have room for any more.


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