Fall has arrived here in southern New England right on time and in glorious fashion,
and this year without hurricanes or blizzards! The trees have not changed yet but the crispy air, honking geese and brilliant blue sky are sure signs we will soon see the autumn foliage.
Although the leaves are still green my hydrangea bushes are changing their delicate blue, green and white petals for rich burgundy and earthier greens.
Perfect colors to complement any apple!
With September and October come many family birthdays, including both of my kids and me! So when the challenge arrived to set an apple table, I thought about a long-ago apple-picking birthday party for a little girl (who turned 25 last week 🙂 ).
While the rest of the wild hooligans dainty and well-behaved young ladies ran through the orchard I grabbed my kids for a quick snap, unposed and unplanned, but one of my favorite photos ever, and now inspiration for a cozy table:
~~ plaid, florals, apple basket, and apples ~~
(and yes, the bees you can’t see who are buzzing around waiting to sting the little brother)
My cozy plaid throw is topped by wicker placemats, my favorite and well-used Wedgwood Nantucket plates, and floral dishes in a soft red ~~
one of the many “apple red” colors.
Our apple basket is too large for the centerpiece so it is holding asters,
mums, peppers and just a few apples.
Hmmm. I don’t know what that little pink tongue is doing out. That Guy Wolff pot holding the pansies has dried cranberries as a mulch.
I wonder how many were sampled by Miss Nellie??
~~ my tip ~~
use dried fruit pieces (cranberries, cherries, raisins) to cover the soil on seasonal plants ~~ they smell delicious and will attract birds outside (and sometimes other creatures as well)
The centerpiece is a different gathering basket, filled with eight types of apples and flowers from the yard. I started with a few sprigs of pink hydrangea which had not yet dried,
but as evening approached with its frosty touch, the delicate blossoms went indoors and hardy yellow mums took their place.
It’s not really an apple table without apple cider, served warm with cinnamon sticks so we can stay outside as the temps fall.
Of course a little bubbly is always welcome,
especially when it is from France and Green Apple flavored.
Pomme Verte sounds much classier than Green Apple, doesn’t it?
Apple orchards have a wonderful, mouth-watering aroma, and they also have bees. Don’t be hypnotized by the smell! Be careful before you bite into a sample apple.
Luckily, these little bees don’t sting.
The birthday party in my inspiration photo continued with games
and apple pie baking. Oh, my poor kitchen!
Flour flew and apple slices were everywhere, but I will always remember how proudly those girls presented the pies to their parents!
It seems so long ago, and yet so recent.
Enough mush ~~ my kids will tell you I am not like that and I in fact have a “sap” intolerance.
…I hope you will still like me…
So onto happy for me ~~
~~ pretty flowers ~~
(my sedum rescued from munching deer by brave Mr. Fun)
~~ comfort food ~~
(even if it’s not so pretty)
~~ autumn and its glorious colors ~~
(I’m not a white decor person)
~~ scarecrows too ~~
~~ candlelight ~~
(c is also for cozy and cuddle)
~~ parties! ~~
One of our favorite teachers is having a party and I have an “apple” for her ~~
Kathleen ~~ Cuisine Kathleen
(this is really an apple gourd — it will dry nicely!)
and I have flowers and apples for my other hostesses too ~~
Liz ~~ Rose Vignettes~Fresh Cut Friday
Susan ~~ BNOTP
Yvonne ~~ Stonegable
Sandi ~~ Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy ~~ A Delightsome Life
Debra ~~ Be Inspired
~~yes, those are my chairs ~~
my chairs before:click here
“We are in for a spell of perfect weather now, every day luminous, every night brimmed with stars.”
Enjoy these glorious days ~~ and nights!