On a stroll through the yard to gather horse apples last month, our Magnolia seed pods caught my eye and prompted this Fall tablescape that would be completely appropriate for Thanksgiving.
During Fall, we enjoy many things in our landscape – luscious things that transform before our very eyes.
As beautiful as Magnolia blossoms are in the summer, their seed pods will stop you in your tracks during Fall. Before bursting open, they are firm with a fuzzy exterior.
I love the little curls at the tips of those diamond-shaped sections. What a wonder they are! Do you have Magnolia trees?
Who needs to buy decorations? Just go outside and look around…you’ll find something exquisite!
The hint of red gets more pronounced on the pod as the seeds burst through the surface.
Each stage is so interesting and beautiful.
I’ll admit, after the seeds drop, the pods look pretty narly and rough. The seeds turn brown within hours of dropping, so using them for red decorations long-term isn’t an option.
We enjoy the Southern Magnolia pods all the same, along with striped pheasant feathers – HH’s reward for me from his pheasant hunting trips.
Magnolia leaves are thick and green, with brown backs to add more woodsy (or, is it woody) texture to a Fall arrangement.
It’s been very dry here. What once were rich green leaves are now yellowing. Even the damaged leaves, like the yellow one above, give a story of some sort, so I leave them. Bugs chew, leaves suffer…a reminder that things change in life.
Pheasants have gorgeous feathers, and the clump of tail feathers is especially beautiful when left intact. The whispies at the base are soft and flowy.
HH is wonderful to bring me more than just a carcass – or several – after hunting. I can’t cook wild pheasant to taste worth a darn! Thank the Lord for these rewarding feathers.
Beaded napkin rings (actually Christmas wreath ornaments) have teeny leaves and pine cones in the mix.
The place setting consists of our wedding stem ware and Royal Doulton china grounded with a gold charger.
Since the plates have both silver and gold, it gives options for paring with either or both. The plaid napkins covered by lace-trimmed napkins work nicely for Christmas but aren’t severely tied to it. My friend, Ginger, gave me the plaid napkins to help me prepare for more tablescapes. Thank you, G!
PAM’s silverware detail seems to mimic the leafy edge and flowers on the plates. More texture in the table-cloth, too – dainty texture.
You’ll see this table again – with a Christmas transformation. A few tweaks here and there – that’s all it takes!
I always (always!) want to encourage you to use the special things you already have in your surroundings – things inside and out – to use them and enjoy them for fun or fine dining.
It’s not the stuff that matters. It’s the matters behind the stuff!
Happy Fall dining with nature and texture, y’all!
I’m sharing my table of texture at Tablescape Thursday. Follow me there for more inspiration.