Early Autumn Soft Tone Farmhouse Tablescape

Hi friends!  I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun.  

Yesterday our town held its annual fall street fair.  A fun event that I look to each year.  It's always a great way to transition into fall, enjoy the pretty handmade crafts, food trucks and a wonderful time to get familiar with our cities colonial history.  This year, they even brought fresh flowers to the fair.  Boy, was I in my glory!!!  Such amazing gifts of nature.  

Thankfully, the temperatures are still in the 80's here so we can still enjoy entertaining outdoors for a while longer.  Today, I am thrilled to bring you this softer take an autumn color palette.  This romantic and inviting fall table is simple yet bursting with lots of charm.  

There is nothing more beautiful and inspiring than nature.  For that reason, I often treat of our backyard as extension of our home.  And while the temperature allows, I set most of our dinners alfresco.  You just can't beat the view and ambiance!!

A neutral color palette always adds an element of romance to a table.  It makes such a statement on its own.  Choose dinner plates, glassware, linens and flowers in neutral tones to keep the tone of your table soft and understated.

For this table, I went with mostly cream tones.  To add a bit of a farmhouse feel, I added a set of wood and galvanized metal candle sticks, cast iron pheasants and sign that I recently found at one of our local farms.  They have the best farmhouse decorative items!

Ruffled placemats add a subtle touch of romance while floral napkins with shades of green and pink bring a soft touch of color and loveliness.

Autumn offers some of the prettiest lush flowers and rich tones.  But in early fall, hydrangeas are at their finest. I often cut a few from our garden for drying. and preserving.  They are beautiful, unfussy and perfectly pleasing.  

Part of setting a table is the enjoyment that I get from the entire process.  From selecting the occasion, inviting guests, planning my theme, selecting a menu, choosing my linens, dinnerware, flowers.  You get it!  But beyond that, entertaining is about enjoying your guests and creating new memories.  Your family and friends will love you just for making the effort, so don’t fuss over the details – Relax and enjoy the moment.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me.  I am so glad that you stopped by.

Wishing you a fantastic autumn season...  Happy entertaining friends!

Janet Collazo
Rosemary & Thyme


  1. Hi Janet, you decorated the prettiest table and I love the floral centerpiece. The fair sounds like a lot of fun. Have a nice week! Julie xo

  2. Hi Janet! This is a lovely post! I love the white with the gentle pink. I love all the work you do. I always wanted to ask you if it's ok to use vintage plates like Denby gypsy when I usually have other types of dinnerware. The Denby is more cottage style I imagine. I am more like Spode blue or white sets. I have a complete set of
    Kokura Snowcrest from my mom in law. However I just got a set of salad plates, saucers and cup...wondering about getting the dinner plates. I like them. Thank you!

  3. Janet, I never tire of seeing your lovely creations. What a beautiful setting outside. Love the colors you choose. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Such an inviting table for your guests! We're also trying to enjoy as many alfresco meals as we can before it gets too cold and dark. (Love your salt and pepper holder.)


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