October 12, 2019

a festive October table

This festive October table has been in the works for about a week or so in my dining room. It was temporarily put on hold with all the excitement of our fall tea party at Pelican Courtyard, where I had to bring a carload of tableware to style. 

I actually used these same white porcelain chargers for this table that I used over at the tea party set-up. In fact, I had an amazing day of thrifting with my good friend Laura yesterday, and I found eight more of these charger plates, and they were marked half-off at only six bucks! 

Laura and I found a bounty of goodies, some of which I’ll share with you very soon. She spotted an amazing black and white hand-embroidered table runner for me that will be so perfect on my Halloween table at the end of the month! 

Paired with black and white transferware, I think it’ll make for an elegantly spooky table! In fact, I did pick up two more black and white transferware plates yesterday that have a slightly haunted motif on them. I can’t wait to show you! 

So now back to this table...         

I used a beachy blue and white throw to pick up the colors of all the Serena & Lily pillows in that room and the blue plates on the wall. I’m using the large chargers as dinner plates because they’re not that huge, and they hold a nice amount of food. 

The blue and white salad plates have a muted tone to them and look great with the tablecloth. I’ll try to get a better photo today, but I shot these in the early evening yesterday, and the sunlight was fleeting. 

The inspiration for this table was the contrast of these mini orange pumpkins with the blue. I don’t use a lot of orange during the fall anymore, but these little guys are so cheery!

Geometric patterned napkins in orange play off nicely with the pumpkins and add a much needed boost of color. The soup tureen will soon be filled with a delicious soup that I plan on making today. I'm not sure if it'll be butternut squash soup or maybe a creamy potato and broccoli soup. I'm up for trying something new.

By the way, that curly cue wicker chair at the end of the table was a recent estate sale find. It’s so darling and sort of like a tiny peacock chair!

I think just about everything on the table is vintage, except for the Serena & Lily placemats and the wreath from Home Goods. 

So, this is our table for the weekend, and we'll see if I can extend it into next week, but you know me... I'm always ready to work on a new tablescape! 😏

ciao! fabiana 


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October 11, 2019

fall tea party details

Today I’m sharing the second part of our collaborative autumn tea party from this past Wednesday, as a follow-up to yesterday's blog post. 

We set up a separate little table in Pelican Courtyard for tea and used a few different patterns from Elizabeth’s beautiful Pacific & Rose block printed textile line in pinks, reds and coral colors to compliment the main table and the vintage transferware tea cups.

These pretty red and  white pillows are also from Pacific and Rose. I love how all the textile patterns mix and match so easily. This is actually the back side of the pillow, which is just as pretty as the front which features a large paisley design.

This chintzware tea pot and accessories was found at the Tustin Flea Market last summer, and they fit in so nicely with Elizabeth’s table linens. The tea cups were found here and there, and the vintage pink tea pot was a gift from my friend Brenda. 

These little fruit tarts were perfect with tea. 

And the little seating area we set up with tea service is right next to the main table. Isn’t this garden courtyard cute? 

The pattern of this table runner and the cocktail napkins is called Doodle Berry. It also comes in blue and white, which I also love!  

This gathering of friends covers two of my most favorite things, a good old-fashioned tea party and celebrating the fall season. 

Do you like tea, or do you prefer coffee? 

I like both, and I do like the variety of choices you get with tea. 

Crystal of Studio C Florals created this smaller flower arrangement for this tea table. You can also spot this same arrangement at the end of my story yesterday, as we styled the mantel with it, just for fun. 

Elizabeth, Crystal, and I had so much fun putting this tea party together.

Thank you, Elizabeth and Crystal ! 


ciao! fabiana 

Table linens:  Pacific and Rose

Flowers:  Studio C Florals 

Calligraphy:  Inkchanted 

Venue:  Pelican Courtyard 

Accessories:  Seaside Gallery and Goods 

Tablescape:  Ciao Fabiana 

Paintings: Honey Hostetler, available at Seaside Gallery

The beautifully fringed throws are 
also available at Seaside Gallery & Goods.


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