Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Summer Farewell

Well, It's official....
All school aged children in the state of Alabama
have returned to their studies,
and Summer is officially over.

Austin thought it was totally unfair that his 
school started a week ago,
but, once again we reminded him,
No one ever said life was fair.

I have one more year to keep Jackson by my side,
but he really wishes that he was big enough
to start Kindergarten.
We hope this enthusiasm keeps up 
until next year...

The weather has finally started to cool off around here.
I know it will probably turn hot again, but for now,
I am enjoying the cool evenings and the crisp breeze
 that comes in the garage
of a morning on our way to school.

I have restrained myself from pulling out
fall decor and putting pumpkins all around and about,
however, these stayed out when I was rearranging a cabinet
the other day.
Back to school for some reason always puts me in a mood to 
clean and organize and purge things...

But before I jumped head first into fall and Halloween
(Oh, how I love me some Halloween!)
I decided I would set the table with one last 
Summer inspired setting.

Won't you come and join me...

The table is set for our family of four,
but we would gladly have you pull up a chair

A simple table with one last splash of summer color.
Natural place mats hold each place setting.

The flowers were an assortment from 
our local grocery store...
for $12 you can add a lot of color and it makes
everything seem a little happier.

I pulled out my olive green chargers to top the woven placemats.

and stacked them with my white scalloped dinnerware.

A close up of the woven placemats and the olive charger.
I can't wait to use these this fall...
oh, and wouldn't they be fun with a deep burgundy for 
listen to me...now I have jumped past
 Halloween and straight to Christmas!!
Oh, MY!

I had found this flatware on Ebay a while back
for next to nothing.
I think they were $5.99 for 
four place settings.

I may never find any more to use with 
more than my family, but they are fun for a
family night!

Natural wood napkin rings with a simple green napkin.

I used my acrylic goblets that I had bought
at the beginning of the summer for outdoor dinners,
but then it turned 400 degrees and the thought of 
eating outside was out of the question.
These will be great for outdoor dining,
because if they fall, they won't break.

A quick shot from above...

Thanks for joining me in saying goodbye to Summer.

Looking forward to falling leaves, pumpkins and 
then Ghosts and Goblins, too!

Come back again and visit soon!

Table Details:
Woven Placemats:  Pier 1
Olive Chargers:  Design World (a local floral and home store)
White Dinnerware:  TJ Maxx
Napkins:  TJ Maxx
Napkin Rings:  Tuesday Morning
Cambridge Tortoise Flatware:  Ebay
Acrylic Stemware:  Tuesday Morning 
Woven Floral Container:  Hobby Lobby

Check out all of the other tablescapes this week at


  1. Those goblets truly do not look to be acrylic! Good buy!!! As for saying goodbye to summer, I guess all good things must come to an end. You love Halloween? Wanna come decorate at our house? It is one of my least favorites! I don't know why!!! I have so much trouble doing decor for Halloween!! Maybe it's because my "baby" is 34 years old and it has been a long time since I had to. I don't know. My husband LOVES Halloween, too, and that's the only reason I bother doing anything related to it. I need to snap out of it!!! :-) Your tablescape is very pretty, and I love those olive chargers! They are perfect for end-of-summer/fall/winter decorating. The flowers are pretty, too. They really make that table sing! Enjoy your time with Jackson!

  2. Your table looks great! Love the flowers- they really pop the look nicely! Our schools don't start until the day after Labor Day in Michigan. It's different everywhere I've noticed. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer! I'm still (kicking) holding out until September!

  3. Loving this table, it's all great! I love this pretty table caz it looks like summer stil and don't say goodby it's still August!! Yeah, I always loved Halloween because my birthday always had some Halloween, theme.. it's Oct. 2oth. I just came a little late from BNOTP. Hugs,

  4. Sweet Blessings to you!
    Fun to see your tablescape. Thanx for sharing!
    Not ready for Winter yet, but am so excited about cooler temps after such a HOT Summer with the temps in the 100s.
    Hope you'll drop by for a visit.
    God bless you,

  5. Lovely table. I am anxious to jump into fall, too. I usually do an apple theme around the house for Septmember and I am itching to start! I wish pumpkins were three months long - autumn is my favorite time of year. I love your flatware. What a bargin! Enjoy this time with your youngest, it will pass so quickly.