Autumn Table Setting with Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Welcome to the 372nd Tablescape Thursday!

I’ve heard a rumor that there’s this thing called “sunshine.” It’s supposed to be really bright, but I think it may be just a myth.

How is it in your part of the world? I hope you’re seeing some sunny days. If I don’t start seeing some pretty soon, I’m going to have to buy one of those light machines like Police Chief Celia Bachelor used in the show, Men in Trees. Anyone remember that show? That was actually one of the few shows on TV that I liked, figures it would get canceled!

Where were we…ahhh yes, it’s Tablescape Thursday and I have a fall tablescape to share! Since it was pretty gloomy looking outside, I decided to set a table in the breakfast room this week.

I went ahead and hung my other boxwood wreath, couldn’t wait to see how it would look in the center of the bay. I do like it here so I think I’ll leave it up for a while, maybe indefinitely. (Boxwood wreaths are available here: Boxwood Wreath)

Fall Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware & Martha Stewart Cast Iron Pumpkin Casserole


My centerpiece is a colorful, cast-iron, pumpkin casserole from Martha Stewart. I loved it the minute I saw it! It’s currently on sale (for more than half off!) here: Pumpkin Tureen. I placed it on a short, cake pedestal and surrounded it with autumn leaf garland, glitter pine cones and shed deer antlers.

Fall Table Setting with Martha Stewart Cast Iron Pumpkin Casserole


The pumpkin casserole came with a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Soup. I’ve never made pumpkin soup before, have you? After discovering how good Roasted Butternut Squash Soup  can be, I decided to give the recipe a try.

Autumn Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware & Martha Stewart Pumpkin Casserole


The toughest part of making pumpkin soup (at least for me) was cutting the pumpkin apart. Those things are hard! I’ll share the recipe for this Roasted Pumpkin soup, along with photos showing how I made it, in a post real soon, hopefully tomorrow.

Update: You’ll find the recipe for this soup here: Roasted Pumpkin Soup.

Fall Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware & Martha Stewart Pumpkin Casserole 10


Acorn soup tureens found in an end-of-season sale in Williams-Sonoma many years ago, worked great for serving this rich, yummy soup.  The flatware is Hampton Forge Sophia and it’s currently on sale for a great price here: Hampton Forge Sophia Flatware. The cinnamon red color of this flatware goes well with  a lot of fall dish patterns. It also works well with most Christmas china and for Valentine’s Day.

Acorn Soup Tureens in Fall Table Setting with Roasted Pumpkin Soup


This autumn leaf dishware is one of my favorites for fall. I love, love, love the beautiful leaf design and the colors in this pattern! I bought it a few years ago when it first came out and this evening I was surprised to see that it’s still available! You’ll find it here: Autumn Leaf Dishware

Pier 1 Ashevile Leaf Dishware in Fall Table Setting


I had several antler ornaments that I hadn’t yet separated apart to use as place cards like I normally do. I discovered they make pretty awesome napkin rings! I wrapped them around my napkins and just kind of locked them together where they met. They work really well with this setting, repeating the antler design in the centerpiece.

Fall Table Setting with Roasted Pumpkin Soup


For the napkins, I layered leaf napkin found in either Marshalls or HomeGoods several ago, over velvet-trimmed linen napkins from Pier 1, also purchased several years ago. I mixed it up a bit, using the antlers as napkin rings for two place settings…

Fall Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware Acorn Soup Tureens


…and pinecone napkin rings (found in Pier 1 many years ago) for the other two place settings. I’ve found that it’s often more interesting to mix things up a little instead of having everything match perfectly. If you don’t have enough of a particular dish pattern, flatware or napkin ring, that’s okay. Using different patterns or pieces just makes your table that much more inviting and relaxed. Your family and friends will love it!

Acorn Soup Tureens in Fall Table Setting with Roasted Pumpkin Soup


Happy Autumn, dear Friends! Hope you’re seeing some sunshine these days!

Fall Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware & Martha Stewart Cast Iron Pumpkin Casserole


Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful tables posted for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Susan, I love your autumnal table and your soup looks delicious! I’m with you on the sunshine. It’s rumored to show up tomorrow before rain returns again on Saturday πŸ™‚

  2. Your table is beautiful, Susan! I bet that pumpkin soup is delicious. I love roasted butternut soup too! Thanks so much for hosting each week. We are having BALMY summerlike days, yesterday got to 80!!! In Nov. in Pa.!!! Crazy! Today is cloudy but still warm, going to the high 70’s again! I’ll take this over cold and snow anytime!!!! Have a beautiful day and I hope the sun comes out for you!

  3. Such a pretty table. I love when the main course can be used as a centerpiece, and you found the perfect tureen for that purpose. Those acorn soup tureens are so sweet. Thank you for hosting us, Susan.

  4. Love your table full of fall Susan! I almost bought those dishes recently, I love the colors of the leaves on them, so pretty~ your soup is the perfect star of this show, and I love the boxwood wreath hung on the inside of your window. Thanks for another great tabletop party!

  5. Carolyn Price says

    Lovely as always, Susan. I will give your soup recipe a try this fall.
    I am just south of you by 20 minutes and this cloudy/rainy weather is expected to continue for nearly a week! Ugh!
    Your indoor table is beautiful and the wreath is perfect in the bay window.

  6. Susan, I love this table setting!! We have been having unusually warm weather up here in northern Michigan. It’s been wonderful to have the fall prolonged. 60 and 70 degree weather with sun! just amazing. I don’t want to put too many exclamation points in this comment but whew it has been a fantastic week! there last one I promise. Have a great weekend and hope you also get some sun soon.

  7. Jennifer Moreland says

    What time is dinner? Looks good. Table is beautiful.

  8. Beautiful table and I particularly like those soup tureens. Looks like maybe PB (haven’t read the complete post yet)? I have the salad bowls and have used them in my post this week. Enjoy your day.


  9. Linda Page says

    I love your autumn table setting. Just beautiful. We have had very little sunshine and lots of rain for a week now but I am not complaining because we didn’t have any rain all summer. There is sun this morning but more rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow then moving out. I will have to try the pumpkin soup. I love pumpkin, butternut, and yellow squash soups. You are making me hungry!! I also love your light fixture over your breakfast table. Just warning you that it is going on my list of stuff to confiscate from your house when I finally get there!!!

  10. Cynthia Crisp says

    Good morning Susan,
    You would love the weather we’re having in NH!!! Lots of sunshine this week and in the high 60’s low 70’s!!! It’s unseasonably warm and makes for a lovely fall.
    Your tablescapes are my very favorite!! Thank you for telling us where you purchase all your beautiful china, glassware and centerpieces. I’ve used many of your ideas to create a similar look for my own tables.
    Wishing you sunny days soon~

  11. We have had one of the most beautiful falls ever. I have worked outside a lot and hope to soon dig my canna’s. They are still green.

    So happy you had such a wonderful trip to Italy. You must have done a lot of research to make it so smooth.

    This weekend is Nell Hills fall open house. I understand the Atchison store isn’t what it used to be, but the Briarcliff is quite something else. I haven’t been to the Atchison store for 2 years.

    Wishing you sunshine.

    • I would love to go, wish it wasn’t so far away from me. Hope you get to go, Carol. If I ever get to go, I’ll head to the Briarcliff store, thanks for that tip!

  12. Jane Franks says

    Love your tablescape, Susan! The plates are wonderful and such a good price. You are inspiring me to stock up on a few seasonal pieces for small dinner parties! I found these available at my Pier I and may get 4! It’s a start! On a limited budget!! As for the weather, we are just the reverse of you, it seems! Have been having wonderful, clear, autumn days, just warm enough to be comfortable; rain has set in today! Our leaves are turning and we are surrounded with great color. It is on time! November is our color month here in the mid south/lower north region!! And we have lots of it — over 50 or 60 varieties of hardwoods. Thank you for the inspiration! xo

    • Jane, I envy your weather! Send some of that great weather my way, please.

      • Jane Franks says

        I think I spoke too soon! lol. We had thunderstorms roll through this evening! Looks like some rain on and off the next few days. In some brief spells of sunshine I need to photo my maple! It is just turning a beautiful orange and yellow. And get my bulbs planted, too!! If we get some more great autumn days I’ll send a few in your direction!! πŸ™‚

  13. Susan, what a beautiful table on a cloudy, dreary day! I hate to see autumn drawing to a close, because I love having the color orange in my house that I don’t normally use. Autumn is so warm and cozy.
    You are having the remnants of that tropical weather, probably, that we had for a week here in Memphis. It took it forever to get out of here, too. We have had beautiful sunny weather for a week now, but here comes another day or two of rain. I keep reminding myself how much we need rain after a long period of drought. It is incredibly warm here for this time of year, but I’m not complaining!
    Have a wonderful day!
    I bought those soup tureens when Williams-Sonoma had them two or three years ago, too. I just bought this beautiful leaf dishware this year at Pier 1 and have to say, it is my all-time favorite.

    • I think it’s my fave for fall too, Martha. For Thanksgiving, my fave is probably Spode Woodland, but for fall, I love the leaf pattern in this dishware. They captured the colors and the feel of fall leaves beautifully when they created it.

  14. What a great table, Susan, and even your shades coordinate! Hahaha, I saw two tween girls in the neighborhood, beating a huge pumpkin in their yard with what looked like sledge hammers. Maybe call a friend next time to help you prepare that soup. πŸ˜‰ (btw, it looks really good!)

    • lol about the shades. I’ve had those for ages. They probably need a good dusting now that I think about it. πŸ™‚ Yeah, I had forgotten just how hard pumpkins are. It was worth the trouble though for the soup!

  15. It’s not so “Fall Y’all ” in Florida yet! The temps are around 90! Yikes! It doesn’t stop me from decorating for fall inside though. Your tablescape is beautiful, Susan! I also bought the Asheville dinnerware for a service for eight last fall! (I have a large family)! I just wish they would come out with some more serving pieces. Your pumpkin soup recipe will be the star of my table, served in my lidded pumpkin bowls. Thanks for another party!

    • Amazing…90 degrees this time of year! You are probably wishing winter would get here with those temps! I’ve never looked at their serving dishes for that pattern. I need to check those out before the pattern gets discontinued.

  16. This is a beautiful table! Antlers are really in vogue right now. I’ve been attending a week long Christmas open house this week where they teach us how to get ready for the holidays. We even had a tables cape class yesterday!! It has really been fun, but , I digress. Antlers are everywhere…on trees, in tablescapes, simple everywhere! Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Dawn Anderson says

    It’s still 90 degrees here in SW FL. Just back from Hilton Head, SC where the sun is shielded by trees! I like your table settings and Boxwood wreath. I ran to Target and bought two! Thank you Susan. You’re the best. I’m thrilled every time we see a new post.

    • Thanks so much, Dawn. Appreciate that so much! So glad you snagged some of those wreaths before they are gone. I still can’t get over that awesome price for those. 90 degrees is amazing this time of year! I wonder if that means we’ll have an easy winter or we’re in for a super cold one.

  18. Mmmmmm…. That soup looks delicious!! I love soups, especially creamy ones. Can’t wait to try it. Love looking at your tablescapes. Of course I don’t have as many wonderful items to use but I can always glean something out of them. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  19. What a gorgeous, yet simple table! I almost missed the wreath in the window…what a lovely touch. Thank you Susan for hosting and for all of the inspiration:)

  20. Ooooh, I could dip right in!! Just LOVELY presentation!! franki

  21. Susan, those acorn soup tureens are so cute I squealed out loud. What a wonderful tablescape – warm and cosy and yummy! : – )

    It’s so weird it is 75 degrees here in Columbus today – usually about snowing this time of year. But we had a nasty cold snap and frost 2 weeks ago so everything died and now things want to come back to life. I love this weather but the plants are so confused.

    Thank you for the party! One of the best in blogville! Hugs!

    • Thanks so much, Michele! Oh, when that happens, the poor plants really don’t know what’s going on, do they? We’ve had that happen here in the spring and that’s even worse because it kills all the new flower buds on the trees.

  22. I love this tablescape it is so pretty! I hope you will check mine out – I posted! YAY and on a Thursday! LOL

  23. What a wonderful fall tablescape! Those soup tureens are so cute and that soup looks yummy! I’ve never made this kind of soup but I did have a bowl of some a local restaurant and loved it. I have those leaf dishes too and kind of forgot about them! I should dig them out and get them out for the table agin! We’ve been having a warm spell all week (warm for us) in the upper 60’s to low 70’s with lots of sunshine! Too soon though it will be more gray days the sunny ones.

  24. Hi, Susan. I’ll be right over for some luscious soup in an absolutely lovely setting! LOL. Your fall colors just pop with all your dinnerware and accent pieces, and your boxwood wreath has certainly found a new home. Thanks for sharing this space and also for hosting! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  25. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    No sunshine here, but I do love your beautiful fall tablescape. In fact, while shopping this morning I mentioned your blog to a woman I got chatting with. She loves to do tablescapes as well and I told her, then you have to see Susan’s blog! A new tablescape every Thursday!

    This really is lovely, Susan. I love all the gorgeous colors of fall. So pretty. I’m looking forward to that soup recipe. Might just have to give it a try. πŸ™‚

    • That was so nice of you, Pam…to share BNOTP. Appreciate that so much! If she loves tablescapes, she will be in good company here! πŸ™‚

  26. I watched Men in Trees also. I was sad to see it go also. He have partly sunny today, rain moving in this evening and storms. I am not complaining though because the temps have been great. Love your fall table setting!

  27. Susan, another beautiful tablescape!! I like seeing your kitchen and this is the perfect meal to serve for a cloudy Fall…. Love the wreath on the window, you can keep that year round.

    Not to make you feel badly but,…….we are having the most glorious Indian Summer weather. Been sunny all week, yesterday hit 78 here!!! And the leaves are stunning…….we deserve this!! Up North by Lake Ontario, we know what’s coming for the next 4 or 5 months……so we are enjoying this fine weather for now!!! xoxo

    • Totally jealous! Send some of that sunshine our way, please! Yeah, you’re right…you need it more than we do because you have a longer winter than we face. I’m not dreading it as much as I used to, just rolling with the punches. lol

  28. Debbie Barkley says

    Hi Susan, your tablescape is beautiful & the soup looks yummy! I purchased the BH&G dishes at Wally World today. They arrived early than I had posted. I just had to get a few of the serving pieces,couldn’t resist!!! I am so looking forward to seeing your home at Christmas. I have begun to think about decorating.

    • Yeah, someone else told me they had already seen them in the store. I better hightail it over there if I hope to collect a few of the new pattern!

  29. Love the creativity here Susan! Autumn is my favorite season, the colors are so brilliant and nothing is overshadowed by Christmas (yet).
    Rainy here in Apex, NC for far too many days and then today…sunny and high 70’s. Soup is on the menu for Sunday though when more rain is in the forecast and temps dip into the chilly 50’s. (Well, chilly for a Southerner anyway lol!).

  30. That is one cozy tablescape, and hot soup just ups that factor. Hope it was still edible after taking all the photos.

  31. Hi Susan,

    Not sure why my blog link is not showing up. Did I do it wrong again? Sorry! Can you see if you can link it Thanks.

  32. It’s been raining here in Louisiana too and yesterday it was so gray outside it looked like it should snow, but it never snows when it is 81 degrees outside. Today was sunny for the first time in days. I love your pumpkin casserole, I’ve been “eyeing” it up in the store. Another beautiful and cozy fall table. Let us know how the recipe for the soup came out.

    • Charlotte, if you want it, now is the time to buy it. It’s on sale for less than half of what it was originally! Such a good price for a cast iron pot like that! I’m going to share the recipe tomorrow…just have to get busy and go through the photos I took while making it. It really is a good one. Martha knows her stuff! πŸ™‚

  33. For the last couple of days our weather has been in the mid 70’s. For Michigan that is almost unheard of. We know better than to get used to it but we are sure enjoying it. I’m also enjoying the beautiful links here and your gorgeous table!

  34. Elena Wortman says

    Beautiful and so creative! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

  35. I love reading your posts because you are so creative with your beautiful tablescapes, especially the fall and winter ones. Love this time of year and you capture it perfectly! Thanks to you I was able to order the new BH&G Christmas plates online. Last year I was so tired of trying to track them down in my several local Wally Worlds! Oh, for the more budget-minded, The Pioneer Woman has the almost identical flatware at half the price of Horchow’s sale price. Another Walmart find. Who knew?

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