Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest, Italian Style

Welcome to 677th Tablescape Thursday!

It’s still warm here in Georgia and summer is very much still with us, but the evenings are definitely feeling a lot cooler. The cooler evening temps have put me in the mood for an autumn table this week.

Porch Dining, Early Fall Tablescape


I kept my centerpiece very simple using a lantern I’ve had for many years.

Early Autumn Table Setting on the Porch


I found this dinnerware in HomeGoods many years ago. It’s hallmarked Opificio Etico Ceramisia, Made in Italy.

Dinnerware Made in Italy, Fall Table


The dinner plates show a sweet garden and they made me think about all the gardeners who are currently harvesting the last of their summer veggies. Flatware is by Gourmet Settings and the pattern is called Treble Clef.

Garden China, Made in Italy


Each dinner plate says, “My Garden” in Italian. I love how you can see the plants and roots growing underground.

Late Summer Garden, Italy Garden Themed Dinnerware


The salad plates are all above olives, a huge crop for Italy. I was wondering when olives get harvested and had to look that up.

End of Summer, Early Fall Table Setting


The info I found online said that olives are normally harvested in Italy between the months of August through November, depending on the region and their ripeness.

Ceramisia Dinnerware, Made in Italy


So we are definitely in olive harvesting time right now for some parts of Italy.

Autumn Olive Harvest Dishware, Fall Table Setting


In Tuscany, a popular area of Italy to visit, olives are normally harvested between late October and early November.

Olive Harvesting in Italy, A Fall Table


Whenever I used this dinnerware, I always use these grapevine chargers because the plates are sooo big! They are a bit too large for most of my chargers but these large grapevine chargers are perfect.

Celebrating Olive Harvest, Italy


I had to include the little pitcher I brought back from my trip to Italy in 2015.

Pitcher Made in Italy


I visited during the month of October and the fields were all plowed under by then.


A favorite memory from that trip was getting to see Frances Mayes’s home, Bramasole, in Cortona. You may remember the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, which was loosely based on Mayes’s book of the same title. I had read the book and was super excited to see the movie when it came out. Ironically, the day we visited Cortona and took this photo in front of France Mayes’s home, she was in Atlanta, 30 minutes from my home for a book signing. lol



I would love to go back and see Italy during the summer months when all the fields are lush and green.

Candle Centerpiece, Autumn Table


Just for fun, I layered three different napkins together. I wouldn’t normally do this for an actual dinner party but I thought you would enjoy seeing how they all looked together. Can’t remember now where I purchased all the napkins, most likely HomeGoods or Marshalls.

Thankful Napkin Rings


Do you remember the napkin rings I purchased a few months back in HomeGoods?


They work beautifully in this table setting that’s all about a bountiful harvest.

Autumn Fall Napkins, Leaf Motif


Are you starting to notice cooler temps in our area in the eveningtime?

Early Autumn Table Setting on the Porch


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  1. It’s so fun to see you inspired to create a tablescape again! It’s a perfect segue to the fall season.

  2. This is a perfect table for this transitional time of year! Love the Italian plates, and the napkins, beautiful! Thanks for the party Susan

  3. That setting is so striking against the white table. I like the flatware handles–they remind me of a fireplace stoker.

  4. What a gorgeous fall table setting Susan! I love those plates and salad plates. Oh my, I so remember you going to Italy and that photo. It looks so beautiful there, but yes, the summer time would be amazing as well, I’m sure. I’ve never left the US, but that would be a place I’d love to see. I love those napkin rings and on all those layer napkins, so pretty, so perfect for this setting. Yes, after Ida, we had fall like temps. But then the heat came back with the humidity and the temps actually stayed up in the evenings, which doesn’t happen here! I’m not complaining, I am just holding on to summer as I know fall will be here all to soon and then winter. If only winter was shorter for those of us in the northern area. lol Or maybe it is just me that needs a shorter winter. Hugs, Brenda

    • Thanks, Brenda! I know what you mean. I wouldn’t mind living up north if winter was 2 months long. I like it when snow only lasts a couple of days then disappears. 🙂

  5. I love the table setting. Hope to visit Italy someday. I too am in the fall mood, and just picked up Williams & Sonoma’s Botanical Pumpkin dinnerware. I think I enjoy your table settings most, they are what brought me to your blog.

    • Thanks so much, Margo! That is such a beautiful pattern! Did you buy the whole set? I’m tempted to pick up some of the salad plates–love the colors they used in that pattern!

  6. Jackie Allen says

    I love the tablescape – the Italian dishes are lovely! Makes me want to go to local nursery to purchase Mums, gourds and Pumpkins. Love this time of the year! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I’ve loved the plates every time you’ve used them. The pitcher looks as though it was meant to go with the plates! Love that the table is simply designed but looks lush and full.

  8. Great fall table, and the plates are so pretty!

  9. Love this dinnerware collection and your whole table setting. Bellissimo!

  10. Cyndi Raines says

    Your beautiful pitcher is perfect for this tablescape and I love your lantern centerpiece. Yes, I am slowly getting into the fall mood with pumpkins showing up at the various markets. My corn stalks are stacked against my driveway lamp posts and I purchased my first pumpkins. First of many, more to follow I am sure, hehe. Tomorrow I intend to bring out my fall dishes but it will be hard to put away my lighthouse ones as I love the beach so much.

  11. Bobbi Duncan says

    Beautiful fall table setting and I love the napkin trio colors! This post really put me in the mood to bring out some fall decor pieces. We had an unusually hot, hot summer w/ high humidity so I’m so looking forward to fall, my favorite time of year. Happy autumn!

  12. Susan, what a lovely fall tablescape, thank you for posting it!! I love all the colors. Here in the Phoenix area the afternoons have been hovering between 106 and 108 degrees mehhhh… It’s hard to get into the mood for fall with this kind of weather LOL.

    By the way, when I was photographing a new tablescape a couple of days ago, I thought I’d try taking pictures during “The Blue Hour” which actually ended up being The Blue 15 Minutes. I looked up when sunset would be (timeanddate.com) that day, 6:35 pm, and I started taking photos at 6:20 pm. I am not much of a photographer and I was using just a phone camera, but I was able to take some photos where the light coming through the dining and living room windows was distinctly blue. Thanks for telling us about The Blue Hour. And thank you for another lovely Tablescape Thursday! XO

    • Wow, that is hot!!! Yeah, I would not even be thinking about fall with those temps!
      That’s so awesome that you caught the blue hour! It doesn’t last terribly long and the time it starts keeps changing every day. You may have noticed it starts out with a light blue sky that gets bluer and bluer with every passing moment. Elena, here’s a website you can visit any day of the year to see when the blue hour window will occur in your particular area of the world: https://www.bluehoursite.com/

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