A Colorful Autumn Table Setting

Welcome to the 161st Tablescape Thursday!

Though the leaves on the trees are still very green and the temps reached well int the 80’s today, I was so in the mood to for a fall table setting.  Besides, Friday is the first official day of fall.


I’ve always wanted to create a table setting with magnolia leaf chargers.


I just thought it would be for a Christmas tablescape.   But, why wait for Christmas?

Tablescape with Magnolia Leaf Chargers


My magnolia tree was planted by a previous owner in a very bad spot.  It’s really close to the house.  Imagine, a Southern Magnolia, Magnolia Grandiflora, planted approximately 12-15 feet from the house…what were they thinking?   I was told by a landscaper I should cut it down.  My answer?

Fall Table Setting with Magnolia Chargers_wm

No way!  I love that tree.  So, I just try to keep it somewhat at bay by using its wonderful leaves for table settings and Christmas decorating.  If it ever gets cut down or limbed up, it will have to be the next owner of this house.  I just can’t do it.

Besides, I can’t risk the chance of being haunted for the rest of my life!   Yep, haunted!  Don Hastings, author of the Gardening in the South book series states very clearly on page 112 in his Trees, Shrubs and Lawns book…


“Be forewarned that if you prune off the lower limbs of a Southern Magnolia to make a high-headed tree, I will personally come back from the next life and haunt you.”   I’m not taking any chances. 😉


The stores are filled now with mums in vivid fall colors.  One hopped right into my buggy this past week and asked to come home with me.


Bells in autumn colors, tied with colorful ribbon, worked well as napkin rings for this fall tablescape.


Hard to see, but the red ribbon has a pretty golden, leaf design.

You may remember this colorful rooster china.


I’ve used it at least once before for a Tablescape Thursday, HERE.  For three of the place settings, I paired the dinner plate with a salad plate in the same rooster pattern.


Marshalls only had three of the salad plates in the rooster pattern, so three place settings were completed with red, ruffled-edged salad plates.  Don’t have enough of a particular china pattern?  No problem…just mix and match.  The tables where everything isn’t perfectly matched are always the most fun and the most interesting!


The dinner plate…


This china was a steal from Marshalls this past spring.  Dinner plates and salad plates were only $2 each.  You really don’t have to break the budget to create different table settings for the seasons…just watch for those sales.  Six dinner plates and six salad plates for only $24.  Awesome!


Love the colors!  Though, this china is called Fall Rooster, its sunflower pattern is perfect for a summer table setting, too.


I layered a colorful paisley napkin underneath a solid color one for a little extra pizazz. For a better look at the paisley napkin, check out this Christmas Table Setting.

Chrysanthemums in vivid fall colors create a wonderful centerpiece.

They were so pretty, I didn’t even add candlesticks to this table setting.

I tucked them, pot and all, down inside a fall-themed tureen purchased a couple of years ago at Cracker Barrel.  Cracker Barrel carries some of the cutest tabletop decor. I know several folks bought this same tureen when I shared finding it on sale with BNOTP Facebook Fans.  I always try to let you know via Facebook when I find the bargains so you can snag them, too.


Cute rooster salt and pepper shakers finish out our rooster themed table setting.

Happy Fall, y’all!

Looking forward to your beautiful tablescapes!

Rooster china: Marshall’s
Flatware: Horchow, I think
Rooster Glassware: Old Time Pottery
French Countryside Ruby Goblets: Provided by Mikasa
Napkins: HomeGoods
Tureen: Cracker Barrel
Mums: Market
Magnolia: Garden

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  1. This is such a fun and colorful tablescape. The dishes are wonderful. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely evening.

  2. I like the red and yellow color on the green leaves!

    Happy Fall!

  3. Love these rooster plates Susan! I had seen the square ones but not these. I love the Maxcera plates! Thanks for hosting!!

  4. The Tablescaper says

    Great table. Such vibrant colors, not your typical Fall, but it works so well. Gorgeous magnolia leaves.

    – The Tablescaper

  5. once in a blue moon says

    another great looking table, i am wild over your shinny leaves, excellent garden/table bonus~

    thank you for hosting everyone…

  6. Susan, your tablescape is gorgeous! I am a big fan of roosters, and those rooster plates are so pretty! (Marshalls has such great bargains on dishes and table linens, don't they?) I also love your creative use of the magnoia leaves. Such a beautiful fall tureen, too.

    Happy Fall, and thanks for hosting TT.

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  7. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Susan, You really nailed this one! Gorgeous! I love the colors and the way you mixed texture and patterns. So beautifully put together and interesting.
    I wouldn't care if a Magnolia grew in my living room if I could have one! Those chargers made of leaves look over-the-top! I really enjoyed and am inspired by your table!
    Thanks for hosting TT. I can't believe I am first tonight! YEA!

  8. Alycia Nichols says

    Now THIS is a happy fall table! I am so glad you opted to use the magnolia leaves for it…there is NO rule that I know of that says "just for Christmas." And even if there is a rule…I look at rules as mere guidelines! 😉 The start of fall this year also marks my 1-year anniversary with BNOTP's Tablescape Thursdays. Thank you again for the opportunity to use this forum to share my craft, make new friends, and learn from others. I look forward to many more years with my blogger friends on Tablescape Thursdays! Have a happy weekend!

  9. On Crooked Creek says

    Fall has arrived in high fashion @ BNOTP!!! This is gorgeous! I adore so many of your decor pieces…the sunflower rimmed plates, those darling striped mums, the paisley napkins, the magnolia leaves…all of your choices are perfect! Thank you for your continued hosting of Tablescape Thursday!
    P.S. The header has truly put me in the mood for Fall! Bring it on!

  10. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Fantastic table Susan! You sure outdid yourself with such creativity using the pretty and bright magnolia leaves as placemats! The fall colors are beautiful, incorporating a touch of red it's just too terrific Susan. Thank you for having me at Tablescape Thursday once more, as in Novemver I would be a year participating in TT at BNOTP. God bless you and a thousand thanks! Lots of hugs.

  11. Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes says

    I love, love, love magnolia leaves! They really look beautiful in this tablescape. The green really helps to anchor the sunny rooster plates. I'm a fan of those ruby red goblets, too and they look great alongside the rooster glasses. This is definitely a fun table. What a nice way to welcome Autumn!

  12. Beautiful! The magnolia leaves make such a nice look! Those mums are so striking! Great idea putting them in the tureen. I trimmed up my magnolia a couple of weeks ago, but it's not a southern magnolia so let's hope I won't be in trouble for that!! LOL
    Love your plates- great bargain too!
    Thanks for hosting another TT!

  13. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Beautifully done Susan!
    Love the colors, I used a Mum inside a real pumpkin for my centerpiece this week!
    And your post is so outstanding too!

  14. Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage says

    This is so vivid and beautiful! A real original.

  15. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan – simply STUNNING! I adore with all my heart Fall colors and plates and decor. I just love the magnolia leaf chargers. The green just makes the orange and yellows and reds pop right out. It is simple and at the same time warm and welcoming. One of my face tablescapes you have created. 🙂 Hope you are well. Blessings, Barb

  16. Such a beautiful Autumn tablescape! You are getting me in the mood for fall.

    Thank you for hosting,


  17. So pretty! Love the color combination. The flowers are wonderful!

  18. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Loved your wonderful and colorful Fall table, so pretty!
    Enjoyed the magnolia chargers, I too,
    love magnolia trees, I would never be able to cut one down either. We just saw some in a shopping center the other day and the pods were open and the red seeds were showing, and I really wanted to pick some off the trees!! lol but I maintained my
    lady like ways tho and resisted!! lol Magnolia trees make magnificent Christmas wreaths, course, I am sure you have probably done that…………..lol

    Lovely table as always hon,
    and thanks for hosting as always,
    Blessings, Nellie

  19. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Those mums are so pretty in your tureen. Love the colors of your roosters and the wonderful magnolia placemats. So seasonal.

  20. What a vibrant fall table. I love the magnolia leaves and your mums are beautiful!

  21. A Hint of Home says

    Your table is gorgeous, Susan! I love the Magnolia leaves used as chargers.
    I'm with you, it would be hard to cut down one of those trees. I had one at our former house and I miss it.
    Your plates are so cute and similar to ones I have. I love them! Thanks for hosting!

  22. martinealison says

    Un très bel hommage pour accueillir Dame Automne… Je vous félicite.
    Je voudrais bien me transformer en petite abeille et venir butiner autour de ces belles assiettes…
    Gros bisous

  23. Absolutely beautiful!! Love the dishes, love the paisley napkins, love the flowers, but I ESPECIALLY love those red glasses. Happy Autumn!

  24. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Susan, I really enjoyed what you did in this tablescape. I'm a big lover of magnolia leaves, and I loved what you did with them here. Great job!

    I decided to put my toe back into the water with a post tonight. I feel so rusty. I haven't posted in a month. Lots going on here, but I thought I would give it a shot.

    Love to you, my friend, and thanks for hosting…



  25. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    My friend, your autumn table is simply gorgeous! Ohhh…I just adore your magnolia leaf chargers! They frame out the autumn rooster place settings sooo beautifully! I'm in awe, Girlfriend! Wow…what a great deal you got on those pretty dishes too! I do love shopping TJ Maxx for dishes. Hehe! The layered dinner napkins look great and the little autumn colored bells are so fun! Another great idea! Susan, you truly are the "master tablescaper"! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous autumn table with us. And…thank you for hosting another TT party! Sure do appreciate you, dear friend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  26. Happy Fall Susan! Your table is so pretty and colorful. Love the rooster and what a deal….

  27. Entertaining Women says

    We had planned to plant some new magnolias this Spring/Summer, but it became too hot to soon out here on the prairie. I will jump at it first thing next Spring. The leaf charger plate is ingenious…consider it copied. You have such a flair using what I refer to as clear colors. They sparkle so effectively agaiinst the whites of your screened porch. It's always a treat to visit your post and see your designs. Thanks again for Tablescape Thursday…it's a blast! Cherry Kay

  28. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Very similar situation with our magnolia – and I wouldn't cut it down either. No way! Great Fall tablescape. I LOVE those paisley napkins! Nice touch. 🙂

  29. Your table is beautiful, Susan. What a great idea on the placemats! Very original! Beautiful warm colors!..Christine

  30. Really Rainey says

    I love the colors! And your magnolias! Lovely table Susan… And I must say this weeks tablescapes are exceptional!

    Please stop by and enter my Goodbye to Summer~Hammock Giveaway!

  31. Hi, Susan. What a perfect way to usher in the fall season! The way you've coordinated the colors of the mums, plates, napkins, ribbons, and magnolia leaf chargers is stunning. The overall effect is warm, cheery, and truly inviting!

    Wishing you a very happy fall,


  32. Simply Stunning!

    So many talented and wildly creative women…I need several hours to go through each and every one of the entries this week…..



  33. After admiring and studying your table for a while I went back and quickly ran through them, to see what it was that I liked so much…it was the yellows, reds, and greens that stood out for me. Red for a fall setting and bright green–no muted fall colors here! Beautiful and original as always. Thanks!

  34. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    The lovely chrysanthemums makes a wonderful centerpiece, and your pallette of colors on the table works so well with it! Happy Fall to you Susan!

  35. The French Hutch says

    Your fall tablescape is glorious. What a more beautiful setting I can't imagine. The colors and the roosters are perfect. I love the layers and you always add such a creative touch. I could never make a table look so pretty. Thanks for hosting.

    The French Hutch

  36. The Toll House Cookie says

    All my favorite colors….such a vibrant table!!!

  37. What an explosion of beautiful fall color…it's a gorgeous tablescape Susan.

  38. Shauna Nosler says

    Lovely windows!! What a great place to hang out! Stopping by to follow you – tried once before but couldn't pull the GFC. Hope you can stop by soon and return the favor 🙂 http://www.shaunanosler.blogspot.com/

  39. What a truly beautiful fall table. Love those dishes. The black flatware was a great choice since it makes the dishes just pop! Love your mum too. I had 4 of those lovely things just jump into my cart the other day at the wholesale florists.. Always a sign that fall is close by! xo marlis

  40. Curtains In My Tree says

    Ms southern lady I loves it all

    so funny about the reading from the landscape book.

    you southern people are so lucky to have such beautiful foilage all year around. When I am in Savannah Georgia next month I expect things to still be beautiful like At your house

    love the roosters on your glasses and I am going to set a table and get on here next week.


  41. Susan do you create those banners?
    Love the changing of the season's!
    This Fall tablescape using the leaves is fabulous.
    Another great one!

  42. The Decorative Dreamer says

    What a gorgeous setting! I love what you did with the magnolia leaves. That is such a neat idea. I love all the colors you used in this setting. Your whole setting is perfectly complimented with the mum centerpiece. It's beautiful!

  43. Hi Susan, Love the fall tablescape! I also love how in the 1st pic you can see your bottle tree in the background! So fun and pretty.

  44. Susan, of course I'm fond of this table. You know I adore rosters in almost any image. Beautiful color and clever use os the magnolia leaves. Wonderful fall table! Thanks for hosting each week. ~ Sarah

  45. Since discovering Tablescape Thursdays, I've been scouting the clearance aisles at Marshall and TJ Maxx; but I'm not brave enough to just buy 3 plates – although now you have me considering it. Thanks for the inspiration (and the enabling!).

  46. Lana K. W. Austin says

    Sussan!! I love this table….the roosters/the color/the incorporation of the greenery! And I'm lovin' the paisley, too!!!!
    PS I need to do a rooster table soon now that I'm back home!!!!

  47. Designs By Pinky says

    Susan, I LOVE those plates and the S and P! I wish I had a magnolia tree to make chargers like yours! I am so looking forward to all my favorite fall things, apple ANYTHING, pumpkins, cider, fires, chili, sweaters….I could go on and on! Another beautiful creation. Thanks again for hosting every single week!!!! XO, Pinky

  48. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    As always you do tablescaping in the most gorgeous way…never a disappointment when I visit you. I can always count on being dazzeled by the beauty.

  49. Hi Susan,
    this warm and shiny colors make the tablesetting really oustanding. Amazing, that you got this plates for this price. I expected, they are really expensive. All is truly lovely.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  50. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Hi Susan, what a beautiful fall table, out of the norm love it!!! What a grand idea to use the magnolia leaves as a fall charger, I didn't know the wive's tale or lore of the magnolia tree, good thing I don't have, I don't need any more bad luck! lol.. Love the rooster plates and that you mixed patterns, you know you always inspired me to think outside the box when it comes to putting a table together.
    Didn't know if you knew our Gloria has been ill and had triple bypass yesterday, I know she would love if you could find the time to leave her well wishes..
    If you're interested in seeing some of Mary Carol's home and her shop I've posted those for about the last 4 posts. lol.. I know how you love her books.. sending love and hugs your way.. ~lynne~

  51. I love your table! You always do such a nice job! Everything is perfect for fall dining.

    From Virginia

  52. nice table

  53. Katherines Corner says

    beautiful, colorful welcome Autumn! Hugs and wishes for a joy filled weekend.

  54. Summerland Cottage Studio says

    …just beautiful !
    Thank you for sharing and hosting all the inspiration

  55. RaggedyKisses says

    Hi, I have just recently discovered you blog, and have been inspired to create my first tablescape for fall. I have been haunting my old time pottery, marshalls, etc. for goodies and just recently found the cutest goblets at the Dollar Tree; they are clear with fall leaves painted on them, a dollar each, who knew? I am so excited and hope to link to the table scape Thursday soon! I am having such fun! Thank you!

  56. The table is beyond beautiful, all of the ones I've seen on your blog are.I'm from the south but live on the east coast right now, and to see your beautiful magnolia leaves just gives me joy. I wouldn't ever want to cut down one of theose magnificent trees! I love your blog! sincerely, sharon

  57. You've always wanted Magnolia Leaf chargers, and I've never even thought of them! What a gorgeous table – I'd like to be a guest there! And of course, you're SO right to not cut your tree down. Magnolias are amazing!

  58. arrielle_p says

    Beautiful and colorful table setting you have shared in here. 🙂
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