Hello November

Fall is almost behind us and we edge towards winter....I have been diligently working on new looks for you as it appears the holidays and entertaining at home is here to stay for a while. As I write this today early November, tonight is going to be my first night going out for dinner since March to a restaraunt. As much as I wanted to support places I love I ended up doing some takeout as going places in a mask just didn't have the same appeal to me. This year has been so crazy in more ways than one! I know eating at home and being home were a huge change for everyone- well really it wasn't all that new to me. I have always worked form home and I have entertained at home for years. It was ALOT more of it at one time than usual, but second nature to me!:)


I have quite a few looks to share with you. Here is the first of many, if you happen to be in and area where alfresco dining is an option here is a cozy and comfortable look!


If I had my preference I would eat outside everyday!

I wanted a cozy and comfortable feeling.

The floral autumn hued linens set the tone.


I love mixing patterns tho. I am as fond of plaid as I am of floral.

Wood accents have really excited me for fall tablescapes. Inexpensive and easy to find. I like to use placecards and these were just right for the look. My daughter helped make these with an ink stamp.




I am a huge fan of mixing high and low and curating the table with family heirlooms. These old seltzer bottles are one of the Grandmas in the family. Herend dishes sit atop an inexpensive charger but it all works! How cute is my lil' wheelbarrow? I found that at Michael's and thought it was the perfect little accent to the tablescape and just the right size to hold pumpkin muffins!


I have had my plaid napkins for a while but found a great new look at Pottery Barn that will get you the same look.






I had this notion that leather was the perfect touch for this look. I found these little straps on Amazon and turned them into napkin rings!





Every Thanksgiving I make butternut squash soup, but the truth is as soon as Fall arrives I generally do a "test" batch. Never occurred to e until I saw it in pictures that I tend to match my food to the table!!@#.

Many thanks to Hechler Photographers for all the beautiful photos!


I have to admit, the last few weeks put me over the edge cooking....a full house breakfast lunch and dinner for 8 months, well I don't have to tell you I was ready for my takeout order from Marcia Selden Catering! I have been making Thanksgiving for MANY years but last year I worked with them on my dinner at home and was thrilled to get some of my fall favorites from them for this alfresco dinner!




If cooking and hosting are not your thing...you can still make it memorable.

Set up a bottle of wine or other spirits and order a pizza and eat, drink and enjoy al fresco!


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Carolyn Bender 
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