Anticipating Autumn’s Arrival

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! Are you anticipating autumn’s arrival as much as I am? If you answered yes, then you are at the right place. I love summer, but fall is also a favorite season of mine. My dreams are currently consumed by pumpkins, mums, and of course cooler temperatures. This August, Oklahoma temperatures have been scorchers with highs reaching 106. With temperatures this high, iced tea and air conditioning have been a blessing.

As autumn approaches, I am thrilled to be joining several of my talented tablescaping friends to bring you our early fall tables. Our gracious host is Rita from Panoply. A list and links to all of the participants can be found at the end of this post.

With our excessive heat, I was running a little behind in setting my table. I really wanted to be able to assemble my table surrounded by God’s beautiful handiwork. Being outdoors brings me so much happiness. I was just about to give up and set my table indoors when we received a much needed cool down. Yesterday, our temperatures were a glorious relief with a high of only 86. I was so happy to be able to set my table outdoors for you.

One of my favorite French tablecloths, graced with earth tones and colorful roosters, was the perfect choice for an early fall table. Green straw placemats compliment the tablecloth and provide a nice element of texture. Mikasa English Countryside plates, Spode Blue Italian plates, and green Sarreguimines Majolica plates make up the plate stack. Burleigh Calico teacups with an apple perched inside add a special touch. Red French napkins tied with red sunflower napkin rings make for a nice splash of color. I adore lots of color and pattern!

The flowers for my centerpiece were gathered from a few different locations. Sunflowers and coral roses were purchased at the grocery store. Sweet potato vine, trailing purple Lantana, and Coleus were snipped from my flower gardens. A green confit pot was used to hold my arrangement. Majoilca plates with pears and apples added an early fall touch since they are definitely in abundance this time of year.

Michaelangelo flatware by Oneida and Godinger Dublin glasses complete each placesetting.

It was such a wonderful day to be outdoors. The sun was casting such beautiful shadows throughout the yard. Birds were singing, and butterflies and bees were buzzing around. Please don’t tell anyone, but I may have neglected of few of my inside chores to enjoy a little extra time outside.

Just look at that beautiful blue sky peeking through the trees!

My dear friends, it was such a joy to set this table for you. Thank you so much for your visits and gracious comments. Enjoy your day doing the things you love!

Panoply – Welcome Fall: Mottahedeh Chelsea Bird Tablescape

Hyacinths for the Soul – Welcome Fall, A Tablescape on the Terrace

Everyday Living – Autumn is My Favorite Color

Home Is Where the Boat Is – Sunflowers and Pumpkins

Life and Linda – A Fall Wine Dinner

The Bookish Dilettante – Falling Leaves Tablescape

The Little Yellow Corner Store – A Gathering of Mushroom Joy

Me and My Captain – Goodbye Summer Hello Fall

Red Cottage Chronicles – Autumn Brunch Table Setting

Bluesky at Home – How to Set a Soft and Neutral Table for Fall

Thrifting Wonderland – Savor the Moment…Fall Tablescape

Dinner at Eight – Setting the Table for Early Autumn

My Thrift Store Addiction – Bountiful and Budget-Friendly Autumn Tablescape

The cat’s whiskerz – Welcoming fall with a spicy tablescape

My Hubbard Home – Welcome Fall with a Harvest Blessings Table Setting

Belle Bleu Interiors – Anticipating Autumn’s Arrival

Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall is Time for Football

The Painted Apron – Celebrating Fall


  1. Good Morning Shannon! What a beautiful floral arrangement and tablesetting on your patio! I admire your stamina in setting a table outdoors in the heat and sun. The humidity has been off the charts here. Love your pretty dish stack with the Spode Blue Italian plates layered with green Majolica plates topped with Calico teacup. Love your handsome French rooster tablecloth and pops of red from your apples and napkins. As always, it’s a treat to have a virtual seat at your table. I’m beyond ready for fall! Happy Tuesday ♥

  2. Shannon, your floral centerpiece is stunning and what a charming table you've set! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Good morning, Shannon. There is just something special about an alfresco table. Your patio and surroundings are beautiful with God’s handiwork on full display! I love your colorful floral arrangement in the confit pot and the tablecloth is perfect for your signature French style. The plate stack is so pretty with the Spode, majolica, and calico cup and saucer. Like you, I am most happy with a mix of colors, patterns, and textures! It is always a joy to take a seat at one of your beautiful tables!

  4. Shannon, I am so glad that the weather gave you a little break so that you could bring us this gorgeous table from outdoors in this truly beautiful setting. Your sunflower centerpiece is spectacular!!! I love the apples as well, we usually include a day of apple picking every fall. I hope you enjoy your fall autumn days!!🧡🍂

  5. Shannon, you nailed this challenge! You are lucky to be able to set your table outside. Your rooster tablecloth and the placemats look so pretty together, and they look great with all the other elements on your table. I love how you used the red and green apples: that reminds me of back to school! Your centerpiece is stunning; I also like the blue in your plate stacks. Happy Fall!

  6. Bobbi Duncan

    So beautiful, Shannon, and I simply love your rooster tablecloth! I'm so looking forward to fall so I can decorate with some pretties. Hugs!

  7. Shannon, your setting is so gorgeous! I would want to eat all my meals right there under the tree canopy. Your dish stack makes me smile. Burleigh Calico is one of my favorite patterns! The confit pot filled with gorgeous flowers makes a stunning centerpiece. Beautiful way to welcome Fall, Shannon.

  8. Shannon, I am so glad that you waited and cooler temps came your way. Your table outside is gorgeous! The centerpiece flowers in the confit pot are simply stunning. The beautiful French rooster tablecloth is darling and is the perfect backdrop for that lovely mixed blue and green plate stack. And all of it with the beautiful trees and blue sky in the background. Just lovely. I hope that the cooler temps stick around for you and wishing you a fabulous fall.

  9. I'm counting the days until the weather lets me set a table al fresco! We've been inundated by rain, thunderstorms and unending humidity, so I'm ready for fall to start. When it does, I'll take your ideas to heart for a joyously colorful table with a sumptuous, gorgeous flower arrangement as the inspiration. Happy fall!

  10. Hi Shannon! Your table is gorgeous, and I can tell it was set with a lot of love! The flowers look gorgeous and I love the bright red pops of color from the napkins and apples. Your plate stacks are beautiful especially the tea cups and I love the apples and pears. Your patio tables are always so pretty, I'm so glad you got a little break in the heat to be able to enjoy being outside~ it has been a very hot summer for so many places this year, hurry Fall! It's been lovely hopping with you 🙂

  11. Shannon, your alfresco table is beautiful. The florals looks lovely in your confit pot as an anchored centerpiece. The sunflowers pop. Your plate stack is so pretty with your Mikasa English Countryside plates, Spode Blue Italian plates, and green Sarreguimines Majolica plates. How beautiful they look on your green straw placemats and adorable French tablecloth. Adding the red make a beautiful tablescape. Happy early fall.

  12. Shannon, I can appreciate your stamina from the OK heat. I was born and raised in Kansas so am very used to the type of weather you describe. The first thing that caught my eye was your beautiful bouquet. Just lovely and those bright red apples perched on your tea cups enhance your table. I love your stand of trees that must give you beautiful pops of Autumnal color as the season wears on. I also am envious of your rooster tablecloth. Thank you for attending these hops and I wish you a cooler season and happy Fall. Hugs

  13. Shannon, loved your outdoor setting. It was lovely. the blue and green plate stack was a nice contrast to the gorgeous yellows and reds of the centerpiece. The tablecloth inserted a casual element that worked well with the rest of our table. Lovely welcome to Fall. Have a great week.

  14. Cheryl King

    Hello Shannon, what a wonderful table! Is the tablecloth antique, or something new? I would love to know your source for it, if you would please share. My sister has a rooster sunroom and this would make a perfect gift for her…. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Cheryl, thank you for your sweet comment! Sorry, I am so late getting back to you about the tablecloth. I purchased it online from They have lots of beautiful table linens from France. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  15. Shannon, I am at awe over your beautiful and colorful French country Fall tablescape. Your floral centerpiece had me gazing with admiration. I love your choice of various colors on the table and in the floral centerpiece. The gorgeous Rooster tablecloth is unique and spells countryside to me. The mix of patterns from your dinnerware and napkins complement the tablecloth. So sweet and charming. Have a wonderful Fall and cooler temperatures. Your outdoor settings are so beautiful in your lovely yard.

  16. Shannon, what a gift of a day to set the perfect welcome fall tablescape! I adore the blue & white china with the blue sky, and the majolica greens are the perfect mate to the green grass and leaves on the trees. Your tablecloth and explosion of color in the florals are like a fireworks of what's to come with the season, so vibrant and pretty. Thank you for participating in the welcome fall blog hop and I hope you have a glorious September!

  17. Shannon, Your floral arrangement in the Tuscan vase is gorgeous. It looks perfect with the chicken cloth. .
    Happy fall,

  18. Shannon, how lucky that your weather got cooler just in time for setting your beautiful table outside. Our temperatures just started going down this week and it is such a relief. Your tablecloth and dishes are gorgeous. But what really stands out is the beautiful flower arrangement. The mix of store-bought and home-grown flowers are perfection. Love the mix of colors. Using your confit pot is a great idea. I have two , but have never used them to hold flowers. Great idea!

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