the last minute autumn table

by Sharon Santoni

Running late last weekend with friends invited over for supper in front of the fire.  No time to do anything fancy on the table …  I simply grabbed the patissons and mini pumpkins from the garden with a few dahlia heads stood individually in liqueur glasses, some autumn leaves from my neighbour’s virginia creeper and some candles in cake moulds stood in moss-filled pots.

As a table runner I found a piece of antique linen with some pumpkin orange ribbons sewn down the center, and that.  was.  it. !
What have you come up with recently for decorating a table in a hurry?


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) October 24, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Beautiful tablescape. Love the soft light with the pumpkins and flowers. Hugs, Marty

I Dream Of October 24, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Lovely, Sharon! That antique linen looks perfect with the autumn bounty from your garden. I'm a fan of white pumpkins and fall lives on the table this time of year. Hope you are having a wonderful week. XO

Una October 24, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Great tablescape! Good idea for a autumn centerpiece!

ivana October 24, 2012 - 4:48 pm

this is beautiful, never mind the hurry!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns October 24, 2012 - 4:55 pm


Beautiful tablescape! I love simple and elegant arrangements using the bounty of the day. How lucky for you to have such cute little pumpkins in your garden!

Have a wonderful day, Elizabeth

Kristie Franklin October 24, 2012 - 5:14 pm

If that's what you come up with in a pinch, there's no way I could even begin to compete with your tablescapes in a hurry. It's so pretty and festive. I think you would make a wonderful designer!

French Girl in Seattle October 24, 2012 - 5:15 pm

I think if that happened to me, I would just get a selection of hard Normandy cider, and display the bottles "artistically" on the table… Nobody in their right mind would notice any other detail on the table, that's for sure 🙂 Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

christy October 24, 2012 - 5:38 pm

What a pretty table, love all the paler colors as opposed to the usual bright orange which I am not terribly fond of. Lovely!

Blondie's Journal October 24, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Fall is a wonderful time to gather from nature to create something pretty. Your table is so lovely!


Amelia October 24, 2012 - 6:42 pm

A beautiful tablscape Sharon!

Nell October 24, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Tout ce que j'aime se trouve sur cette table merveilleuse

pve design October 24, 2012 - 11:32 pm

I have some lovely white damask tablecloths from my Mother that I love to use as they drape onto the floor giving my table a sophisticated old world elegance. Beeswax candles lit in silver, crystal and french flower buckets filled with fresh roses….or greenery seems perfect for all year round!
I have white porcelain dishes, silver and linen napkins….my guest feel special when I set such a table.

Francesca Muir October 24, 2012 - 11:41 pm

So simple and so superb – brava Sharon – this is just lovely. Fx

Vicki October 24, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Really elegant; just beautiful!

carolyn bradford October 25, 2012 - 12:07 am

Nothing prettier than this, that's for sure! I love all of your ideas…sometimes these "thrown together" table settings end up being my favorites! This certainly is!

zanetastyle October 25, 2012 - 2:14 am

Gosh! I feel self conscious now ((:
Never mind last minute, could I even do this with lots of time?
Very lovely, xoxo Z

nelly October 25, 2012 - 7:16 am

Ah Shanon, vous lire est un délice. Vos textes et vos photos respirent l'authenticité, l'essentiel de ce qui est beau, bon, doux et chaleureux. J'aimerais tant que votre blog dure toujours, il a un effet apaisant et créatif et…éducatif :o)))…car vos textes font toujours office de dictée pour ma petite famille. Votre écriture est très belle et la dictée préférée fut celle de "panique dans le poulailler" ainsi que celle qui racontait une maison mystérieuse et inhabitée perdue dans la brume. Merci pour toutes ces joies que votre talent généreux sait transmettre. Excellente journée à vous. Nelly

nelly October 25, 2012 - 7:30 am

Oh pardonnez moi…ShaRon!et bonne journée et tout et tout, comme j'aimerais venir me reposer ds votre cottage joli c'est un de mes rêves. Bisous

Mrs. Sutton October 25, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Goodness me – if this is what you come up with in a hurry, your 'planned' tabelscapes must be incredible! Actually – forget that, I already KNOW that your planned table settings are absolutely incredible – you have exquisite taste.
Paula x

peggy braswell October 25, 2012 - 5:24 pm


Colleen Taylor October 26, 2012 - 6:17 am

Simply stunning Sharon! You work well under creative pressure I must say. So warm & inviting. Lucky guests!

For myself, recently, in a hurry, I found a package of canvas placemats that I had forgotten about from about 15+ years ago. I got out my paints & somewhat replicated the soft blue-green color washes of my walls with a rag & old brushes. Then I softly applied wisps of green, blue, white & light brown leaves here & there to complete. Sealed the surface & it was done. There was no time for a new centerpiece, so I left what I already had there.

Now that my lemons are bearing fruit in my garden, I shall use them as a simple centerpiece in a bowl.

Anonymous October 27, 2012 - 1:22 am

Hi – spied your blog on A Beach Cottage and came right over. First thing that caught my attention was your French Country home and your Golden Retriever!
Wonderful! Will keep looking – thank you –


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