Styling an Early Fall Tablescape… an anniversary party for my parents

Labour Day weekend always feels bittersweet…

The last of summer slipping away… and the beginning of my very favouite time of year…


Faded and Fabulous Hydrangea blooms for a Fall Garden Party


My parents were coming over to celebrate their 49th anniversary this weekend and we decided to eat outdoors.

Looking for an  interesting way to style the table I had a walk around the garden…

Things are fading… and I like that!

There is a beauty in the slightly worn look of the blooms and foliage….

Like they have given it their all and need a little rest.

Casually draped linen and Hydrangea for relaxed fall garden dining…

I cut some of the remaining Hydrangea blooms and arranged them in an eclectic mix of pottery and glass containers.

Just one bloom in each…

The cloth is a shabby blue linen sheer fabric I have had for ages.

I just randomly draped several layers over the table then I gathered it up in sections and used a staple gun to secure it to the underside of the table…


Fall garden party…


* If you are doing this please note…

I counted how many staples I used  (5 BTW) and as soon as the party was over I went around and made sure I got all of them out…

Also of interest to some of you may be the high degree of eye rolling I endured from Kent…

He wasn’t thrilled that I put staples in the underside of the table he made…

I did a lot of eye batting and coy head tilting… as you might imagine.

The result of my efforts ( with the tablescape not the eye batting ) was an unstructured, slightly bohemian feeling…

I really liked it in person but I don’t think it looks as great in these photos…

So… give me the benefit of the doubt and stay with me!

Thanks 😉 I knew you would!

simple frayed linen to tie cutlery… fall garden party


I tied a simple strip of fabric around the cutlery.

Mismatched vintage goblets for wine…

 Grasscloth chargers…

River stone pillar candles ( see DIY here, they are dead easy to make )  

 and Kent’s live edge serving boards all added to the eclectic look.  

My parents arrived and we sat down to eat…

Having just been to Prince Edward County recently we decided to serve wine from Devil’s Wishbone, a picturesque family owned winery we had visited.

If you missed our adventure in the county ( Kent got really sick but we made the best of it and came home with some amazing wine!) here is the link to the post about it.


My parents celebrate 49 years of marriage


 Aren’t they ADORABLE!! 

49 years is such an accomplishment!

I asked my dad to give mom a little kiss…


Late summer party...

I know… Tooo Cute!

I could take credit for my dad matching the tablescape…  but, it was all him.

You may have noticed the cheese by now…

I am a huge cheese girl so I would have!

It is also from the county. 


Cheese & Wine


Fifth Town Cheese Co. was a treat to visit.

We ended up bring quite a few varieties home to try, and this party seemed like a perfect time to sample a few selections.

My dad has been in the dairy business for 45 years and has a vast knowledge of cheese making…

His opinion was highly anticipated at the table!


Live edge apple serving board for fall garden dining…


 We sampled three …

They had great names…

Purple’s a must, Lemon Fetish and Cap Cressy

Of the three we all agreed that the Cap Cressy was the winner followed by Purple’s a must. They were all very enjoyable.

My dads face as he was tasting was mesmerizing…

I should have taken a photo but I was just enjoying the moment…

I love my dad!!!!


Fifth Town Cheese Co. Prince Edward County Ontario


You can pop over to the Fifth Town Cheese Co. website to see all the fab varieties.

Isn’t their sign original!  I loved it!

  Faded and Fabulous Hydrangea blooms for a Fall Garden Party


It was so lovely celebrating with my parents this weekend, the atmosphere was relaxed and chatty…

at one point during the meal our son Spencer leaned back and picked tomatoes off the vine and popped them in his mouth…


The Gardens at Hoop Top House


How wonderful is that!

Did you have a relaxed Labour Day Weekend??? 


I am sharing this post at: Home{work} Wednesdays, Tuesday’s Treasures,


  1. So sweet!! Love everything about this. They are precious.

  2. Such a lovely table settting… and that cheese board is to DIE for. Happy Anniversary to your parents. HUGS!

  3. The table is stunning! I am in love with the blue…it is so striking.

  4. Lovely! 49 years is amazing! Pinned

  5. This is just precious, Cynthia. My parents celebrated both 50th and 60th anniversaries before my dad passed before their 64th. The table and everything about it is gorgeous! I’m featuring you as one of my top 3 favorites at our Home{work} Wednesday party.

    • Hi Marty,
      What an amazing accomplishment for your parents!
      I am so glad you liked the table and thank you very much for the feature! My mom will be thrilled!

  6. Sweet – and beautiful!! You had me at flowers, cheese and those amazing cutting boards!!!

  7. what a gorgeous setting, so pretty! Congrat’s to your mom and dad what a beautiful couple.

  8. Cynthia, congratulations to your parents on their anniversary, that is so special and wonderful! The table looks just gorgeous and totally worth the staples!!! :) Thank you so much for sharing such a memorable celebration with us. Pinning! Have a happy Sunday and a fantastic week!

  9. What a beautiful table setting, love the blues!!

  10. I love how you draped that tablecloth and it’s well worth the staples (it was just 5 – jeesh!)., you make a pretty table Cynthia and I’m sure you had a lovely time!

  11. Loving the use of those hydrangeas, and I also love your outdoor chairs! I must say that cheese and grapes looks pretty delicious. :)

  12. You are so sweet to create such a lovely tablescape for your parents. You can tell by their expressions that they were so pleased.

    (My dad was in the dairy business, too!)

  13. Your parents are so cute… And the table looked beautiful!

  14. Mom and Dad says:

    The garden setting was magical. A lovely and relaxing atmosphere. The time was enjoyable and elegant.
    We are so fortunate having 49 years together, and are grateful for our loving , supportive family.
    Thanks again
    Love Mom and Dad

  15. I loved the “bunched” up tablecloth the minute I saw it!! And loved the cheeseboards!

    • Yay!! That is so great! Thanks for telling me you liked the bunched up tablecloth Sherri… I thought it was fun too but like I said in the post I wasn’t sure it looked as good in the pics. You made my day girl!

  16. Happy anniversary wishes to your parents!

  17. Dianne Gingrich says:

    What a beautiful way to end the summer.
    Your tablescape looks gorgeous.
    Congratulations on your parents anniversary.


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