Tablescapes, Early Fall, Italian Style

Like so many others, I am reluctant to say goodbye to summer…not the oppressive heat and humidity mind you, but the long summer days and the aqua Gulf Coast waters…Wishing I was viewing those waters this weekend, I got out my favorite Italian plates and started dreaming…


I was craving simple Italian style dishes for this late summer meal, Pasta Carbonara with Italian Salami, a flavorful Pizza with Zucchini and Red Onion, and an arugula salad with a lemon salt vinaigrette.

burlap napkin cover

I found these plates and fish bowls earlier this summer and used them in Meditterranean Sea.  When Home Goods sees me coming I think their stock goes up~I swear I can’t get out of that store without buying something~or many somethings~


My favorite part about these plates is the uneven edge that makes them look like they were hand made.    See that blue handle on the right?

salad dressing tray

It belongs to this sweet little matching tray that I spotted on a later visit to a different Home Goods store.  It was meant to be!

late summer table 5

It is perfect for holding the garlic oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon salt that I want to use to dress the salad.

early fall table

The salad bowl was an unexpected find also~

Italian late summer table 6

The pattern is different but has the same Mediterranean feel and colors.


This is a great size bowl for tossing small salads~

Italian country meal table

The individual compotes are for a scoop of Gelato after the meal~

burlap napkin cover

A piece of fringed burlap wraps the napkins for added texture, and the pumpkin napkin rings are a subtle reminder of the seasonal change…

Italian table 2

easing into fall

early fall Italian style table

late summer table

The light is so different this time of year

Italian table


It sort of makes everything glow and turn golden


fall in Italy

I know it’s silly, but something about these plates just transports me to a sunny terrace in Italy…with a cool glass of a crisp white wine and some lovely pasta…overlooking the sparkling blue sea…

Stop by tomorrow, I’d love to share the recipes for Salami Carbonara and Zucchini & Red Onion Pizza with you~

Thanks so much for dreaming with me today!


I will be joining these fabulous parties

Uncommon Designs

The Dedicated House

A Stroll Thru Life

Memories by the Mile

Clean and Sensible

Savvy Southern Style

Worthing Court

The Style Sisters

No Minimalist Here

Posed Perfection

Cuisine Kathleen

Between Naps on the Porch

Stylish Interiors

It’s Overflowing

50 Responses to “Tablescapes, Early Fall, Italian Style”
  1. Emily says:

    Lovely table setting. I love how you added the fall touches for a fabulous autumn tablescape.

  2. Beautiful table, Jenna. I love these dishes.

  3. Ann k says:

    This is such a pretty table! I love those plate and they look great with the other pieces you found!

  4. Your setting is very pretty! Love the great colors and fun pumpkin napkin rings:@)

  5. Mary says:

    Love your Italian dishes and table Jenna! HG is like a treasure hunt and a dangerous place for me! What a treat to find pieces to match what you have 🙂

  6. Hi, I love the Italian dishes and the way that you decorated the napkins with the cute pumpkin napkin rings! I always enjoy looking at your tables! Thanks for sharing on tues. trivia!
    Julie from

  7. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Gorgeous tablescape and I love your dishes. The shadows and light shining on the table is stunning too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. FABBY says:

    Great tablescape with gorgeous Italian dishes! Adorable pumpkin napkin rings too! I love your ealy Fall tablescape. Big hugs,

  9. Candy S says:

    Love the Italian plates, so colorful! Beautiful for early fall. We have a Marshall’s near us. They on;y have 1 and a half isles (short isles) of table wares. Home goods is pretty far away and sometimes they don’t have anything either. They keep telling me stuff came in but they sold it all. I think that must mean another tablescaper got the before me and bought it all (I would buy it all if I got there first). Go figure!

    • Ha! I know what you mean, I always feel like there is just one or two of everything. I read somewhere that you should ask your local stores when they get their shipments so you can plan a shopping trip then~maybe that will help!

  10. Bev says:

    This table is so lovely. I see why you love those plates so much; they are just beautiful…

  11. The dishes and tablescape are lovely and you have now made me hungry for dinner even though breakfast was not very long ago. Menu sounds WONDERFUL! 🙂

  12. Judy says:

    I always love dishes with blue and the fall touches make it just right. I’m starting my fall decorating today, I’m running late.

  13. dianne says:

    Your colors capture the end of summer perfectly. I love the pattern on the plates and the salad bowl is great! Dianne

  14. Pam says:

    Beautiful Italian tablescape. I like the colors of this china and it is so versatile. Your centerpiece of candles and colored pasta is a great accent to the theme. Have a good week!


  15. How pretty your Tuscan table is… the sunlight streaming across the table.

  16. Dreaming with you indeed…I was sitting on a terrace overlooking the sea, with Mount Vesuvius just across the bay…the sunset was perfection, by the way. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  17. lulu says:

    I have a thing for Italian pottery so I’m liking your transition into fall table a lot. Isn’t it amazing the wonderful things you can find at Home Goods/TJ Maxx/Marshall’s. The TJMaxx close by has the most amazing housewares, much better than in Houston. My biggest challenge is resisting the urge to buy everything I like.

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! I always love blue and gold together, but the hit of aqua on those plates really makes them stunning. And how serendipitous to find the matching tray! I have a weakness for individual compotes, and I’ve never seen any like these — darling! The whole table is so inviting!

    • Thanks Tricia, I got those compotes on clearance at Pier 1 a while ago. They were only $1 each and I couldn’t resist them but didn’t know what I would do with them. I have used them so much! Not only are they great for ice cream, but a perfect size for holding a mini cupcake, a roll, salsa or dips, even finishing salt. Thanks for the sweet comments!

  19. Lana Austin says:

    Beautiful tablescape with the awesome Italian elements…..I love everything, but especially the individual compotes….so delicate…..I also completely agree with you about summer…..I long for the heat/humidity of Alabama to be gone….but I will most definitely miss the long, beautiful days!!!

    Love/hugs/blessing & please stop by to see my new Vintagesque blog re-design,

  20. This table has so many beautiful Mediterranean touches.All of your dishes blend so well together. I love those pumpkin napkin ring holders. Where did you find those? I sure know what you mean about HomeGoods. They have such amazing stuff. It is hard to leave without a purchase.

    – The Tablescaper

    • Thanks so much, I am so flattered that you, the QUEEN of shopping asked me a question! I got the napkin rings last fall at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. We don’t have all the awesome outlet shopping you do, so I have to resort to HL, CTS and my imagination!! Thanks so much for hosting every week!

  21. Vel says:

    what a beautiful and inviting table! That dinnerware is a real treasure! Visiting from Stylish Interior!

  22. Rosie says:

    What an inviting table! I started to salivate when I saw those Italian dishes: I absolutely LOVE colorful ceramics and you have done an outstanding job of coordinating everything! Your photography is wonderful also. The shadows of the day enhance your photos instead of making your scene look dark. A truly inspired post. Thank you!

  23. Marigene says:

    Beautiful table…great colors for the beginning of autumn. Those dishes have wonderful colors.
    Have a fun-filled week, Jenna…

  24. Oh, this one is really close to my heart. I love anything that reminds me of the Amalfi coast. I’ve been working on a setting using Italian pottery, so this really resonates with me. The tie in to the pumpkins is the perfect transition from summer into fall, because the dishes still retain the feeling of late summer and the pumpkins hint at what’s to come. Once again, you found a way to mix the pumpkins with something unusual (the blues from the dishes) for a new twist. I like this one very much!!

  25. Kim says:

    I missed this post last year! I love those plates, and the tray and bowl are perfect additions. Yes, fine those pieces was meant to be! Your pumpkin napkin rings caught my eye right off, and I’m drooling over those! The little compotes are adorable! So glad you linked this post with Tablescape Thursday so I could see it. 🙂

  26. Beautiful tablescape, love the new dishes!! I can’t wait for our HG store to open 🙂

  27. Bev says:

    This table is gorgeous! Love all of the colorful dishes and your menu sounds great also.

  28. Marsha says:

    Your Fall tablescape is so lovely. I love the color combinations and the textures. The dishes are gorgeous. This beautiful setting makes me want to kick back, relax, drink some wine and talk with great company just like in Italy.

  29. Barbara says:

    What a beautiful table! It is just perfect for early fall. You have the cooling blues and whites of summer and then added the bits of orange. I have a problem with Home Goods too. Oh. My. I, too am enjoying the change of light this time of year.

  30. This is a fun setting. Great dishes! Love the pasta in the glass- great ideas!

Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] Early Fall Italian Style […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: