Dahlias and Gourds


I love dahlias, the last flowers blooming in the garden.  I love gourds, their wonderful colors and textures.  Do the two go together?  Well, for me they do!

Of course, the dahlias had to be in my much used green bottles which just happen to blend nicely with the gourds.

With those things in place, it was a no brainer to use these wonderful dishes that look so much like the season and complement perfectly the table runner.  I have to share with you the dishes were a birthday gift from a very special friend who saw them at Marshall’s and thought I had to have them.  Do you think she knows me well?  How lucky am I to have both her as a friend and something new and beautiful for the table!  

My first thought was to have the plates sit on the table’s wood surface, but there was too little contrast.  The fluted orange placemats solved that problem.

Picking up the black in the leaf design are  these oblong plates from Ikea which are used to separate the mug that will hold lobster stew from the plate.  As much as I like to fold napkins, this time I defer to  black napkin rings for a little bit of shine.

With everything in place, the dahlias and gourds are right at home together.  Now, I’m off to make the lobster stew which I will share tomorrow.  Won’t you join me?

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24 thoughts on “Dahlias and Gourds

  1. Hi, little sister!!!!!!!! Hooray for your new dishes! What a great friend! I don’t think any of my friends would have been able to pick out something that great! Not that they’re not nice people or anything…they just don’t have that “gene” required! 🙂 I love the design on the plates, and pairing them with the Ikea oblongs…such a great idea! They look great together!!! Uh oh…the wind is really picking up out there. We’ve already had gusts of up to 40 MPH today, and it sounds like it’s trying to exceed that right now! Anyhoooo….those placemats are really pretty! TOTALLY solved the contrast issue! As for the dahlias and gourds, they’re like a good couple: put on this earth with the intention of them getting together!!! 🙂 Great job, m’lady! Have a great weekend!

    1. A good friend indeed and the dishes perfect for fall. Wind is blowing here, too making leaves fall like rain.

  2. Warm autumn colours and so beautifully placed table!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    1. Thank you for your nice complement and your visit.

  3. Simple and elegant like it!
    Kim,USA

  4. Beautiful – looks like a page right out of Martha Stewart’s latest magazine 😉

    1. I’m flattered, but I don’t know about Martha! Thanks, Jennifer.

  5. Hi Lulu! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet words. Your dahlias are lovely! They are a fall favorite of mine and they adorn your pretty tablescape just perfectly! 🙂

  6. You always far surpass my expectations—–the table is fantastic. You do my heart good! Hope to see you soon!

    1. This table wouldn’t have happened without the dishes. I have loved using them again and again.

  7. Lulu, I love dahlias, so any table that has dahlias is perfection, in my opinion. Your dishes are so pretty and perfect for the Fall look. Well done. laurie

  8. Dahlias and Gourds are the perfect pairing just like your new dishes and wonderful table runner~ what a happy marriage! I love them sitting on the ruffly placemats too 🙂

    1. A happy marriage indeed and a wonderful reminder of a good friend.

  9. I had some very pretty flowers like these last year. They did not do so well this time as it was much too hot and dry in Texas.

    1. Wow, if you got dahlias to grow at all in Texas, you did great. I can promise you in the Houston area, they don’t stand a chance!

  10. Wow what a lovely setting and your friend certainly knows you well. lovely. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a beautiful weekend xo

  11. Love your table…and new dishes. I want some of that lobster stew!

  12. WOOW.really nice colours 🙂
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  13. Oh those are very pretty!

    Healthy Pink Snacks
    Have an enjoyable Pink Saturday!

  14. Great dishes. Don’t you just love it that our friends contribute to our addiction?? The place mats are a great contrast. Beautiful!

  15. The combination of the Dahlias and gourds are beautiful…what a very thoughtful friend..the dishes are terrific!…and I so love the fluted placemats….Very pretty table!!!

  16. Very nice! Great colors…nice friend! 🙂

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