This tablescape used natural branches and stems, cut from trees with fall leaves on them, as well as some artificial ones sold at Nell Hill's. They are placed in HUGE grecian pitchers, I think you can see the handles on the lower photos. Each setting was mismatched silver trays, set on top of a velvet bordered placemat in dark green.There are large velvet leaves in the middle of the table, and the sliver of silver you see in the top right hand, is actually the tail of a silver pheasant. The square plates are offset for emphasis, and the delft blue plate thrown in for a little surprise. The cloche's were all the same height and added a lot to the feel.
I just loved this setting, although it kind of breaks several of our "rules" that we grew up with - the height of the centerpiece is DEFINITELY too tall to see anyone other than your direct neighbor to the right/left. Mismatch was the name of the game on this table, and some people are still in the matchy/matchy phase! This tablescape is actually at Garrity's NOT Nell Hill's, but it's still Nell Hill's - all the way!
I had 97 followers on October 31, 2009 - with 12 of them who got extra chances. That makes for 109 in the drawing. I had the kids chose a number between 0-110 and they chose 68! So looking at my followers list - that means Blondie at "Blondie's Journal" won the drawing! Wohoo! If I can get an address - then I'll be able to put this signed book in the mail this weekend, otherwise - I'll have to wait. Congratulations to Blondie, I wish I could have met you in Chicago when I was there! and thanks so much to all of you for your comments, kindness, and most of all - FOLLOWING me! The giveaway has been so much fun, I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have! As late as I am posting today, I'm sure you've already been to Susan's at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/, but if not - be sure and check out the other tablescapes.