Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Fall Harvest Time--A Gathering of Mushroom Joy

What comes to your mind when you think of the Fall season?  Cooler weather, shorter days, colorful leaves, corn mazes, pumpkin farms and apple orchids and perhaps the spooky fun of Halloween.  Who would ever think it might include mushrooms.  For many epicureans, mushroom picking is a time to enjoy nature and the peacefulness that the forests offer when searching for this unique culinary ingredient with an earthy flavor.   

So to celebrate the many uses of mushrooms in cooking, it has become my inspiration piece for a tablescape design too.  This month I am thrilled to be joining my good friends and fellow tablescape designers in the Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Rita of Panoply.  The hop begins on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 and will feature tablescapes which help celebrate the change of the season to our treasured Fall.  It is sure to offer each of us a glimpse into the many facets of the beautiful and colorful season.  Be sure to visit each of the links below to be inspired by all of the participating bloggers/designers.  It is guaranteed to provide some great ideas.  

The Little Yellow Corner Store was truly inspired by the mushroom and was certain that the tablecloth of choice would work beautifully to display the basket filled with garden vegetables and selected fruit and, of course, mushrooms.  The tablecloth was a precious gift given to me from my dear sister before her passing.  It is an Eastern European design which exemplifies a charming simplicity to family gathering and dining.  I love the added basket of veggies that represents the tasty, made-from-the-heart cooking that goes on in many kitchens.  

The use of individual  small, black cast iron skillets for each place setting adds to the home cooking theme.  A lot of great dishes come from the use of cast iron in skillets, dutch ovens and specialty loaf pans.  Of course, I have them all and have used them all.  The mini skillets really spell out "from scratch cooking."   

And, of course, the three mushroom place card holder tops the skillet and includes a tiny red and white mushroom on the name card.

The black and white chicken napkin rings also reminds me of country cooking.  

The large and small mini chicken basket plates with the attached checkered heads and wood red tails expresses a bit of whimsy to a celebratory tablescape.  

The mini tiled Polish cutting board seems to fit in with the design of the table and serves to protect the table from a sharp knife while cutting warm slices of delicious, mouth-watering bread. In addition, the wine bottle holder was folded from a ric-rac trimmed napkin into a king's crown.  It conveys good country living and functions to protect any drips of wine from the bottle.  

So sit back and enjoy a filling and comforting dish of mushroom and beef goulash and leisurely view the following links to other artists who are sharing their Fall tablescape creations on their blogs.

Everyday Living - Autumn is My Favorite Color
Home Is Where the Boat Is - Sunflowers and Pumpkins
Life and Linda - A Fall Wine Dinner
The Bookish Dilettante - Falling Leaves Tablescape
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Gathering of Mushroom Joy
Me and My Captain - Goodbye Summer Hello Fall
Red Cottage Chronicles - Autumn Brunch Table Setting
Thrifting Wonderland - Savor the Moment...Fall Tablescape
Belle Bleu Interiors - Anticipating Autumn's Arrival
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall is Time for Football
The Painted Apron - Celebrating Fall


  1. Marsha, what a special table you have set for a home-cooked meal. I love mushrooms and their earthy flavor. However, I have never foraged for them. Your tablecloth from your beloved sister is truly lovely and a special keepsake. I know it warms your heart to place it on your table and I am sure it stirs wonderful memories of her. The little cast iron skillets are perfect and I can imagine you have many special recipes that are prepared in them. The chicken napkin rings and the mushroom place card holders are so cute. It is always a pleasure to visit one of your tables. Happy Fall!

  2. You had me at mushrooms--such a cute theme and I love your darling table setting!

  3. How fun Marsha! I love your nod to home cooking with the mini skillets and basket of groceries, so clever! The mushroom place cards are so cute and I love the chicken napkin rings and little baskets! I hope you have a delightful Fall!

  4. What a cute theme, and I like how you implemented it. The little skillets are the cutest touch with the mushroom place cards. The centerpiece is perfect for your theme of harvest time gathering. Happy Fall!

  5. Marsha, I love your mushroom-inspired, from the heart cooking fall tablescape! And the bread, fruit, and veggies on the table speak to simple, home-cooked meals. I love mushrooms and mushroom and beef goulash sounds delicious. The precious tablecloth from your sister is beautiful and I love how you placed on the diagonal. Your plate stack brings together all the wonderful colors in the tablecloth. The chicken napkin rings are adorable and those mini-skillets with the mushroom place holders must be great conversation starters. It was great hopping with you and I hope you have a wonderful fall filled with simple and delicious home-cooked meals!

  6. Fun, colorful table! I love the use of bright primary colors! Your table linen is lovely, and how special to know it was a special gift from your sister. Things take on new meaning when we lose one we love. Cheers to fall!

  7. Such a charming table Marsha! I love all your special touches from your dear sister’s tablecloth, the king's crown napkin fold for the wine, chicken baskets, mini skillets and mushroom placecard holders. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Almost Fall! ♥

  8. Marsha, your table with the mushroom inspired theme is lovely. A basket full of fresh fruits and veggies is always a wonderful centerpiece. We get to eat that bounty when our dinner party is over. The tablecloth from your sister is so pretty and so special. How adorable are those chicken napkin rings and those mushrooms place cards. Love the mini cast iron skillets. Whimsical and fun.

  9. Loved your use of red and white, Marsha. It carried a big impact. I am definitely going to be on the look out for those individual iron skillets. they are sooo cute. The mushroom place holders brought all you colors together and have a touch of whimsy. Hope you have a wonderful Fall!

  10. Marsha, love those little skillets and musherooms. Have a happy fall!

  11. Your table is so warm and inviting! The centrepiece reminds me of the bounty that is always found in autumn. In Canada we celebrate our Thanksgiving in October, and this would be a great addition to our Thanksgiving table! I adore the little skillets atop each plate. The design on the tiles is so pretty, and the napkin folded in Kings crown is a brilliant idea to hold the wine!