Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Yellow Table for September....and a Hop!

Today I am sharing a fall table setting with a group of very talented bloggers.  At the end of this post you will find links to visit all participants.  

Rita, of Panoply, is our very organized hostess - don't miss her table!!

I am not ready for fall yet, so I chose to set the table in 'sunny' yellow:

A few years ago I painted the stems of these Dollar Tree wine glasses to coordinate with my checked dishes:

I am using a mixture of ceramics and plastics for this table for two.  I am serving salad, with homemade croutons, and soup (recipe below) for lunch.

A salad of mixed greens and fresh cherry tomatoes from my little garden will be served in the side bowl:

The soup will be served in this pretty MacKenzie-Childs bowl:

The centerpiece is simply a bunch of faux flowers in a MacKenzie-Childs vase, along side a little Baccarat Butterfly:

Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun. Sunlight helps to lift our mood and improve our outlook on life!  A winter in Central NY  proves this theory for sure!  After months of snowy, grey days we crave the sun.

As we slowly ease into fall, I hope you find a little inspiration from this table!

The Bishop's Hat napkin fold usually sits on a plate, but this is another fun way to place your napkin:

The napkins are from MacKenzie-Childs and the beaded trim coordinates well with the checks on the dinner plates.

It's a very simple fold:

Here's the soup I will be serving:

Stuffed Pepper Soup:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lg onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic sliced thin
1 C uncooked rice
1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
1 can tomato sauce (14 oz)
1 32oz box chicken stock
2 C water
1 t oregano
1 t basil
1/2 t jalapeno salt
1/2 t seasoned pepper
1/2 crushed red pepper
2 T powdered beef stock
3 bell peppers, cut into large chunks
shredded cheddar for topping
In a lg soup pot brown the ground beef with garlic, onions and rice (browning the rice adds a nutty flavor).  Add tomatoes, sauce, stock, water and seasonings.  Bring to a boil and lower heat.  Add peppers and simmer for another 20-30 minutes.  Serve with cheese on top! Serves 6.

Why settle for plain plates when you can have art for the table? 


I hope you will visit the blogs below - you will certainly be inspired by the lovely table settings:


Me and My Captain - Shine On Harvest Moon
Home is Where the Boat Is - Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends
Hyacinths for the Soul - Whoooo is Ready for Autumn?
You are here: Pandora's Box - A Yellow Table for September
The Painted Apron - Early Fall Pumpkin Patch
From My Carolina Home - Autumn Apples Tablescape
Celebrate and Decorate - A Fall Tablescape in Shades of Blue
Living With Thanksgiving - Fall Vibes
Dinner at Eight - Mums Lead the Way to Fall
Thrifting Wonderland - It's Time for a Fall Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Back to (Art) School
Life and Linda - Welcome Fall
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall Tablescape - Autumn Gnome
Red Cottage Chronicles - Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Your fall table is so pretty. I love anything checked. Love those pumpkin bowls. Your soup recipe sounds yummy too. Hope your Labor Day was good. Have a great week. Hugs, Kris

  2. I love your pumpkin bowls! Your MacKenzie-Childs theme is charming, fun painted glasses.

  3. I never met a check that I didn't like. Your table looks darling, Patti! Hope you had a great Summer!

  4. Patti, yellow is a favorite color for me. It is such a happy color and certainly brightens my day. Your table for two is sunny and cheerful and very welcoming. Love the napkins trimmed in the black and white beads and all the special fall touches. Happy Fall!

  5. You decorated such a pretty table that is perfect for fall entertaining.

  6. So cheery and sunny! Love your mix of tableware from the pumpkin bowls, Courtly Checks, painted stems, and beautiful vase. As always it's a treat to hop with you, Happy September!

  7. Using yellow is a great idea for transitioning to fall. Love that big check. I certainly recognize those Dollar Teee leave wine glasses. Always a favorite.

  8. I’m so ready for Fall! Pretty table and the soup sounds yummy.

  9. Patti, your sunny table is perfect for fall. Usually here in Central Alabama, we have muggy, hazy late summer days, but in fall, we have clear, blue skies! I love the M-C honeymoon serving bowl. I regret not buying anything from that line when I had the chance! It looks cute with your pumpkin bowls. I also like the bishop hat napkin folds: so cute! And your vase used as your centerpiece is a favorite of mine. I need to collect more Courtly Check pottery! Happy Fall, Sweet Friend!

  10. Patti, your table is so cheerful with the yellow. I adore your mix and match of dishware.
    Great job on painting the goblets. The vase is lovely with a mix of fall flowers. A pleasure hopping along with you.

  11. Sunny, yes, but golden yellow, like fall angles of sunlight. Very pretty, Patti. And my roses - like your serving bowl - bloom through November, so this is a perfect transitional table from summer to fall! I love the way you trimmed out the wine glasses from DT, and that taupe tablecloth is a perfect base too with the pumpkin soup bowls. Those flowers look real! Your stuffed pepper soup sounds delish. Thanks for sharing that and for joining us with your table, Patti!

  12. Hi Patti! Your yellow table setting is so inviting and cheerful! I love your Mac C pieces and the way the black-and-white accents complement the yellow! Pinning!

  13. Patti, your post is lovely. I love the glasses you painted and the napkin fold is so pretty. Very eye-catching. Your signature MKC dishes are always styled beautifully!
    I just looked at your blog profile and it said you were a retired Consumer Science teacher. I also taught Consumer Science for a time.
    Fun to participate again in the Blog Hop with you.

  14. Patti, I think your table is a beautiful transition from summer into fall. I love the pumpkin soup bowls, painted wine glasses, MKC Courtly Check, and vase! All the elements combine for a cheerful table. It is a pleasure to blog hop with you, Happy September!

  15. Patti you must have tons of MKC dishes as each new table setting sports yet another pretty dish. The yellow is so pretty and I have those same glasses only the bottoms of my wine glasses are not painted in black and white as your lovely glasses are, good job. It is always fun to hop with you. Happy Autumn, Kari @ Me and My Captain

  16. Yellow is such an instant mood lifter Patti, and your table is so happy and welcoming! Yellow plays so well with black and white and MacKenzie-Childs! The vase is lovely and I love the way you dressed up your Dollar Tree wine glasses with painted stems and bases. The napkins look like yellow blooms sitting in the glasses! A perfect menu for a little Fall luncheon!

  17. Patti, we are kindred spirits --- both liking to hand-paint DT glasses and incorporate napkin folds to enhance a tablescape. How clever of you to paint the bottoms to match your MC pieces! And, the black/white check edge fabric napkins look fabulous with the bishop hat fold, especially tucked into those glasses. Pinned!

  18. Such a pretty and cheery table with a nod to fall with those lovely hand painted leaf wine glasses. The pumpkin bowls are beautiful and can be used anytime from now through Thanksgiving. I like the combination of the MacKenzie Childs plaid plates with the pretty plaid tablecloth, they blend so well. Happy September!

  19. The yellow plates and napkins are so bright and cheerful. They make me want to sit right down at your table. The Bishop's fold works really well with those beautiful napkins. Love the flowers in their special bowls. The plaid tablecloth works well with everything on the table. Happy Fall! Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

  20. A darling table setting Patti. I am still in summer to fall transition mood too, no hurry since it still feels and looks like summer here. The MC napkins are pretty using the Bishop's Hat fold showing the trim. Happy September....

  21. Checks and the color yellow are perfect for this time of year. It's my go-to color for an accent and as a transitional color. I really liked that you also added the cute pumpkin bowls, and leaf stenciled glasses to acknowledge the coming season :)

    Happy fall to you,

  22. Patti, your table is a ray of sunshine. I love the yellow and how warm and welcoming your table feels. Your pumpkin bowls are the perfect topper to your plates, and I adore those napkins!! Happy fall🍂🍁🧡

  23. I wholeheartedly agree about art for the table! That's why my eyes are invariably drawn to pretty dishware and lovely stemware. Even without food or drink it's a feast! The combination of shades of yellow against the black and white patterns is quite striking. A lovely way to greet September!