Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Kids are back in school, here in Michigan, the leaves are beginning to turn and pumpkin products are lining the shelves in stores. This holiday also heralds in a different mindset, which for me sometimes feels like giving in. I always say fall will take me in kicking, screaming, and most of the time it does. However, I love the fall season for all of its beautiful colors and baking possibilities. I also love the opportunity to create a labor day tablescape using the traditional colors without going overboard.
My All White Table was a nice change of pace and gave me many ideas for other monochromatic tables. However, I didn’t want the last summer holiday to pass without sharing a more customary Labor Day tablescape. I decided to bid a fond farewell to summer with a more stylish table while still using the traditional holiday colors.
Allowing the bare table to show was my first nod to the fall season. The navy blue placements are functional most anytime of the year and are the base of the setting. Gold chargers and gold toned flatware add warmth along with a tiny bit of elegance without being over the top.
The dinner and salad plates are Noritake Elements Marine. I was fortunate enough to catch this retired pattern and an excellent clearance price. Burlington has an awesome selection of dinnerware and these appetizer plates tie in very well with the theme.
I haven’t met too many thrift stores that I didn’t like. My navy and white napkins shown here are a thrift purchase. This particular store gets lots of its merchandise from Target and I was too happy to find these.
My bargain hunter’s nose has also found many pieces at Pier 1, like these red and gold goblets. I can’t wait to use them in a Christmas setting. Yikes, did I say Christmas? The angular sided goblets are another thrift store find and the gold cordial glasses are from a trip overseas to Karlovy Vay.
Originally, I had candles on the gold cake plate and they just weren’t saying anything. What goes best on a cake plate? Cake of course! Nothing like an edible centerpiece. Naked cakes are trendy right now so I whipped up an 8” yellow cake. With no frosting on the sides, simple syrup helps to keep the layers moist. I used Buttercream frosting in between the layers and on top. The top is also adorned with big flowers, which to me are the icing on the cake. I cut a wax paper circle to keep the flowers from coming in contact with the frosting. On either side of the cake are oversized hobnail votives from Big Lots. To hold the single hydrangea bloom in place I filled the bottom with smaller blossoms of flowers.
I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend. We’re in Dallas and I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend than seeing our daughter marry the man of her dreams. Take care friends and have a safe and peaceful holiday.
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