A fall table set for a small casual gathering on the porch
Today I’m joining some friends to share our fall tables! I think fall is one of the most fun times to create something earthy for a fun and inexpensive tablescape. I had a few friends over for a very casual get-together while it’s still warm enough to be outdoors. The rain was threatening to happen, although it never did, I moved our table from the backyard to the porch, just in case. We usually don’t have a table on our porch, but I was able to move some plants around and tuck it in close to the house in case of rain. It turned out to be a lovely evening and just as we were getting settled at the table, we could hear the rowers going by on the Long Island Sound. Such a pretty sight as the sun was setting. I could not have timed it better if I had tried! Foraged wildflowers, colorful linens, a simple menu, and shallot jam as a parting gift.
I kept it simple and used everything I owned and wildflowers from our weekend adventure.
What inspired the simple table setting was the idea of the cosmos in my garden blooming in time. They are still not quite there, but the wildflowers I gathered in the Catskills on Sunday made up for it. The table is small and I knew we would have a Le Creuset with pumpkin soup in the center, so there was little room left for flower bouquets. I used small (and I mean tiny) amber bottles and a few stems of wildflowers in each for place cards. I placed religious candles from the grocery store in small wax paper bags for soft lighting. The table linens I chose also reflected the colors of the flowers. The napkins are from Serena & Lily. It was a pattern by Serena Dugan and I believe there was also wallpaper in this pattern, but I cannot remember the name. The tablecloth is one that I have used for many different occasions and it’s currently on my dining room table. The color is my favorite right now!
Small religious candles in wax paper bags for soft lighting on the porch
Small (make that tiny) amber bottles for DIY Place cards
Let’s talk about making shallot jam!
Shallot jam is easy to make and it takes every dish up a notch. Seriously, it’s so good. I made a triple batch after trying it once so that I could put it into jars for my friends as parting gifts. I love to give a small homemade gift to thank my friends for coming. We are so busy these days, so when a group of friends say yes and make a plan to get together, I want to say thank you with a little something to take home. I used re-purposed Maille Dijon Mustard jars, but if I had the time, I would have used these. I cut a piece of paper for the label and glued it onto the top. Nothing fancy, but the jam speaks for itself.Print
A recipe for Shallot Jam
This jam is delicious on everything! Add it to a grilled cheese sandwich or any kind of sandwich, or a rustic pizza with potatoes and rosemary.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 small jars 1x
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- one pound shallots, peeled and sliced very thin
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup dark beer (we used a non-alcoholic beer)
- 1/4 cup white sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
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