It’s Fall at the Friendly Village

If you have ever perused my blog for even a little while, you know that Johnson Brothers The Friendly Village is one of my favorite china patterns. Although I like this dinnerware at any time of the year, the browns and muted green in the pattern are really wonderful for fall table settings.

100_8664I started with my fall table runner, a Dollar General purchase a few years ago. I was thinking that I don’t know if I’ve ever showed a close up of this runner so that you can see its leaf pattern…well, there it is!


For the plate stack, I started with the dinner plate.


The square salad plates are probably my favorite pieces of this set. They are very versatile and can be used so many different ways. As a matter of fact, I rarely use them with the matching dinner plate, so I chose them for the next layer.


I wanted to continue the fall theme on the plate stack, so I used my fall leaf plates, a Family Dollar purchase from a few years ago. Fall leaf plates are fairly common at this time of the year, and I have seen many different versions of them in various stores. So far, I like these the best and love using them for salads on a table setting or for candy sitting around various places.


The same holds true for pumpkin plates. They are easy and inexpensive to find, and I have had these from Family Dollar for a few years.


I went back to my Napkin Lady napkins…I love the rich autumnal colors in these napkins. The acorn napkin rings are perfect for this time of year.


San Remo flatware is great for this table. I never get tired of this flatware.


For the glasses, I decided to go simple with the Dollar Tree stemware. I used the green in both sizes. I love these glasses…very versatile, and I think most of us tablescapers love Dollar Tree.


I mentioned in the last post that I have another pair of salt and pepper shakers to show you. Aren’t these great? I love the fall colors of this set. I also like the fact that they blend in with almost any theme I decide to go with for fall, whether pumpkins, gourds, or fall leaves.


So I put a pair of salt and pepper shakers at each place. Then I turned my attention to the centerpiece. I’ve had my Gail Pittman bowl filled with autumn leaves, gourds, and pine cones all season. It’s been sitting on a table in the living room and I decided that it was time to use it for a tablescape.


I wanted to keep the table simple, but thought that it needed a little something else. I don’t think that I have used my Friendly Village pitchers on a table yet, so I chose them just to add a little something extra. Although fall foliage would look good in these pitchers, I have always loved using pitchers, vases, and other vessels empty. I like the emphasis on the lines of the pottery.


Anyway, there it is, and I love the result. This table combines so many of my favorite elements, from the Friendly Village to the Gail Pittman bowl to the pitchers.


Of course, I love the salt and pepper shakers as well. Hope everyone has a wonderful week of tablescaping and fall decorating!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design



About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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9 Responses to It’s Fall at the Friendly Village

  1. I can see why the Johnson Brothers dishes are a favorite! I have a couple of patterns by them and I like how well they are made. Love the S & P shakers in both posts. That’s something I need to look for!

  2. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Bev! You and I must think alike because today I took out my Friendly Village to “test drive” different tablecloths before I do my official Thanksgiving table. I wanted to change things a little, so I found a cloth that has a primarily solid top and an autumn plaid as a border. The solid part looks more cranberry so I was worried, but it actually mirrors the reddish color on the bridges depicted on the plates. So I think I’ll go with it. This plate pattern is so much fun to work with. I love your table and especially love your individual s + p shakers! I’d love to do that but I have to set a table for 12 and my collection isn’t that extensive! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing your table. Gotta love Johnson Bros.! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Those are such beautiful plates….the glassware brings out the color so well. I also love your header! What a beautiful scene.

  4. Vicky Hunt says:

    Looks great Bev. The Friendly Village dishes are so pretty and very versatile. I always like seeing what you pair them with. Hope you are doing well. How is the weather where you are? It has been so nice here recently…although a little too cold this weekend. We have had some gorgeous days though and I am enjoying them so much. Blessings to you my friend…Vicky

  5. Zenda says:

    I always enjoy it when you use those dishes! My aunt had a set of those and I loved hers, too. Lovely table. The leaf and pumpkin plates give the table a real fall feel. Have a great and warm week!

  6. I love Friendly Village, so pretty! I wish I lived near, I would donate lots of things to your booth. I am trying to clear out, way too many things I don’t need. Glad you are feeling better. Missed you at this month’s challenge!

  7. Poppy says:

    The pretty Johnson Brothers plates are perfect for your tablescape…such a lovely pattern with wonderful elegance! And I think I have the same green stemware…..gotta love Dollar tree:) Cute salt and pepper shakers! The pumpkin and maple leaf-shaped salad plates finishes off your tablesetting beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope your exercise therapy is going well ~hugs, Poppy

  8. sujatha says:

    Thank you for your visit. Your table is beautiful as ever. Love the pumpkin ans leaf shaped plates. Thake care. Love sujatha:)

  9. Sherry says:

    I have always loved Friendly Village. Your table setting is so pretty. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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