A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends

Celebrate fall’s arrival with tablescape inspiration from 20 table stylists and bloggers. You’ll find cozy and whimsical autumn tablesettings with all the hallmarks of fall…apples, leaves, mums, pumpkins and more.

A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Happy Tuesday!

In anticipation of fall’s arrival, I’m part of a ‘Welcome Fall’ Tablescape Blog Hop.

Many thanks to Rita of Panoply for organizing this hop!

You can find additional fall table inspiration from 19 table stylists at the bottom of this post.

There are two times of the year: Autumn and Waiting for Autumn. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #quote #pumpkinvase

Fall is my favorite season and as far as I’m concerned,

there are two times of the year:

Autumn and Waiting for Autumn.


Hester and Cook paper placemat, art by Vicki Sawyer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

My Woodland Friends have gathered outdoors on

The Potting Bench to celebrate September’s arrival.

Building a Potting Bench with Reclaimed Materials and Barn Wood | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #pottingbench #pottingtable #upcycle #diy #salvage

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Woodland Friends on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Fanciful portraits of animals provided the inspiration for this whimsical

‘cusp of fall’ setting and vignette, on plates and on

Hester and Cook Paper Placemats featuring the art of Vicki Sawyer.

A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

 Woodland friends are wearing their best party hats to celebrate

September and in anticipation of fall!

Woodland Friends vignette and setting on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Clover, the bunny, decided to join the fun . . .

Clover the bunny and Cusp of Fall Setting with Woodland Friends | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

She’s donning a crown of vitex and crapemyrtle seed pods,

loropetalum foliage and an acorn.

Limelight hydrangeas transitioning to fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #hydrangeas

Limelight Hydrangea blooms are making transition from summer to fall, turning

 from white to green, before acquiring a pinkish / bronzy hue

over the next month.

Limelight hydrangeas transitioning to fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #hydrangeas

I cut some hydrangeas to fill some DIY Tree Bark Flower Vases  . . .

DIY Tree Bark Flower Vases | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #craft #flowers

And added some gold and bronze coleus, cut from a garden planter.

DIY Tree Bark Flower Vases with hydrangeas, coleus and zinnias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #setting #flowers #garden

Our zone 7b garden is still pushing blooms with our summer temperatures,

so I added some late blooming zinnias for color, to sprinkle in the mix.

DIY Tree Bark Flower Vases with hydrangeas, coleus and zinnias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #setting #flowers #garden

Monarch Butterfly on Sweet Autumn Clematis by Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #clematis #shed #butterfly

Monarchs and fritillary butterflies are latecomers, adding

 some welcome fall color to the garden in September!

Hester and Cook paper placemat, art by Vicki Sawyer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Great Spangled Fritillary on purple coneflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #butterfly #flower

Owl plates art by Vicki Sawyer Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Assorted harvest plaid plates add some warm fall color and pattern . . .

Woodland Friends vignette and setting on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

While tree slice chargers and twig flatware add a woodland note.

Woodland Friends vignette and setting on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

A wise owl trio are sporting flowers as bonnets. . .

Owl trio plates, art by Vicki Sawyer Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Owl stemmed glasses were purchased last year,

fun for a woodland gathering . . .

Godinger Owl Goblet and Woodland Friends Celebrating the Cusp of Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

And to celebrate Happy Owl-oween or for a table set for the Owl-idays.

Chattering Chipmunk plates, art by Vicki Sawyer Woodland Friends early fall table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Chipmunks are chattering about the latest fall fashion and pine cone hats. . .

Limelight hydrangeas and oak leaves, early fall on Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

And the bumper crop of acorns beginning to ripen,

ready to be harvested in a month for their winter stores.

A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Fanciful portraits of animals by Vicki Sawyer provide some whimsy as well as smiles. . .

A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Artist Vicki Sawyer was inspired by an idea she had one day while walking–

“If birds can build nests, then they can make hats”.

Forest Festivities, art by Vicki Sawyer

Vicki Sawyer’s art was inspired by the natural world:

“I grew up in a charming 1850 home we shared with my grandparents near Pittsburgh, PA.

My grandfather, who farmed the land and raised chickens,

taught me how to identify plants on our hikes together.”

Forest Festivities, art by Vicki Sawyer

“My mother’s joy in painting and the arts taught me to be visually aware,

and my father’s love for birds kick-started a lifelong curiosity

for the expansive beauty of the bird and animal world.”

Woodland Friends vignette and setting on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

“My works are seriously painted, but whimsical.”

With over 2,500 paintings of birds and other animals wearing natural hats,

Vicki Sawyer has perfected the art of serious whimsy!

Forest Festivities, art by Vicki Sawyer

Birdhouse, limelight hydrangeas on oak leaves on Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Squirrel with dragonfly, Hester and Cook paper placemat, art by Vicki Sawyer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Baby squirrels nesting in watering can | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #pottingshed #squirrel

Squirreling Away in a Watering Can:

Meet Dover, Nesco, Haws and Wheeling

Forest Festivities, art by Vicki Sawyer


Hester and Cook Paper Placemats 

‘Woodsy and Wise’ and ‘Forest Festivities’ Appetizer Plates / Paperproducts Designs, several years ago

Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Napkins and Runner / Pier 1 & Pottery Barn, several years ago

Godinger Owl Stemmed Glasses Goblets

Tree Bark Vases

Owl trio plate, art by Vicki Sawyer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

Whooooooo else besides me is ready for fall?


Click on the links below for more fall table inspiration from my blogging friends:

Everyday Living – Anxiously Awaiting Autumn’s Arrival
Panoply –Ready for Fall: Game On Tablescape
My Thrift Store Addiction – Simply Elegant Velvet Pumpkin Fall Tablescape
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?
Debbee’s Buzz – Alfresco Brunch Peacock Table & Napkin Fold
My Hubbard Home – Country French Autumn Table Using Classic Red Toile
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
Bluesky at Home – How to Decorate a Table with Fall Leaves
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall Tablescape – Autumn Gnome
Red Cottage Chronicles – Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table

Woodland Friends vignette and setting on the Potting Bench | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescape

I took some liberties as I’m outside the norm of a true tablescape for this blog hop.

I hope my fellow stylists and readers will forgive me. :)

You can find a harvest of more tradional fall tablescapes, HERE.

A Harvest of Fall Tablescapes and Centerpiece Inspiration | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #autumn #pumpkins #alfreso #lake

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  42 comments for “A Whimsical Setting Celebrating the Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends

  1. Lynda
    September 6, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Love, Love this display! The woodland animals are so cute and the flowers are gorgeous!

    • Maristella
      September 6, 2022 at 8:02 am

      Stunning and creative post! Just adorable!

      • Clara
        September 6, 2022 at 8:56 pm

        Mary, You always do a superb job! The potting bench is absolutely gorgeous! Love the plaids, flowers, adorable plates and cute owl glasses! The twig silverware is perfect for this outside tablescape. We’re so ready for Fall and may get a taste of it next week per the weather forecast today. Right now we’re still in the summer heat, but it’s bearable at least! Have a great week! Clara❤️

  2. Rita C.
    September 6, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Dover, Nesco, Haws and Wheeling…..I believe I’ve met them all, lol! Oh Mary, you taken Vicki Sawyer and elevated her serious whimsy (love how she’s described her work) and elevated it as it should be! I have a couple sets of these fabulous plates, but adding the Hester & Cook placemats gives them the portrait quality they each deserve. They’re such great works, all of them. I love how you’ve incorporated real life butterflies into the photos, and your Own Clover and owls. The garden florals look amazing with the more dramatic light of fall. I can almost smell that wonderful autumn clematis, love it. That bunch of acorns is huge! Gorgeous mix of autumn plaids and the owl stems and twig utensils. Thanks so much for joining this blog hop. You inspire me want to always try to be better at tablescaping.

  3. September 6, 2022 at 7:14 am

    What adorable, whimsical plates! Lovely flowers and I really like the addition of the plaid for a fall feel.

  4. Bonnie Morgan
    September 6, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Wow, Mary. What a delightful post! I love Vicki Sawyer’s artwork! And adding the Hester and Cook placemats was perfect. Your outdoor potting bench with limelights that have acquired that lovely pinkish bronze hue with fall acorn leaves is so attractive! Clover, the bunny, centerstage is so cute with her creative crown.evidence that you provide every detail.
    Now, I must tell you your baby squirrels are very cute but this year squirrels have destroyed my porch pillows from Pottery Barn, seeking the stuffing to feather their nests. I have not been happy about that.
    I do love seeing your butterflies. Yesterday, I was delighted to see a Giant Swallowtail in my garden. I have fond memories of my cousins visiting me in 2017, taking refuge from Hurricane Urma when we saw one and had to look up what it was. They are rather large.It was about the same time of year.
    I could go on and on. Thanks for your lovely post.

  5. September 6, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Good morning, Mary. I am so glad you used your potting bench for the whimsical setting you have created. Hester and Cook paper placemats featuring Vicki Sawyer’s art are perfectly paired with your woodland friends wearing their party hats. Clover is adorable with her crown of vitex and crape myrtle seed pods. I remember the first time I saw your DIY tree bark flower vases. I love seeing them filled with autumn’s foliage and blooms. The shot of the monarch on the clematis is beautiful. We don’t usually see monarchs until October. This is such a fun autumn vignette. It is always a pleasure to hop with you!

  6. September 6, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Autumn and waiting for autumn are my two favorite seasons too! Wow, Mary, I don’t know how you do it! I want to to put on my party hat and fly right into this charming, whimsical setting. You know whimsy delights my heart, but this post has every inch of my being soaking in the endless details. Vicky Sawyer and her art have long been favorites since I first say her work decades ago in Nashville. She takes whimsy to a whole new level, as do you with the wonderful photos mixing the antics of real critters scurrying about the potting shed garden. This is one of those posts that I’ll return to time and again, soaking in each and every detail. I may need to order some of the Godinger owl goblets. Love the rich amber color and embossed details. As for being “out of the norm for true tablescaping”, or you kidding? This post is pure genius! I want to publish it as a book so I can reach down and savor it again and again. Clover has never looked as lovely as she is does in that crown of vitex and crapemyrtle seed pods,
    loropetalum foliage, and an acorn. You are truly an artist, Mary! Happy Autumn, my friend! Our favorite season will soon be here!

  7. franki Parde
    September 6, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Bumper crop of acorns…holie molie…it’s crazy!!! Course, we hear it all night…from the branch, hit the roof, bumpx3, hit the metal dining table, bounce to metal chair, hit the deckxMANY, MANY times…yep, CRAZY!! franki

  8. September 6, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Oh, your dishes and stemware made me smile – all of the critters and wildlife in your setting are so adorable! The whole setting for this table is so unique and clever! You have so many interesting elements and i am heading back for another peek – thanks for sharing!

  9. September 6, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Oh my gosh! I had to stop and tell you how adorable this setting is. Thank you for sharing it!

  10. September 6, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Good morning Mary. Such a fun and whimsical post. I love meeting Meet Dover, Nesco, Haws and Wheeling and your very own Clover. How sweet Vicky Sawyer’s art is. Your potting bench looks so cute dressed for fall. I love that you are a child at heart. A truly lovely post to welcome fall. Always a pleasure to hop along with you.

  11. September 6, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Oh Mary, I just don’t know where to begin — I’m overwhelmed by the gorgeous photography, fabulous tableware, florals, and styling. Keep going back to savor each picture and all the details. The squirrel shot is remarkable! Those owl glasses and whimsical woodland animals in hats are absolutely wonderful — and so you! I can’t believe I didn’t know that Vicki not only grew up 15 minutes from our home, but also went to my alma mater Penn State! Her family’s farmhouse is one I’ve also admired and was thrilled to watch be restored on the Ford’s home improvement show, When the boys were growing up, we’d go to the family’s adjacent miniature golf course set under the trees. Come visit and we can play golf there! Oh wow, I may now have a new collection addiction!

  12. Donna
    September 6, 2022 at 9:38 am

    This whole post is “over the top” amazing and your work/displays and Vicki Sawyer are the bomb. I adore these lovely characters and appreciate your giving us the background. The plates would sell out in a minute, I did order some napkins but love, love your plates and how you add to the whimsy. I will investigate more of the Sawyer work later when time allows. How I would love to be at this table. (And that says quite a bit since rabbits and squirrels and chipmunks are really having a heyday in my yard and the gardens. I guess they were here before my time and I need to get along peacefully with them.) Keep providing us with your joyful displays. It really cheers me.

  13. Kari
    September 6, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Mary, what can I say that hasn’t already been expressed regarding your lovely potting bench. I love these benches and have two, although one has got to visit the recycling center as the Florida weather can be devastating on wooden furniture; the wood literally rots in record time. It is a 24-7, 365 day dilemma. Metal furniture isn’t much better as it too succumbs to the humidity by rusting which requires additional work. However as in all things, one must take the bad with the good as a small price to pay for living in paradise. Having said that, your zone 7b planting season producing late blooming zinnias, has me encouraged…. as my zone 10a planting zone should be producing a crop of colorful zinnias any time now. In SW Florida, the season never really ends. Always a pleasure to blog hop with you.

  14. Ricki Treleaven
    September 6, 2022 at 9:56 am

    This post has made me smile so hard my face is hurting! First of all, I love Vicki Sawyer’s art. How can you not smile looking at the birds decked-out in their fancy floral hats? So cute. The plates are amazing…..I do love them, as I love all the other features that compliment your woodland theme. Your potting bench is so pretty, and I like how you decorated it rather than a table for the hop. You’re inspiring me to consider alternatives next time, perhaps! I am so ready for autumn…thanks for your inspiring post!

    September 6, 2022 at 11:15 am

    LOVE the tablesetting. The Vicki Sawyer items are perfect. I love her work. AND the bunny with the floral ring around his ears :) I’m in Tx and still waiting for Fall. Thank you for your post.

  16. September 6, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Happy almost autumn, Mary! As always, your garden looks absolutely stunning and I adore your whimsical woodland plates. So many beautiful accents to usher in the season–pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  17. Dawn
    September 6, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Such a fun and whimsical setting. The animals accents and fall colour bring the perfect combination of fall comfort and the fun and adventure. Beautifully done.

  18. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    September 6, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Loving your Woodland friends…they appear so at home on your bench of such Fall pretties and bark vases of flowers!
    Whimsy at its best!!!

  19. September 6, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Oh Mary, this is beyond delightful! I adore Vicki Sawyer’s whimsical animals, and the way you used your bunny fashioned after them is so ADORABLE! I love the way you styled the Hester and Cook paper placemats with the plaid napkins and the limelight hydrangeas mixed with the soft mums are gorgeous! The wood slices and plaid plates are perfect and those owl goblets are so cute! What a “hoot!” The bark vases add even more fun and whimsy, love it ALL!

  20. Chloe Crabtree
    September 6, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, your Woodland friends look like they are waiting for fall to arrive too, just like you and I! Your dishes, both the Woodland Friends and the lovely fall plaid plates are just perfect for fall and what a lovely setting the potting bench is! Oh how my favorite of the Woodland Friends plates is the one with the three owls! Your DIY vases are just perfect, and how lovely that you have pretty blooms from the garden to still display! I am just slightly envious of your beautiful hydrangea blooms that you will be able to gather and dry. I finally have some lovely hydrangeas growing, but they just don’t keep and dry down here in Florida like they did up in Ohio. At least I get to enjoy them as they bloom. It is always a joy to visit you here on the lake! Happy September!

  21. September 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Oh my goodness Mary! Those plates are so precious! I can’t decide which is my favourite, they are so whimsical and fun! I love how you have set your “table” at a potting bench. I am all about cozy when the autumn finally arrives, and your table decor looks so darn cozy. Not to mention, unique! What a great use of hydrangeas too! I love the plaid rimmed dinner plates peeking out from under the woodland plates. The owl glasses are a really cool find. I will have to show my husband those as I have a birthday coming up soon! Always a pleasure to join you on these tablescape blog hops!

  22. September 7, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Mary, the woodland plates are whimsical and charming and the perfect accompaniment to your setting. However, the bunny stole my heart. Loved the flowered crown on the bunny’s head which fits in perfectly with the rest of the table. The plaid linens were a great contrast to the rest of the setting while incorporating the colors of the plates. Always enjoy glimpses of your garden flowers and resident “critters”. A pleasure to “hop” with you.

  23. Sue
    September 7, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    I love, love, love this post! Thank you for inspiring me to get my fall decor out of storage! Your potting shed looks wonderful, the colors are beautiful and the flower arrangements are the best!

  24. September 7, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Oh my! What a special place to set a fall table. I love using the potting table. All the mossy green plants are a great backdrop. Your bunny is so sweet. Love all the gorgeous animal plates. Each is so beautiful.

  25. September 7, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Truly love fall, my favorite season, coupled with your adorable animal plates I’m in heaven! It was 118 degrees yesterday with a fire a mile and a half away, I can’t wrap my head around a season change until things drastically change in my neck of the woods, but I sure can enjoy all the beauty you create!

  26. September 8, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Hello Mary! You have given me some inspiration to change up my potting bench for Fall! Thank you!
    I loved all the whimsical characters on the dishes.
    And the addition of acorns and oak leaves to your hydrangeas was fabulous!
    I loved it all! Thank you! Happy September!

  27. September 8, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Morning, Mary. Your use of the potting bench was inspirational. I now want to give it a go at my paired down bench, (but first, must clean it off from all the summer dirt) The Vicki Sawyer plates are charming. She inherited and combined her grandfather’s love of the garden with her mom’s painting skills. Thank you for sharing that information. I will need to take a closer look at her works of art.
    As always, your tabletops are magazine worthy!
    Happy fall,

  28. September 8, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    What a fun, whimsical setting, Mary! Vicky Sawyer sure has colorful and delightful art work, doesn’t she? Your owl goblets make me smile! I love your twiggy flatware and your bark covered vases. I’m so ready for Fall, but I must wait patiently for cooler temperatures to arrive. Thanks for the joy!

  29. September 10, 2022 at 6:33 am

    I’m late to the party due to the canning of my tomatoes!!! After seeing how absolutely adorable these are, sorry I’m late!

  30. September 10, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    This is so cute, Mary!! I have had a super crazy week, but so glad I sat down this evening to open the last few posts- I always enjoy your posts, it is better than sitting down with a good magazine. Your quirky animal plates and placemats are adorable, perfect for a fun setting in the potting shed. You have done such a wonderful job of capturing their whimsical character in such a gorgeous setting. Each photo is like a work of art, the way you frame the subject with wonderful floral details. What a fun way to celebrate autumn! I hope you have a happy fall🍂🍁🧡

  31. September 11, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    The whimsical plates are delightful, perfect for a woodland setting or a picnic! I loved all the striking accents you used to create the feeling that fall has arrived, then layered beautiful hydrangeas everywhere. It’s wonderful that nature and art can intertwine to make a setting one can enjoy during lunch or dinner and remember long after. Enjoyed hopping with you!

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