Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn october samhain halloween family bonding harvest reflection introspection raven ravens journal journals personalized favors placards tablescape table setting

A tablescape reflective of the late harvest season almost feels as though it requires the care, thoughtfulness, and diligence commensurate with the awe inspiring power of this season of deepest reflection. Accordingly, I have put great care into developing a variation on last year’s theme, and I am most pleased to share it with you now.

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Reflective Late Autumn Celebration: Featuring Deco-Inspired Table Décor

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity blog festival celebration seasons nature blog vintage Samhain Halloween Day of the Dead art deco 1920s beeswax candles table setting Mikasa lead crystal calendar favors ravens Carl Sorensen Antique Covered Bronze Bowl Vertigris Finish fairy formal fantastic tablescape table decor table centerpiece art sculpture ideas October November fall autumn reflection black lace tumblers black gold Fitz & Floyd Phoenix d'Or Mintons gilded china gilt Victorian Trading hurdy gurdies menus Gaelsong

Autumn is nature’s gift for aligning with the energies of contemplation, for even as the season’s are indeed cyclical and therefore without a true beginning or end, they also exhibit undeniable patterns uniquely their own, and some of these patterns are of termination. Autumn leaves blaze forth in glorious reds, oranges, golds, and yellows, but then they fall. We often prefer to focus on the colorful display without acknowledging that its stunning imagery results from the dissipation of green chlorophyll, which signals that the life cycle of the leaf is coming to an end. This aspect too is part of nature and an autumn gathering invites us to reflect on what this means for the Earth and indeed for ourselves. [Continue reading…]

Late Harvest Festival Dining Table Décor

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn october samhain halloween family bonding harvest reflection introspection raven ravens journal journals personalized favors placards

The end of October, the last of the pumpkins… the late harvest is upon us. What an amazing time of year this is. A time of endings and a time of beginnings…

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Seasonally Inspired 5-course Mid-Harvest Menu!

Gluten Free Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls with Mulled Cider and Whipped Maple Butter Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog Mabon Autumn Equinox Harvest Season Season of the Witch September Thanksgiving menu wine pairing squash apple soup gluten-free pumpkin ginger rolls cheddar maple cotton candy apple salad viognier pot roast red potatoes carrots broccoli cauliflower indian pudding double espresso gelato

I just adore harvest season, so crafting this feast was a true labor of love! With squash, pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and the like in such plentitude, creating a meal kind of felt like turning out the contents of the cornucopia onto my kitchen counter and going to town! Here is my 5-course menu with optional […]

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Harvest Tablescape Featuring the Apple in Luxurious Grandeur!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn september mabon autumn equinox tablescape table decor apple apples luxurious elegant formal lace dinner wine pairings crystal

 Though we enjoy our gardens all summer long and perhaps, in some cases, all the way into October, September is the ideal time to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, for it is the month most bursting with the fruits of the vines. The following tablescape is inspired by the magic of the harvest, […]

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It’s apple season! A brief photo essay ❦

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“I brought home the traces: the breeze on my cheeks, the sun on my skin. But the longing lingers. I am home now, yet my heart snuck a few extra moments in the orchard.” ~Lisa Novelline Harvest Magic! It’s all around!! In my neck of the woods that means apple season! What a wonderful day my […]

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Harvest Dining Table Décor

Table setting for autumn equinox Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog Mabon Autumn Equinox Harvest Season Season of the Witch September Thanksgiving tablecloth red apples cornucopia autumn lollipops maple sugar candy

Autumn Equinox! It’s Harvest time! This is the true seasonally-sensitive time to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the season (by late November the harvest is well over). On a personal level, it is a magical time to celebrate your own accomplishments large and small. A wonderful symbol of this time of year […]

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Giving Thanks & Sharing Love ❤❦♪♫

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn september mabon autumn equinox family bonding giving thanks thanksgiving love activity children kids families friends apple apples

Though I adore sharing holiday meals with friends and family, I frequently yearn for additional ways to celebrate and bond. And harvest get-togethers with their focus on thankfulness are wonderful opportunities to do just that! The following activity offers a simple yet delightful and touching chance to appreciate and share on this special day your […]

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Everyday Ways to Celebrate Autumn ❤❦♪♫

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Seasonal celebrations are wonderful, and I am preparing for a fantastic one even as I type this. Nonetheless, taking the time to enjoy a beautiful day or a magical month even amidst a busy Thursday is so very rewarding that I decided to brainstorm some simple ways to stay connected to luscious Autumn even during […]

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Harvest Party Crackers!

Autumn Equinox Fall Cracker with Apple-Themed Paper and Ribbons Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog Mabon Autumn Equinox Harvest Season Season of the Witch September

I skipped the holiday crackers for my more “sophisticated” harvest extravaganza in August, but oooh they were missed! And for my Autumn Equinox Family Celebration, they are back in full force! Here are my suggestions for a fabulous September Festival favor… 

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