4 Entertaining Touches for Autumn

Sunshine Lingers 

At an alfresco table clothed in black-and-white gingham, welcome guests with a place card fresh from the garden. Gray details on the rim of Herend’s Fish Scale mug echo the tones of the linen, while sunflowers add a dab of color.

Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele. Styling by Mary Beth Jones.

To create this cheery greeting, attach ribbon to a cardstock tag bearing a guest’s name in elegant script and tie it to the cup handle in a bow. After filling the vessel with water, cut the stem of the sunflower so the blossom peers above the rim of the mug. Extra sunflowers paired with seeded eucalyptus form a centerpiece for this celebration of shifting seasons.