Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Harvest Grapes Tablescape

Welcome to Purple Chocolat Home for my
harvest tablescape. Come and enjoy
nature's bounty in my favorite color 

The whole time I was setting this table in the garden
I was thinking of calling it my
Grapes of Wrath Tablescape
because I had decided to pull out the grapes.
I have extremely limited space 

and these
grapes took over last year (first year)
and didn't produce anything but beautiful
vines for the grapevine wreaths I made
last fall
and that are featured again on this table.

But then I saw these gorgeous clusters
of grapes and decided I might be keeping these
grapes if they were willing to produce such lovely
fruit.  (Last year the fruit was pathetic and the
birds ate what little there was.)

As soon as I saw these clusters, I knew I wanted to do a
tablescape with the grapes as the star.

I dug out some pretty salad plates that I had 
with appropriately colored fruit on them

and stacked them on top of my ruffled purple plates
surrounded by my homemade grapevine wreaths

and finished it off with my delicately carved 
grapevine silverplate goblets.  I was stunned
by the colors of purple and green grapes with the
purple tablecloth and the green of the natural 
grapeleaves.  It was truly inspiring and I decided
I might not yank out those wildly growing
grapevines after all!
(No more wrath!)

This table was set up in the backyard gazebo with the
handpainted canvas that my friend Paula did 10 years ago.
It is always a great spot for entertaining or just hiding away.

The lavender tablecloth was the perfect backdrop for
all of the deeper purples.  I stole the artificial
grape arrangement out of my half bath and used it
for the centerpiece along with fresh grapevine and 
leaves and additional clusters of purple and green grapes.

Digging through my drawer that contains all of my
napkin rings, I thought these rich purple beaded ones
were the perfect choice.

The grapes were so fun to photograph.

Here's another shot of the artificial arrangement.
The colors couldn't be a more perfect match.

The backyard is really starting to look a little ratty
and this gloriously colored table reallly made
it pretty.

I love the reflection of the grapes in the bowl of the

So now I need to gather the rest of the grapes 
and I think I will make grapejuice with them.
The combination of grapes always makes a 
nicely flavored juice.

I hope you enjoyed my fun playing with nature's
bounty today. 

It is nice that nature included
a little purple in fall!

I will close with a couple of shots of
my small but wonderful garden at night.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting.  It
is a pleasure to host this fun table for you.

I will be posting with

Fruit motif salad plates - Home Goods
Purple ruffled plates - Wal Mart (2 years ago)
Silverplate goblets - Spiegel (ages ago)
Tablecloth - Your Chair Cover
Centerpiece - Tai Pan
Flatware - Tuesday Morning


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Just beautiful Jacqueline. Your yard may be small but it's lovely.

  2. Jacqueline, I absolutely love this tablescape. The grapes are gorgeous; and so is your garden! This is perfect!

  3. Lovely table - and your garden is beautiful. It goes to show that its not about the acreage, but what you do with it!

  4. You might have a small garden Jacqueline, but it is very nicely designed. I think the grapes are a keeper...wreaths, fruit, and juice to come. Not to mention table decor too!

  5. so pretty, i adore all things natural like this... i have been living at the beach for 2 months, i have seen nothing but blue, green and gray fog, fall colors excite me! the grape crush is on in napa, love to see the fat grapes just dangling in the sunshine, such a pretty table~

  6. Well, I have tyo say that I have been lamenting the fact that our yard is going to be smaller than I thought: that is the new deck and patio. But seeing how you have done yours SOOOO beautifully gives me inspiration! I love, LOVE this table, everything is beautiful. The grapes are amazing! Would love to taste them. Thanks for sharing this beauty. We are SLOWLY transitioning into fall here. Today the heat index is 100!!! But by Sunday te high will be 69!!!!!! Crazy weather:):)

  7. Tablescapes two weeks in a row! You are on a roll! Love all the purple, and your photos are just gorgeous! I agree! Don't yank the grapes out. Joni

  8. Hi Maam J,
    Your garden is small but terrible AWSOME! Lots of potential and it is just perfect. Who want a big garden and it is just a flat one?

    Love every inch of your treasure in your table. It's one of my fave.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from D´Box,
    /CC girl

  9. Hi Maam J,
    Your garden is small but terrible AWSOME! Lots of potential and it is just perfect. Who want a big garden and it is just a flat one?

    Love every inch of your treasure in your table. It's one of my fave.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from D´Box,
    /CC girl

  10. Your grapes are beautiful Jacqueline! I know some years will be better than others but I'm glad you decided to keep them-enjoy:@)

  11. absolutely beautiful!! We grow grape vines at the Nursery and it usually is the 2nd year before they produce. Your landscape is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us..

  12. Oh, everything is gorgeous! Your whole tablescape and the luscious grapes...perfect!

  13. What a perfect tablescape for you, Jacqueline! It is just so vibrant and beautiful. The centerpiece is exquisite and I love your dishes with the lavender cloth.

  14. So pretty and I love your small and intimate garden. Those salad plates are perfect for your grape table...
    Love, Moan

  15. my name is Mona not moan...LOL and I DO know how to spell it...oh dear..

  16. So perfect nature cooperated and your grapevines have produced grapes for you this year! I love seeing the clusters and how you used them on the table, including the leaves as coasters with your wonderful goblets! Your garden courtyard looks like it's just the right size to maintain and keep tidy!

  17. Hi Jacqueline! OH, MY GOODNESS! What a gorgeous table and setting. The grapes and purple you're using is so pretty! Your centerpiece is outstanding. I've never seen anything like your lovely goblets - I love them. One more thing - your yard. It may be small but it's beautiful! You do it up right!
    Thank you for popping in to see me and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Jacqueline, this is gorgeous - all of it - the table, the garden, the grapes, and oh my gosh, those silver stems! You have made your small garden live big. I love it! That lilac tablecloth makes such a statement, and I definitely think you should not take out your wrath on those grape vines. What beautiful produce. I also love your grapevine wreaths around each place setting. laurie

  19. What a wonderful table and setting. How neat that you have your own grapes to work with. I am so glad that you didn't tear them out.
    The table is glorious with the purples and greens. The centerpiece is great and the addition of the fresh greens and grapes was the crowning touch.
    Love the wine goblets.
    Have a great week, Ginger

  20. Jacqueline, I don't think I've ever seen your garden. I love it! Your beautiful table is full of exquisite details, and those grapes are amazing. My mother used to grow grapes in her garden, but they were so tiny they were more like blueberries.
    Beautiful post!

  21. I love your yard, Jacqueline, it's gorgeous. Your table is really pretty too and those grapes, I am jealous!...Christine

  22. Your tablescape is stunning! What a perfect setting for your beautiful grapes.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  23. This is so beautiful! The grapes and the twig chargers are great. Love those plates...

  24. This has to be one of the prettiest tables you've ever done, Jacqueline & it is sooooo YOU!!

    Gorgeous setting & wonderfully chosen pieces to bring it all together.

    I'd be making grape JAM with those grapes. My parents & grandparents had grape arbors & we always had homemade 'grape walnut jam' in the house. Yum!


  25. My goodness Jacqueline, this is one gorgeous tablescape. I love the grape theme. I wouldn't yank those vines out at all. The purple is lovely with your tablecloth and plates. I absolutely love those grape silver goblets. Your centerpiece is magical. How special you have share yet another beautiful table. xo Linda

  26. Wow Jacqueline, I didn't know you were struggling with growing grapes, the vines alone are worth it~the wreaths you made are gorgeous! The grapes you produced look so different than the ones in plastic bags at the grocery, yours look so healthy and bursting with flavor. Great table, stunning glasses and my favorite part was using the leaves as coasters! Beautiful!

  27. Hello Jacqueline,
    Love this tablescape - quite enchanting. You have some beautiful grapes this year and I love the homemade grapevine wreaths. It is fun, isn't it to see a vision in your mind and to have it come to fruition! Your photos are amazing! So delighted that you joined Home and Garden Thursday,

  28. Divine Jacqueline, I adore all the grapevine and purple and your garden is lovely.

  29. What a pretty table, the grapes are so perfect and I thought your arrangement was real. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  30. Oh,my dear, this is divine. I am madly in love with the grape/harvest all seems so incredibly Italian to me, which you know is one of my favorite things/places in the world. I am VERY GLAD you are keeping the grapes. I'm about to do a post on my kids harvesting grapes w/ their grandparents...anyway.....I digress...this is superb as always!


  31. That nighttime shot is out of this world!! Everything about this post is cozy and elegant.

  32. I have one word for you....BEAUTIFUL!I grew grapes in NY and the first year they do nothing but after that, every year they get better! Good Luck!
    Blessings My Friend,

  33. I guess size doesn't matter with a garden as beautiful as yours...who wants more! Your beautiful table reminds me of Rome somehow; with all those lovely grapes. I truly love this Jacqueline. Have a terrific weekend.

  34. A beautiful welcome to Fall and the harvest season. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  35. Wow - I hardly know what to write, about this post! It is so gorgeous that I do believe it is better, than any magazine spread that I have ever seen. Your photographs are exquisite and every piece on your table is fabulous. I am totally and absolutely impressed - save those grapes!!

  36. You always put so many lovely details into your tablescapes. I adore the purple shades. I can't help but think of the photo of you and your darling namesake who would look perfect at this table. :)

    Have a lovely weekend.

  37. This is breathtaking. The rich colors are magnificent.

    - The Tablescaper

  38. So wonderful. I love the silver goblet and beaded napkin rings.

  39. Hello Jacqueline, I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, I will be featuring your post in this week's party,


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