Thursday, November 3, 2011

Today Show Tableau

Well, this Farmer and his sisters traversed and trooped up to the Big Apple for the Today Show. Fun times had by all, but before the event could ensue, I had to have my dress rehearsal right here in Kathleen, Georgia!

I set the table, donning the board with fall’s finest fruits, flowers and foliage, all in prep for the live show the following week. I wasn’t nervous about the camera but more so whether or not the materials would all arrive (broken plates, check!!!) and the sort. Thankfully, enough materials were worthy for their debut after a cross country shipment, and I set the whole tablescape up again – this time in NYC and in Studio 1A at Rockefeller Center! Here’s an homage to autumn a la table top décor and my preliminary round for national TV!

Fruits, flowers and foliage –  the three “F’s” every tablescape needs. Croton leaves, dried hydrangeas, old fashioned asters, pomegranates, persimmons, and oranges and a myriad of  sundry garden accoutrements. Chargers of the seasons loveliest leaves, sweet potato soufflé topped with candied pecans and cranberries and served a l’orange, and apple votives nod to the season with flair. Julep cups filled with Apple Ginger Sparklers and garnished with candied ginger and cinnamon sticks further fill the scape with festive fun. With these drinks, Mr. Roker and I would toast to a happy fall!

Fall is my favorite season –  a Southerner’s reward for surviving the summer! With a tapestry the season’s elements woven for this tableau, it is truly a joy to celebrate this time of year. From this Farmer’s garden, kitchen, table, and the TODAY Show, Happy Fall, ya’ll!!!


  1. I saw you on the show and you did an amazing job! The table looks absolutely stunning too. I love all your ideas and hope to incorporate some into my Thanksgiving this year. Lucky me, it's my turn to host :)

    I also want to compliment you on your piece in SL this month. I love using clippings from my yard this time of year, particularly from my red berried nandina bushes. Hope your holidays are wonderful James.


  2. Lovely table! It must be fun to be a celebrity, lol. As always, your posts are as refreshing as a frosty glass of Southern sweet iced tea on a hot summer day.

  3. James, you were spectacular on the Today show. I'm bragging about you to all of my California friends.

  4. I saw you on the Today Show and think you did a great job. You didn't seem nervous at all! I would have been a wreck.

    Your tablescape was lovely as usual. I wish you great success with your new book!

  5. Wow!!!! I LOVE the table scape. I will incorporate some ideas in my Thanksgiving table. Wow!!!!

  6. Amazing! Your table is simple but filled with rich color and texture. LOVE those napkins!


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