I have always liked the idea of having an intimate Halloween dinner for friends. Since my October weekends got absurdly busy and it doesn’t look like I am going to have the opportunity to do it this year, I thought it would be fun to throw together a little tablescape with some ideas for what I might do if I did have the chance. This way I can share it with y’all too. I threw the lit broomstick that I DIYed last year in the middle of the table, along with my new skull decanter and some pretty fall leaves that I cut off of a tree. Some striped burlap ribbon helped spruce up a simple setting with a white pumpkin placecard that I calligraphed. A couple other touches including the spider web tablecloth that I got for our party last year finished things off for a pretty quick and easy little tablescape that I didn’t have to buy anything to create. Since it was just a mockup, I did not include silverware and only put ribbon at one setting. You guys get the idea though.
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Why hello. It’s Monday today. Just figured I would pop in for a quick post to let you all know that. In case you had forgotten. Colleen is still in California and I am still at my house. But I managed to have a perfect weekend that included cupcake baking, a viewing of Godzilla and eating of Milk Duds, a hiking expedition to Crowder’s Mountain, a nice little dinner party with a few friends, cupcake eating, and then a lazy lazy Sunday. Man do I wish I had brought my camera to Crowder’s as it was lovely, however, we took the Rocktop Trail back from the summit and parts of it included scaling some serious rocks so I may have broken it. That would suck. Anyways, I did take a couple pictures of my table setting which I felt pretty good about even though it was super simple and just included some glasses, linens, etc. that I already had. Sometimes when I am trying to decorate for something it is fun and exciting to buy new things and make crafts. But it is also cool to remind yourself what a pretty little setup you can create with things that you already had laying around and in the 25 minutes before your guests arrive. The flowers I bought on my grocery trip to Trader Joe’s this week but the real star of the tablescape was the gurgling cod pitcher. It was given to me by some of my best friends a couple years ago when I was so jealous of one they had received for their wedding. Aren’t they thoughtful and generous? There is something really satisfying about the glug glug glug sound it makes when it pours water. The cupcakes I baked for dessert were strawberry basil with strawberry basil cream cheese frosting. They were delicious if I don’t say so myself and I will be sharing the recipe later this week.
Let’s keep our chins up now. It is a Monday but this weekend is Memorial Day weekend and therefore a long one for many of us. We can make it!
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Every year, Colleen and I are put in charge of setting our family’s Thanksgiving table. This arrangement is fine with us as it is a task we very much enjoy. Between decorating and cooking/coordinating a meal for 15, I will take the decorating any day of the week. Last year, we did a lovely neutral table mockup and actual Thanksgiving tablescape that we still quite enjoy, but this year we thought it would be fun to add some color. What better color to add than one of the most lovely colors (in our opinion)? Our actual tablescape will not look quite exactly like this because we are far too cheap to actually go out and buy all of this stuff. But it sure is fun to pretend, isn’t it?
1. Lotus Dinnerware- I actually have some dinnerware myself that looks very similar to this and I love it. It looks great with everything.
2. Gradient dinner plate- This friend is just lovely and is on sale. Maybe we can consider buying him?
3. Corsage dessert plate- My you are good lookin. This is one of those things that gets prettier the longer you look at it. I wasn’t blown away at first sight but have slowly fallen completely in love.
4. Dervish Stemware- So what if half of this stuff is from Anthropologie. Can you blame me?
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6. Etched Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkin- We may not put these exact pumpkins on the table but I assure you there will be some. It almost just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without them. Thanksgiving is my last great hurrah with pumpkins for the year. Until January.
7. Rose Gold Flatware Set- Good grief. I have been lusting after this since first seeing it. I am not entirely sure it goes with the rest of this stuff but by George I was gonna make it go.
8. Metal taper candle holder
9. Yummi candles in sage- This website has some pretty great options for colored candles.
What do you guys have planned for your Thanksgiving table?
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