This Neutral Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescape embodies the mood of the season without the traditional fall color palette.
There are times when naming a tablescape post is quite challenging. It’s not like cake, cookies or even a beverage. For this one I was really stumped. My first take was Moody Fall Tablescape, then Dark and Moody Tablescape. Both of those were just “meh”. I started to focus on the grapes, then I thought of harvest time. Harvesting grapes = wine. Bingo, Harvest Wine Tablescape! Sometimes you just have to go with it friends.
The title modern autumn tablescape came from my granddaughter Gabrielle. She is my tablescaping assistant in training. Whenever I’m undecided about a color scheme, napkin, etc I ask her and usually she’s spot on with her recommendation. Just for the record I don’t steer her in any direction. When given the choice between two napkins the one here was her choice. Her thought was that it looked more modern. Not having a tablecloth was also her choice.
She repeated modern autumn tablescape several times. I think the little lady was pretty proud of herself. Now on to the details of this family friendly table.
From the files of waste not want not I spray painted wine bottles to use as vases for the centerpiece. After giving them a couple of coats and letting them dry I brushed on some gold glitter paint. It gave the bottles just the amount of shimmer that I was going for. Into each bottle I placed some feathers (I’m on a feather kick lately), and mums. I don’t know what the fuzzy stems are called but they worked for me. The last items added were the acrylic beads. All in a seasonal appropriate color. A .59 brown scalloped charger is the base and a twig wreath circle the entire piece.
On each side of the centerpiece is a gold mercury glass votive holder along with a smaller gold matte one.
The stack starts with a brown spiral placemat. Making its second appearance on my table is the beige/white flowered dinnerware from Burlington’s. I’ve had the rustic flatware for many years and don’t remember where they came from. Fingerhut maybe, but I’m not sure. Gabbi’s choice of napkin for this modern autumn tablescape came from the clearance bin at one of the thrift stores I frequent. Lots of their linens and home goods come from Target and they are a steal.
On my “A Huntington We Will Go” table I used these large goblets and figured why not let them serve double duty. The smaller multisided goblet is also a thrift find.
I have to give another big thank you to my helper. It’s a pleasure to have her take an interest in what I’m doing. However, I do have my limits. For the longest she’s been asking can she do my make-up. Ummmmm…no. Gotta love her!
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Who knew a red wagon would be so hard to find! A red wagon was needed to complete the tablescape challenge I am participating in. The challenge went out a couple of months ago from the Party People Facebook group that I belong to. In addition to the red wagon each table has to have a wooden sign, wheat stalks, apples, pumpkins and there was a $25.00 limit on what each participant could spend. [Read more…]
>When Cherie Chalmers posted a request on Google+ to host a virtual dinner party and was looking for amongst other things, someone to do the table décor, I knew I wanted in. This dinner party was originally slated to be in honor of Canada’s Thanksgiving which was October 13th. In order to give each participant a little more time to prepare the party was rescheduled for the 18th and is now a Harvest Celebration.
To check out the contributions from the other participants please click here.
This dinner is extra special because it is gluten-free. So many people with gluten allergies feel left out of holiday celebrations because traditional fare doesn’t give them many dining options, not with this party.
The table I’ve put together uses traditional warm autumn colors and lots of texture. I used an ivory tablecloth for a neutral backdrop. The embellished brown taffeta runner has silk and acrylic flowers. For the centerpiece I used two gold cake plates and sat them inside a grapevine wreath. The smaller top plate holds a burnished faux pumpkin. The larger bottom one is filled with acrylic and textured fruits and gourds.
On one side of the centerpiece I placed a crackled glass hurricane that holds an ivory colored taper candle. A smaller hurricane with smooth glass is on the other side. The hurricanes are flanked by small gold votive holders and larger mercury glass ones.
At each end of the center of the table I’ve placed extra dessert plates with additional flatware.
The place setting begins with a copper colored charger. A polyester ivory napkin is draped lengthwise between the charger and the dinner plate. An accompanying salad plate sits on top. The stack is completed with an additional napkin and a colorful beaded napkin ring.
Gold toned flatware adds more shine to the setting. For the stemware I chose to pair an etched amber goblet with a sparkling clear one.
If you’re not one for changing out the entire table as the season progresses here are a few options. Eliminate the napkin between the charger and the plate. Also change the color of the napkin on the salad plate to a deeper rust or olive color. Another alternative is to add a tumbler, mugs or bowls. Don’t worry about having everything match perfectly. If you have bowls or mugs in complementing colors use them. I promise the etiquette police won’t show up at your door. The most important detail for any table setting is that you and your guests feel comfortable.
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I dug deep into my hoarders bin for this fall tablescape. It seems like eons since I’ve been into TJ Maxx or Burlington. I’ve even stopped my weekly thrift store ventures. Oddly enough I’ve showed tremendous restraint when I go into Pier 1. All of this could be attributed to lack of storage, less discretionary income, or common sense. How about all three!
This table came together like an episode of Chopped. I went to my storage areas and put some items in my gigantic proverbial basket and this is what I whipped up.
First time items are the appetizer plates that I bought at Burlington’s many months ago. Plus the placemats, napkins and napkin rings from Pier 1 also purchased months ago.
For this fall tablescape, I tried an ivory tablecloth, a white one, and navy. Neither felt right so I decided to not use one at all. The candelabra I wanted to use required five short pillars and I do believe gremlins have hidden mine, I could only find one. Enter taper holders. Thankfully, I have plenty tapers that aren’t playing hide and go seek. The orange votive holders begged to be used again and who am I to say no?
The gold mercury vases came from TJ Maxx after Christmas and I pulled the curly cues from vases in the living room. I don’t think I could have found better glasses to go with the red goblets. I’ve used the gold band cordials many times and the tumblers are from the thrift store.
New gold tone cutlery is still at the top of my wish list. Until I find some reasonably priced these old ones from Fingerhut will do. By the way does Fingerhut still exist?
Mother Nature has given us a small reprieve from the chilly temps but I know it will be short lived. Full has officially arrived and I’m almost ready to bring out all things fall. That includes one of the best things about autumn; pumpkin spiced lattes.
Partying with my peeps this week. Please join us!
This tablescape video is to help with the transitional period between early and full fledged autumn. I’m not ready to go too deep into fall foliage and pumpkins, but I’m getting close. So in an effort to spoon feed myself a dose of fall, I put together autumn tablescape video.
You can also find this on my Youtube channel video and this time I’m talking you through it. Months ago during one of my thrift outings I came across these cute mini lampshades. I kid you not I made at least four additional trips into that store before I came to my senses and bought them. It was definitely a “duh, I coulda had a V8” moment. I hope you like it and if you haven’t already I would love for you to subscribe to my Youtube channel. Take Care and if you have an idea for another tablescape video please let me know!