Happy Fall Y’all! Are you all decorated and ready to kick off the flurry of holidays? I think we are all set in our home, so next comes the fun of opening our home to friends and planning company dinners.
I’ve always loved to set a pretty and often over-the-top table for our family at random times, so when company is coming it’s just natural to do a little more! Setting a pretty table is my way of creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our guests are very special to us, and I try to show that feeling by the little things that can make dinner intimate and unique.
Nature and traditional color associated with autumn was my inspiration for the table. For this particular setting I decided that a little nontraditional blue was the perfect combination for those traditional and vivid fall colors.
I love to use real pumpkins in my decorating because they fit any fall theme, but I can also cook with some of them as needed for Pumpkin pies and the like, so they are useful as well!
This centerpiece was so easy to put together! Using a variety of pumpkins, I arranged them on top of the table around an old tobacco jar that was picked up at Scott’s Antique market in Atlanta filled with $5 grocery store flowers and cut greenery from the yard.
The Dutch blue and white candle sticks were from a local thrift store. Final touches of a leafy garland and deer antlers add more layers of natural elements to pull it all together.
When I put together a large centerpiece on the table as I did here, it is generally because I am also setting up a buffet to serve from. It allows the table to be pretty, and people can spend more time enjoying their meal instead of constantly passing food around!
The Blue Willow china was handed down from my mom, while the blue transfer-ware plates are from a local antique/thrift store.
The crystal has been our favorite for many a dinner party for 21 years now. We didn’t want folks spending a lot of money on something that could be considered frivolous when we married, so Audley and I picked out this Longchamp Crystal that is beautiful and definitely affordable!
I love using thrift store finds in my decorating as it goes to show that you do have to have expensive dinnerware to create a warm and inviting table.
Well, our first autumn themed table of the season is set and ready!
How are you decorating your table this year?