Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chestnuts, Acorns & Popcorn

I'm posting a bit early in preparation for Tablescape Thursday but you know what to do! Lots of fun awaits you when you click here.  Susan, our gracious hostess will once again have supplied us addicted dish-lovers with our fix for fabulous 'scapes. 


Last week, my aunt was in town visiting my mom so I decided to  have a family get-together dinner. Since I still had all my fall decor up I went with that type of  tablescape.  This time, I resisted the urge to use my pumpkin bowls and went with an earthy natural theme.



For the centerpiece, I used two large and one smaller hurricane shade/vase. The two larger hurricanes are from Partylite a couple years ago.




A close-up of Mr. Turkey.
 (HomeSense half price at last year's sales)



Chestnuts surrounded the bases of the white pillar candles in two and in the other one, I placed popcorn kernels.  I tucked three large faux acorns in amongst the vases.  A variety of faux grass type stems were laid lengthwise.
 (Mosaic candleholders are from the Global Fusion series at Partylite)





This is the view of the centerpiece from the opposite side of the table.










My gold-rimmed white dishes and copper coloured chargers went well with the brown/gold tones of the table linens.

Dinner consisted of Russian/Mexican Chicken, Brown Rice, Green Pepper Steak, Tossed  Green Salad, Carrots, Corn and Quick Black Forest Cake with Ice Cream for Dessert.  When I am scrambling to get the food on the table, I rarely think to take a pic of it but later I always wish I would have thought of it.  I need some lessons from Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen in that regard!


As a Part Two to that tablescape....
I bought these deep purple glass dessert dishes today at a local antique store (though not antique). 


I got 10 of them for $32 which is just pennies over $3/each which I thought was a good deal.


Of course, when you have something new on hand you want to try them out so I added them to the tablescape I still had set up.
I think the dark purple tones go well with the dark browns.










Shook things up a bit more and put the individual votive holders inside the dessert dishes.






Looks pretty but a dessert would probably be better!









This is one of my favourite fall themed serving bowls.  See the detail in the bottom with the acorns and leaves.
(white marks are from the flash which I needed to capture the detail)


It was hard to get a good picture but the outside edges also have acorns, leaves and pumpkins all around. I used this bowl a lot for my Thanksgiving and fall table settings.




In my last post, I said I was going to get into the Christmas mode now but I guess I wasn't quite ready to leave the fall tablescapes yet....or is it that I'm dreading hauling out all those tubs of Christmas decorations....

27 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love the copper chargers and the gold rimmed china! Gorgeous and i bet your guests were thrilled! Cindy

Eileen said...

I love this Fall tablescape! You've created that beautiful warm amber ambiance.
And I love the idea of the purple, it adds that wonderful unique quality to the table!
Your serving bowl is fabulous! A perfect added Fall touch!
Beautiful tablescape!
All the best,
Eileen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how gorgeous. All of the crystal and candles are just stunning. Such a beautiful table. Everything is perfection. HUgs, Marty

Debbie said...

I'm not sure what I love more.......the tablescape or your photography, both are beautiful.

Natasha @ Fête Fanatic said...

Gorgeous!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Absolutely over-the-top gorgeous! The color and "glow" is breathtaking. I was ooohing and ahhhhhing all the way through. YOur guests feel very special.
Beautifully done!
Happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Yvonne

Kathysue said...

I love the abundance of your table, It looks warm and inviting and the touch of purple is great. I am actually incorporating purple on my table this year, it is a first for me. I need your lovely sherbert dishes. Your table is truly lovely, Kathysue

Sarah said...

Your table glows with warmth and beauty. I like the way you have an abundance of fall elements in the center. Cute idea to use the corn in the hurricanes. The candles' light makes a lovely reflection in your beautiful china.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your table is just stunning, the colors the lighting and all the wonderful acorns and the crystal, love it all, The pictures are also wonderful and I appreciate how hard that is to do...

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Gorgeous tablescape. I love the purple dessert cups with the browns of the rest of the table.

Rettabug said...

This table just glows with excitement! I think all your Partylite items look super with your china & stemware. The purple compotes add a real punch of purple color & were a great buy. You'll use them again & again...I'm seeing Easter with pastels later on! :D

I hope you don't mind if I benchmark (copy) your popcorn idea. I was going to use maple candy corn but I'm afraid the g'kidlets would be eating it instead of their turkey. LOL

fondly,
Rett

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What an elegant Thanksgiving table you've created. The candlelight really sets everything off in a wonderful glow. I like the natural elements of popcorn and nuts. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Patti said...

I just LOVE how you put unpopped corn in the vases...I have the perfect cylinders to do that, so I am copying your clever idea...I've been searching for an inexpensive way to fill them and your idea is perfect...thanks!

The Event Essentials said...

Soooo beautiful!! I posted it on my own design / decor blog today as Tablescape Inspiration!

{ L } said...

Oh my goodness, what a treat to have Thanksgiving at your home! It is stunning! I did a earthy natural theme with my table too. The popcorn kernels is such a COOL idea! Wow, I am very impressed with the beauty of this table.

Jeanette said...

Lovely! This table is just beautiful. Full of inspiration. Your table just glows! It is incredible.

Shelia said...

Your table is truly stunning! The candlelight is just bouncing off all your glass and crystal! You have lovely dishes and am going to have to go back and oogle some more!
Happy Thanksgiving,
Shelia ;)

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

I love the soft brown hues. CHESTNUTS?!! Where did you find those ?? Do they have them in the stores already? I like the popcorn!! Nice touch. A very glamorous tablescape /

Mimi said...

Beautiful table!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Sooo lovely! I love the chestnuts acorns and popcorn!

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Anonymous said...

This is lovely! Can I ask if Parylite still sells the tall glass two part candles that can be filled with your unpopped corn? I would love to purchase two of them. thanks!
Barbara bheath@us.ibm.com

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That beautiful gleaming glassware with the candles really did stop me dead! Just gorgeous!
The china and the acorns..where on earth did you get those gorgeous acorns. I must go back and see if you told and I missed it! There was just so much to see and absorb! GORGEOUS!!!
Smiles and love,
Mona

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your fall table has quite a beautiful golden glow! Everything is lovely.

Kathleen said...

This is just so elegant and beautiful! You need no lessons from me DD, and your pics run rings around mine! Thanks for the mention, so sweet of you!

Pearl Maple said...

Delightful post, your earthy tones for autumn are so artfully combined and inspirational. Am working on my Thanksgiving post and looking forward to sharing soon.

Kimberly@thehazardsofcurlyhair said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the elegance, the hurricane lamp centerpiece, and the room itself is just beautiful! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mona said...

I am just in love with this tablescape. I ran across it on Pinterest and it led me to your blog...such lovely tables...I am so glad I found your blog..just beautiful...can't wait to use some of your ideas adn inspiration on my own table...thank you for such a pretty place to visit.. Mona