Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Favorites, a Reposting

I am going to participate in Chari's at Happy to Design Sunday Favorites.  It is the perfect meme for me when I've been so busy of late! Thank you Chari for hosting!  Be sure to check out all the other links to fabulous things you were dying to see AGAIN!
 I am reposting a "Natural Elements" 
tablescape I did last fall. 
Maybe it will give inspiration to someone planning their Thanksgiving decor.

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.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  
For some more relaxing moments, head over to Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is a beautiful table. It is so elegant and very "fall" without screaming it. I love the copper chargers and I'm going to use that popcorn idea!

Entertaining Women said...

You've achieved a sophisticated, extremely skillfully balanced tablescape. I think that you scored big time on those amethyst optical compotes. They are outstanding, and they add a valuable dimension to your table. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful and so worth repeating. I'm inspired by the various itmes you have in your hurricanes - nuts, corn! Wonderful.

- The Tablescaper

Alicia said...

Wow! All so pretty and golden and the touch of purple is perfect. Have you ever posted the Russian/Mexican chicken recipe? I would love to see a picture and see how that's made.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is a very pretty setting, I'm sure your guests felt special!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

This table setting is so inviting! I love the way you filled your hurricanes with chestnuts and those huge acorns are so much fun! This would be a very nice table to spend a few hours around. Linda

Sarah said...

Gorgeous table! It simply glows with elegance. I like the popcorn kernels and the acorns in the candle holders. Thanks for sharing this again. It definitely is very inspiring.
Hope you'll stop in to see me over at the QCI blog where I'm sharing a tea party for Sunday Favorites.
~ Sarah

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

All the warm rich Autumn colors are so getting me in the mood for cooler weather. Gorgeous tablescape. Your attention to detail gives everyone present a feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello my friend...

Ohhh my goodness!!! I really don't even know where to begin...your fabulous autumn table is simply breathtaking! Ohhh...and after looking at all of your beautiful thought is...this table needs to be in a design publication! All the golds and crystal are really exquisite! The gold tablecloth is gorgeous and the china is sooo perfect! I love the copper colored charger plates!!! I think how you did the table centerpiece is my favorite thing about this gorgeous table! It's sooo beautiful and I loved the photos where you have all the candles lit! Really breathtaking!!! This has been such a treat! Thank you so very much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites, my friend! Ohh my, however are you going to top this fabulous table this Fall? Hehe! Can't wait to see!!! You certainly are a very creative and talented tablescapers...this is one of the prettiest tables that I've ever seen!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design