Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Repeat of An Easy Centerpiece Idea/Fall Dinner Party

While browsing through some of my fall tablescape posts from 2010, I came across one that included a simple yet effective centerpiece for a last minute dinner party so thought I'd share it with you again in case you have a similar situation coming up. And it will also allow me to join in with Chari's Sunday Favorites at Happy to Design as well as Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.


Original Post is from November 10, 2010
This past Sunday, we decided to host an impromptu dinner party for eight.  We were able to round up three other couples on short notice and set to work cooking!  Fortunately, I had already been "designing" a tablescape earlier in the week and it was pretty much ready to go!

This is how the idea for my tablescape started.  I ran across two of these glass/metal votive candleholders on clearance ($4.00 each) at a local Fields Store.   I thought they had possibilities.
Using items I already had, I rounded up some fall leaf garland and a swag as well as some very large faux acorns and a few glitter pumpkins.

 I tucked and wove the garland and swag around the metal of the candle holders and laid the pumpkins and acorns in the 'bare" spaces.  Added 10 Partylite votives and  lit them up. Voila! - an easy, inexpensive but striking centerpiece for a fall table.


 My other recent purchase was eight of these leaf shaped bowls from Walmart.

These bowls were set atop gold rimmed white salad plates and orange dinner plates layered on brown wicker-look chargers. 
(all items I've had for a long time)
  Placecard holders are new from a home party by Everyday Style.
The complete place setting with a mini faux pumpkin in leaf bowl.
The finished tablescape just before guests arrived.
We must have been organized to be able to have time to take pictures before the guests arrived! Usually, I'm scrambling to finish the food and get myself cleaned up!

I love these "giant" acorns I got at Pharmasave Drug Store last year.

We really enjoyed the evening, sharing food and lots of laughs with good friends by the glow of candlelight.

For some reason, it feels kind of "extravagant" to burn so many votives at once!

As per usual, I never got time to take any pictures of the food I served but here's the menu.
French Onion Soup served in Pumpkin Tureens(not shown)
Seafood Lasagne, Cesar Salad, Grilled Asparagus and Garlic Toast served on the orange plates



Thanks for stopping by. 
Be sure to check out Sunday Favorites at Happy to Design and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

15 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Gorgeous table for Thanksgiving and the centerpiece is stunning! Love the leaf bowls! Lovely. Hugs, FABBY

Cathy said...

Delighful table. Don't you love it when things come together. I have had my eye on the leaf bowls.

Cahy's Cupboard Calamity

Sonia said...

Beautiful table! Wow the soft colors and candlelight make it look so inviting! I'm sure your guest enjoyed not only eating at this table but just looking at it! Really well done!
Miss Bloomers

poppilinnstudios said...

Beautiful Thanksgiving table! I host every year and was thinking about this years centerpiece. Love your votive idea!
-Lynn

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! Wish I was there! Great Job!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

You got those bowls from Wal-Mart??? Wal-Mart here I come! They'd be perfect for serving side salads at Thanksgiving. Lovely tablescape, and thanks for the idea!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

This table is BEAUTIFUL~! I love all the candle lights.

wow Walmart is starting to have some great stuff. I just got document lampshades for 9.00 and you know how much they are at ballards.

I'm so glad you posted on Chari's Sunday Favorites or I would have missed seeing this lovely setting...

Happy Sunday
Sonny

kitty said...

What a gorgeous Fall centerpiece & table!! You pulled it all together so nicely & inexpensively. Thanks for sharing. I'm here from Seasonal Sundays.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

Ohhh my...what a gorgeous table, my friend! I do believe that I remember seeing this when you first posted it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites party today!

Well dear lady, your table centepiece with those pretty candleholders turned out beautifully! I love how you added all the pretty autumn foliage and pretties! What a great idea! Your place settings...FABULOUS!!! Layer upon layer of gorgeous autumn! I bet your guests were really "wowed"!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari

Judy Bigg said...

You have done a beautiful job, the centerpice is perfect and I love all the votives and pumpkins.

Helen's Decor said...

Gorgeous tablescape! I loved that you used unmatched china pieces. I agree that Walmart is looking better all the time...those bowls prove that I'm a new follower and hope you follow me.
Thanks, Helen

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your tablescape is Gorgeous for your dinner party, with all the fall colors you did a Beautiful job putting this all together sweet lady. I love all your Tablescapes you have post.
I hope you have a great week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

What a gorgeous centerpiece. I am in awe of such a beautiful table set for an impromptu dinner. Dinner sounded absolutely delicious as well.

Margret Cornell said...

This is very wonderful - I am new so trying to figure my way around the blogsites. Table is wonderful - all in Fall colors-
my blog is simple www.tablesdeparis.blogspot.com
and trying to link to parties ..
Margret

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Lovely and so warm. The candles are just gorgeous!