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
Pumpkin Bread Pudding (recipe from Stone Gable - delicious!) served in the leaf bowls