Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another Type of Halloween Witch!

The inspiration for this table came the day I opened a package from FedEx and discovered these darling witch glasses that I received from Jenna at the Painted Apron.  I was so excited when I learned I had won four of her adorable witch glasses in one of her giveaways!! What a thrill!! Many thanks, Jenna, for your creativity and generosity!!

As I started to think about this year's Halloween tablescape, I knew that I wanted to highlight the joy and whimsy of the witches on these glasses, so I decided the table would reflect the fun nature of a happy Halloween witch:  one that doesn't scare and reach out with crooked fingers, or toss back her head with a wicked laugh; but a Halloween witch who is more prone to dressing in brightly-colored tights, zipping around on a broom which occasionally gets left behind after a journey of fun, and one whose hat flies off while zooming around in glee!

Here's my Halloween Table:

Here's How It Was Created:

I started with the Halloween tablecloth I bought at HomeGoods last year.  I absolutely love the color combination of white, black and orange.  Do any of you use this color combination on your table for occasions other than Halloween? It's so striking.  This cloth happens to have a fine silver thread through it as well.

Next, I have my spider web placemat from the Dollar Tree store.  I HATE spiders and try to keep them out of my Halloween decor, but these placemats are my one concession for the holiday.

My dish stack starts with a black dinner plate labeled Zanzibar from the Home Collection at J. C. Penney's.  I like the pebbled border on this plate.

On top of this I've added my orange dinner plate labeled Stoneware Dinner Plate from the Home Design Collection at Rite Aid! (a surprise find at a local pharmacy!)

My stack is completed with a napkin from Pier One that reminds me of candy corn!  I used a napkin ring from Bed, Bath and Beyond and tried to shape the napkin into the figure of a witch by adding a witch hat pick from Dollar Tree, and tying the napkin with Halloween ribbon.  I also took apart a garland of witches' hats from Michael's and added a hat to each place setting.

The place setting is completed with orange flatware from Walmart, and the place of honor at the place setting is the glassware from Jenna at the Painted Apron.

For the centerpiece, I started with a candy dish from Tuesday Morning that is perched on  black mesh netting.  I love the witches' shoes that are acting like a pedestal.  Filled with Halloween candy, you'll notice the witch's broom that has landed on the cauldron of candy!  The votive candle holders are from Pier One.

As accents for the table, I placed two Halloween plates I bought from J.C. Penney's many years ago. They are usually in my wall plate hanger for this time of year.

So, my Halloween table is complete! I hope I achieved my desire to place the accent on a different type of Halloween witch. I'm looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of all the trick-or-treaters that will be showing up on Halloween. And, maybe there will be a few with brightly colored tights, a large pointed hat and a whimsical smile that mirror the figures on my new Halloween glasses!! Enjoy your Halloween celebration!!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Purple Fall? Really?!

I approached this fall table with trepidation.  I had bought new salad plates for a fall table, but when Kathleen from Cuisine Kathleen issued a challenge for a fall table with the rules being: NO orange, lots of purple, plus a requirement that it had to "scream fall", I was in a real quandry. So, I started to plan my table.  I knew I could create a centerpiece without too much trouble, and I did have some purple items in my tablescaping stash, but I REALLY wanted to use my new salad plates that had been patiently waiting in my dish closet for recognition.  So, this is what I came up with:

Here's How It Was Created:

I started with a tablecloth I had gotten at Anna's Linens.  I had been wanting to use this colorful cloth for a while and this seemed like the perfect time.  I always associate fall with "apple pickin' time" and with the colorful apples on this cloth, it was part of my plan to have my table "scream fall"! Luckily, the apples are red, the pears yellow and the grapes purple!

Next came my purple straw placemat I found on sale at HomeGoods.  I love these round placemats that are so popular now; they act like chargers in a plate stack and really help delineate the beginning layer of the stack.

My purple dinner plates from Anna's Linens were an obvious choice for the next layer.

The next addition to my table could eliminate me from the challenge, but I just couldn't help it.  These salad plates from Hobby Lobby jumped into my shopping basket in the middle of summer!  I'm hoping the "touch" of orange gets covered by the napkins, or maybe looks more gold than orange in the photos (wish I knew if photoshop could change the color of something!) Anyway, I have been waiting to use these colorful plates (they are marked Fall Table, 2013; now I know why they were on sale this July!) for a while, and as far as tablescapes go, they don't really have a long shelf life, since these colors won't work in many other seasons!  I also thought the colorful pattern would work well with the tablecloth and add more of a "country feeling" to the table.

To top the stack I chose a green napkin from Pier One and napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I then decided to add a band of burlap ribbon around the napkin and a faux fall leaf to make the place setting reflect fall a bit more.

I completed the place setting with my Treble Clef flatware from World Market (it matches the napkin rings well).  I also added my purple wine glasses from Hobby Lobby.

The centerpiece is grounded with an antique wooden shoe polish box I found while antiquing two weeks ago on a road trip through Ventura. It is resting on some straw from Michaels.  I placed the matching napkin from the new tablecloth on the bottom of the box and added the following to the display: faux purple flowers, faux grapes, a white ceramic pumpkin  and a grapevine wreath all found at Dollar Tree. The wooden thread spools were found while antiquing in Santa Cruz. I then added random faux fall leaves, hoping to make it look like they just landed on the table from a passing fall breeze!  I placed an eggplant in the front for some added interest, and added purple!  Flanking the box are two purple votive candle lanterns I recently found at Target!

For accents I added two pieces.  One is a wooden box I found at Michaels (for the "Apple Challenge" last year!) that I filled with a mango and apples to coordinate with my tablecloth and the fall season of apple pickin'!  The other accent piece is a flat pottery piece made by a very dear friend (actually my roommate from college: we live 3,000 miles apart, but are as close as ever after 49 years of knowing each other! Thank you, June!)  This piece holds a place of honor in my home, and I'm glad I got to share it with you on this table. My hubby just purchased the wooden spoons from our adventure to the William-Sonoma store this past weekend!

So here is my purple fall table.  I don't know if it "screams fall", but perhaps it whispers it to you.  I had fun completing this challenge and giving a unique look to a fall tablescape.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Revisiting A Fall Table

I have been trying to get a Fall Table together for weeks, but as they say, "Sometimes life just gets in the way!".  I thought I'd bring back a table from last year because I don't like to stay out of the loop too long. So, please enjoy my table from last year!

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Happy October!!!

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