Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

I heart Fall. Plain and simple.
I love everything associated with it: mums, pumpkin patches, hay rides, bobbing for apples, mulled cider, you name it- I'm there!
Decorating for fall is one of my favorite things to do and we might as well throw in a tablescape while we're at it...I mean let's face it: I heart tablescapes, too!
I love this guy too...he has been with me since before I was married and it has survived all these years, with 3 boys, including my's a miracle I tell ya!

I went through a Pfaltzgraff phase back in the late 80's/early 90's when I really wanted to get Ocean Breeze :I couldn't afford it and found a similar pattern that I could and bought two sets of, and again, I have had these dishes forever.

I must confess, I love eating ice cream out of these bowls, and drinking coffee out of these mugs, the best. Yes, my taste have changed over the years, but these remain with me just cuz.Now, you may know this...I found this tablecloth at Kohl's for 80% off. I love combing navy and the brilliant colors of fall, but it's a busy pattern, pretty, but busy. What I need are some non-descript dishes with a little bit of blue....hmmm....lightbulb moment! My Pfaltzgraff knock-offs that I store in the hard to reach cabinet above the fridge will work wonderfully...I'll get the step stool.....
Do your tablescapes evolve? In the middle of photographs, I remember something, or I add something, or I have a better idea...and people you are going to see a lot of that here today....

Let's talk centerpieces:

Did you know that column candles look fantastic in old sewing machine drawers? I have two and usually store my craft paints in them, but I had this idea and decided to use them for a centerpiece.

I used some velvet leaves around the candles and my poor paints will never have a home again!

I did this arrangement for Marty's Cloche Party and I haven't tired of it yet, so it has center stage. I did add some orange hydrangeas around the mouth of the jar for some extra color though

On to the place settings...

I really like it, lovin' the dishes on the woven charger, lovin' the orange linens, but the

OK, remove the bowl and grab your leaf plates, yes, I like that better! I also remember that I have little ceramic place card holders shaped like little apples and pears and plums (plums didn't make the final cut), don't forget to use those....

Don't forget the place cards either...Oh look I'm invited to dinner!

Justin is invited too! Thank Goodness-I almost had to do take-out! I wonder what he's cooking tonight!
Now, I know I didn't highlight my flatware or glassware, sorry, but the flatware is the same I use every week and the glassware is the same as I use every other week...But next week....I'm featuring some goodies you've never seen here before...yeah!

Thank you for joining me this week, I was a little chatty, sorry!

I hope I have inspired you!

I can't wait to see all of your tablescapes!

Please join Susan and all of the participants at
Between Naps on the Porch! You will not be disappointed!

Goodbye for now friends!


  1. FABULOUS pics and table, just love your style!

  2. I love the centerpiece great ideas. The card holders are so cute!

  3. Oh your little pumpkin patch man is just adoreable. I love him. Your centerpiece is just so pretty. I remember it from the Cloche Party and it is really stunning. I think you will get a lot of use and enjoyment out of it. Your tablecloth, dishes and accessories are all so pretty. I love the leaf plates too and the little placecard holders are wonderful. You have a beautiful tablescape. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love all your Fall color, what a pretty table...Your little Pumpkin man is cute cute cute...

  5. Oh Michelle! What a lovely table. I love those dishes too! Your centerpiece looks fantastic with all the pinecones and flowers! Everything is perfect for fall, especially your little scarecrow and yes, you've inspired me!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. I love your blue and orange together -- what a cute scarecrow -- it all looks wonderful and very fall!

  8. I look forward to your tablescapes every week and once again you have aimed to please. Everything looks so put together and I am loving the fall theme. Fall is my favorite season and I enjoy seeing other's decorating ideas.

  9. What a cute scarecrow! I actually did a whole post on scarecrows today!.. Anyways, I LOVED your pinecones and hydrangeas centerpiece!.. Your candles are beautiful too! A beautiful and inspiring Fall setting! Happy Tablescape Thursday to you! ~tina

  10. Beautiful colors. I love the place card holders.

  11. Michelle, what a beautiful post! Love the idea of the candles in the sewing machine drawer! Perfect!!

  12. What a precious post! I love your scarecrow and the photos of your tablescape are fabulous. Thank you for sharing your wondereful ideas with us. Inspired? Absolutely! In fact, I'm so inspired that I featured you on my blog today (linked back) at Happy Fall - Kim

  13. So pretty ... and I love the scarecrow, too! Hope you'll stop by and visit my angels!

  14. It looks lovely! Love the name holders and the scarecrow too!
    Pretty table!

  15. Hi Michelle,
    Hi Michelle,

    I know exactly what you mean about tablescapes evolving. Mine never turn out exactly as I envision them, but sometimes I like the result better than if they HAD taken their original path. Anyway, yours is wonderful. I like all your choices! As always, your colors, the centerpiece/vignette, and your photography are absolutely first rate!

  16. You have a marvelous sense of style and ability with a camera that conveys it too us. I really love the table you set for us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  17. Michelle, you definitely inspired me! You have some marvelous ideas that I'll file away and use sometime. Yes, my tablescapes evolve. That's the fun of it all. Where did you find those darling ceramic place card holders?
    Thanks for sharing this lovely table. ~ Sarah

  18. Dear Michelle,
    I luv your gorgeous centerpiece.
    It's so pretty.
    Your lovely table was a treat for me on this Tablescape Thursday.
    Autumn Blessings,
    d from homehaven

  19. Oh my is obvious that you are in the right line of work, Michelle! What a delicious looking table. So colorful & full of interesting items for the eye to take in.

    I covet your sewing machine drawers. I have 4 machines, dating back to 1968 but no drawers like that!

    The dishes I used in my tablescape today are my everyday dishes, too. I keep everything so I was glad to read you've had yours a long time, too.
    Oh & please don't apologize for being chatty or I'll feel all alone in that catagory! LOL


  20. HiMichelle, everything looks so inviting ! So pretty ! Happy Fall !

  21. Lovely table and I just love that scarecrow.
    The pumpkin napkins are too cute. I have some but they are made out of wire pumpkins. I may just do a tablescape with them.

  22. Fabulous, as usual. The color combinations are fantastic! I love the orange and navy. My favorite, though is how you arranged the candles and leaves in the little drawers!!

    Very inspiring! ;)


  23. Great tablescape Michelle! I love the centerpiece and additional touches you have added. I made a note of the candles and drawers for future reference.

    Thank you for sharing your table with us.

    ~ Tracy

  24. Such a sweet classy scarecrow. There's just something about our "favorite" mug or bowl. Just cuz. I am so stealing that idea of the candles in the sewing machine drawers! My neighbor was over the other day and I insisted she see them, so I brought your blog up to show her. LOVE it!

  25. LOVE the scarecrow... très ADORABLE!!!

  26. Mine definitely evolve as I go. It works best if I can plan a few days in advance and then ponder it for a while.

  27. Well he is a might cute guy to keep and eye on fall. That was fun to see the evolution of your table. Great pieces and all together make for a warm inviting scene.
    Thanks for your visit to my gold and silver post.
    Happy SILVER Thursday ;-)

  28. Hi Michelle, your scarecrow is just adorable. The blues are perfect with all the orange of a fall tablescape. Just love it!

  29. Your pics are just the best, so clear and vivid! Your tablescape is fabulous as well! I really like the way you arranged the items into a centerpiece all down the length of the table. The pillar candles in the drawers are wonderful!


  30. love your inventive details!


  31. Michelle, your scarecrow is so cute! I love your tablescape (yes, mine evolve, too) and those adorable fall placecard holders and leaf plates. Great bargain on the tablecloth, and the candles in the drawer with the leaves look fantastic. Great photography, too!


  32. Oh, my goodness gracious....I adore this tablescape. It is so beautiful!

  33. Wht a lovely the lighting! I have always wanted to get into displaying as a line of fun! cherry

  34. Too cute! I love your centerpiece, he's precious! Yes, my tablescapes do tend to evolve...isn't it fun? You have great pieces that work so well together. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Love the scarecrow & your centerpiece. Very clever using pine cones as filler!

  36. BTW, love the idea of those candles in the sewing drawers. That is just too clever!

  37. Love your fall table, inspiring and beautiful!

  38. Hi! I just found your post on Pinterest, and am now hooked. I can't wait to go back through and look at all of your great posts, and to see what you have planned in the future!

  39. Love the glass urn filled with pinecones and sprigs! New follower!

  40. Michelle, this is sooo beautiful! The colors are amazing and your photography took my breath away, it's so beautiful! Thanks for such a lovely gift of such a beautiful setting!

  41. Awesome job!!! love the scarecrow.....thanks for sharing...Pat H

  42. Just lovely! I love the place card holders. The colors are so rich and I love the way you showed the evolution of the table to the final product.


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