Taco Soup at Last


If you have followed my other fall tables, you know that I live in hot, humid Mississippi and have been anxiously awaiting cool weather so that I can have taco soup. We love taco soup and have it almost every week during the fall and winter. Well, this weekend, it finally happened! A cold front moved in Saturday night, and I made a crock pot of taco soup for Sunday lunch. It was delicious! As much as I hate to admit it, I did not use the cute Dollar General pots. They just don’t hold much, and I always serve taco soup as a hearty meal with shredded cheese and corn chips; I also added a small salad. So I reverted to the Friendly Village soup bowls, and they were perfect for our first meal of the cool season. Typical of this time of year in Mississippi, the temps will return to the 80s by midweek, and it will be hot again. I’ll finish off the leftovers today or tomorrow, and we won’t have it again for a few more weeks. I don’t mind, but that first pot of taco soup is always so delicious! (And the next, and the next, and the…well, you get the picture. Someone even asked me once if it froze well. I just died out laughing.)


So we ate our soup, and I had to prepare another tablescape. Last night I started on this table and told my husband that I feel like I’m doing the same table over and over each week.


So here it is, and I did try to use a few different elements this week. This harvest table runner was a purchase from Dollar General last year. When I walked down the fall aisle at Dollar General a couple of weeks ago, they had a table runner similar to this one but not exactly. I like this one better, so I’m glad I purchased it. Once again, I left the white tablecloth down so that my pictures would not be quite so dark.


I used the same gold chargers and Friendly Village dinner plates that I used recently.


I purchased these fall leaf napkins last year from The Napkin Lady. I highly recommend that you check out her napkins on eBay. She has beautiful napkins made of quality fabric at a reasonable price. I have even gotten her to do some custom napkins for me by telling her what colors I need. Her work is lovely!


For the next layer, I used the plates I recently purchased from Family Dollar. If you remember, I had found these leaf plates which I ended up liking better than the old leaf plates. The old ones are now for sale, and I really like these new ones for my autumnal table.


I also decided to purchase more of the acorn dishes at Family Dollar. I like the fact that I can change up my fall tables and use pumpkin, leaf, or acorn plates, depending on my mood.


Then I topped the fall plates with the Friendly Village berry bowl.


The San Remo flatware makes another appearance on this table.


I know you’re tired of seeing those Dollar Tree goblets with the fall wine charms again, but they really are the best choice for my harvest table.


I did put out the Friendly Village mug to change it up a little.


For the centerpiece, I chose my wooden tea light holder that my son made for me a few years ago. The natural wood is the perfect rustic touch to this fall table.


I used the Dollar Tree autumn leaf votives again.


I again used these large wooden candle holders, also made by my son. Their color and natural wood are perfect for autumn.


For another decorative accent, I retrieved the wire apple basket last used on the apple table; I put a few faux fruits in it and wound my leaf garland around it.


I love this vintage pitcher, and the sunburst color is perfect for autumn. I love it as a fall accent. I briefly thought of putting some fall flowers in it, but just couldn’t do it. I love it as is and don’t want to cover any of its beauty with foliage.

I visited my son a few days ago and stopped at some garage sales and one thrift store on my way to see him. I was thrilled to find a great buy on an 8 place setting of Christmas Treasures by Jamestown China, 40 pieces total.

Gibson Designs BAY STRIPES Dinner Plate 8439583

I also found a 16-piece set of Gibson Bay Stripes dinnerware. I think it is really cheerful, and I will try to sell it in the spring or summer.

I purchased a wonderful Fiestaware platter in rose. It is beautiful, and I got it at a great price. I should be able to make a good profit while still giving someone a good bargain.

Update: I have added these purchases to my internet stores as well as removed recent sales. Check them out!

I was thrilled to find this wonderful vintage soup tureen. It is complete with ladle, underplate, and lid, no chips. It is a good old California pottery USA mark, and probably from the 50s or 60s. I just love it and think it will sell well.


I have a few other things to say about my visit with my son and a few other things, but my time is short. I must soon go to my afternoon job at the paper.


Also, as you can tell from the above, it is time to update my internet store. I hope to do that tonight or tomorrow. I will let you know as soon as I have these items priced.


I hope that your week is good and that you enjoy both the fall weather as well as your favorite fall meal!

  I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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20 Responses to Taco Soup at Last

  1. Diane says:

    Always enjoy your tables, Bev. Taco soup sounds great! Also, I think those acorn plates were a fantastic find – I love acorn decorations on anything!

  2. Olivia says:

    We also love taco soup. I first had it a church soup supper years ago. I think your tables always look different. You have a real talent at putting everything together and making it look beautiful.

  3. Sanghamitra says:

    This is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. Rosie says:

    Bev–your table is lovely. I LOVE your leaf and acorn plates with your Johnson Bros. dishes. I own Friendly Village,too, and I think I’ll make a trip to Dollar Tree and see if they have any leaf and acorn plates left (I hope you don’t mind my copying you; but, it is the sincerest form of flattery and I don’t think our guestlists will ever be the same. LOL.) A job well done!

  5. lulu says:

    No matter the temperature, you’ve made your table capture the fall. Tonight tortilla soup is on the menu at our house.

  6. Gorgeous tablescape, all of your dishes are so perfect for the season. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. Candy S says:

    I love the friendly village plates. I have been trying to find an affordable set off of the internet for the longest time. No luck with that affordable part yet. The acorn plates are perfect for this tablescape. I really need to find a dollar tree store around here.

  8. Love those acorn plates!

    – The Tablescaper

  9. I looked at your taco soup recipe and it sounds like something my family would love! Those friendly village bowls are reminding me of the cold weather to come! Linda

  10. hi Bev, I love the leaf plates topped with the berry bowl, that looks so pretty! And I’m sure you will sell that white tureen in a flash! Taco soup sounds good, but I’m in Alabama so it’s still on the hot side~I can be patient for cold weather, it will be here soon enough!

  11. Lovely table! Friendly Village is one of my favorite patterns and I only have 2 pieces! I didn’t wait for the cool weather here in Louisiana before I started cooking soups and gumbos even though my husband grumbles about it still being too hot! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Christine says:

    Your taco soup sounds delicious. Bev. I am also in MS, in Natchez. Where in MS are you. I am glad our weather is getting nicer too. I love your table, it looks very warm and of course I love the Friendly Village. You have new beautiful finds too. My fave is the tureen, also love your wood candle holders with the candles, very pretty!…Christine

  13. jeanniemaries says:

    There is so much going on, I felt very autumnish! I love how you stacked the plates. They look beautiful and the plaid runner is so pretty, I’ve seen a similar pattern at Williams Sonoma which I almost purchased. So glad I waited.

  14. Marigene says:

    Love to see your table with the Friendly Village china, Bev! I also am a huge fan of those Dollar Tree stems, they are my favorites (I used them this week, too!).
    It is getting cool enough here to put a pot of soup on…we could eat them every day of the week!
    Have a wonderful week…

  15. laurie says:

    Pretty table. The Fall colors in the runner are so pretty, and I love those napkins. We like Taco Soup too, but haven’t made it yet this year. It’s still pretty warm in Ark too. laurie

  16. Patti says:

    Oh, taco soup sounds wonderful! Soup is one of my favorite foods.
    I can’t wait for the cool weather though. Here in Miami, I’d only get to
    have it about one week out of the year! LOL
    Love the styling of your gorgeous table.

  17. Yummy to Taco soup! Love your fall tablescape! Thanks for linking to TTF!!

  18. FABBY says:

    Your Taco Soup sounds yummy, specially in your beautiful table with the gorgeous transferware! I love it! Thank you for visiting me too dear friend. Enjoy your weekend.

  19. You and I were thinking along the same lines…you made taco soup, and I made chicken noodle. Great minds…and all that. Love your new leaf plates. I’d have trouble choosing between the leaf and acorn plates. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  20. Kathy says:

    Simply gorgeous tablescape! I just love taco soup too! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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