It’s been pretty hot here in central MS, typical for this time of the year, but we have finally had a little cool air come in the last few days. The mornings are very pleasantly cool–close to long sleeve weather–, and the evenings feel pleasant after 80-85 degree days. Finally, fall seems to be arriving, so I jumped on the fall décor bandwagon a little earlier than I normally do. I started with the mantel.
Normally I am not one to change my mantel very often, but I do like putting out some autumnal colors at this time of the year. I chose my lovely vintage orange pitcher for some fall blooms, and I flanked it with the fall leaf Better Homes & Gardens plates, a Wal Mart purchase from a few years back.
On one end, I put my Watt 2-leaf apple pitcher and my vintage small green Camark pitcher, also with some fall blooms. My variegated orange candle is always a good choice for this time of the year.
The other end of the mantel displays more vintage pottery with fall blooms and rustic candlesticks with the green pillars which my son made for me a few years back.
I filled in the spaces with vintage Hull vases, ceramic pumpkins, and fall foliage.
We were so excited that our son and his wife decided to visit for a few days. We see them so seldom that I really wanted to make the table very “fallish” and welcoming. I used the open weave brown cloth over my standard white tablecloth. The square taupe Wal Mart plates are the first layer.
The next plate had to be the Friendly Village, of course. Although I love this brown transferware at all times of the year, it seems the best choice for a fall table.
The top plates, which we used for our salads, were fall leaves at 2 of the settings.
The other 2 hold pumpkin plates. I purchased both of these styles of plates at Family Dollar a year or 2 ago.
My mother-in-law gave me these neat fall leaf and acorn napkin rings a while back that she had picked up at a yard sale. The napkins are an early eBay find from The Napkin Lady. I am using my Grosvenor silver plate.
The green Dollar Tree glasses were the perfect choice for this table setting.
I also used fall wine charms on the stemware.
For the centerpiece, I chose a harvest table runner and green candle holder. Then, for a little extra touch, I decided to place fall/harvest themed salt and pepper shakers around the table in different spots.
I enjoyed getting out the different sets, but it did take me quite some time.
I have about 260+ sets and a great storage system for them. However, it takes awhile to find what I want, so that it why you don’t see salt and pepper shakers on my tables very often. I usually just don’t feel like getting them out, especially when recovering from rotator surgery.
I had to work Monday afternoon and most of Tuesday, so I left Russell and Callie in charge of supper on those nights. We had Tuscan Grilled Chicken, roasted vegetables, and salad Monday night. It was superb, and we ended the meal with banana pudding, which I had made the day before. It is one of Russell’s favorites, and he was so glad that I had made it.
I wanted to leave the basic tablescape and just change out the china and some accessories for the next few meals. I think that purple can be a good fall color, so Thomas Kinkade it was! I love these plates by Spode…very beautiful.
I chose my purple stemware, which you have seen before, and purple martini glasses, which you have not.
OK, I confess that I broke my “no-spending” rule here. I found 7 of these martini glasses at a local flea market for an incredible price…one so good that I knew they would not be there if I waited until I got all of the medical bills paid. I will keep 4 of them for tablescaping and sell the other 3 for the price I paid for them. I tried to get a closeup so that you could see the white polka dots on them…really cute.
Purple napkins with acorn napkin rings match the color scheme while still keeping the fall theme.
I love this color for fall, and the table looked great. Russell and Callie shredded the leftover chicken from the night before and added tortilla shells, salad fixings, black beans, and cheese for chicken tacos. It was a very creative and delicious meal, and we finished off with more banana pudding, of course.
For the last table using this base, I decided to go Halloween. I know it is a little early for that, but I wanted to do it while they were still here. I layered my spooky placemats over the tablecloth.
Plain black plates were the base of the setting, and Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates are the top plate.
I love these plates and always enjoy using them at this time of the year.
More napkins from the Napkin Lady, ghost and pumpkin napkin rings, and San Remo flatware finish off the place setting.
I chose a slightly different goblet of a lighter green but used the same wine glass charms.
For the centerpiece and table accoutrements, I basically pulled out every Halloween accessory that I had. My witch hat dish towel (Napkin Lady) serves as a base for the brass candelabra (yard sale) with black candles and witch boot candy dishes (thrift store).
I’ve had the 2 ceramic pumpkins for many years. This one was a gift from a student.
These miniature candleholders were also a very old purchase…maybe not 30 years, but 25 anyway. The ghost is a more recent addition in the past few years.
Another old purchase is the skinny witch.
I found these cute dishes at Cracker Barrel when I first started tablescaping and have always wished that I bought more than 2 of them.
Now that I have been tablescaping for a while, I know not to pass up things like that any more.
The autumn leaf votive holders came from Dollar Tree a few years ago, and I have since seen them at Dollar General as well.
Pumpkin salt and pepper shakers pair with a pumpkin plate.
I only purchased one new thing for all 3 of these tables, candy corn…a must have for fall tables, if you ask me.
I love my Halloween look, even if it is September and 81 degrees outside.
Tonight we will enjoy pork chops and baked potatoes and finish off the banana pudding.
They will be leaving tomorrow, and we have certainly more than enjoyed their visit. Our time has been brief due to all of our varying schedules, but we are thankful for what we can get.
Russell has even had to work remotely while he has been here. As a matter of fact, he is on a conference call right now (hopefully) finalizing the plans for the new camp director’s house to be built on the grounds in the next few months.
Needless to say, they are very excited about the prospect of the new house. Wendell, however, could care less. He is just glad to be near everyone.
David and I are just glad to have them here and, like Wendell, glad to be near them.
Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their families as much as we have enjoyed ours!
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