Halloween Tables, Fall Arts Festival, and a Getaway


Although I have had my fall décor out forever….I got it out way too early, when it was still 100 degrees outside…., I was a little late getting out the Halloween items. I mentioned a few posts back that I seem to have more fall tablescaping items than items for other seasons and have even gotten a large Sterilite tub to store them in because I have so many. Now that I have that tub, I will be able to store everything for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving together. I am so excited! I had to go in 3 different storage boxes and a closet to pull out my Halloween items…the last year I will have to do that. But before I show you those tables, I will brief you on what is going on in our lives lately.


David was asked to be a vendor at our town’s annual Fall Festival, which is strictly a small venue featuring mostly local artisans. It is not a large event, limited to about 20 vendors, and he was very pleased and flattered to be asked. However, you may remember that he had neck surgery in June and was laid up a couple of months before that; therefore, he was really low on stock that he could take to this event. As soon as he got the go-ahead from his doctor on August 6, David has spent every single night and every weekend working on furniture. Above is one of the best pieces of furniture that we have ever had…a late 1860s Victorian spool platform rocker (also called Jenny Lind).


Not only was the red velvet upholstery absolutely awful, the stain job was very sloppy…lots of runs and splotches. We researched the type of upholstery this rocker would have originally had and chose this tapestry-look one from our stock of fabric. He stripped and stained the wood and added padding to the seat when he did the upholstery.


I think you will agree with me that the result if gorgeous. It was so pretty that we even used this rocker for the publicity photo.

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I have several other photos of his before and afters but will not post them at this time since I have so much material to cover. Because his birthday was this past Sunday, I thought that we should take a brief getaway and have a fall picnic to celebrate. He has been working so hard that I wanted him to relax. We are fortunate to live on the Natchez Trace with its plethora of great nature areas, so we loaded up Sunday morning and drove north.


We ended up at Witch Dance, a place that we had both been to many times, but only as a rest stop. We had never actually been to the picnic area there.


The sites were really nice and natural, and they had grills. Not all of the picnic areas on the Trace have grills, so we were glad that this one did.


Since our plan was burgers, the grill was a must! The weather was very pleasant…not too hot or too cool…perfect for our day away.


There is even a riding trail at Witch Dance and a camping area specifically for trail riders. We spoke to a couple of people who had camped out overnight and were getting ready to ride again.


I would have liked to walk the trail and see the camping area for riders, but I did not think we should do that while riders were there. Plus stepping in horse poop was not on my schedule for the day.


I did not do a full-fledged tablescape, but I did bring along my new Pioneer Woman plates. Have you seen her new collection at Wal Mart? I am totally in love with all of it! I can’t afford to purchase or store all of it, so I’ve decided to just pick up a couple of pieces here and there. So far I just have these 2 plates and 2 bowls. I’m not sure what I will get next…so much to choose from.


Fall Dollar Tree glasses and a citronella candle finish off the table. Our burgers and fries were wonderful! We rested, read, ate, walked, and just had a nice, relaxing day away, which he needed badly.


Now back to the beginning of my story, I enjoyed finding my Halloween items yesterday, and I started with my placemats (an eBay purchase from many years ago) that I love.


Black plates anchor the place setting. I topped them with these cute square Halloween plates.


Regular readers remember that I purchased 2 of these at Cracker Barrel when I first started tablescaping, then regretted that I did not have 4 of them. I got on eBay and found them, so I now can serve 4 on these plates plus I have 1 large one that is good for serving.


My Halloween napkins from the Napkin Lady look great in my old ghost and pumpkin napkin rings. I used my Dollar General green flatware since that shade matches the napkins.


Green shows up again in  my Dollar Tree glasses.


For decoration, I pulled out the centerpiece I made from elements I found at Family Dollar a few weeks ago. I already had the fall bucket…another early tablescaping purchase from Family Dollar…and just added the other things.


I chose a couple of my jack-o-lanterns to complete the look. I elevated this small one on a candlestick to make it show up a little more.


This sweet little jack-o-lantern was a teacher gift to me many years ago from a precious girl who is now an English teacher herself. (Yes, she’s been teaching over 10 years and she and her husband have a toddler and one on the way, but she is still a precious girl to me!) I taught her and a few years later, I taught her sister. Their mom was always so thoughtful to send cute seasonal gifts.


I wanted just a little something else on the table, so I put my little witch shoe candy dishes (a thrift store purchase) on each corner of the table. Of course, I had fill them with the candy pumpkins.


I love my first Halloween dining table of the season!


I moved on to the kitchen table and decided on my plaid placemats in fall colors.


On top of my square Wal Mart plates, I put my Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates. I love these cute plates and never get tired of them.


I also purchased these back when I first started tablescaping. If you are new to my blog, you may not know of our love for taco soup. It is our absolute favorite fall and winter meal and we can’t wait until the weather cools off each year about this time to have it.


Well, it really hasn’t cooled off all that much…cool mornings and evenings, but still in the 80s and even sometimes 90s during the day, typical for central Mississippi. But that little detail didn’t stop me from fixing the first batch of taco soup a few days ago! Since the placemats have purple in the plaid, I chose my purple Dollar General pots for serving the taco soup.


I love these little pots and use them a lot this time of year. San Remo black flatware is perfect for this setting.


My Napkin Lady napkins and a harvest-type napkin rings look great with the placemats.


Purple pots and purple plaid call for purple goblets!


As you know, my kitchen table is small, so I just do a simple vignette rather than a centerpiece. I elevated my witch on a candle holder and surrounded her with pumpkins.


She is flanked by candles, one in a ghost votive holder, and the other in a silvery votive holder.


I like the final look of my kitchen table. It looks completely ready for the taco soup, and I will be warming up the leftovers for this evening’s meal.


Happy Halloween to all and enjoy getting away, decorating, and tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, 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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home



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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6 Responses to Halloween Tables, Fall Arts Festival, and a Getaway

  1. What a cute collection of plates! Such fun at your tables, and I agree….the rocker turned out wonderful!

  2. lulu says:

    You do have such a sense of fun which always makes it fun to visit.

  3. Cute settings – I also love Pioneer Woman’s new dishes and I purchased the pie plate and am contemplating the butter dish! Reminds me of anthropologies dishes!

  4. Love, love. What a great post. The chair turned out so gorgeous! I love your plates, especially the ones with purple in them. You have great placemats. I am not sure if you will be getting 2 comments of not from me as I am not sure that it went through the first time. But, that is okay as I love this post.

  5. Vicky Hunt says:

    Such a fun post with so many good things! What a gorgeous rocker! David did a fabulous job on it and what an honor to be asked to join the Fall Festival. The day away sounds like such fun. Love that you too real dishes with you! I have seen the Pioneer Woman’s line and am in love with all of it! I really want one of the aqua blue enamel coated cast iron pots! It is all so pretty but I haven’t bought anything….yet! Some of my friends have though! I will have to part with some things before I do. Your Halloween tablescapes are so fun and colorful! I love fall and winter meals as well and make something similar to your taco soup. I already cooked a pot of chili…the first week we had cooler evening temps, it was chili for supper! 🙂 Have a blessed week!

  6. Bev, the chair turned out beautiful! I know lots of patience went into that project! And, another great Tablescape! Thanks for all the inspiration in this post! Have a lovely week!

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