Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Tablescape

A friend called me and had an inspiration to do something different for Thanksgiving.  She's been using her dining room table as a buffet table for a while and wanted a change.  However, she didn't  have very many fall items to fit a traditional Thanksgiving theme.  So, I recommended she use her silverware and beautiful fine china and purchase a few accessories to create a  Thanksgiving Tablescape.

This is what I truly enjoy about my job - to instill a sense of excitement that comes from creatively making their surroundings attractive.

 I started creating the centerpiece by using her boxed succulents and a trio of green candles. We purchased green glasses, golden napkins, assorted plastic leaves, decorative and organic pumpkins to bring out the abundant fall colors of green, yellow, orange and hues of red.

 My friend already has this attractive china that has fall colors and by adding and combining the colors of the accessories together, it makes for a beautiful centerpiece.  


 Dessert Table

I encouraged her to use her credenza to be her dessert table and highlighted her silk flowers with fall colors and accessories. She loved the effect and will start using this set up now.

 Kitchen Table-Front 
I've extended the fall and Thanksgiving theme to her round kitchen table.


BEFORE - Living Room

 The living room area is connected to the dining room.  The sofa is solid  white, so I highlighted the sofa with pillows I found elsewhere in the house to create a cohesive fall setting.

AFTER - Living Room

My friend couldn't wait to share her warm and inviting dining room and living room with her family.  Traditionally, they have buffet s for their family affairs, but she likes her redesign table so much this Thanksgiving will be a sit down dinner!  She's looking forward to a lot of good conversation and togetherness this Thanksgiving.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall Themed Tablescape: Colors, Colors!

Fall or Harvest time is one of my favorite times of year because of the season's lush abundance. I feel that because I was born in the Fall, I have a strong association with this season because it symbolizes the start of something new - summer is over and the holidays are coming! 
For this Fall Themed Tablescape, I want to convey the rich palette of color that makes this season so full of life.  As a result, this tablescape bursts with bright earth tone colors of green, brown, yellow, orange and shades of red.  Eating is so much more fun when your table is a feast for the eyes!
 For this Fall TablescapeI combined different sizes and textures of wood, ceramic, cloth, glass and organic materials like vegetables and real leaves that show off Fall's abundance of colors.
 I like setting up the dining room table ahead of time so I can enjoy it for a few days before the main event.  I like to accentuate the table with accessories that reflect the season.  For this tablescape, I am using a tablecloth with a fall leaf design and a large mesh ribbon in the center. The design is topped off with a wagon planter filled with the season's harvest.
 This is one of those times where mixing  and matching  plates are essential to promote the colors of fall.  I've also added white ceramic pumpkins to balance the colors so there isn't too much orange.

Adding a playful accessory, gives the wagon a bit of a character.

I've added a green  organza twisted tie cord with fringed tassels that wrap around the chair, giving the chair itself some character, and blends in better with the color scheme.

The leaf shaped plate brings out the colors of the plate and charger. The napkin holders are covered with bountiful symbolism.

By adding this whimsical tea pot, which I found in one of our travels, serving tea is so much more fun!
 Here's an appetizing way to serve bread and butter - a pumpkin cloth basket and stacked decorative leafy plates. 

 In everything I give THANKS!