Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Tablescape Muse

Last week I created a fall centerpiece for my museum group's annual tea.
After seeing so much inspiration on Pinterest using pumpkins for floral containers, I just had to try it.
It was beyond simple!

I started with a huge heirloom pumpkin from the grocery store, scoring the top to accommodate the plastic container that would sit inside to hold water.

I thought this would be hard, but cutting through the pumpkin was like slicing butter!
The plastic dish fit right inside, ready for the flowers.

 I used two fall bouquets from the grocery store and filled in with blue hydrangeas from my garden.
Voila! 

Before I knew it, I was creating a tablescape!
The centerpiece was my muse, and I had just the dishes to go with it.

I couldn't pass up these transferware dinner plates from Homegoods recently, priced at $4.99 each.  They would be perfect for Thanksgiving, but for now, they are perfect for a fall tablescape.

I layered these faux majolica salad plates from Pottery Barn over them for interest and texture.
I say faux because they are actually melamine.  You seriously cannot tell they are plastic until you pick them up!

Bamboo silverware picks up the browns from the transferware plate.
The brown floral napkins are Ralph Lauren.

The purple goblets are from Goodwill and the try-color goblets are from TJMaxx.

It's been so long since I created a tablescape, but my pumpkin centerpiece got my creative juices going again!

 It was so easy to do, that I think it will be my go-to centerpiece for Thanksgiving this year.

Just as I was lighting the candles, Mr. A came home and asked what's for dinner?

 Uh, take-out?

The next day, after I delivered the centerpiece, I ended up creating yet another centerpiece with the three tiered stand and lots of mini pumpkins, gourds and pods.
It's beginning to look a lot like fall around here!

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32 comments:

Rhonda said...

Beautiful! You are the queen of tablescapes!

Pat said...

Beautiful perfection, Delores!

Debra Oliver said...

simply gorgeous! those leaf plates are wonderful, who would know they're not the real deal!

Anne said...

Delores,
You created a wonderful centerpiece and table! Beautiful and festive, and loved the candles too!

How was takeout?

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

So pretty! I love flower arranging and your efforts paid off beautifully! ($5 each for the plates at HG's? Crazy!)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Delores, Your centerpiece is wonderful. Your hydrangeas are still so blue--mine have all dried but once in a while a tiny purplish one blossoms. Those plates are very nice with the acorns and pheasants. You are right about those PB dishes. I had to pick them up at the store to see that they were really plastic! I have the same answer for my husband when I am busy with my tables. Linda

French Dreaming said...

Truly beautiful!! Love all that you do!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Delores that pumpkin centerpiece turned out BEAUTIFUL! Love the three tiered display too!
I saw those dishes in our TJMaxx...now I'm sorry I didn't buy them:(

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

so typical of men to want to eat when they see a pretty table!

KarenB said...

In my opinion, your centerpiece turned out better than all of the samples you posted previously! I love that you chose the (Fairytale) pumpkin and of course how can you go wrong with hydrangea and sunflowers? Gorgeous!!!

Pura Vida said...

viola in ALL CAPS!

Tammy Henderson said...

Beautiful!!! Your pumpkin turned out great!

Sheila Irwin said...

Love it all Delores! When I first discovered your blog I was blown away by your table scapes and was first inspired to do some of my own, something I hadn't done much of. Then you stopped! I remember thinking that just when I got going you were not doing it much anymore! I am glad you are "re-inspired"! Your tables and all your table ware are so beautiful that they really inspire me!

Thanks!
Best,
Sheila

AlwaysMe said...

Beautiful!
I cannot BELIEVE you found those dishes at Home Goods. I have been stalking them on EBay, and they are NOT $4.99

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love this tablescape and the centerpiece is beautiful.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh how gorgeous! Delores, are you sure those plates are melamine? they look gorgeous. And what a deal on the dinner plates. Your pumpkin floral arrangement turned out so pretty, and so did the tiered arrangement. laurie

Judy said...

it would be hard to chose my favorite...they are both gorgeous!

Chatfield Court said...

Beautiful centerpiece Delores! Love the beeswax candles (aren't they the best?).

K.

Elena said...

It's beautiful!

Victoria said...

I LOVE the centerpiece. I'll have to give this a try. The tablescape is beautiful as well and perfect for the season.
XO

Mary Clewley said...

You are so talented. Can I get a little of that??? I am decorating challenged. Kind of Bohemian. Of course, I live in a 150 year old house and I am surrounded by other BoHo's in my community. My sister comes to visit and giggles as she says, "It looks like a professor lives here"...whatever that means.
Anyway--I love the pumpkin centerpiece. Sooooo pretty. My daughter also found some purple goblets like yours at Goodwill. They are so pretty. She loves them. Your tablescape was very pretty too.
xoxo.

cindy hattersley design said...

Gorgeous! I am going to use my three tiered stand in just that same fashion for a home tour...so glad to see it already done!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a perfect fall tablescape! I love the bamboo silverware.

AntiqueChase said...

love everything and the three tiered stand with mini pumpkins is so cute!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful! What a pretty centerpiece and so easy too! A perfect fall tablescape.
Blessings My Friend,

Mary Soulios said...

Gorgeous tablescape.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I know the ladies must have really loved the centerpiece you created! Recently I put succulents into a real pumpkin using a plastic cup as a temporary "pot" for them. But I also love your tiered stand as a centerpiece as well!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Dolores! I love the centerpiece and STILL can't believe those plates are melamine!!! I am RUNNING to PB!!!! Fabulous table as always!!

Kathysue said...

Sooooo Gorgeous D! Love it
Kathysue

sugarcreek said...

I left my local fruit & veg guy shaking his head as I proudly carried my pumpkin thru the cash out lane. He asked what (food) I would be making with this gorgeous pumpkin. His jaw dropped when I said "oh, no, it's for a flower arrangement". You could just read his mind, " crazy American woman"!

Dee at The Carlton said...

Oh Delores - these look just perfect. I love the plates & would never have guessed the leaf ones were melamine.

Your tablescapes are always such a joy ....

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