Tuesday, September 24

Welcome Fall with An Outdoor Table

I love FALL.  It’s my favorite season.  With it comes cooler weather, changing leaves, gorgeous scenery and family time.  The coming holidays always spark the decorating bug in me and I go on the hunt for inspiration. I came across Mary's blog 'Home is Where the Boat Is' in my quest for real Fall beauty.  I LOVE this blog!  Mary is a wonder at merchandising and I found myself spending an afternoon browsing her photos. She has posted a wealth of inspiration within the pages of her blog and we are the better for it.  If you are a kindred spirit I know you will will love 'Home is Where the Boat Is' as well. The below post just makes me want to pull on a sweater and sip a cup of cocoa, and it's in the mid-80's here in North Texas!  It just cooled my spirit way down. If it's warm in your neck of the woods, sit back, browse.....close your eyes and dream of cooler days, wood smoke and spices. I can almost smell it, can you??


I set a table lakeside for Thanksgiving taking advantage of the Fall colors.
I soaked some oasis & filled a pumpkin for a centerpiece again this week using roses, sunflowers, daisies, and Hypericum berries from the market along with leaves & clippings from our shrubs. A visit to the produce section for some artichokes, apples & salad savoy help fill the gaps and add some texture and interest.

A centerpiece like this will last several days before some materials (mainly the garden clippings & salad savoy) will have to be replaced.  In fact this centerpiece looked better two days later when the roses had a chance to open up a bit~ just be sure to keep it in a cool place, out of direct sunlight to slow down the evaporation process and help it last longer.
I also lined the inside of the pumpkin with plastic bags to prevent any water from the oasis from seeping into the bottom of the pumpkin vase for a longer life.

I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of my little tiger striped pumpkins this season~ last week at the table and this week filled with plant material & flowers for individual vases for each of the four place settings. It would be fun to take it one step further and add a place card tucked or picked in place for each guest~

These were quick & easy to make~ soaking the oasis for 30 minutes and filling with bits of rosemary, clippings from shrubs, daisies and a Sweetgum ball. I’m making an effort to celebrate the Sweetgum, rather than curse the abundance of these prolific & prickly little gumballs this Fall :)

Wishing You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving with Turkey and Stuffing for All!

Thanksgiving Table details:Queen’s Myott by Churchill Thanksgiving Turkey dishes & Ivory Chargers /HomeGoods Mikasa; French Countryside Goblets/Tuesday Morning; Flatware & Woven Chargers/World Market; Napkins/Pier 1; Plaid Throw/Tablecovering/Target, last year.




autumnal, brisk, changing leaves, colorful, cooler days, fall harvest, leaf-strewn

table top, decor, woodsy,lake, oasis, floral arrangement, sunflowers,pumpkins


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