A Tale of a Table 3 Ways

A Tale of a Table 3 Ways

How to Design a Table Setting for 3 Seasons: Set it and forget it !!! Here is how to take one beautiful base tablescape and change it up for 3 seasons this fall. 

As everyone can agree it the autumn season can be a very busy time of year. Holiday gatherings and family functions on top of football season and all the fall festivals it is enough to make ones head swim. That is what inspired me to make a tables cape that could easily be converted into 3 tables just by adding and eliminating a a few decorative items.This is our base autumn tablescape filled with pumpkins, green moss and cotton.  The focal point is a ton of milk glass vases topped with white taper candles. It is simple yet it makes a huge statement when you look at it, plus it can add ambient lighting. This is our “Haunted Mansion Halloween tablescape. I added in black roses the existing center piece and by removing a few candles, I was able to add some additional black roses to a few of the milk glass vases. Keep in mind these are not just any roses. Do you feel like someone is watching you? Well it’s the roses, they are alive and looking back at you, with glowing evil eyes . For my Farm Fresh ThankFullness Tablescape I removed the black roses, and added some of my beautiful dried autumn hydrangea. These blossoms were use as a fresh table centerpiece for my Bushel and Peck Table (click to see link)  over a month ago. Now that the blooms are dried they will last for years, or at least months until you grow tired of them.  Since they are the autumn hydrangea they have a lovely touch fuchsia and purple and brown which goes lovely with our Thanksgiving table theme. 
Now let’s take a closer look at the actual place setting for each of these tables. We started with a basic formal white china setting, which could actually be reused again for a formal Thanksgiving Day dinner. Layer with a galvanized charger to pull the silver out of the china while adding a casual feeling. Layered linens also add a touch of elegance to the setting. For Halloween we removed the tea cup and saucer  and replaced it with a spooky cameo place card marker. It is really fun if you can get the actual silhouette of your guest to be, from a profile photo. If not check out our free printable at the bottom of the page for some of my favorite stock cameos. Honestly, I am not sure why I find these black and white cameos so spooky, but they just evoke a classy haunted house experience. I imagine if you were to dine in a haunted house this is what the formal dining table might look like, I call it under stated creepy. For our Thanksgiving Day table I eliminated the galvanized silver charger and replaced it with burlap charger purchased last year at Hobby Lobby. I utilized  my casual basketweave china and added a fun themed turkey plate from Pottery Barn. I kept the solid gray napkins from HomeGoods and added in a burnt orange napkin I picked up at William Sonoma. I placed it only on the under side of the plate to loosely emulate a turkey’s “snood”. If you are unfamiliar with what snood is, it is the orangish reddish thing on a tom turkey’s beak. 

Designer Tip- I like to pick classic items that can be reworked into many different design combinations. That’s a sure way to get the most use from them. 

The Designer Details:

Honestly I am going to tell you , they key ingredient to any decorating, event or entertaining is THE  DETAILS! What will set your table, your home your life  apart from everyone else is attention to detail. People will notice and appreciate the little things or unexpected surprises that sets a ordinary designs idea or concept apart from all the others. So for this fun original tablescape centerpiece I used repurposed the pumpkins. Literally, those pumpkins are from this wreath I made in 2012 for my front door. Be sure to check out our previous the post on how to Recycle Your Pumpkins for all the details 

 For the Halloween Table I utilized cameo pictures instead of place cards. I tried to match up attributes of my guest to each of the cameo silhouettes. My original plan was to print out profile pictures of the people and black them out with a shaper then cut the away from the back drop and reprint. However you would be surprised how hard it is to find a good silhouette of people, in modern day pictures.  If you would like me to send you a free downloadable set of my favorite silhouettes used on the featured table please sign up  here:

This next detail that helps to create this spooky vignette table is to draw the curtains and light up some candles. It truly help that my curtains are gray, an unexpected bonus. Also in most boarded up old haunted houses most rooms have no natural light and heavy dark curtains (usually covered in dust) blocking the windows.

Finally I added a the creepy factor by adding eyeballs to the center of the roses. How unnerving is it when you sit down that you realize that the flowers are actually staring back at you. For this project I purchased back roses and glass eyes from Michael and just hot glued the eye deep into the center of the rose. 

The final outcome is a subtle kind of creepy, which goes perfectly with our Haunter Mansion theme. I decided to use two different types of eye to illustrate the different looks you can achieve the one below is based on human eyes and come in brown, blue and green. 

While the creepy glass monster eyes peaking out of the center of the flower give more of a fantasy or mystical vibe. Either way the end result is fantastically spooky, which eye eyes you choose. 

The last set of details I would like to point out are theAutumn Hydrangeas, which does require prior, proper, planning. You must make sure to clip and dry the hydrangea in early autumn. I personally recommend late August to late September. Once cut you can put them into a vase and use them somewhere ease in your home until they are completely dry. Check out my article on Autumn Hydrangea for my information. I hope you have enjoyed my post of a Table done 3 ways for . My hope is that no matter who you are: a busy mama, retired grandma, newly weds just starting out or a set of hard working DINKS, you are able to save time and money to enjoy these holidays to their fullest. Let people think that you worked really hard on your table, but  by using these simple steps I promise you will be  done in flash.   



  1. Wow I love this table! Those candles are so dramatic, granted they would never survive in my house, but your house they are beautiful! Thanks for everything!

  2. Clearly we are fans of milk glass and are collectors too. You have a very healthy collection of milk glass, have you ever had it appraised? Right now milk glass is becoming very popular and we are seeing raise in people wanting it. No doubt because of beautiful article and uses like this. Thanks for driving up the market, if anyone on your site is interested they can contact us for pricing and availability.

  3. Thank you so much for giving everyone such a terrific table tips. It’s a really lovely site and also packed with amusement.

  4. This is such beautiful table and dining room. You furniture is gorgeous and then you layer all that rustic milk glass on top with candles. Brilliant design work girl! I could see a lot of people wanting that look for a wedding.

  5. I just had to leave a little note about how pretty this table is! I love the milk glass! Very farmhouse chic, and looks like ad for Pottery Barn. Kuddos girl color me impressed.

  6. A girl friend of mine told me about your site and I had to come check it out. Your design concept for this table is amazeballs! The milk glass, and cotton are just perfect for a outside the box fall table. Great job!

  7. You made some respectable points here. I like the idea of set it and forget. I think you know how I think, which is scary. LOL

  8. You tables designs are so exceptional. You should really be a designer for holiday magazines or catalogues, like Ballard, Front Gate or Pottery Barn. I imagine what you could do with a room full of there stuff.

  9. I am here to tell you that mama’s everywhere are singing your praises. Thank you for creating a easy seasonal plan we can copy and use this holiday season. You are the best!

  10. I am so excited about this idea. I am a busy mama and don’t have a lot of extra time to decorate and re decorate, but I do like pretty things. I also want my family to be impressed for the holidays. Your technique of setting it and forgetting it is fantastic for us average peeps out her that do not process you super decorating talents. Thanks for the whole lot!

  11. My word your table is by far one of the prettiest things I have seen this season. I love milk glass and to make those bud vases candle holders, well that’s just genius. Are you on Instagram? I need to follow you.

  12. You know all of us mama’s ain’t got time for all that fluffy stuff, but you have giving us options, make it pretty, on a budget once. Thank you for taking our real lives into consideration. I guarantee we will love you for it.

  13. This table is stunning! It is between the eyeglass table and this as to which is my favorite. I LOVE all that milk glass, so very farmhouse. Glad I bookmarked you, it seems like you never disappoint.

  14. I just wanted to compose a quick note in order to appreciate you for all the superb pointers you are writing on this site. This post with the 3 tables designs will be a bight for you I am positive of it.

  15. I was mainly here for the recipes but then I saw this beautiful table that stopped me in my tracks. Wow it is stunning, the pictures look like they cam straight out of a magazine. If you are not published you should be, especially for this table!

  16. Your site is beautiful but if I could pick my favorite post it might be this one. Only because I love the message you are sending and these picture are fantastic. I mean that table is completely mag worthy!

  17. Thank you for all your work on this website. Kim really loves carrying out craft projects especially when it’s really simple to grasp. Many of us notice the lively manner, you create sensible decor tricks through the web site, and therefore we want to increase your response from readers. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. You are performing a brilliant job.

  18. I saw this pic on Insta and I had to link over and see the entire post. I love this idea of the milk glass vases with pillar candles, it is just classy and chic. Pinning this to my Dinner Party Inspiration board, thanks for the inspo.

  19. Just wanted to get a closer look at that table. Wow you did such a nice job transitioning the season’s, I wish I had half your talent.

  20. This is such a great post to show people how to rework there table decor. Nice job lady keep up the good work.

  21. Wow, now this table is really pretty. I love all those candles, they are so elegant. It makes me want an invite to your dinner parties, just to set down at a table like that would make my day.

  22. I love these tables, and how you easily converted them for each holiday. My favorite is the Haunted Mansion table, you are right those eyeball roses our pretty creepy, I could not imagine sitting down and feeling like something was looking at you. Talk about a living centerpiece! Those cameos turned out really great too, thanks for the printable!

  23. Jen, I love this idea. You are making decorating even simpler for those of us not born with your creative thumb. I really think I could actually pull this off.

  24. Now this is my kind of decorating, set it once and forget, no truer words for a busy mama like me. Great post I will have to mention during carpool pickup at school to get you more followers.

  25. I really love your dining room! Thank you for doing a post that shows your beautiful table as it transitions and progresses through the autumn season. Also thank you posting in enough time I can copy you. 😉

  26. Your table is sheer perfection! Thank for showing me 3 options, in such a simple manner. I wish more bloggers would do this type of post. They should keep things that a relevant to ordinary people. I imagine their area lot of busy mommies and working women that could benefit from this type of plan.

  27. I love that you are showing us how to layout a table 3 way for the fall season. It is hard as a busy mama to keep up with everything, so this concept makes my life a whole bunch easier. Also thank for mot breaking the bank with the supplies, that is the best part, I can see why you blog is so popular. I must take my friend out for coffee as a thank you for referring me.

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