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.   

 

158 Comments

  1. Your table skills are amazing, I rarely like table settings but your are so unique and different.

  2. Great tables alive! This has got to be one of the prettiest thing I have seen in a while, with all that beautiful milk glass. You have a beautiful talent so glad you have platform to share it with the world.

  3. All those candle have me spooning over this table, I may do this for a candlelit Christmas Eve dinner. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Such a pretty table I can not wait to see your Christmas table up close, I am sure it will be beautiful.

  5. I am so impressed with your pictures, they really look like magazine quality, are your photographer too? You have so many talents I would not be a bit surprised if you were.

    • Thanks for stopping by. Sorry, no I am not a trained photographer. I just got a good camera, and I eye for what I like. No training needed lol.

  6. Very nice table setting, it has a very romantic feel, perfect for a date night with my lady friend. 🙂 Thank You.

  7. Wow, look at all those candles. I can not believe you lite them all too! Wow, just wow!

  8. Oh my this table is so pretty I can not even imagine setting down to hav a fancy dinner here. It is the stuff fairytales are made of, for sure.

  9. I am loving all that milk glass you have. How did you get so much of it? I am dying to know, I must have count 20 or so vases.

    • Hi Rebecca, You counted right there are 21 milk glass bud vases. I got most of them at a local antique store called The Green Bean Exchange. The rest I already had from my mom and grandmother’s collections. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment 🙂

  10. Such a pretty table layout, you have a lit of talent. You take a everyday living area and exceed and expeditions of it.

  11. Pretty tables, I would love to see a basic not so fancy version in your future.

  12. I saw this picture on instagram and loved it, then noticed your had a blog! OMG I love this site, you have so much content, and I did not even know.

  13. This table is so pretty, I love all the ways your altered it but my favorite is the first one with the china. Perfection!!!

  14. Thank you for providing such great table setting inspiration and showing us how to change it up for the holidays. You have a rally great blog and I really enjoy the posts you are offering.

  15. First I love that you say tablescape, it reminds my of Sandra Lee one of my favs. Second I love how beautiful your table is and that you transitioned it through out the seasons. You have a wonderful blog and I think the new year will be your best yet!

  16. You have so much talent as seen with these really wonderful tablescapes. Great idea to show how to covert them easily.

  17. I saw this table and had to check out this post. Great idea to show how to revamp during the season, working people don’t have time for all that cha cha all the time. I think you have found a great niche.

  18. I keep coming back to this table design for my Christmas inspiration, it is just that beautiful.

  19. Pretty tables and nice way to dress them up for the different back to back holidays. Great post, you have some really nice ideas.

  20. This table is incredible, I bet your family loved it! I would feel so classy sitting down to dinner at that table.

  21. You tables are stunning, I am just in awe of how pretty they are. I would see this one used for a weeding venue or on the cover of a magazine. You have so much talent thank you for sharing your beautiful visions with us.

  22. My favorite one is the first one with the fine china, it is just so beautiful. I do think it is fun that you showed how to change it up for other seasons.

  23. The picture was scroll stopping on your site so I had to see what this was all about. I love that table design it is breathtaking!

  24. This table of your is fantastic, you could use that candle set up for so many occasions too, add in some red for Christmas, it would still be pretty.

  25. Beautiful table for the holidays, and so many options to change it up between each the of the holidays too.

  26. I bet your family loved this table for Thanksgiving. I know I would be awe struck.

  27. Wow you had a pretty Thanksgiving table, did you leave all those candles on there or did you take them down for the dinner? Just wondering, inquiring minds.

  28. Goggled Thanksgiving Day table and found you fantastic site, now I am fan. Good news you table helped to inspire me for a last centerpiece, that the family loved.

  29. Love this table and the milkglass vase as candle holders I think I will do for Christmas for a grand look, ornaments instead of pumpkins, and red candles.

  30. This really helped me out for a easy Thanksgiving table I pinned it and was able to replicate it with things I already had stored away from last year. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  31. Lovely table I decide to do something similar minus all the candles since we have littles running around. Thanks for makes our turkey day complete.

  32. I totally knocked off your table design for my family Thanksgiving, my mom was so impressed. Thank you for posting early so I could find the right stuff at the right prices, did you know that Hobby Lobby went 80% off the week before? That is crazy I picked up great stuff for so cheap.

  33. I have the Pottery barn Turkey plates too! So I followed your lead on what to pair with it and it turned out so pretty, thanks!

  34. Thank you for such a great inspiration for the holidays I used the very idea of table 3 ways when I saw it and It worked great. Just a few tweaks and it changed up easily. Mine was more to the orange side of things and no milk glass but lots of pumpkins and leaves.

  35. Oh your table is going to be so pretty for Thanksgiving! Have fun tomorrow and enjoy your family.

  36. Thanksgiving at you house must be a very special event to have a table setting like this. Wow I do not think I have ever sat down to a table this fancy.

  37. This table is so gorgeous, I have no idea where to begin in building something like this. The volume of milk glass alone, sheesh.

  38. Your table makes me want to come to your house for dinner! What time should I be there? LOL Just kidding it is really beautiful.

  39. I have table envy right now. That is such a pretty table scape you have created for the holidays.

  40. I love that your have shown us 3 ways to make a table of this caliber. I am not sure I could create that base design, but I sure do love it!

  41. These tables are all beautiful, it is nice that you gave your readers options to change up a base style. God knows we are busy this time of year, especially us designers!

  42. I like the first table with the fancy china for Thanksgiving, but the turkey plates are nice too.

  43. Is it wrong for me to like the dark Halloween one best? I guess I am channeling my inner goth girl.

  44. The prettiest table EVER! Will you actually have your dinner here? I got to ask, because my kids would trash it.

  45. This table makes my goals list for next year. I am going to try and decorate more as one of my news resolutions.

  46. Your table is glorious, with all those candles. I seriously think it is magazine worthy. I am surprised it has been picked up yet, especially with the trend on Farmhouse Design.

  47. Piddling around your sight and I saw these pictures! I have to tell you that is a very impressive table. It feels like royalty.

  48. GORGEOUS! STUNNING! This is what magazine tables are made of! I am so jealous this is your holiday table!

  49. While I appreciate your table it might be a little much for me, but It would be great next time I pop the question 😉

  50. I have been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is sooo worth itfor me, in my humble opinion. Honestly if all site owners and bloggers made as good of content as you do, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  51. OMG, this is absolutly the most beautiful thing I have seen today. That milk glass is beautiful. I have to ask how did you get those tapers to stand up in the bud vases? Some of them are so narrow.

    • Hi there Rita! That is a great question, I actually did shave down the width at the bottom of some of the tapers, but the majority them fit perfectly. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  52. This is a spectacular table. I love the volume of candle you used, it really makes a great statement. It really looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue table, they should hire you.

  53. Your table is one of the best things I have seen this season. I would love to celebrate a Thanksgiving day surrounded in candle light.

  54. Wow this table, is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me if the Biltmore so elegant and opulent.

  55. Thanksgiving perfection right here. This table is so elegant and festive I love it!

  56. I love this table for the holidays. Also I really appreciate you showing me how to change it up better the holidays

  57. The sheer volume of the candles makes that table! Have you actually lit them all? I bet that was a site.

  58. This picture of your dining room table was scroll stopping on your page. I am telling you it is beautiful and you family is lucky to such a pretty table to celebrate the holiday at.

  59. Absolutely jealous of this table of perfection! No not really, I love it I just wish I had your talent.

  60. This table is simple beautiful, was it featured in Southern Living? I swear I have seen the picture before.

  61. I covet this table, Your designs are so pretty and you have so much talent. Thanks for sharing all this eye candy with us!

  62. This table is so pretty, even the spooky one for Halloween. I love your style, great job.

  63. You have taken our breath away with the stunning table. Those candle are such an easy way to make such a grand statement.

  64. Girl come do my tables right now!!! I must have a jaw dropping table like this for Thanksgiving.

  65. You tables are by far some of the prettiest tables I have seen. This feel like a romantic wedding reception, then becomes a creepy dinner party and then bountiful for Thanksgiving.

  66. OH MEM GEE this table is so gorgeous, I would give anything to have you do my holiday table.

  67. How lovely your tables are, I personally like the first one for fall but the other two with holiday themes are good too.

  68. I am completely and utter smitten with this table. In fact, I think I saw it on Instagram today, now I have to go back and check. Anyways, I love the table and just you unique style for everything you do.

  69. This table is perfect for more fun occasions in the future for those who read your blog. It would be simple to do, I am thinking a head table for our wedding next spring.

  70. This makes the perfect holiday table, and the ability to carry over 3 holidays is even better. Honestly is looks like a table you would see in a magazine or catalog. Absolutely beautiful pictures.

  71. Your table is glorious, all those taper candles reminds me of feasts in Greece. So very pretty, keep you talent flowing.

  72. This table is so beautiful, how did you come up with the combination of things? It really is the perfect mix of everything, you must be a a designer or something …LOL

  73. You tables are really gorgeous. I love all that milkglass, how did you get so many? I have one of two but this is quite a showing of them.

    • Hey Marcie thanks for the sweet comment. To answer your question I literally reached every antique store in a 30 mile radius, and bought everything they had! It loved how it turned out too, it one of my top 5 favorite tables.

  74. I have throughly enjoyed my reading time here today! I must say this table is has been one of my favorite things on here so far. It is soooooooo pretty.I willl be bookmarking your page and come back often. I noticed that you post twice a week which is amazing for a blogger, most of the ones I follow on post once and week or twice a month. So thank you for all the great reading material.

  75. This is the most beautiful table I have seen in along time. Classic and stately!

  76. Bravo! This table belongs in a magazine! It is stunningly beautiful, and so elegant. Yet you still kept that farmhouse feel with the milk glass bud vases. Such a ingenues used of them.

  77. Hello gorgeous this table is the real deal. I would love to have a fancy dinner for the holidays there.

  78. There are actually plenty of details like that to take into consideration. You supply the ideas like above as well as basic inspiration. Beautiful!

  79. Your table is breathtaking, I have not seen a fallible this pretty to date! I think it is the large amount of candle and milk glass you have which creates almost a wedding style runner. I could totally see this for a wedding.

  80. This table is like a fairytale come true. I like how it looks with the Halloween and then becomes a Thanksgiving table too. Very inspiring.

  81. Milk glass makes me think of my grammy, she loved and had a ton of it. I need to ask my mom if she still has any, because I love this idea!

  82. It’s exhausting to search out pretty tables capes for the holidays, some people just post a pinecone on the table and call it a tablcscape, ROTF Thanks for making something worth seeing.

  83. This is such time saving idea, this momma here can totally appreciate that, thank you!

  84. Clearly you are my long lost sister as we have the same flare for the dramatic. This table is one of the best things I have seen the season!

  85. This table is the tops! I love how it is so comfortable and the candles are mesmerizing.

  86. Wow this is such a good way to switch out between the seasons, I like that you have a base arrangement that you changed out parts for each season. Plus that base with those beautiful milk glass candle holders is spectacular, I would want to change it either.

  87. An fascinating dialogue is worth comment. I feel that you must write more on this subject, everyone these days are looking for time saving tips, available on there phones,lol. Cheers

  88. Discovering your blog is like finding water in the dessert. It is rare, and needed for the blogging world today. Please keep doing what you do best! Love the tables they are absolutely gorgeous dear.

  89. You have some of the best ideas, what busy mama wouldn’t want a easy convertible table that beautiful, like this? Come on ladies it is a no brainer.

  90. All of these table are gorgeous mainly because of that fantastic candle runner you created out of milk glass vase and pumpkins! I wish I had half your talent, then I could actually get something done.

  91. These are such pretty tables, thank you so much for sharing your vision and inspiring me!

  92. I really never decorate my tables but if I did, this would be the way to do it, so it could last for 3 months. lol

  93. OMG I LOVE ALL THE MILK GLASS!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A TABLE I WILL BE RECREATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION.

  94. You always have such inspiring seasonal ideas. Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.

  95. I’m just commenting to let you know how brilliant you are. The concept behind a transition table is something everyone is looking to do, time and money saving techniques for everyday people. Thanks for the inspiration.

  96. I truly appreciate that you have made a post on transitioning tables for the holidays, such a great idea since they all hit so close together. Good Job Girl.

  97. What???? How is this possible???? You are making the holiday so much easier for me thank you, thank you , thank you.

  98. I just had to thank you, I do not know what I could possibly done to easily transition my table, but you revealed a great solution to my problem. I am just thankful for your information and then sincerely hope you really know what a great job you are doing teaching people using your site.

  99. This is such a good idea I wish I had seen it sooner. Ugh I will pin for next year, I guess I am destiny to be a year behind, always. Thanks again.

  100. You have some of the best ideas on the web. To have one table with 3 options for the season, goat idea.

  101. I needed to thank you solved a yearly problem that I always face. To much celebration not enough time. Now I weep out of gladness. I am just happier for the assistance and thus trust you really know what a great job you’re getting into teaching other individuals all through your web blog.

  102. All the holiday advice you made is so cool. Also this is a easy website to navigation, it loads fast and it’s everything astounding!!! Brilliant, and that is quite serious I promise. Thank you for all ideas!

  103. I still can’t get over how pretty this table is. You made some great money saving points there. I can’t wait to try a do this with my table next weekend.

  104. Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily rare opportunity to read in detail how you created these tables. I amorally enjoying reading from this blog. It rare to find a lot people using or creating cameos these days, and I’m just certainly happy for the eye-popping advice from you.

  105. 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!

  106. 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.

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

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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!

  111. 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

  112. 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.

  113. 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!

  114. 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!

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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.

  119. 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!

  120. 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!

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

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

  125. 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.

  126. 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!

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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. 😉

  130. 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.

  131. 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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