A Tale of a Table 3 Ways
How to Design a Table Setting for 3 Seasons: A simple Set it and forget it process!!! Here is how to take one beautiful base tablescape and change it up for 3 seasons this fall.
I am sure everyone can agree that 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 tablescape 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 the 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 dinner lighting. This is our “Haunted Mansion” Halloween tablescape. I simply 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 evil glowing eyes. For my Farm Fresh Thank-Full-ness Tablescape I removed the black roses, and added in some of my beautiful dried autumn hydrangea. These blossoms were use as a fresh table centerpiece for my Bushel and Peck Table over a month ago. Now that the blooms have 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. This is really fun idea, especially 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, so I call it under stated creepy. For our Thanksgiving Day table I eliminated the galvanized silver charger and replaced it with warmer more casual burlap charger. I utilized my casual basketweave china and added a fun themed turkey plate from Pottery Barn. I decided to kept the solid gray napkins and added in a burnt orange napkin for some additional visual interest. It is okay to layer your napkins and linens it creates texture on your table. I placed the orange napkin 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, or your life apart from everyone else is attention to details. People will notice and appreciate the little things or unexpected surprises that sets a ordinary design idea or concept apart from all the others. RE-PURPOSFUL DESIGN- For this fun original tablescape centerpiece I repurposed the pumpkins. Literally, those pumpkins you see there 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. Amazing what a little vision and spray can do.
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 unexpected detail that helps to create this spooky vignette table is to draw the curtains and light up some candles. It truly helps 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 black roses and glass eyes, then just hot glued the eye deep into the center of the roses.
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 monster vibe. Either way the end result is fantastically eerie, which ever eyes you choose. The last detail I would like to point out are the Autumn Hydrangeas, which do 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 them, you then can put them into a vase or bucket and leave them until they are completely dry. Check out my article on Autumn Hydrangea for my information. I hope you have enjoyed my post about a Table done 3 ways. My hope is that no matter who you are, these tips will enable you to save time and money to enjoy these holidays to their fullest. Hopefully these resources will let people think that you worked really hard on your table, but by utilizing these simple steps I promise you will be done in flash.
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