Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23: how I made this easy Fall Tablescape…



 Hello friends.

You might recognize these flowers from my recent Gallery Wall Reveal.



I needed to come up with a quick Fall tablescape for that post and today I thought I’d show you what I did in case you’re looking for a few ideas.


I had already found these gold and red placemats on sale at Pier One so I figured that one of my blue and white Chinese jars could be used as a vase. When you’re under a time crunch, it forces you to look around and use what you have on hand.

Next I stopped by a wholesale flower shop but their selection was pretty low so I ended up buying these four bunches to use as the base for my arrangement.  Then I added filler flowers with a grocery store bouquet.

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These were the selections I started with.

Do you notice how I chose different flower shapes and textures?  When arranging flowers try to mix spiky and round flower shapes with interesting foliage.

Whenever it’s available I like to use Amaranthus for its interesting shape and since I was laying Eucalyptus down the table alongside giant Magnolia leaves, I added this to the arrangement too.


Magnolia leaves off a nearby tree were flattened under books the night before…


and Cinderella pumpkins and baby white pumpkins that I borrowed from HERE were added down the middle of the table.


I already had these small gold votives.



And do you remember those thrift store finds for my bar cart?

Well here’s that quirky $1.99 candle holder.


I originally saw the idea of using a single piece of wheat as a place card HERE but my version is more casual (and quicker). I used these Kraft gift tags that are sold in packs and when the wheat wouldn’t fit inside the hole, I simply tied it to the tag. I used a gold pen for handwriting….and Voila!

Everything looks pretty on a white napkin don’t you think?







Placemats: Pier One $2.99 each

Gold glassware: World Market Cost Plus $2.99 each

Wine glasses: TJ Maxx; set of six for $12.99

one bouquet of wheat : grocery store $3.99


Before I go I want to thank you.

Thank you for all the supportive comments you gave me about keeping up my blogging challenge this month. I happily called it ‘failing’ because it actually felt refreshing to embrace that idea. But it’s funny how airing out some feelings makes us feel better.

So here’s the verdict. I’m doing what I can comfortably do.

How’s that sound?

I say we make that our new mantra!

hugs to you all,


I’m sharing this post at these parties:






Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow, I love the centerpiece and the bouquet is so beautiful. Gorgeous tablescape.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love everything about it...STUNNING!!

Karen said...

What a great table setting. I love those placemats, their color combo will serve a ton of different times of the year, yet they look ideal for fall.
Blue and white is always welcome to the table in my book.
Yep, I agree, do what you can do. That's great advice for us all.
Enjoy your Thursday.

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

I agree Leslie. My mom used to always say to me, "you can't do it all..." I was always trying to pack it all in, somehow or someway...part of my character. It has taken me a long time to learn that I actually enjoy the process more by slowing it down and being more selective of what I do or do not do. And, hey, I really know now that I can't do it all. :)
Beautiful table setting. I love those placemats. It always seems so funny to me that you are looking towards Thanksgiving while ours is well behind us and all sights are on Christmas around here. Not me personally, but everywhere you look it is ringing Christmas.

Simply LKJ said...

Such a lovely arrangement, and I love the table setting.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! Every item comes together in a perfect way.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is just beautiful, Leslie...and the simplest little wheat placecard is so special...

Leslie said...

Leslie, don't you just love the way the yellow works with the blue and white containers? .. and the wheat is perfect for the autumn transition. Your place settings are so pretty and I like the name tags. Attention to detail is so important and you always do that. Hope you've had a great week! xxleslie

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I especially love your selection of flowers and the layers of greenery on the table! How smart to flatten the magnolia leaves in advance. You are all set for a great party! ... And blogging at your own pace is a very good decision!

Sarah said...

Leslie, I like the natural simplicity of your tablescape. The wheat place card on the white napkin ~ oh, so elegant in my mind. I'm going to copy that idea. Thank you!
PS - actually got something posted this week. ;-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, dear girl, I missed so many of your posts and I'm going back right now to read them. This one is great. I love the natural simplicity and the yellow (place mats) is so fresh for fall, we see so many deep colors in the fall, it's great to have a splash like this. Failing? must be in an older post. Off to read. But first, thank you for your kind comments. Funny, as my children left the nest, I felt like life was getting smaller. But it's the opposite. New people coming into my friendships, new "family". How did I not anticipate this? I am feeling richer with each day that goes by.

Hugs to you!

Jane xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie,
I love all the detail in this post, such wonderful ideas for fall table settings. Your pictures are really great, having a busy life + blogging is a bid commitment. I think you do a great job. Cheers, Nancy

Art and Sand said...

Well, I am still behind and am trying to catch up.

You had me at the placemats - love the yellow and red.

I love everything about the table setting.

I was noodling on the computer today and came across a website while looking for napkins. There are 24 different folds pictures with step by step instructions. You do so many pretty table settings, you might enjoy it. My Instagram picture for today was my version 3 of the 24 different napkin folding techniques.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your dining room could grace the pages of a magazine, Leslie! Everything looks just lovely, from the wall color to the curtains, to the beautifully decorated table!


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