Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It started with these placemats, which were a gift of my mother. Cute, aren't they?
I used a plain black napkin with a black gingham ribbon for a napkin ring.
The dinner plate is Wedgwood's Nantucket Basket. The orange soup bowls were a purchase this year from Wal-Mart. The flatware is my everyday Oneida Easton, and the water goblets are plain glassware I purchased a few years ago from Wal-Mart.
The centerpiece was this Halloween lantern. It was a gift from my children for my birthday last year. My birthday is the day before Halloween!
This punched votive holder was a gift from my sister one year.
This adorable black cat was a gift from the mother of one of my students back when I was teaching.
Here is a shot with the hutch decorated.
My children's treat bags hang from the knobs of the upper cabinets.
Our candy bucket fits perfectly in the niche below.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I used the same centerpiece as the Autumn Family Night.
I started with gold damask-like placemats and napkins that I had picked up last year from Wal-Mart, along with the bronze maple-leaf napkin rings. I then added these gorgeous oak-leaf chargers that I picked up from there this year. I just love that burnished wood look, and I almost hate to cover them up with a dinner plate!
The Stratford Stage cereal bowl (used as a salad bowl) was added to the setting, along with amber iced-tea glasses in Fostoria Jamestown and Oneida Easton stainless flatware.
I just love the scene on this creamer, with its tudor house and an abbey tower in the background. I created a vignette for the sugar and creamer on the hutch.
Happy Autumn Evenings!
Be sure to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for a ton more tablescapes!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The base for each place setting is a white linen hem-stitched placemat. A monogrammed napkin is placed between the charger and dinner plate. The flatware is Reed & Barton Tara sterling. The glassware is Imperial Old Williamsburg iced tea and wine goblets in brown.
A butter knife rests on the bread plate. I love the charm of those Tudor buildings!
My mother gave me this wonderful pumpkin tureen a few years ago. I thought its brown stem, acorns, and vine tendrils complemented the brown of the china and crystal.
The coffee cups feature a wrap-around scene. Here you see the stagecoach.
Cows are grazing near a pond on the bucolic outskirts of a village.
This scene of the cup is my favorite of the whole set. I think that English cottage looks so cozy!
Here are the cups arranged on the buffet for some after-dinner tea. I was going to add the sterling teapot, but I didn't have time to polish it!
Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for many more tablescapes.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
After we eat dinner, we pitch in for a quick clean-up of the kitchen and then do some family activity. It is usually a board game like Sorry! or Toy Story Yahtzee, but last night was cool, and we opted for a walk around the neighborhood. After the family activity, we light another candle in the living room and settle in for a short devotional. We use The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, and we read about the father who intercedes with Jesus for his sick son and talked about intercession. We then made a family prayer list of people we wanted to pray for. We stuck this poster on our refrigerator and will use it as a reminder to include these people in our prayers this week. We also use one of the drawers in the hutch to store Christmas cards we've received. Emily Anne and Will take turns choosing a Christmas card each night before the blessing, and we pray for the people who sent us the card. Here is the hutch decorated for fall.
Now, on to the tablescape details!
The placemats and napkins were ones that I found at Christmas Tree Hill on our trip to Pennsylvania. It has been difficult to save them until fall! The plates are stoneware that my husband had before we were married, and I thought the yellows, rusts, and olives picked up the color from the placemats beautifully. The iced tea goblets are Fostoria Jamestown. I've shared before how my mother had these in pink and how they hold such great memories for me. I wish I had some in every color, but I am really enjoying the amber and the glow they give, especially in candlelight!
I found the maple-leaf napkin rings last year at Wal-Mart, which is also where I scored the pumpkin and gourd salt-and-pepper shakers.
Happy Fall, y'all, and be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more autumn inspiration!