So I thought I'd have a little fun and pull out all the stops to set my dining table for a real sit down style meal.
Candles are a must. I like candles that don't have a strong smell for the dining room... you don't want to them to compete with the meal that you created...
I pulled out all the odds and ends from the china cabinet that said "fall" to me. Everything that was brown, cream, tan, amber, gold, shades of white... well it all came out to play. Most of these items were thrift store or garage sale finds. A few are even items passed down from relatives.
Some were even grown here at Red Gate Farm. Like the walnuts and the miniature pumpkins.... and really, that's what a harvest meal should be all about.
I have two sets of these serving pieces, from a garage sale, for a total of $3.00.
The second most expensive item on the table? Well it would be this galvanized carrier I placed in the center of the table, full of pumpkins and burlap ribbon... perhaps it was meant for tools. I picked it up a couple of years ago at an antique store for $6.00.
I don't own any dishes that look "fallish" so I used four platters that I've collected. All for just a dollar or two a piece. I added a brown fancy plate, paper actually, a cream china bowl and a cute little egg cup holding a walnut.
The glassware I have collected over the years. One common name is "boopie glasses". I added a little galvanized metal place card to the right.
I actually have set of six boopie glasses from my mom that are red. As a kid I loved those red glasses.... now I have clear, red, green and amber. They also came in a desert dish style.... here I just used the small and larger goblet glasses.
The little china bowls and the nut cups came from the Lydia Place garage sale that I attend every August. I literally paid pennies for four bowls and four eggcups.
The four platters are miss matched pieces... one cream, one white, one tan.... some stoneware, some china.... some plain, some with detail.
The sun is streaming in the south facing windows... perhaps beckoning a dinner guest...
As you can see, I'm kind of captivated by the little egg cups!
I used my grandmother's white damask tablecloth, layered with drop cloth fabric, a burlap runner I won in a giveaway and a bit of lace. I like to layer the linens on the table instead of just using a tablecloth.... I also used the matching white damask napkins as place mats and of course, as napkins!
The old silverware is my grandmother's.... I think the pattern is named Jubilee... a fun name.
You may not believe it, but the most expensive item on the table? Well it's the four Pottery Barn curtain clips I used for napkin rings. They are left over from the living and dining room curtains. These little babies were $3.00 a piece... for the four that means a whooping $12.00 total. Since they have little clips for the curtains to hang from I also used them as place or name cards with a bit of torn brown paper.
The table is all set... a lot of layer... with bit of fancy and a bit of farmgirl..... Of course, now I just need to make the meal!
It was fun to pull out a bunch of miss matched things and create a fun, fall table scape. Of course when my husband saw it he asked if I was having a party!
But no, I'm just enjoying a beautiful, Pacific Northwest fall weekend,