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Halloween Tablescape with Lights

Welcome to the first day of Autumn Jubilee!  Halloween is coming, and I had a fun time creating this tablescape for it.  There is more than just mine here as well, be sure to check out the Halloween Tablescape blog hop at the end of the post.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For my holiday table, I started with my black caldron set atop a quilted Halloween table topper. I had this garland, and I arranged it like the skulls were bubbling out of the caldron.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added the LTE Lights winding the lights around the garland. This is the control unit, and I put it inside the caldron with the sensor peeking out the top so the remote control could work. Yes, I said remote control, more on that in a minute.  I ran the power cord under the garland and under a charger to plug it in.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the daylight, the light string looks a bit like spider webs in the garland.  I fixed the cord that is showing before moving on with the centerpiece.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added two glittery word plaques, one says “Spooky”…

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and the other side says “Boo!”

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

At one end of the tablescape centerpiece, I placed a black cat crouching over a jack-o-lantern.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the other end is a fun small jack-o-lantern with a happy face, a thrift store score.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put black napkins in pumpkin napkin rings, also from the thrif store last year.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I got to the place settings. Here’s where I really had some fun, putting out my new Halloween plates I just got last week. I couldn’t resist them!! So cute, and each one is different.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was a set of four, and I placed them on top of my white stoneware, all on the black chargers.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plates are so shiny, I had to turn off the light over the table to get pictures, that is why they are a bit dark.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t they just too cute?

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now for the fun part, turn out the overhead lights, and grab the remote controller….

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

then, light up the Even Lights set, and select the program you like.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

There are eight different program light effects, along with ten settings for solid-on lights from very dim to fairly bright. The orange buttons will make the lights flash either slowly, or quicker, or in a flicker-flash. The blue buttons on the right side of the controller will do a gradual up and down of the lights from dim to bright, selecting how fast that happens. There is no way to really describe this, so I made a video for you to see some of the settings. The video runs about a minute and a half and will show most of the settings so you can see the fun you can have.  Be patient at the beginning, the lights are actually getting a bit brighter and dimmer but the first setting is pretty subtle.

Now, wouldn’t that be fun for a Halloween party or a buffet table!!  LTE Lighting Even Lights

Final touches on the tablescape, I added water glasses to the place settings and black candles.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And then took a few more pictures at night with the lights on, such fun!

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The black cat with a happy jack-o-lantern looks a bit more menacing now.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Now for more fun!!

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Thanks once again to Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for putting together a Halloween blog hop of tablescape ideas for everyone to enjoy!  You can visit each blog on their day for a new post with fun for Halloween.  Enjoy!!

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Autumn Tablescape

Cooler weather means mornings on the veranda with a hot cup of coffee looking for the first signs of turning leaves.  I love this time of year.  Wearing sweaters, cooler nights with a warm quilt on my lap, looking forward to  a fire in the fireplace, some wool applique handwork, a lovely scented candle, and a good book.  I enjoy decorating to usher in the season with an Autumn inspired tablescape.  I’ve mentioned this before, our table is visible from the loft next to our bedroom, so a pretty tablescape is a decorative display that I see every morning as I come down the stairs.

This year I got out my Autumn placemats that I made a few years back with some wonderful plaid fabric with gold Autumn leaves.  They are simple rectangles, quilted with a maple leaf pantograph, then bound as usual.  The fabric was a secret sister gift in a longarm group. I put the placemats on a cream color tablecloth to set them off, and added my Nutmeg Spice napkins with wood napkin rings.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plate stacks have my copper color chargers, with white dinner china plates, topped with these Autumn Leaf plates from Pier 1. I swear, they should pay me for all I do for them, LOL!! Don’t you love that store?

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Above the knives on the placemat, I set knife rests, a gift from a friend and the first time I’ve had a table to use them. This is the kind of detail that makes a tablescape just a bit more special, not to mention it saves your placemats from getting quite as dirty.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

As usual, I add individual salt and pepper shakers.  I had to do a silverware polish, but that really didn’t take too long.  I use the Wrights Silver cream with water, and it is fast and easy.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Wine glasses are added too, these were a thrift store find.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Taking a closer look at this year’s centerpiece, I used my Advent candle holder to hold four rust color candles, then added a large ceramic pumpkin to the middle. Autumn leaf garlands span the length of the center table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these ceramic leaves are really salt and pepper shakers. I nestled them into the garland leaves as a surprise for those willing to look at bit closer.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My crackle glass votive holders and ceramic pumpkins are on each end of the centerpiece, surrounded by the leaf garland.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The colors of the elements of the centerpiece really go together well.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these pumpkin bowls fit into my existing leaf plates nicely, and would be great to serve salad dressings. I put a set on each end of the table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look overall, with all the elements in place.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I am ready for autumn!  You can see my tablescape from last year using a more rustic theme HERE.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I mention how much I love these plates? LOL, I think I should get the dinner plates too.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Welcome Autumn!!

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for Autumn? Do you have any special things that come out for the season?

 

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Do you love tablescapes as much as I like doing them?  One book still on my wish list is this one, by the publishers of Southern Lady Magazine and Tea Time – such beautiful tables in those magazines!!  Southern Lady Gracious Tables

 

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Apple Tablescape

September has arrived, and although it is technically still summer, Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of autumn for me.  This is the weekend of the Apple Festival, our biggest event of the year.  I have posted about this festival in years past, click on Apple Festival 2014 and Apple Festival 2015 to see the apple vendors, entertainment, and all the apple products we can get during the Labor Day weekend event.  I did an Apple themed tablescape last year, and have some new-to-me vintage apple items to use this year.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

While cleaning out the fabric closet, I found this apple printed corduroy.  Originally I thought I’d use it for a clothing item, but it has languished in the closet now for at least a few years.  So, it became a table runner. I cut it to a good size, and serged the edge with a rolled-edge stitch. See my Perfect Serged Napkins to see the whole technique tutorial.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Using a large eye needle and a threader, I pull the tail back through the serged edge and cut it off.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I got two napkins from the piece too.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put the runner diagonally on top of a square red table cloth. In the center, I placed an apple decorated biscotti jar, and some wooden apples around the center, both thrift store buys.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On each side of the jar, I put half of a cute apple salt and pepper set, also a thrift store score.  The set looks like a whole apple when placed side by side, and you can see a cut apple on one side of each one.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The little apple cage holding a votive was a thrift store score last year. I added some artificial leaves to the bottom.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the other side of the biscotti jar is a red pillar candle with an apple candle ring, part of my latest thrift store.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Four place settings have red chargers, white stoneware plates, red stoneware salad plates…

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and small ramekins with an apple design.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Red napkins are held with apple napkin rings. These are part of the same design line as the ramekins.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Cut crystal wine glasses and individual salt and pepper shakers complete each setting.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

You may notice that all the reds are not the same.  Just like apples come in different shades of red and yellow and even green, I just mixed the red shades.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you hungry for breakfast?  Serving my Apple Donuts, my Carmel Apple Coffee Cake, or pancakes with warm homemade Cinnamon Applesauce would make great breakfast fare!

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for fall?

Fat Quarter Shop has some adorable apple fabrics if you want to set your own apple table, just put Apple in the search box.

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Summer Luncheon

Last week I wanted to have some friends over for lunch and chat time.  It has been a while since I had some gal time, so I planned a nice day for the veranda.  The pots were all planted, flowers blooming all over, and I thought it would be nice to have a meal on the outdoor table.  So I invited some friends, planned a menu, decided on a color scheme for a tablescape and got excited about two new recipes I was developing.  And then, it decided to rain on the day of the luncheon.  So, instead of setting up outside, I set the table in the library in front of the sliding doors so we could have a view.  Better to have the meal inside than not at all!  So, I  spread a tablecloth over the table, brought the pots with the pink flowers inside, and cut some pink hydrangeas for vases to complete a centerpiece.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I wanted pink and green to be the main colors.  The green napkins I have were either too dark or too yellow, so I decided to go with white.  Pulling out the white ones, I found I only had four.  But, I can sew, and I have white fabric.  I went down to the basement and whipped up six white napkins on my serger.  Do you need to do this sometime?  I have a tutorial on Serging Perfect Napkins for you (and also tells how to do it with a sewing machine). These only took me a half hour to run up.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I tied pink ribbons to the acrylic napkin rings to add a bit more pink to the table.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The colors were pulled from these wonderful salad/soup plates that I got at the thrift store. They are deep enough for a light serving of soup or salad, yet shallow enough for use as a lunch plate.  I love the design and the scalloped edge.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Green chargers were set on the table, topped with my white stoneware and the pink salad plates. Individual salt and pepper shakers go at each setting, along with everyday flatware and pretty wine glasses.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Can you tell that it is raining outside?  At least it was light enough to get some pictures of the table.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Place cards had a small bird, and a sentiment “Your friendship is like a song of spring”, from a Stampin’ Up set.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The wine glasses were a thrift store score, Gorham lead crystal for 25 cents each, and they came with the little wine charms too.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Our luncheon began with a new recipe I developed for a chilled corn crab soup.  Recipe shared HERE.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Spinach salad was one of the main course salads, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and blueberries.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Blueberry vinaigrette for the salad is another new recipe, but that one will have to wait as I am going to enter it in the State Fair competition. I’ll share it after the competition is over.  Ranch was also provided so guests had their choice.  I use this cut crystal sugar and creamer set more often for dressings and condiments than I do for their intended purpose.   I set the blueberry vinaigrette in a depression glass dish to keep the drips off my white tablecloth.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Asian chow mein noodles were passed in a separate dish so my gluten free friends could skip the crunchies, but the others could add them to their salads if they liked.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The other main course salad was a pasta salad with bacon, cheese and tomatoes (not gluten free). This lovely glass bowl was my mother’s, one of her favorite dishes for serving. It holds memories as well as food.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Dessert was a frozen strawberry treat made with fresh strawberries, strawberry yogurt, and bourbon. I found the recipe on the internet, and it was nice to do once, but I doubt I’ll do it again.  I added fresh whipped cream and a chocolate dipped strawberry on top to make it a bit more special.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The hydrangeas stayed fresh for several days past the luncheon.  We’ve enjoyed them on the pub table since the luncheon.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Have you had a fun day with friends recently?

 

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Happy Independence Day Tablescape and Ideas

How is one supposed to have a cookout in the rain? The forecast isn’t promising for this evening and it is foggy this morning portending a very humid day.  Supposedly the rain will clear for a bit around cooking time, but I can’t count on that.  So, as I had to do last year as well, I set the table inside. I did it yesterday afternoon so I could get pictures and show you today.  If it clears up, it won’t take more than 10 minutes or so to move the whole thing to the veranda table.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I started with covering the table with a piece of white plastic, and covered that with a white cloth to protect it, bratwurst can get a bit juicy.  The Patriotic Table Runner is one I made a couple of years ago using a tri-recs ruler for the stars, and patriotic fabric for the squares.  Click on the name for the free quilted table runner tutorial and pattern.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The white star melamine dishes came out, and were dressed with a bit of star garland in blue and red. The “vase” for the flowers is a jelly jar. The hydrangea had a couple of small flower heads that were more blue, so they were added to the vases.  I did two of these to go on either side of the center.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The red salvia in the white planter was brought in from the veranda to be the focus of the centerpiece.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The star plates were set on either side, with two star sprays that I got at a dollar store some years ago.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was just a bit more needed to fill out the centerpiece, so the Mason Jar Candles with red flowers were also added.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Place settings were casual as usual for a cookout, with everyday flatware, red chargers and white stoneware. No salad plates as we weren’t going to need them. Red napkins got red rings.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I had another idea. I thought rolling the red napkins would make them look like firecrackers (or dynamite, LOL!!), so I did that.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

That’s fun, something different than the napkin shape I usually use.  Wine glasses were added as well.  Now, the table is set and ready for guests.  No place cards for this meal, it is just casual.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’ve left the four corners for serving dishes. Our guests are bringing side dishes to share, and if they need a dish, we’ll use these.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look at the star plates with the garland and hydrangea, and the mason jar candle.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Ready for spending time with good friends.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The big flag platter will hold brats and burgers and buns.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I always make some of my Perfect Deviled Eggs for cookouts and picnics.

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This year I’ll make a cucumber salad as well, from a couple of huge cucumbers a friend gave me.  Need more inspiration?  You can see some of my previous tablescapes at these links.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 – white placemats, red chargers, and three colors of napkins with clear acrylic rings because I didn’t have six of any one color.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Tablescape for 4 in 2015 – Inside with Battenburg lace placemats, and red candles in depression glass holders…

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

and outside with paper napkin chargers and the melamine stars as plates!  Strawberry napkin rings hold red cloth napkins. Star sprays flank a planter with white petunia.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

And here is the veranda tablescape from an early July Red White and Blue Luncheon I had with friends two summers ago.  This time I rolled the plasticware inside paper napkins and tied them with a blue ribbon.

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I hope you have a wonderful July 4th holiday, time spent with family and friends with lots of fun and fireworks!!

What are your plans for the holiday?

 

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Dinner on the Veranda

The weather is really nice now, cool in the evenings, sometimes after an afternoon shower. I like eating outside especially when we are grilling dinner. Of course, planning for the meat and veggies to be grilled means very little cleanup in the kitchen, and more time to sit and enjoy the view. I wanted to get out the lemon plates, as I haven’t used them since last summer. That meant yellow napkins too. The little napkin rings that are yellow flower pots were perfect for this tablescape.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

I set the plate stack on my thrift store score of rattan chargers.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

I set the table early in the day, and wanted to keep the bugs off the plates and cutlery. Recently I found these vintage screen covers at the thrift stores – one each at two different stores – and snapped them up. I need four more now!! I placed the cutlery on the plate and covered them with the vintage screen covers.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Here is the other one, with different flowers.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a little planter that was given to me by a friend inside the ceramic yellow basket. I filled it with water about half full.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

And here is how I left it until later when it was time to cook outside.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

When evening came, I cut some fresh hydrangeas and added them to the centerpiece. Lavendar and yellow go so well together.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

So the table is ready, now for the food.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Dinner was nice rib-eye steaks with zucchini boats filled with some butter and Parmesan cheese. I put a screen over the food while the grill heated up.  We decided that we didn’t need a salad with this meal since there was more than plenty here.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Grilled to perfection by DH resident grill-master,  and served with horseradish sauce, we had a lovely meal.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Looking out over the valley, there is a lovely green view we enjoyed as we had our dinner.  The distant ridge is a bit hazy on this evening.  It is difficult for the camera to see both the close up green and the distant ridge at the same time.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Later, at dusk, I attempted to get some of the hundreds of fireflies that were flashing in the trees and in the meadow.  Taking a couple of dozen photos, this was the only one that had a yellow light.  There are so many fireflies, it looks like twinkle lights on the meadow and in the dark areas of the forest.

Dinner on the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

I did try again later with a tripod, can you see some tiny lights near the grass here?  They are just so hard to capture!  But so pretty, softly flashing tiny yellow lights.

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Broadway Tablescape Giveaway Winners

The giveaway drawing has been held, and the winners have been notified by email. Forgive me for two posts in one day, I just have too much to tell you all right now, LOL!!   Thank you to all who commented on my Burgundy and Gold Stage Theater tablescape, too!

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Winner of the Broadway Cast version of Victor Victoria is Linda, who blogs at Life and Linda.

Winner of the Chicago DVD is Kathy in WV.

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Winner of the Portrait of Broadway music cd is Mary S who blogs at Needled Mom.  Emily L. has won the Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The Josh Groban cd will go to Rita C, who blogs at Panoply.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  It was fun that two of the winners came from the first four commenters, and one was next to last.  You just never know if it is good to comment early or wait until later.  The random number generator did a great job this time!!

The Broadway Bingo download is still available.  It took four hours to create, and I’d love to have a few more take advantage of the free game download.  You don’t have to watch the awards to play, it will work just as well with a list of winners from the newspaper.  Click on 2017 Broadway Bingo. Family friendly fun.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  More fun coming up!