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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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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.

Perfect Deviled Eggs From My Carolina Home

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.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

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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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

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I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

Garden Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

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Easter Tablescape

Taking the Spring Tablescape from the blog hop to Easter was pretty simple.  I already had a good theme going with the yellow and green colors, and a few vintage rabbits.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Last year I got these Easter crackers to have for the gals at the office.  But alas, the party I had planned to surprise them was not to be.  The little bunny faces and cotton tails are pretty cute though.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I switched out the yellow flower plates with some really cute Easter Egg plates.  I’ve not used these, other than to set them out and photograph them.  They are a discontinued pattern at Pier 1, you all know how much I love that store.  No affiliation, yada yada.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Putting the bunny crackers together with the egg plates and the setting now says Easter is here.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I added little rabbit planters filled with eggs to the centerpiece.  There is one on each side of the yellow ceramic basket.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The crackers will also stand up, adding dimension to the table and you can see their little cotton tails.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Ready for an Easter celebration.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Are you having an Easter dinner this year?

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Mardi Gras Cookie Party

It is Mardi Gras season, a great excuse to celebrate and set a nice table for some great food.  Mardi Gras celebration is an entire season of carnival activities for some cities. Mobile Alabama claims the very first celebration. New Orleans has a street fair and parades. Costume celebrations are held in Austria and Switzerland, and other areas around the world. Mardi Gras was on my mind as I prepared to host a board meeting for one of my clubs.  We had a lot of heavy decisions to make, so to make the meeting a bit lighter in tone, I decided to make it a cookie party. The dining room table was protected with a pad and tablecloth, then topped with a quilted table topper in my Amazing Value Play pattern.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 1

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with greenery and purple flowers inside. Mardi Gras beads were draped over and around the basket, with some Mardi Gras coins scattered about.  The glittery purple and gold apples work well with the theme.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 5

The purple note pads and funky napkins were found at the dollar store, along with some additional beads for the table.  Everyone will get a beaded necklace to take home.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 3

The fun ceramic dessert plates are a thrift store find, couldn’t be a better match for the table.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 2

I made my Vanilla Sugar Cookies for the meeting. Rolling out the dough, I used a fluted round cutter to suggest coins.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1a

They bake up quickly.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1b

Frosting them lightly with icing, they were sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar crystal decorations instead of Christmas colors.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 7

Turned out pretty tasty looking, huh?

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 4

I made some chocolate chip cookies too, but these are the stars for the day.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 8

The name Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday, and that will be next Tuesday, February 28th.  Then you can set a lovely table with a Mardi Gras Theme like this one from last year.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Using a crown, some evening bags, coins and beads, this is a fun table for a Tuesday meal.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

In the mood for a bit of quilting?  Make my Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used small seed beads to suggest a bead necklace on the top of the green, gold and purple block like the ones participants throw to the crowds during the parades.  See that construction with this link – Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Want a cookie?

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 11

Do you have any plans for Mardi Gras?

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Romantic Table for Two Blog Hop

With the romance of Valentine’s day on the horizon, it is time to think about a romantic dinner for two at home.  I am delighted to join Chloe for her blog hop Romantic Table for Two, ideas and tablescapes.  Perhaps the 14th will have you eating out, so a nice meal at home may be the weekend before or after – a wonderful way to extend the romance.  Whether it is breakfast or dinner, a pretty tablescape sets a mood for love and appreciation of all you share together.  When I think of romance, the place that comes to mind is Paris, France.  DH and I spent a wonderful week there years ago, so romantic, in a small hotel where we had a suite of rooms on the top floor (the 6th floor) with a marvelous stone balcony, overlooking the lights of the city of light.  So, of course, Paris was the first thing that came to mind for a tablescape. I ordered an Eiffel Tower online, and set the table looking out to the view of the mountains.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

The placemats and napkins are wine labels.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Some time ago, I scored these French storefront plates at the thrift store. Lovely aren’t they?  I liked the look of the square salad plates with the square chargers.  I picked out the boulangerie…

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

and the bookstore for our place settings, set on top of my white-on-white china plates and gold chargers.  Naturally, the good silverware has to be on the table, too.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

The pretty pink wine glasses are etched glass from the depression era. You can see a bit more of our mountain views in this photo.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Looking closer at the centerpiece, I found the graceful arc candle holder just last week at the thrift store, and it reminded me of the graceful arcing stone bridges over the River Seine in the heart of Paris.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, after I had set this table, I found the Cafe sign at another thrift store. It was just so perfect, and completed the tablescape. The greenery is faux grape leaves with bunches of grapes. Continuing the theme, I set out my grape cluster glass dishes to serve the appetizer course.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, for some romance, lets lower the lights, and light the candles, shall we?

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

I closed the curtains for the photos, but we will be looking out on a moonlit night.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Here’s my menu for dinner – click on the color ones for my original recipes here on my blog.

Shrimp and Avocado Romoulade

Spinach Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms

Sourdough Rolls with Creamery Butter

Parsley New Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce

Individual Creme Brulees – recipe coming soon

And now, a giveaway!  When I ordered the little Eiffel Tower on my tablescape, I ordered two of them.  I’ll send one to a lucky reader for your Romantic Table for Two tablescape.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post with where you have had a romantic dinner in the past.  Maybe it was a wonderful restaurant, a special occasion, in a park, on a trip, or at home.   Followers may leave a second comment for a second entry just saying how you follow.  Yes, I will ship internationally, so all are welcome to enter!  Forgive me if I cannot do individual email replies on this post as there are usually too many on a giveaway.  The drawing will be held Thursday evening after 5 pm Eastern time and the winner notified by email. Drawing has been held.

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Visit the other wonderful bloggers today and through the week for more romantic ideas.  This post will remain on the main page on this blog through Thursday, so come back each day to see that day’s Romantic Tables for Two. Here is the schedule for the blog hop.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Where have you had a Romantic Dinner for Two?

 

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