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Fall Bridal Shower Tablescape

Tomorrow night I am hosting a wedding shower for one of the girls in my Bunco group.

It’s just a small get together for the girls in the group but I want it to be something special for the bride-to-be. Just like with my Fall mantel I worked with what I had minus the pumpkins I purchased last week.

The silver table runner I have used for years and used to be a staple in my table decor until we refinished the table earlier this year. Because it is silver I thought it added a touch of elegance to the table and would be perfect for the occasion.

The repetition of orange works works to unify the carnival glass and pumpkins scattered along the table. For the shower I plan to fill the plates and bowls with fruit and cheese making them easily accessible by being in the center of the table.

One of the things I love most about our Casfina everyday dishes is they go well with so much and work for every season. Fall… for instance in this case. These are our everyday salad (or we don’t have much leftover but if I put it on a small plate no one will notice) plates. They work perfectly with all the orange on the table and should be the perfect size for some light (or heavy if anyone decides to bring chocolate) munchies.

The monogramed napkins are from our rehearsal dinner. I like to pull them out for special occasions. The wooden napkin ring brings a little bit of nature to the table and works well with the Fall theme.

The cute little glasses I picked up for a dollar a piece a couple of years ago at a church yard sale. I couldn’t pass up a great deal like that.

Since we have a chandelier above our dining room table I try to avoid making the centerpieces too tall. I don’t want it to look like I am trying to build the Tower of Babel up to the ceiling. This simple bowl filled with pumpkins remains low but has lots of color in for visual weight to really anchor the center piece to the table.

The table is all set and ready for the party. Now I just need to focus on the food. We don’t want the bride-to-be.. or the guests to go hungry!

What have you been transforming for Fall lately? Do you have any Fall dinner parties coming up? Which is your favorite part of party planning…. cooking or decorating? I’ll be honest mine is decorating. I don’t mind the cooking but I would much rather be eating.

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Fall Mantel 2012

In my book living room Fall is officially here!

As much as I love Summer it has been a nice change to see leaves and pumpkins scattered along the mantel.  I like to keep it simple in a sense.  Everything you see up there I just pulled from around the house except for the pumpkins which I purchased for around five bucks.  It’s fun to see how I reused a lot of the same accessories from last year’s Fall mantel but achieved a completely different look.

Fall decor doesn’t have to come from the seasonal aisle.  Instead look around your house for objects that are the colors you are wanting to use.  Color is so powerful and pulling together the right colors really sets the tone of what you are going for.

Our living room can be dark at times so I used white accessories and pumpkins to highlight different areas of the mantel.  The gold on the mirror frame and painted canvas work well with the warm colors found in the leaves.

The mums and greenery are left over from last year when I made a monogramed letter for our front door.  See it really does pay to keep your scraps!

I just pulled vases from around the house.  Like the McCarty Pottery vase and glazed ceramic vase above.  Both have good earthy colors that again work well with the simple leaf garland that I used as my main source of color.

The candle holder adds height and balances the vases on the other side but it also reminds me of a bare leafed tree.  Although, I am not sure what it was reminding me of when I used it for our Spring mantel.

The wall plaque normally hangs in our kitchen but it sort of has a Thanksgiving feel to it so I thought it would be appropriate for the Fall.  Plus, it is just such a great reminder of our commitment to God.

Here’s a few more pics because apparently I can be pretty indecisive when deciding which pictures to use.

All I need now is some Pumpkin Mousse and a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake that I found on Pinterest.  I think it’s gonna be a great Fall!

I’ll have to let you know how the above recipes turn in out in a Pinning and Dining post.

For a rundown of all the Fall decor from last year look here

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Personalized Fall Decor

Last week, I revealed my Fall door decor.  I am really loving it, and the cheerfulness it brings to the front door.

When I envisioned this in my head, I knew it needed to be constructed out of styrofoam and covered in moss.  In my dream I thought I could just go out and buy a styrofoam “S”.  Well, not at Hobby Lobby.  Here is what I did use though.

 I wish I had used green styrofoam instead of white.  The green is about twice the price though.  I was trying to keep the cost down.  Besides, I had plenty of moss to cover the entire surface area.  The mums and berry branches I was able to get for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Which to me made for a reasonable price… not sure I would have paid full price for them.

The first thing I did was draw an “S” so I would know where to cut.  You can see I just kept playing with it until I got it the way I wanted.  I have never excelled in neatness.  Don’t worry about it being sloppy looking; once you cut it out and cover it, it won’t matter.

After I cut the “S” out with a box cutter, I was ready to start gluing the moss.  At first, I used Elmer’s Glue because Wal-Mart was out of glue sticks for my hot glue gun.

Even though this method worked, I would not suggest it (unless you prefer green, sticky hands).  Thankfully, for the back and sides I was able to use hot glue, and the whole process went much faster and a lot cleaner.

After covering the “S” with moss,  I started gluing the mums which I had plucked off the flower stems.  They are made to come right off.  Before applying the glue, I laid them out to see how it would look and make sure everything looked good.  Then I just applied some glue to the back (still using Elmer’s at this point) and stuck it in the styrofoam.

Next, I cut the berry twigs off the main branch, stuck each piece into the open glue bottle, and then poked them into the styrofoam.  Once in, I would bend and shape to give the arrangement dimension.  (I still had not applied moss to the sides at this point.)

 

Here you can see the sides after the moss was applied.  It really gave a fullness to the arrangement.

I am pleased with how this turned out.  It was easy but would have been a lot easier if I had used hot glue from the beginning.  Oh well, sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

Either way I still ended up with a beautiful Fall decoration.  Even though I hung mine on the front door… I really think it could go anywhere you want to display it.  Has anybody else made something to decorate their house with for Fall recently?

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