It’s that time of year — time for the Pumpkin Delight Tablescape. I’m not all that fond of orange, but I managed to find a vision for pumpkin time that I could live with.
For the first time in my life, I have a dining room table and chairs that I ordered exactly the way I wanted them to be. I’ve been the lucky beneficiary of many a hand-me-down table, and for this I am grateful, but I figured that I deserved the dining room set that I wanted, not what my relatives wanted. My Amish-made oak table and chairs are crafted in Illinois and are sturdy as well as beautiful — and with all the leaves in the table it will seat twelve. Yay!
Of course, for a pumpkin-themed tablescape, the first thing I did was cover up the table with an orange undercloth. Since I kinda hate orange, I’ve always used a lace overlay cloth to tone down the orange. I bought several of these inexpensive tablecloths years ago in white and off-white and have used them again and again. They wear like iron and always make the table look more elegant. The intricate lace elements set the theme for the table.
I found both the pumpkin hand towels and the small pumpkin candles on the half-price sale at Joann’s Fabrics. The glittery pumpkin cut outs were a steal at Dollar Tree. The towels and the glitter pumpkins continued the intricate pattern of the lace tablecloth, and I never met a fleur-de-lys I didn’t like. I didn’t even realize until I actually looked at the photo of the packaging of the glitter pumpkins that I could have used them vertically as well as horizontally. Maybe next year :).
I’m getting kind of bored with the Pfaltzgraff Filigree every week, but really, you can’t go wrong with a basic white stoneware plate. (I just discovered that Pfaltzgraff makes Filigree in powder blue, pale pink, sage, and a square version. Hold onto my credit card for me, please!) I layered amber glass dessert plates and matching Filigree bowls and finished them with the swirly compote topped with a pumpkin instead of a cherry.
For a touch of whimsy, I made napkin rings out of straws. They would need to be glued together for continued use, but it was very easy to create a triangle ring by folding the straws around the pumpkin clips. Voila! For another dollar, I had napkin rings.
I’m also the queen of easy centerpieces, so I just grabbed a fall wreath from my stash and plopped it on a yard sale silver tray. I did have to search for the orange candles since it was full-out Halloween season and ended up paying FULL PRICE for two orange pillars. (Insert massive OMG here.) The hurricane and hurricane stand are from PartyLite and have also been used over and over again over the years. I have the stand in both silver and gold finishes, but used the silver one here to go with the silver tray.
When my friends came over for dinner, I served pumpkin hummus with pita bread triangles. It was a definite hit — see the recipe below. For Dawn at We Call It Junkin’, this lotus silver bowl is one of a pair and also has a floral ring to use it for a flower arrangement. We inherited it from Music Man’s mother and it’s OLDE — kind of.
I’m linking up this week at The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, We Call It Olde at We Call It Junkin’, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Let’s Dish with Cuisine Kathleen, Open House Party with No Minimalist Here, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to visit these creative bloggers for lovely photos and inspiration.
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)