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Oh my goodness!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  How did this happen?  It is just not in my nature to plan too far ahead.  If you are like me and just starting to plan your tablescape, maybe these Thanksgiving Tablescape tips, drawn from last year’s table, will get both of our creative juices flowing. Continue reading →

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Styling an Outdoor Event- Living With Color Designs Blog- Flowers in antique ball jars decorate tables.My daughter came to me several weeks ago with a request.  She wanted to honor a friend who was beginning a new life journey and she had envisioned a banquet of sorts which would be held outside.  She asked her dad and I if we would let her host this outdoor dinner in our back yard, with our help.  She felt it was the perfect place to create a magical night full of food, friends, farewells, and glowing lights. Continue reading →

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 Brown Peacock dinnerware with teapot and cup and saucer

The air is crisp.  The leaves have turned brilliant colors of orange, red, yellow, and brown.  You crave a cozy blanket and your favorite hot beverage.  This is the time of year when we start looking forward to all the up coming family functions and entertaining with friends.  Setting a beautiful table just enhances these moments and creates memories for a life time.

Fall tablescapes are enhanced with traditional motifs like pinecones and leaves.
Don’t hesitate to use natures bounty in arrangements.  Arrangements that include seasonal produce create a one of a kind lasting impression.  Also take a walk around your yard to see what treasures you may find to add to the table.  The simple addition of a twig, sprig of berries, or acorn cluster, to individual place setting shows the thought and care you have given to this special time together.

Large Brown Peacock Pitcher
Don’t be afraid to mix and match china that you have with a few new pieces. Most of us do not have storage for yet another complete set.  Coordinate some of the color in each of the patterns you are using.   Choose a few new pieces that will introduce the design to the table whether it is through a dinner plates, a soup bowl, or large serving pieces like the pitcher above.  
If you are interested in this pattern I have only found one source, Southern Style Home and Decor.  There may be others but this is where my research led.
Have fun decorating your  table and don’t be afraid to get creative.   – Marianne

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Red and white winter tables cape

Nature Inspired New Years Day Tablescape

OK, I’ll go ahead and tell you.  I’m not much of a planner.  My mother will start setting up the table for a gathering two months ahead and then work on it for weeks.  My younger sister plans every moment to perfection, nothing left to chance, and could be an event planner you could count on.  My older sister is enviously laid back but will start planning at least a week ahead.  I’m more of the decide what you are doing at the last minute kind of girl.  When my mother asks a pre question about what I am doing for or bringing to an upcoming family gathering I have been know to tell her that I will not even begin to think about it for at least two more days. (Which is usually a few days before the gathering but I never disappoint.)  


In typical fashion I decided New Year’s Eve that I would go ahead and cook a big traditional New Years meal and any of my family who was available would be welcome.  Surely they don’t have plans.  In hip fashion I texted my girls and in traditional fashion I called my mom to invite.  My oldest daughter and my beautiful grandchildren were already committed.  Bummer.  My younger daughter could come but my son-in-law would be in a deer stand or the woods somewhere.  My mom was available and of course my Sweet Thing was excited about a real meal.  Yea!


Since I had an intimate group of four I realized that I could pull a charming tablescape together and we could eat in the kitchen.  The pictures are the results of my very last minute pull together.


Deer, moss, and pinecone table decorations

On the Menu: pork chops, greens, black eyed peas with chow chow, carrot coins,  a little corn dip, and sweet tea.  Yum!

winter tablescape

Deer centerpieceI created a centerpiece with a resin deer and then I borrowed a few things from the nature craft item box we made after our walk the other day.  Of course I will be putting them back.  The bark, pinecones and lichen worked nicely.  I didn’t want it to be too fussy.  I repeated the pinecones at each place setting on top of the napkin.

Red and White Tablescape

I used a red and white color scheme and paired it with rustic materials.  Layering elements makes it more interesting.  I started with a twig placemat. On top of that I placed a red and white checkerboard placemat with snowflakes.  I just love this forged iron flatware. I have used it for many occasions.  I topped that with hand painted red and white leaf like plates.  I know mixing patterns can be challenging but I suggest you just play around with it.  You would be surprised what works.  Just have fun with it.

Rustic new year's day tables cape

This color scheme is great for winter gathering and brightening those short days of winter.  As you put away those Christmas decorations think red and hold back a few things that would speak to winter wonderlands.  Add some red mittens and little white skates or a snowman or two.  I’m hoping a few snow days and hot chocolate with peppermint are in my future.  


Red plaid place mats and red and white floral plates

Red and White Winter Tablescape


I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  – Marianne


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