Set the Table — Challenge # 20

The other day my buddy Diane said she wanted to set a gorgeous table for the holidays this year. She was taking stock of what she had on hand, and planning to score a few new things to spice up her tablescape.

Leona recently gave us inspiration with the luscious scenes in her tinted glassware post. My daughter and I jumped in and created this fall table.

Fall Tablescape

Fall Tablescape Close UpWe started with the ceramic pumpkin tureen that my Mom made years back as the centerpiece.

I wanted to add glassware in red and orange tones and I found some great stuff for a steal at Target: Gold-toned chargers and clearance glassware.

We snagged a giant autumn-leaves wreath at the farm stand. My daughter and I judiciously snipped off some red, gold and a few of the green leaves so that the wreath remained front-door worthy. We used simple glass plates and my daughter sandwiched the green leaves between the glass and the charger. Love it.

Everybody’s thinking about it so let’s have a Challenge around it!

Here’s your Challenge: Set a beautiful table and then share it with us. It could be what you’re planning for one of the upcoming holidays, for next week’s brunch for the In-Laws, or simply for dinner tonight.

The goal of this Challenge is merely to share fabulous ideas. So delve into the depths of your cabinets and see what you can find. Use the family china, flea market finds or shop a bit if you like.

Go for colorful or wow us with a neutral, textural scheme. Be Contemporary, Traditional or create a striking mix. Get creative, get crafty, whatever. Most importantly, have fun!

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When you're done, snap a photo and submit your entry. Do so by Wednesday, February 24, 2010 to be included in the Ta-Da! Challenge Results post. We can't wait to see what you do!

Set the Table -- Challenge # 20

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
  • Ta-Da! Challenge Results: Thursday, February 25, 2010

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1. Suzanne Maviano, ASID in Riverside, IL 60543 USA 

1. From Suzanne Maviano, ASID in Riverside, IL 60543 USA:

Suzanne Maviano, ASID's entry

Received this email today 1/5/2010.

The menu of Spanish Paella dictated this elegant table setting. Copper serving chargers, raffia tied napkins, seashells, beautiful flowers, lighting, river rock, and grasses all projected the pleasure of what was yet to come…a feast for the eyes and the stomach!! PAELLA!!

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6 Comments for “Set the Table — Challenge # 20”

Creating a great table set can be so much fun! A crucial part is finding the right china and glassware to match your decor!

[…] It’s on your mind this time of year. How can you creatively set the table for the holidays? Or even for tonight’s […]

Hi Jenn,

Good point about the china and glassware. I know I have an obsession for dishware and I’m not alone.

Thanks for popping in!

In past years I’ve used a real pumpkin as a vase to hold fall colored flowers and leafy branches. It was a big hit.


Great idea! That’s a gorgeous touch for a fall table.

— Kathy

My bad! Suzanne, I meant to comment on your gorgeous table right away. Sorry I got distracted and just now remembered.

Such a dramatic setting for a delicious meal. I especially love the surprise of the giant conch shell, and the use of the grasses. You found a wonderful way to get height in your arrangement without blocking conversation, by using the airy grasses.

The copper chargers add a warm shimmer, and I bet they come in handy for many settings.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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