Tag Archives: Tablescapes

Thanksgiving by Candlelight

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I enjoy creating tablescapes — especially for the holidays.  

I have to confess that I haven’t gone the simple route every Thanksgiving, but with each passing year, simplicity seems to be my mantra — go simple or go home!

This year, my “Thanksgiving by Candlelight” table reflects my desire for keeping things easy, yet pleasing to the eye.  And, of course, it’s in keeping with my casually elegant style. 


I just love the warm and cozy glow of candles burning in the center of the table as dinner time arrives and the sun sinks deeper under the horizon.


Normally, I love the layer plates upon plates, but this time I kept the layering to a minimum, using only a beaded gold charger and my beloved Spode Delamere dinner plates.  

I topped it off with a small picture frame used as a place card for each seat and called it done.


I love this idea because you can also give the frame as a little gift to your guests as they leave!  How fun is that?!

Although this table is simple, it subtly marries texture and color and gives a feeling of the fall harvest and the warmth of the season.



I always, always try to incorporate candles in to my tables, but have never photographed them lit before.  

I guess I was afraid the warm glow wouldn’t come through.  But today’s rainy weather provided the perfect opportunity to show you what my table actually looks like when I’m ready for my guests to arrive and dinner is about to be served.


There’s something about candle light that makes you want to linger at the table for conversation and camaraderie, doesn’t it?


You might notice that I didn’t place any napkins at this table.  That’s because this year — in keeping with my simpicity mantra — I’m using paper napkins.  And, no, I haven’t even bought them yet.  When I do, I will place them under the picture frames, or maybe just keep them in the kitchen in the buffet line.  


Today’s Thanksgiving table is part of the monthly tablescape series, “It’s All Set.”

I hope you’ll visit the links below to see more beautiful ideas from my friends!





Lilacs & Longhorns



Adding Warmth to a Thanksgiving Table with Burnished Copper | Designthusiasm.com

The Enchanted Home




Creating a Fall Tablescape Without Breaking the Bank

One of my favorite things about fall is that it marks the beginning of the holiday cooking and entertaining season.  Yes, it can be a lot of work, but I just love welcoming family and friends in to our home to sit around the table and break bread together.  (Not to mention the fact that I love the food!)

Creating a beautiful fall tablescape is just one way I like to make my home feel cozy and welcoming.  But, let’s be real…it can get expensive buying floral arrangements, cloth napkins and matching place settings for every single occasion — especially if you want each table you set to be unique and creative.



You’ll notice in my tablescape posts that I use a lot of the same things over and over again.   There’s a reason for that.  As much as I’d like to buy new for every table setting I create, it’s just too pricey and impractical so I try to create welcoming tables buying as little as possible. (more…)

Late Summer Outdoor Tablescape {It’s All Set}

How could it be possibly be mid-August already? 

My summer has been a blur!  I know I have sounded like a broken record all year — continually questioning the onset of each day, week, and month.  Time is flying by way too quickly and I feel like I am never caught up.  Can you relate? 

Here we are, however, getting closer and closer to September and that means that it’s time for another installment of “It’s All Set”, the monthly tablescape series.  It’s one of my favorite times of the month because some of my favorite bloggers and I are bringing you inspiring ideas for creating pretty table settings each month of the year.

It's All Set - Monthly Tablescape Inspiration

Now that it’s mid-August, I’m creating my take on a late summer outdoor tablescape.

creating a late summer tablescape

If you are following our “It’s All Set” series, you know that I like to keep things pretty simple.  (more…)

Simple Farmhouse-style Dessert Tablescape

Friends, can you believe it’s already mid-July?!  Not only that…it’s the second Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s already time for another round of “It’s All Set” — the monthly tablescape event featuring several of my favorite blog friends!

It's All Set - Monthly Tablescape Inspiration

I am having so much fun with this monthly feature and I hope you are too!

This month, my inspiration came from a cheery vintage tablecloth I bought at Round Top a few years ago for just a few dollars. 

It reminds me of my grandma — my mom’s mother.  The colors are just so cheerful and the style reminds me of her.  I’m not exactly sure why because I don’t recall her having a tablecloth like this one.  Something about it made me think of her when I saw it.  Maybe it’s the bits of yellow like the yellow floral wallpaper she had in her bathroom or the yellow chenille bedspread in her guest room.  Or, maybe it’s the pops of red like the old red-rimmed white enamelware she had from her parents farmhouse.  Or maybe it’s the cheerful floral pattern itself.  Whatever the reason, it spoke to me and made me think of her so I bought it.

I had almost forgotten about it tucked away in a basket in my kitchen.  So, when I was trying to come up with a theme for this month’s tablescape, I remembered the tablecloth.  I decided it was the perfect backdrop for creating a small table in honor of my grandma, her wonderful baking and her welcoming style.

farmhouse style tablescape blue and white

My grandma was the best at making desserts and her style was always simple and always welcoming!  And, taking center stage was the food — it was the main attraction, no question. (more…)

Summer Tablescape {It’s All Set}

Happy day, school is out!   

The arrival of June means the lazy days of summer break are here.  Almost.  

We have a big project going on in our backyard that I’m excited to share with you soon.  I had hoped it would have been done by now, but with all the rain we have experienced here in Texas, our project has taken weeks longer than expected so our backyard isn’t looking so lovely right now. 

As a result, today’s summer tablescape that I’m sharing as part of the monthly, “It’s All Set” tablescape series, is indoors — not out on my back patio as I had hoped.  

It's All Set - Monthly Tablescape Inspiration

But, that’s okay, because even though it wasn’t what I planned I love how it turned out.

summer tablescape blue and white dishes hydrangeas

I wanted to create a table using what I already have, yet make it feel fresh and airy like summer. (Now that I think about it, however, it’s rarely “fresh and airy” during a Texas summer – ha!) (more…)