Since the dining room was all cleaned up and looking good, I couldn't resist setting a pretty table! I like to think of this as an "Early Fall" table, with just subtle hints of the season.
Keeping true to my norm, I used everything I already had for this table, with a few exceptions. After I spotted them, my parents bought me these polka dot salad plates for my birthday, so those are new. (PS, they're from Target, although I've only seen them at Super T.) I thought they were very Kate Spade-ish, and I know they'll get lots of use around here!
Also, I raided my Mom's brass candlestick stash and borrowed those, but had to buy the white taper candles. Why I didn't have some of those, I don't know!
I cleaned out my pantry last weekend and came across a bag of peanuts in the shell, and knew immediately that I wanted to use them on the table. You know, so our friends can sit around munching on them after the meal while we sit around and talk. :)
The "runner" is a piece of fabric that I folded to the size I wanted and tucked the ends under. Actually, it's 6 yards and someday it's going to be on the loveseat that's going in the kitchen.
The seagrass mats are from Ikea, and the carved bowls that the apples are in were a thrifting find. I almost passed them up but then realized they would be perfect down the center of a table!
I couldn't resist slipping some of the polka dot plates in my china cabinet, but I forgot to take a good photo of them. The lighting isn't great here, but it's the best one I got.
Sometimes I like the idea of individual bouquets of flowers at each place setting, rather than a center arrangement. If you've planned ahead, it would be fun to pick up some inexpensive glasses or small vases at thrift stores for each arrangement so you can send your guests home with a pretty party favor.
All 6 of these were done with 2 inexpensive grocery store bouquets, and I added in some purple heart clippings from my flowerbeds...it's going crazy!
To finish it off, I used Scrabble trays and letters for the place cards.
So, the apples, texture, wood, brass, nuts and flowers just hint at Fall to me. I've already got a plan forming for a Thanksgiving tablescape, so stay tuned!