Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn Tablescape Inspiration


This autumn table was so fun to decorate. I made an autumn leaves table topper to lay in a diamond shape upon a gold damask tablecloth. The tables were then adorned with brown square dishes atop basket weave chargers. The smaller salad-sized square plates in a variety of fall colors topped the brown plates. The leave bowls were perfect for pumpkins soup.

Napkins grace the table in a variety of fall colors which you can find online or any home goods store. Sprinkled upon the table were Mylar leaves accompanied by gold wine stems and purple water glasses.

The flowers were seasonal autumn sprays and were set within pewter vases. The table, one from an earlier Autumn was magnificent, if I do say so myself!

I find when you have a passion for tableware, you simply add to your collection each year and your tables become more and more abundantly set throughout the years. I like to advise newly marrieds and people starting out on their own to just add a little bit every year. It is more affordable and you get excited about setting your tables each year because you have something new to add to the mix. Additionally, just starting out, I would definitely start with fancy white dishes and clear glasses that go with everything.  That way, you can change tablecloths and napkins and other embellishments  to create every tablescape to be its own creation.

Let me know what works for you.  I always love to hear from creative people!  

Until next time~



The Easiest Pumpkin Muffins Ever!


I saw a similar recipe on Pinterest for pumpkin muffins, but it used a can of pumpkin and a box of yellow cake mix.  No eggs or nuts.  So, I created my own recipe and they were fantastic!  One box of Spice Cake Mix, two eggs, 1 can of pumpkin puree and a cup of chopped pecans.  I cooked them for about 18 minutes in muffin cups within cupcake pans.  They were even better the second day.  I will definitely make these again. :-)

Grape Cake Pop Cake


Because the theme for our Bible Study on the book of John is "I am the Vine, You are the branches", we in the leadership love to come up with new ideas for each of our themes. For our leaders retreat, I made this grape "cake pop" cake by dipping the cooked cake pops into melted purple candy melts. The leaves are made from pie dough cut with leave cookie cutters and the stems were made from twisted pie dough. I faced the brown side up for a more authentic look. This was surprisingly easy to bake and construct. We served these cakes with black cherry chocolate ice cream. It was delightful!