Happy Monday to you! I realize that I run the risk of sounding like a broken record but I am sooooo ready for Christmas decorating! The trees, the lights, the candles, the candy canes. I.cannot.wait.
But, I kind of have to. That process takes time and we just haven’t had a chance to get the stuff out of the attic and make the pumpkins turn into a
coach tree. So how about we make some pumpkin spice lemonade out of this?
By hosting a little Autumn inspired mid-week dinner party. There is no better time than now for chili and what’s better than chili? Chili x2- chicken and traditional. And what is better than 2 types of chili? A really fun, super casual table.
It all started with some dishtowels from Ikea that were really meant to be so much more: Napkins! While it’s not traditional, the mixed blue patterns were the perfect jumping off point for fall festivities. (West Elm also had some napkins in similar patterns for a not similar price- I saw them AFTER purchasing the Ikea cheapies- I’ll take that pat on the back now, thank you :))
Throw in a piece of fun zig-zag fabric in a burnt orange, a centerpiece of chili fixins…
teeny treats at each place setting…
Add plain white bowls, light a few candles and you got yourself a casual chili feast- perfect for a cool fall night (while we countdown the days till Christmas)
Here’s a little tip for you: before you leave for vacation, set your table all pretty. When you get home, you won’t even be tempted to throw everything on it. At least it worked like that for me. I actually had it set and pretty for a little dinner a couple of nights before we left, but keeping it that way saved me tons of clutter.
As much as I love a beautifully set table, it’s not something that is easy for me. Even if I have a perfect vision in my head, I have to start with a layer and keep going- adding, subtracting and scratching my head the whole time. I started with regular pumpkins, which I love with my whole heart, but sometimes that’s just a bit too much orange. The more I layered the more I had visions of neutrals and green and that is where I eventually stopped scratching my head and smiled. On the tablescape menu: gold chargers, white dishes, neutral pumpkins & gourds, understated white flowers and a touch of mercury glass for some shimmer.
The “tablecloth” is actually a vintage piece of fabric. It has a sweater-like texture and really warmed the whole table up. I really like using a strip of fabric as opposed to a runner or table cloth. I love my table so I like to see it but I love my table so I also like to protect it. Fabric solves both problems. Simple and casual with a little bit of shimmer. Looks like we’re ready for the perfect Fall dinner. Who’s bringing dessert? Want some more tablescape tips and ideas? Take a peek back at last year’s Fall tablescape.
You can call me a lot of things, but impulse buyer is typically not one of them. I’m a fan of calculating expenses and ROI, bargain shopping, spreadsheets, and over thinking even the smallest purchases. This is exactly why my mama almost fell over in the middle of Home Goods last week when I unplugged a pair of lamps and headed to the checkout. I don’t even know who I am anymore.
In all fairness, I have been secretly wishing for new lamps for the living/dining room. I love my current lamps, but the more I looked at the black shades and shiny silver, the more I wanted to move them to the bedroom.
And the more I saw clear, big gourd-like based lamps with clean white shades, the more I coveted. So when I saw the ones at Home Goods, it was love at first light. I pulled the
plug trigger and paid $49.99 each.
Robb was beyond proud of my impulse purchase- really, he was. My dining and living rooms are much improved. What do you think? I love that they have some visual weight without being too heavy or dark.
I walk by them 15 times a day and tell them how perfect they are. We are so happy together. (sigh)