A Fall Dinner With Friends.
Today I'm sharing with you a post script to my last post about bleaching pinecones. In that post I walked you through a loose tutorial about the process and showed you how I used the lovely pinecones in a table centerpiece. If you missed it, please have a look. But today I want to show you the finished tablescape.
Each fall we have the same wonderful couple over for dinner to celebrate autumn and to give thanks for our friendship. It's an evening of lively chat and hearty fare. This year I asked my friend Donna to make us an apple crisp with apples from one of our trees. Although we are having a pork roast and sweet potatoes, I would like to just eat appetizers and fast forward to dessert! What is better than warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream?
Above are a couple of close ups of the centerpiece. I mixed white pumpkins, a bit of grapevine, kraft colored shreds, and my bleached pinecones inside the box Larry made for me out of recycled lumber. To the arrangement I added a small faux bird's nest with a few feathers for texture and interest.
Can you see the little nest here?
To build upon the pumpkin theme, I used mini white pumpkins in champagne glasses to create additional height on the table.
I placed a generous amount of dried hydrangea pedals inside each glass to support the pumpkins.
As an additional touch I added place cards.
Digressing a moment, let's talk table etiquette. Many husbands and wives are polarized on the question of what to pass when someone asks for the salt. I read years ago, Emily Post I think, that proper manners dictate passing both the salt and the pepper shakers, regardless of the request. Like a married couple, they're wed for life. Therefore, no matter which my table mates ask me to pass, I pass the set.
Larry on the other hand (he's quite the literalist), will only pass one shaker. And yes, that bothers me. However, I think I've created a solution~
I nestled our pretty shell shakers in a little bowl. Hopefully I've conveyed the idea that these two little cuties are going steady. Good idea?
I think the table looks pretty. I love having this element of party prep finished in advance. When I prepare for a party I clean the dining room and set the table first. Then I make sure the powder room has an A+ rating. My thinking is, if everything else falls down around me, at least I'll have peace of mind about the two most important rooms of the evening. But what about the kitchen? you ask. To which I reply, For everything else there's takeout (and MasterCard).
Anyway, I do hope you like my fall tablescape. I got a great addition to my camera lens arsenal this week, and I really had fun photographing the table.
I don't usually talk in depth about personal things such as health concerns. But I'm going to share something that's been going on in my life of late. I suffer with a chronic urinary tract condition known as, interstitial cystitis. If you are unfamiliar with this malady you can read about it here. After enjoying about 18 months symptom free, I suddenly tanked. I was even forced to cancel my scheduled trip to see my beloved St. Louis friends! When a flare happens I do three things. I whine and complain, I begin an intense course of Chinese herbs compounded by my practitioner, and I drive about 40 miles, three times each week, to see my acupuncturist. As a result, and because my life is just generally busy, I have been away from projects and blogging. I love taking photos and writing posts and I resent this unpleasant intrusion and burden to my schedule. But such is life.
I'm only sharing this so you will understand why my posts are so inconsistent, in the hopes that you won't leave me for another blogger. How about if you just think of us as salt and pepper~ mates for life. Very truly speaking, I value highly each visitor to our blog.
Larry has been really busy in the shop and there is some good stuff on the way. In the mean time, thank you sincerely for being here today!
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