Catching Up

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him.  The people who give you their food give you their heart.

I’m way behind on fall tables, maybe because for the last several weeks I’ve been transitioning from Maine to Houston and it takes me a while to get my act together.

As soon as I’m settled in I like to get together with friends I’ve not seen in several months.  Having them over for a bite to eat gives me a good excuse for doing a table.


Right before leaving Maine I happened into a new shop in the area that was just filled with wonderful things.  I couldn’t resist these cute ceramic houses, and it’s no surprise they should become a source of inspiration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow simple is combining them with small vases of lantana for a centerpiece?  That made everything else easy!


Working from the colors in the tiny blooms, I chose burlap placemats trimmed with ribbon and these dishes and napkins, all of which are full of orange and gold.  By the way, the placemat is a super easy project.  It’s a length of burlap finished at the ends to keep it from unraveling and finished off with a ribbon machine stitched to the burlap.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had completely forgotten about this flatware until I opened a cabinet door looking for something else.  Out it came and it’s a fun complement to the other pieces.  You’ll notice I couldn’t resist finding one more use for the little pumpkins!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a matter of minutes the table was done,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand when I passed by this morning I noticed that the painting even tied into the table.  I love it when happy accidents like that happen!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThinking about the menu, I determined that it should have the flavors of fall and first thing that came to mind was a cake combining pumpkin, apples and cranberries.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe recipe was in Southern Living some time ago and has since become a favorite.  If you think it looks good, wait until you taste it!

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22 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. Hi Lulu, I can imagine that moving back and forth does take some transitioning. I love the sweet ceramic houses and the trimming the burlap with ribbon is such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. Yum! And such a vibrant and gracious table setting! Welcome back to Houston. By the way, Castine had its first snow fall this week. Cheers, Loi

  3. Your table setting is just beautiful and I would love a slice of that delicious cake. Wishing you and your family a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you, Miz Helen, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  4. I love your ceramic houses Linda, I have seen some similar metal ones lately that I have been trying not to buy 🙂 . Your table is perfection~ Welcome back to the South

    1. Perfection….I like that, Jenna. Thank you.

  5. There definitely is no better to make friends than with food!

    1. Sitting together at table is a great way to spend time.

  6. I love tiny houses of all kinds and the colors of your table are stunning.

    1. Thank you. I have a thing for houses, too.

  7. Magic! You create such beautiful MAGIC, Linda. I need to take some lessons from you!

  8. Linda, the houses are a great centerpiece! I like that you use the unexpected! Very creative, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Love that table and thank you for giving me the inspiration for our Thanksgiving table. I just don’t have the energy to drag down the bins from the attic so I’ll use the lantana idea instead….

  10. So lovely, Lulu. That cake looks really scrumptious. 🙂

  11. A perfect table for fall. Looking at the photo that includes the wall painting, I was surprised that the houses were larger than I originally thought…they are nice.

  12. Really like this table top!

    1. Thanks. Would love to have you and John join us at the table.

  13. I love the bold, joyful colors you surround your self with, and the painting on your wall is really inspired.

    1. Thank you, Charlie. Mine is a colorful world!

  14. Welcome back to your Houston home….and I am sure you quickly start entertaining your friends that you have missed while you were in Maine…beautiful table and love those sweet houses! Hope you weathered the recent storms OK….

    1. Thanks! I love being in this house as it is a wonderful gathering place.

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