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.
How 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.
I 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!
In a matter of minutes the table was done,
and 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!
Thinking 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.
The 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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