When there are house guests, it’s not likely that a new tablescape will be created for each meal. No, I start with a centerpiece around which several settings can be done. Here, it is a simple arrangement of pumpkins on a folded cloth with subtle fall colors. This was good enough for three tables.
For the first, harlequin patterned dishes that repeat the colors in the cloth set the tone.
From there, it took only a few minutes to fold napkins into a pocket for the flatware and add glasses. For an extra touch of color, the last of garden flowers were mixed with the pumpkins.
With a few simple changes, another table is ready for dinner. This time black is the predominate complementary color.
A different napkin fold, placemats and stemware give the table a whole new look.
For a last dinner, the placemats were flipped over to become the background for very fall like leaf patterned dishes.
So, there you have it, three tables with simple changes from one centerpiece. The important thing is to start with a look that lends itself to a variety of settings. Not only does it save time, it helps make every meal something special.