Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dare to Entertain!

I joined a blog party!


This week's challenge: Dare to Entertain.  So...let's just get to it, shall we?



This is what I started with (it was dark outside when I did this so I brightened up all the rest of the pictures).  I did some "research" yesterday (as in, I googled and googled and googled) and finally found something I liked and could do.  I bought these guys on a recent trip to Kohl's and just took every other votive out and put a pinecone instead.  A couple of them were too scrawny but was I about to go out looking for more when it was dark outside?  No, sir.  I lit the candles (pumpkin spice...smells good, huh?) but it still looked a little bare so I sprinkled the acorns that were in my apothecary jar around in a sort of controlled mess.  Better.


I used a scarf as a table runner because I don't own a table runner.  Not a single one.  I did iron the scarf, though.  You're welcome.  I felt like everything was too brown so I added a pop of green with some apples from our fruit bowl (and by fruit bowl I mean 3 apples...ha!) and a pear.  A few weeks ago, I really wanted some pears to put in a pitcher and finally just bought these Melissa and Doug ones from our bookstore.  They're part of this cool grocery store/lemonade stand.  I also used the acorn candles from the same Kohl's trip because they are so stinkin' cute.


 At the other end I used my other apothecary jar (just got it last weekend for $2.50 at Goodwill) and just stuffed if full of leaves from our yard (leaves don't really turn colors here in mid-Georgia, they just turn brown...and sometimes orange). 



I decided to try these little pumpkins I had on our kitchen table in place of the pear and acorn candles.



And then I brought the acorn candles back out and used them as candles.



What I like best about this table is that there's still room for food.  Lots and lots of food.  What I like least is that I forgot the napkins.  HA!

Behind the table I opened the curtains and did a little display with a couple things I picked up from Hobby Lobby (they're doing 80% off Fall/Thanksgiving this week).  Sorry again for it being so dark.  I just love those acorn plates (by the way, Pier One has some really cute fall stuff on big time clearance, too.  Lots of acorns.  I went last night and just looked.  I didn't buy a thing.  Not because I didn't want to.  I wanted to buy it all!)


So...there you have it.  Will you be joining Kim's Dare?

18 comments:

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

THis looks really great. I'll link it up Sunday night. Thanks for sharing. =)

Joy said...

I looks very nice especially when the candles are glowing.

Erin @ Domestic Adventure said...

This looks great, and your post was really fun to read! The scarf looks terrific--who would have known!?!

Allison and Jared said...

LOVE the apothecary jar!

kelliebelle said...

I too have used scarves as table runners, with FAB results! I think this is the best secret trick ever!

ashley morgan said...

I was so close to using a scarf as a runner. It just didn't end up working. Love the candle holders from Kohl's!

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

I am in love with the acorns. They are so freaking cute. And the idea of a scarf as a table runner = genius. It all looks great!

Emily said...

I love the centerpiece, it's so simple and stunning at the same time. Nice work!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Great, now I have to go to Hobby Lobby! :-) Your table looks so pretty and festive. :-)

Shannon said...

I love everything on this table! The pinecone switcharoo is perfect & the little acorns area great addition.

longbrakeliving said...

I love it! And, I'm impressed that you ironed. I don't iron for anything except a wedding!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

How fun - have a great Thanksgiving.

{ L } said...

Ohh, I love how the candles and pinecones look together...just beautiful.

christi said...

love the pinecones!

Mandy said...

Very pretty! Way to use what you had - love the scarf as a runner!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

The pinecones in the candleholder are a brilliant idea. What a great way to switch it up and make it look totally different!

carrie @ brick city love said...

I love how it's balanced but not perfectly symmetrical. I dig the place mats too. Great job!

Jen @ homeinthecountry said...

I like the combo of pinecones, acorns, and candles!