Autumn Tablescape … with a “side” of Provincial France

With beautiful, tangible evidence of autumn in the air and a birthday to celebrate with “la famille” last weekend, I polished the brass candlesticks and started decorating the table.  I always have a general idea of how I want to set my table … if I’ll be using a table runner, a tablecloth, or place mats … which plates, napkins, and cutlery I want to use … and what I’ll be using as a centerpiece, but setting a table and creating a tablescape are two different things.  Sprinkles and touches of  “this and that” are what magically transform a set table into a tablescape.

tablescape 1 The definition of tablescape according to the English Oxford dictionary is … “A decorative arrangement of ornaments or other objects on a tabletop.”  Embellishing Oxford’s definition of tablescape a little further … a tablescape for me  is created by arranging a tabletop in an artful way by using decorative objects … decor … centerpieces … lighting … and color in combination with the items needed in the table setting to create a certain mood or theme. 

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To begin “building” my tablescape, I chose what colors I wanted.  I envisioned the autumn shades of squatty, Cinderella pumpkins, golden wheat fields, and the colors of the leaves that were beginning to turn different shades outside.   With those colors in mind, I chose a beautiful soft yellow tablecloth with borders edged with harvest bounty, autumn leaves and acorns.  My choice of dinnerware was an elegant, ivory colored Wedgwood china that was rimmed with rich, harvest colors and had a deep cornflower blue border.  A cluster of silk autumn leaves in dusty orange, burgundy, and golden yellow became my centerpiece mixed with faux clusters of deep purple grapes, and fresh sprigs of burgundy Loropetalum (Chinese Fringe Flower) that I tucked in among the leaves from bushes Richard had just trimmed outside. (click here to see pictures and instructions)

Pierre and Belle

When creating a tablescape, it’s important to imagine what idea, mood, or theme you are trying to convey.  In my mind I pictured a French villa on a warm autumn afternoon that overlooked a valley of the French countryside.  As I visualized what I wanted my table to look like, I knew the French provincial figurines in my kitchen hutch. (click here to see) would look perfect on the table and voilá! … with the placement of Pierre and Belle, my table was suddenly transformed into the beginnings of a tablescape!

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Then, the fun really began as I begin to sprinkle in a little “magic” … “this and that” … “the jewelry” to make our table gleam: brass and crystal candlesticks were placed, tall against my autumn foliage and copper and gold votive cups were tucked among the foliage and grape clusters for sparkle.

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Goldware glistens atop sage green napkins and next to gold chargers …

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Antique berry bowls and grape clustered German stemware with golden rims and pedestals,

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Blush and gold colored stemware …

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A copper colored votive and a twinkling Cinderella pumpkin are placed among burgundy leaves and purple clusters of grapes …

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“Salagadoola mechicka boola

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put them together and what have you got

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo …”     

~ Walt Disney’s “Cinderella”

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The autumn afternoon is ready and waiting for the family …

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Chandelier draped in autumn finery … rose hips, colored leaves, grape clusters and strings of gilded acorns.

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“Salagadoola mechicka boola

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo 

It’ll do magic, believe it or not

  Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo …”

~ Walt Disney’s “Cinderella”

“It’ll do magic, believe it or not” creating your own tablescapes, when you use these tips … bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!  (: 

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From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda

scripture

I was reminded of this scripture when we were out on our boat last Saturday and saw this spectacular view of the eastern sky at sunset … “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”   Matthew 24:27

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Bunny Tablescape and Easter Desserts … Carrot-patch Cupcakes & Cottontail Spice Cookies

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!”

Today was a glorious Easter and celebration of Resurrection Day!  Our day was spent rejoicing in Christ’s resurrection and also reflecting on the gift of everlasting life that Jesus has given to all that believe that He is God’s Son.

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(Our front yard and neighbor’s yard with beautiful Azalea Majestic and Flowering Dogwood)

 Before this day is over, I wanted to share this sweet bunny tablescape with you.  It all began with this soft brown table runner with white fuzzy bunny’s from TJ Maxx.

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I was thrilled when I saw how well the bunny runner matched the embroidered napkins I had already ordered, made by Mud Pie.  The napkins were “almost” too cute to use, edged with white pom-poms and the word “HAPPY” sewn on each napkin!

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  I slipped each napkin into little grapevine wreaths that I made into napkin rings.  They seemed like the perfect pairing since they are trimmed in green ivy and blossoms … which every bunny loves!

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White serving pieces, also from Mud Pie add to the whimsy and “hoppy” theme of the table.

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White Porcelain dishes edged with swags of pink rosebuds are piled into a favorite bunny crate and are ready to be placed at each setting.

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Silver Cutlery looks elegant even casually “bunched” into a matching flower vase and are ready to be passed around the table.

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Time for desserts! … chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting are sprinkled with ground graham cracker crumbs dyed with Wilton Green paste dye to look like grass.  A foil wrapped carrot, with the foil removed from the tip of the carrot is inserted into the chocolate frosting to look like Mr. McGregor’s carrot patch!

cupcakes.jpgInstructions for dying Graham Cracker Crumbs

  1. To blend the paste dye into the graham cracker crumbs, add dye to a small amount of water and stir water to blend
  2.  Pour the tinted water into a ziploc bag filled with graham cracker crumbs
  3. Knead the bag until the color spreads throughout the crumbs, adding more dye as needed.
  4. After crumbs are the desired color, spread crumbs on rimmed cookie sheet and place in 275 degree oven until moisture is removed, 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Remove crumbs from oven and let cool before sprinkling on cupcakes

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Speaking of Mr. McGregor’s carrot patch … Here’s a sweet little Peter Rabbit vignette I have displayed in my Music Room.  These Wedgewood dishes are made in England and were just the right size for our daughter’s little hands and tea parties!  Each dish is painted with Beatrix Potter’s charming pictures and inscribed with the words from her book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”  This is also a little teaser to one of my next blog’s all about … “Spring Vignette’s!” (;

Peter Rabbit

 

Back to the desserts!  Cottontail Spice cookies are “Cake Mix” Cookies and they are delicious and so easy to make!

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. To any cake mix (I used a Spice Cake mix) just add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of oil
  3. Mix ingredients together and scoop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
  4. Bake approximately 9 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 1 minute before placing cookies on wax paper to finish cooling.
  6. Top with choice of frosting, using a decorator bag and tip.

 

Every bunny welcome!  

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Hope your Easter was filled with blessings and “sweet” endings!

From my cottage to your’s ~  Trenda

 

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