Sunday, October 21, 2012

Festive Fall Dinner Party and Decor

I got a call that my niece and her husband were coming to visit and since it had been quite a while I thought that I'd make them feel extra special.  
I knew, exactly, what I would make and now I had a table to design and a fall theme was the obvious choice.

 My favorite, brown floral dishes were the perfect ones.

 but, "oh no" I didn't have four!!!
So, with my choice set in stone and no time to get more, I came up with a plan. Since, I couldn't mix and match, with what I already had, for my table of four,  how could I create just one more?

This plate is a fake!!! 
can you guess how I completed the set?

It's a glossy, photo copy aka instant transferware.....FAKE!
The color is a wee bit off and even more in this pic, but it sure worked out great for my presentation and my photos.
My "paper plate" , in this picture, is on the left!

 Napkins reversed to the contrasting side and knotted around a beautiful, floral pick accented the plates to perfection...if I may say so myself ;)

Pine cone name tag holders were a last minute thought.

My ruby glass juice glasses turned into votive holders.
Just set inside and easy as pie!

I switched the centerpiece that was in my other fall post with a cute, little, pumpkin votive.
 $2.50 from the Goodwill!

Leaves, pine cones and raffia carry the theme into the chandelier and I just spotted bittersweet along my driveway, that I didn't even know I had...gotta get a ladder and get some to add some more interest. It's still a little "blah!"
 Dinner was delish...
never took pics, it was just too hectic! 

 An appetizer platter of crackers, cheeses and fruit kept us from starving as I cooked.

The Menu

Fresh mixed green salad w/homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Pan seared chicken in balsamic cream sauce w/apples, mushrooms and onions
(a guest post feature recipe to be shared, soon)
Fall baked sweet potatoes
Steamed asparagus w/ranch drizzle
Caramelized roasted carrots
My Carmel Apple Muffin Pie
( I will share this one, real soon, since it was a "hit!")
See you next time...I'm gonna take a much needed nap!


 Love, Hugs and Kisses

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Unknown said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love your table and the cute pumpkins. Stopping by from Debbiedoo's. :)

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a yummy feast you cooked for your niece. I love those brown transferware dishes in the fall. I have only one plate that I found at a thrift store, but I'm on the lookout for more.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Everything looks so pretty and great colors for fall. That pie sounds delicious!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

You totally fooled me with you paper plate! Great idea ... and I love the pine cone name card holder. Perfectly fall!!

deb said...

You are a genius! Beautiful table and yummy menu.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a delightful table. A pleasure to sit down and devour the yummy food. I read somewhere you need a button for your blog. Do you need help?

Bethany@ said...

Your table is divine! The beautiful burgandy dishes and the chandelier decorations and the sweet pinecone name plates! I love everything about this! Thanks for sharing at Debbiedoos where I found you! xo

Unknown said...

Yay! I am so happy to made it to the party. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So happy to have you. :)

Shannon Fox said...

It's a beautiful table and the light fixture is even dresses up too. Very Festive for Fall :)

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your fall decorations are so pretty! I love the colors and the different textures! This would be perfect for Thanksgiving!


PS LOVE your chandlier!

Recreate and Decorate said...

your table setting is beautiful!

benilhalk said...

Great post! Really liked your efforts that you did to throw an awesome party. Your work is really appreciable. Planning to arrange a party for my niece at one of venues in Atlanta and will use your idea.