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Fall/Halloween Tablescape 2012

I will show it in black and white first, so those of you with sensitive eyes can get your sunglasses.  It looks pretty tame here. :)

Got those sunglasses on?  OK, here is the same picture in color....
Orange, chartreuse, black, purple & yellow are the main colors. The drinking glasses are actually purple, but it is difficult to tell that in these pictures.

  I went out on the deck and cut the foliage for the centerpiece.  I used a similar foliage bouquet a few years ago and really liked it. 

  Coleus does not like cold temps, so it probably would not have lasted through the week outside.  I bet it's quite happy that I brought it inside where it is considerably warmer!  That chartreuse variety is a good match to the chair backs, don't you think?

I also think the Vaseline candlesticks that my mom gave me years ago are a nice match

I made the quilted table runner  and chair backs a couple of years ago.
I really like this bright runner. The only time I can use it is near Halloween.
Actually I don't think this table is all that Halloweeny...only the skeleton straws and the spider candles suggest Halloween...unless you glance over at the curio cabinet... 
The purple glasses are stored there. Since I put them on the table, I could not leave the cabinet bare, so I  replaced them with orange pumpkins and a silver skeleton head..had I not done that, I think this table could be used for any fall dinner party.

Happy fall 'Yall!

I Had Planned to Entertain for Easter

I even started to set the table.  I put out dishes to match the chair covers and found a green tablecloth that resembled grass:

I added an Easter egg centerpiece and planned to put colored eggs down the center of the table with a number of blue/green/yellow candles.

I even brought out the cabbage salt and pepper shakers:
Then we were invited an Easter potluck, so I jumped at the chance to make one dish and not have to spend all day cooking.  I never finished the table.    I had good intentions, though.  Maybe next year.

New Contemporary Dining Room Chair Covers

Friday afternoon I finished some  new dining room chair covers.  When I purchased the fabric, they only had 3.33 yards and I knew it would not be quite enough.
 So I had to add a coordinating fabric to the two end chairs. I was thrilled to find something I already had in my fabric stash.  I had about five yards of it! I think I originally bought it to make neutral chair backs.

Here is a close up of the end chairs:

I am pretty happy with these contemporary chair covers. I think it will be such fun to set a full table with them.  They look like Easter eggs, so I think an Easter table would be perfect!

But since it's not quite time for an Easter table, I set it in a contemporary style with colored-water floating candle holders to match the colors in the chair covers.

I still need to put out the flatware and candles, but I think I like the direction it's taking.

Easter Tablescape

Easter will be here before we know it.  I was looking for inspiration from some of my previous tablescapes:

I like the bunny chair backs, so I may use them this year.

Definitely must use the bunny napkin rings!

Ditto on the "Happy Easter blocks".
Not sure if I will use the egg holders this year.

I  am tossing around the idea of hanging a tree branch from my chandelier this year and hanging my hand-decorated real eggs from it.     Right now I am considering hosting an Easter brunch instead of a dinner. 

These previous year tables give me a good idea of what I have to work with as far as the table itself.  I don't know about you, but I forget what I have from  year to year.

It is not too early to begin thinking of your Easter plans for this year!
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