Saturday, September 20, 2008

September Tablescape

Yep - I realize that September is well over half-way over but I'm just now getting around to creating and posting my September Tablescape. (Don't tell anyone but I still haven't posted my August tablescape yet - although I am going to pat myself on the back because I was out this morning creating not one, not two, but three tablescapes. I even completed October already! And yet another pat because I was doing this with a head cold and sore throat. Not sure where I got this this sickness because I know absolutely no one who is sick - I swear Roger is a carrier as he works around high school kids all day and brings their illnesses back to me - although he doesn't seem to get sick himself!:))

Anyway, I digress. My September tablescape features hydrangeas, a rustic lantern, and basket and some pretty creative place cards.

I adore the above lantern and it's rustic appearance. It's actually a left-over from my brother-in-laws rehearsal dinner in July. Charlotte, my mom-in-law, was nice enough to let me take one home. (She actually offered more - I think she has 8 or 9- but I had to decline - not because I wouldn't like a ton more but because I have no space as it is. )

This lovely piece has semi-permanently made it's home on my dining room table for the late summer and fall.

And can you believe it? These hydrangeas are out of my very own garden! Freshly picked today. I heart how the blooms turn a greenish brown burgundy color during the autumn. These blooms are now 'drying' out on my dining room table. I've never tried to dry hydrangeas before so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't just shrivel and die and look all pathetic. :-)

And the above is one of my newest event products available at my esty shop and web shop. Chalkboard stake place cards. I have some similar stakes that I use in my herb garden (bought them years ago but the company stopped making them a couple of years ago). I shed a few tears when I learned that I could no longer buy them but I've recently started making my own. They are available in the above style with the plant marker area completely covered in chalkboard paint. Or the below ...

with a more ornate design. Both plant markers are on a stake that can be perfectly stuck into a spray of flowers or small potted plant in either the center of a place setting (as a placecard) or into plants, etc. on the seating card or escort table. (Martha did a feature several years ago where similar stakes were placed into wheat grass on the escort tables. It looked way too cool!)
These would also make clever party favors as guests can just wipe off the chalk after an event and stick these into their very own garden. (Hint: They now make paint pens that are just the coolest things - I use these in my garden to write on the plant name so that when the rain comes down the chalk isn't washed off - and the best part, you can't even tell that you've not written in chalk!)

That's it - I know, very basic but sometimes I think the more basic the better.
I'll have to keep everyone informed of how the hydrangea drying progresses. :)


julie king said...

i love this tablescape. hydrangeas are so lovely and they make your table look delightful.

Laura said...

Oh my goodness...I love this tablescape! The color of the hydrangeas is perfect for fall! The place cards are adorable too.

You're so creative!!! I can't wait to see more! Have a wonderful week :)

Kelly said...

Ahhhh both September and October tablescapes are gorgeous!!!


Alice W. said...

I love the hydrangeas and little chalk boards...such creative ideas you always have for table decorating!