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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Tablescape

I unpacked a tote of shabby chic pumpkins to decorate the kitchen in a fall theme,  but I still have a few more totes to unpack before I am ready to do any more fall decorating.   I wanted to have a pumpkin in my fall tablescape tonight,  so I had to come up with an alternative until I get back to the studio to unpack those fall totes.

 I love the look of  a simple and easy pumpkin made by forming a circle of tea cups on a plate and putting a dried pumpkin stem in the center....easy peasy!

I'm going to serve our supper in my swan soup tureen..

We are having a light supper tonight in the family dining room......

The swan soup tureen is swimming in a bed of pastel fall flowers......

Simple place setting.....a dinner plate as a charger for the soup bowl   

The paper swan place mats came from Amazon......

On one end of the table is the lit cabinets that hold my collection of milk glass......

The TV tray and piano stool belong to Ky.....she can easily move them by my chair if I'm helping her with homework,  have an afternoon snack,  or move them over by her Papa's chair if she wants to set by him..

On the other end of the table is a DF/buffet.    I can open up the leaves and add it to the existing table to make a huge family table.    Or,   I can use it as a buffet with the leaves folded down.

I have a vignette on the buffet with  the pumpkins I made from vintage wedding dresses

I took this photo of the family room from the kitchen doorway.    I have the fall tree set up,  but I need to replace some of the lights and decorate it.....maybe next week! 

This photo of the family room was taken in the sun room doorway

What is H doing today?     He is cooking 20#'s of chicken legs and thighs!   The leg meat and skin will be chopped up to feed our cats....much cheaper  (37 cents a lb in 10 lb bags)   than cat food and also more healthy!    The cat food is the 10 bundles of chicken at the top of the photo.   That's enough to feed them for about 3 weeks.

  The 4 bundles of good thigh meat will go into the freezer to make our meals with later.  

Well,   only 3 bundles are going to the freezer because H is making chicken and dumpling  for our supper tonight!   He made a big pot so there will be plenty to put in the freezer for nights that we don't want to cook.

I'm going to serve his chicken and dumpling in the pretty soup tureen to make a simple supper feel special!

I am running late getting some red white and blue decor out in the front yard for the Labor Day Weekend,    as we have been getting some much needed rain the last few days here in Eastern New Mexico.  Maybe tomorrow!

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  1. So pretty! I love every single photo. I am doing my first Fall Tour this year and am nervous as a tick on a bear belly. lol

  2. Love the tea cup napkin rings! Where did you ever find them?!?

    Love & Hugs!

  3. wondering if you have a recipe for the dumplings? My mother in law from my ex husband made wonderful ones that looked just like yours. He was the ex, but my MIL always remained my beloved friend until she died years ago.

  4. I love your innovative idea about using tea cups on a plate for a pumpkin - brilliant - just brilliant - I always enjoy seeing your decorating ideas. I found you today at #ImpartingGrace

  5. I like your fall table setting. You really go all out to celebrate the fall season. Very pretty.

  6. So beautifully done! The tea cups may be my favorite out of the box idea :)

  7. How fun, but you know me, I was more interested in the food, lol! How clever to cook for the kitties and the chicken & dumplings are a marvelous idea!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  8. Another gorgeous room - and I absolutely love that swan soup tureen. It's such a lovely centrepiece!

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity too :)

  9. Love it all but those placemats! Swoon! Love it!!!

  10. Penny - Beautiful pictures and lovely tablescape! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make!

  11. I love the idea of the tea cups as a pumpkin! Adorable!!

  12. Penny,
    I am a bit behind as I worked the weekend so I am playing catch up..
    LOVE the tea cup pumpkin!! The swan tureen with the swan place mats are lovely ,as are the dishes!! And Kudos to H for cooking an amazing dish!
    Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!!

  13. Penny, you have such a pretty home and I love your decorations. The simple teacups with the stem is a cute idea and I love your wedding dress pumpkins. Chicken and dumplings sounds good! Thanks for sharing with us.


  14. The teacup pumpkin is a cute alternative Penny! Your swan tureen is awesome and the placemats are perfect. Always love your wedding dress pumpkins! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. Love, Love! Love the teacups, and Mr. H---Wow--that looks yummy!! Hugs

  16. Holy cow how creative! I'd have never thought to use tea cups on a plate to mimic a pumpkin. Yours looks just wonderful Penny!

  17. What a gorgeous setting! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  18. Oh this is just so pretty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. Penny, your fall tablescape is lovely. I love the pumpkin you created from the cups. How creative! I'll be featuring your tablescape at tomorrow's Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make Party. Thanks for partying with us!

  20. Penny, I always love touring your gorgeous home and decor. I remember the wedding gown pumpkins and they are still so pretty.
    I love that y'all cook chicken for the cats. I have 2 cats, they'd probably love that. I know someone who did that for their dogs after the Vet recommended it.
    I know those dumplings were good too!!

  21. I love how you made the pumpkin out of the tea cups! How clever.
    Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  22. I enjoyed reading this post Penny! Such lovely ideas and some bonus homemaking tips! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)


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