Thursday, October 2, 2008

Front and center

I don't know about you, but I struggle with how to decorate my dining room table for the different seasons. I usually just become so overwhelmed that I do nothing. Or rather, I put my "non-seasonal meh" wrought iron candle holder there to fill the space.

How about a little inspiration? (courtesy of about.com)

I like this one. Simple, but festive. I'm sure most of us have an unloved bowl, cake stand or vase hidden away in a cabinet somewhere. Pull that baby out, add a few pieces of fruit (real or faux), grab some leaves from your yard and you are done!



This one is a little fussy for my tastes, but it can be scaled back if that's what you prefer. Again, pull out an unused platter, plate or bowl and add fruit and flowers (I love the artichokes!).



Do you prefer a more rustic, natural centerpiece? Fill a basket with pine cones, gourds, pumpkins, corn and a sweet little nest for your own country-style centerpiece.



I am kind of fond of this one, because it looks like what mother nature would look like on a crazy hectic day. The branches are reminiscent of my hair on those days...wild and crazy. The components are very natural, but slightly whimsical. Add leaves, branches and pine cones to a bowl and you are good to go.



Are you a fancy gal? Here's one for you. Take some silver (or clear) candlesticks, bowls and vases and add a piece of beaded fruit. Drape some pretty greenery around for a final touch.



And lastly, here's a fun one for all of you squirrely girls. Glue nuts and pine cones to a styrofoam cone for a cute little tree. I can see these in a series...large one in the middle, two smaller ones on the sides.



Be sure to dress your table for the season!

21 comments:

My home - My life said...

Thanks for the ideas! I was just looking at my table last night and thought I needed a change!

. said...

love these!

by the way, yes thats a youtube video... very touching!

thanks for asking about my carmen, he is doing okay, could be better but i guess could be worse too. i actually take him to the hosital today to start a new medicine, nothing seems to want to help him. :o(

Melissa Wertz said...

Looks great to me!

Shannon said...

Centerpieces are my enemy! :) They are so hard for me. These are good ideas!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the fancy fruit centerpiece. Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Joy said...

I love to decorate my table. My only problem is having to move the decor in order to eat. ;~)
It looks like you've been very busy finding great bargains and crafting some cute fall decorations and some cutie booties!

AJ said...

I too struggle with decorating my dining room table. Every.Holiday!Every year!

Tamara Jansen said...

Are you ever full of great ideas! Love them all :)

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! those are some pretty creative and fancy ideas! i love the first one...i have all those things at home and could make one myself! thanks for the ideas!

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Lorie said...

Great stuff! I will have to do this...if I can find my table underneath all my projects that are currently living there!

Lindsey said...

I just found your blog and I love it!

Sandy Toes said...

I love the idea of just taking from what you already have outside! They are beautiful...love them all!
-Sandy toes

Susie Harris said...

What great pictures and ideas! I will have to remember some of these~ thanks~

Ann said...

I love all of them, nice arrangements. Although I find the fourth one quite gloomy.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Those are some great centerpiece ideas! I like the indian corn & pumpkins in the basket the best!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Oh very nice! I think I like the first one the best. I was just saying this morning our centerpiece is quite lame, it's just a couple candles surrounded by fall berries, until I can find something bigger and better to put together!

Liz said...

You know, I worked really hard decorating last weekend and realized I did NOTHING to my table. Go figure.

Gwen said...

That's one thing I don't like about living in a small house and actually having to USE my dining room table everyday. lol Oh well, anyway, I did do something fallish with it recently. I bought a metal tiered thing at my favorite antique/junk store a while back. It was sitting on my scrap desk holding my punches, but I pulled it off and filled it with moss and fake gourds. It looks "ok", but it's missing something. Maybe leaves from the yard would help it.

Amy said...

i love the one with lemons!!!! my kitchen is decorated in lemons!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hi! I definatly have a hard time decorating my tables. Thanks for the inspiration! I also posted a comment on your last post about adding a background to your site. Just wanted to make sure that you see it. Or...maybe you already have a background and on this old clunker dial up computer that I am on, it just never loaded. :)

Junk Sophisticate said...

I think you just clarified for me why I have some extra pounds. I saw chocolates on the one centerpiece...not nuts!

Thank you for the ideas!

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