Welcome to my first ever tablescape post. I fear it could be addictive. What do you think?
It all started when I purchased this set of creamy white owl napkin rings in one of my favorite little junk shops. I started looking at the thrifts for black or black and white dishes to add some pop to my almost 30 year old Mikasa dishes and found 6 of these little cuties for a couple of bucks.
I started getting the idea of using the white owls as a more subtle table dressing. THEN I saw the little mercury glass owl in West End's catalog with 50% of the purchase price going to St Jude's Hospital for cancer research. Being a mom of a kid with leukemia (in remission), that sealed the deal and West Elm got my $14 which included shipping, by the way. I put him in a little birdcage cloche that I previously got from WUSLU deal a day (don't get me started on that-too much fun, too cheap, and way too easy to buy). He nestled in with some reindeer moss from last Christmas and some little white pumpkins. As you can see, several items are stacked to make the centerpiece with the bottom being a bride's basket that I've had for years.
My friend Michelle made the adorable tombstone tag that hangs from the top of the cloche. She took actual photographs from when she was visiting an old cemetery and made a set of these great hangtags. LOVE THEM! They almost look 3 dimensional...
Candles from last year topping old faux mercury glass curtain tiebacks I've had and used forever.
I was unsuccessful at finding something resembling cute black napkins or black and white napkins and I wasn't in the humor to spend a lot of money, so at the aforementioned thrift store, I found some black linen looking fabric for $2 and proceeded to make my own, using my late mother's sewing machine with the nifty little embroidery feature. I then made my own stencil of an owl. I was so proud...until I put the napkins in the rings and realized it was too much owl. Sigh...back to the drawing board. On the opposite corner, I stamped the word "Spooky" and called it good. And now I can use the owl corner or the "spooky" corner. Seriously, that's like 4 hours of my life I'll never get back again, but it's DONE! YAY! And thrifty touches like that allow me to splurge on more fun things, right?
Napkin Option "Deux":
Oh no, I DIT-UHNT?! Oh yeah, I did...a PAPER stencil. Desperate times call for desperate measures...and the price was right, just one piece of printer paper.
The adorable place cards seen best at the top of the post were fashioned from an owl graphic from (where else?) Graphics Fairy. Glossy computer paper, stuck on black cardstock folded in half to make a tent card (I think that's what they're called).
What to do for a tablecloth...trip to another favorite junk shop where a favorite textile vendor had a black and white striped twin flat sheet for $6, everything in the booth...40% off. Yeah baby, now we're cooking with gas...top it with one of my antique tablecloths, marginally ironed, and you've got TABLESCAPE, baby! Woo! Hoo! Of course, mismatched silver plate is always a favorite in my house.
Next project, black and white coasters. Only one is done so far, but I think they will be used for more than Halloween, so we can talk about them more another time.
A fun hors d'oeuvre or sushi set from West Elm. One of those splurges you can have when you aren't out buying tablecloths and napkins (that's what I'm telling myself anyway).
If you have gotten this far and your eyes haven't yet glazed over, THANK YOU! Now go on over to Between Naps on the Porch and look at some pros at Tablescape Thursday. I'm linking up with their party this week. It should be fun.
Until next time,
Also linking up with the following parties this week:
Feathered Nest Fridays
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Wow Us Wednesdays
Show and Tell Friday
Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Home Sweet Home Friday
Tutorials and Tips
Air Your Laundry Friday
Graphics Fairy Brag Monday