Tablescapes and Modern Art~

I received a package in the mail from Sarah at A Beach Cottage containing some lovely place mats and napkins that I won in a giveaway. They were so pretty that I felt inspired to set the table for a festive fall dinner.

The mix of patterns and textures gave interest to the neutral color scheme.

The place mats rolled and tied with a bit of twine created a casual feel.

Mismatched silverware is perfect for casual entertaining (of course, at my house, I'm lucky to have enough silverware to go around with two little boys that love to stuff it down heating vents....I have to clean them out every week or so...)

And one of my favorite place card ideas...this is just a piece of kraft paper torn against a straight edge and nestled in the prongs of a fork. So simple....casually elegant.

And on the menu...a perfect fall meal...beef stew and muffins with cinnamon streusel topping. One of my sharp eyed readers is going to mention the fact that there are no bowls on the table. I prefer to bring bowls to the table already filled...prevents spills from messing up the pretty linens.

Bon appetit!!

And finally, as I was trying to get mounds of laundry folded yesterday, I noticed that it was quiet. Too quiet. Because I have the toddler demolition team still at home during the days, I knew that a quiet house couldn't be good. So I hurried to the kitchen and found a very proud Mr. Two (4 years old) who showed me his latest "sculpture". Yes, he did call it a sculpture. I had to immortalize it here on the old blog. (Although I am now out of tin foil.) That little kid is going to be famous one day!

EDITED TO ADD: Apartment Therapy featured The Shabby Nest and The Frugal Friday Linky Party yesterday. Here's the link!

Have a great Wednesday~


SarahAnne said...

Love the sculpture. Precious memories. One day when the kids are grown and gone, you'll pull out a roll of foil and remember this. :)

Room to Inspire said...

Great tablescape - I really enjoy how you displayed the name tags. Very creative.


Moore Minutes said...

Such a pleasant theme and so pretty!

Kate said...

Your blog so inspires me I love reading it during my morning cup of coffee. Thank you for sharing in such an uplifting way.

Have a great week
Kate @ Salvage Dior

Laura said...

love your table - so beautiful, classic & warm! and i'm drooling over your silverware! the foil sculpture is adorable! what a sweet memory you'll always have. he made you a centerpiece for the table - you may have the next colin cowie on your hands!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Love the tablescape...I have admired those placemats on Sarah's blog! Also the sculpture is hilarious. I always remind my hubby to keep an ear out for silence...when you have a toddler running around, the last thing you want to hear is silence...never fails that it means trouble! Haha! Thanks for sharing!


The Style Sisters said...

Love your tablescape. I just did a fall one too on my blog. The tin foil sculpture is awesome!! What a creative little one you have. I miss those days of having the toddlers running around causing "creative havoc" :)
Love your blog by the way!

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Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

How cute! Tell your son that his sculpture is awesome! I love those place mats! Your table is beautiful.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh soooo pretty~

Holly said...

Really very pretty!! I love the placecard in the fork,...I am going to have to steal that idea. :)

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

Love the mismatched silverware!! Really cute!

Abbey @ Practically Perfect said...

So sweet and simple! LOVE the tinfoil sculpture!

Unknown said...

Oh yes I love the simple beauty of your table setting! Great idea for the place cards too...I might have to use that one :)

Happy Wednesday!

:) T

Lulu and Co. said...

Love the fine art!!! too cute, Your tablescape looks wonderful, as does your menu!

Unknown said...

It looks great! I love the sculpture!

Holly said...

Your table looks so pretty!
My 7 yr old daughter did the exact same place card/fork thing a few weeks ago!

MamaBug said...

Beautiful table! Love the place card. The sculpture is the best!

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