Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Fall Decorating Idea

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful banquet to raise money for our local crisis pregnancy center.  My husband and I were "table hosts", which meant that we were responsible for decorating our table for the evening.  Because we're young, and on a budget, I had to work my magic with very limited funds. We were responsible for using our own dishes, and since I'm not a china owning kinda gal, I had to use my everyday table wear. (Ten years ago, when I registered for dishes, I NEVER envisioned myself hosting something that required me to use fine china.)

I found these rustic looking chargers at Walmart, and I instantly knew they had to be mine! Fall's my favorite time of the year, and these chargers will get lots of use on my kitchen table,plus....they were the perfect thing to dress up my plain white dishes.

Next I added a cheap twiggy wreath centerpiece with a hurricane lamp from my wedding, some leaves from the dollar store, sugared pumpkins, and a set of brown cloth napkins.  To add color to the table, I bought 1 1/4 yards of fall looking fabric, ran a seam around the edges with my sewing machine, and voila!  Instant color. 

I decided to go ahead and spend an extra $10.00 to buy a set of 16 smoky brown drinking glasses, and I'm so glad I did!  I think they gave the table a great fall look.
The banquet was such a blessing! The speakers were wonderful, and we ate dinner with some dear friends that my husband works with.  I was so glad that we were able to host a table this year.  There were tables decorated all different ways...some with beautiful china and ornate, golden edged silverware, and some with cowboy boots, bandanna napkins, tin plates and wildflower bouquets.  Each one was as special and unique as the person who hosted it.

I hope this inspires you to go and grab those fall decorations and get them out on display!

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