Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall Tablescape For Friends


There are moments in time when entertaining is about something other than

the occasion or the season,

and that ‘something’ makes it perfect.

This is not because of the home or the table or the menu;

but rather, because of the people and the ties and history that bind.

On the surface it appears to be a simple teacher’s birthday group celebration

for group members whose birthdays are in October.


But for me,  it was a chance for me to show these women (the 8 present and the 2 who were missing)

that I love them.

That many of my proudest moments in life were experienced in their midst

in the English wing at Sharyland High School


that they are oh so smart and funny and humble and the best teachers I have ever known.


My messages of love were all tied up in

* the place cards I made with cardstock I found at the check out counter at TJ Maxx,


*in the book pages I used on the place cards (which I knew would cause raised eyebrows because teachers NEVER destroy a book),
*and in the colors I used on the table ( black and linen, and white) all based on the

linen curtain panels I found on the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx for $10.00.

It was in the fall colored flowers on the table and the new black chargers I found on sale at Hobby Lobby,


And it was in the laughter.

We laughed and laughed and laughed,

and we ate,

and then we laughed some more.

I asked everyone to bring their favorite

Fall Comfort Food,

and they did.


spiral sliced ham

hash brown casserole

broccoli salad

green bean casserole

Sister Schubert rolls and butter

Mandarin orange cake

and coffee


It was one of those perfect moments in time.


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Deb said...

what a lucky group of ladies...to be at this beautiful table...with a beautiful hostess...(inside and out)

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Absolutely one of the prettiest and most elegant Fall tablescapes I have seen in a long time. I hope you don't mind if I Pin it. Your friends were very lucky to sit down to such a pretty table and yummy meal. xxoo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The menu sounds so good!!! The table scape - so pretty! Lots of laughter, good conversation, great company - Perfect!!!

Pura Vida said...

I had a great time looking at your pretty table and reading about your sweet gestures. I have that bee silverware, I was so excited to see it on your table

Shanee said...

Beautiful table. I know your guests felt honored to sit at this table! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Savvy Southern Style.

White Lace and Promises said...

We're on the same page. Check out my pumpkins!

Pondside said...

That's the best sort of gathering - dear friends, delicious food, a beautiful setting....and the chat, which I know must have been great!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful. Everything about it.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

What a beautiful table, and what a beautiful, loving heart you have for your friends!

It's all just lovely and I know that they knew that you love and care for them!


Low Tide High Style said...

What a perfect way to celebrate your friendship and people's birthdays, and your tablescape was lovely too!


Connie said...

You're such a sweet friend to these lucky gals! It makes my heart happy to hear of such a fun gathering, & a treat to the eyes to see the thought & care you put into every bit of it!

Bonnie said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I pinned it for inspiration and reflection. Looks like a magazine.

Bliss said...

I like your pumpkins, just don't get the wrong idea about me for saying that.


Sarah said...

I missed this earlier, but so glad I saw it this evening as I've been catching up on your posts. This is a beautiful table. Love that bee flatware. Someday ............

Unknown said...

Wow i absolutely love it! The idea of spending time with good friends over this beautiful table scape and a great meal that doesnt require me to fo ALL of the cooking


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