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>When Cherie Chalmers posted a request on Google+ to host a virtual dinner party and was looking for amongst other things, someone to do the table décor, I knew I wanted in. This dinner party was originally slated to be in honor of Canada’s Thanksgiving which was October 13th. In order to give each participant a little more time to prepare the party was rescheduled for the 18th and is now a Harvest Celebration.

To check out the contributions from the other participants please click here.

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This dinner is extra special because it is gluten-free. So many people with gluten allergies feel left out of holiday celebrations because traditional fare doesn’t give them many dining options, not with this party.

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The table I’ve put together uses traditional warm autumn colors and lots of texture. I used an ivory tablecloth for a neutral backdrop. The embellished brown taffeta runner has silk and acrylic flowers. For the centerpiece I used two gold cake plates and sat them inside a grapevine wreath. The smaller top plate holds a burnished faux pumpkin. The larger bottom one is filled with acrylic and textured fruits and gourds.

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On one side of the centerpiece I placed a crackled glass hurricane that holds an ivory colored taper candle. A smaller hurricane with smooth glass is on the other side. The hurricanes are flanked by small gold votive holders and larger mercury glass ones.

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At each end of the center of the table I’ve placed extra dessert plates with additional flatware.

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The place setting begins with a copper colored charger. A polyester ivory napkin is draped lengthwise between the charger and the dinner plate. An accompanying salad plate sits on top. The stack is completed with an additional napkin and a colorful beaded napkin ring.

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Gold toned flatware adds more shine to the setting. For the stemware I chose to pair an etched amber goblet with a sparkling clear one.

If you’re not one for changing out the entire table as the season progresses here are a few options. Eliminate the napkin between the charger and the plate. Also change the color of the napkin on the salad plate to a deeper rust or olive color. Another alternative is to add a tumbler, mugs or bowls. Don’t worry about having everything match perfectly. If you have bowls or mugs in complementing colors use them. I promise the etiquette police won’t show up at your door. The most important detail for any table setting is that you and your guests feel comfortable.

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16 thoughts on “#AutumnHarvestDinner

  1. Marigene

    Wow, what a beautiful table, Sandra. The centerpiece is so perfect for Thanksgiving with the bountiful fruits of the season…and those stems are such a lovely shade of amber.
    Have a wonderful week.

  2. Alycia Nichols

    Beautiful, Sandra! This is a tablescape that I think people will find largely “unintimidating” and attainable. That’s what we need out here in the land of blog. While it’s very pretty and beautifully put together, I think you have created something that could be easily achieved. You did a wonderful job!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you for the vote of confidence. I love over the top tables but I know they can be a turn off. My goal is to show how they can be done without lots of money and not be overwhelming. That being said I know I can go a tiny bit overboard sometimes!


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