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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Cuisine Kathleen has issued a challenge for an apple tablescape.  Some of you may recall that when she issued her last challenge (a white plus one color tablescape), my senile self posted it two weeks early!  So, when the date of the challenge actually rolled around, I posted a second white plus tablescapeDinner in a Basket-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Last week, Sarah, at Hyacinths for the Soul, pointed out that the tablescape I posted would be appropriate for Kathleen’s apple challenge next week.  Yikes!  I had done it again, but this time I had forgotten about the upcoming apple challenge, and I had used salad plates with apples and pears painted on them and dinner plates with apple blossoms!  Do you think I’m getting too senile to blog?

My first inspiration for this table came from a bag of small green apples I had in the pantry.  I used my apple green and navy table runner (found on sale at Pier One several years ago).  The table runner inspired my color scheme.

Navy and Apple Green Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

My second inspiration was baskets that I purchased when a local drug store had a going-out-of-business sale last year.  I thought the baskets could represent an apple-picking basket.  For a light supper, I filled each basket with chicken salad and egg and olive sandwiches, cheese, crackers, and grapes; covered it all with a napkin, and plopped a green apple on top.  It may just be a Southern thing, but when our evening meal is light, I call it supper, but when it’s a big meal, I call it dinner.  Do you do that?

Dinner in a Basket-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Round navy placemats (from a sale at Kohl’s a couple of years ago) are topped by my green metal chargers and navy pottery plates (Made in Italy for Vietri-from an estate sale a few years ago).

Supper in a Basket-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Green and navy napkins (too old [me and the napkins] to remember where I purchased them) are held by branches from an apple tree (That’s my story today.  Depending on the theme of the table, those napkin rings could come from another type of tree on another post!).  I didn’t need flatware, because the baskets contain finger-foods.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

A cutout of an apple, placed under a clear glass coaster, serves as a place card.  The blue handled drink holders are plastic.  I’ve had them forever, and they are what we grab any time we want something to drink, so they are in constant use at at our house. 

Apple Coaster-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

A larger basket, purchased at the same time as the smaller baskets, holds apples and serves as a simple centerpiece.

Dinner in a Basket-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I used my depression glass compotes to hold green apples, which I cut out to hold candles.

Green and Navy Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The sun has set.  It’s time for “supper”.  Come and get it!

Dinner in a Basket-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I’m really glad that you stopped by to go apple-pickin’ with me.  laurie

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I’m linking this post to  Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.


Anonymous said...

Cute apple-scape Laurie. I love those baskets!

Tricia said...

Adorable table, Laurie! I love the baskets holding a picnic supper. What fun the grandkids would have seeing this table awaiting them! I love the apples in the depression glass -- so cute!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I almost posted my apple table too but I saw her apple challenge so I held off. I did mine a few weeks ago.
Your table is cute- love the baksets- the napkins really give it that country flair. The compotes with the apple/candles are a cute idea!


Your table with the baskets it's adorable and very unique. Yes, it's to represent Apple picking time with the cute small baskets. I also love the depression glass. Big hugs,

Rita's Recipes said...

Such a cute idea! Very unique way to charm up a fall table. I'll have to try this when my grandkids visit. They'll get a kick out of it. I'm intrigued by those branch napkin rings. Did you make them? Is there a tutorial?

Debbie said...

Absolutely love the baskets! We had planned to do this, but honestly? I still don't have mojo. Plus, we couldn't find any dishes that we loved enough to buy. I think the basket idea was just fantastic.

I also tried two times to comment on your previous post with the friend's home tour. I loved all her eye candy and can see why you are friends. Both times, my computer crashed. It appears to be internet issues and nothing whatsoever to do with your site. It just happened twice at your place. Sigh.

Hoping for NO CRASH...

Debbie said...

Woohooo! No crashing!

Sarah said...

Laurie, glad you decided to set another apple inspired table for Kathleen's challenge. This is adorable!. Love the apple picking theme. The individual basket idea is a great idea. And yes, supper to us if it's a light meal. I do think it's a southern thing. ~
Happy Fall ~ Sarah

Mimi said...

What a sweet tablescape, Laurie! Do you and your husband dine on each of your creations afterwards? What fun to have a constantly changing setting!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Laurie, You are definitely not senile -- just very entertaining! When I was growing up supper was every day and dinner was on Sunday after church! Your baskets are wonderful. Linda

imjacobsmom said...

Haha ~ you're a hoot ~ and I ADORE the dinner in the apple baskets idea!!! (I am gonna steal - I mean borrow that one for sure.) ~ Robyn

Lulu said...

I've seen many if your tables, and this one has to be at the top of my list of favorites. It has all the elements -color, texture, playfulness- I love. said...

How much fun Laurie! What an adorable idea, individual picnic baskets! That is genius! And no, you are not losing it! I set my apple table 3 weeks early, and then realized it and didn't post it til yesterday, so you are NOT the only one! I love the bright cobalt with the green apples and red. Great supper table! {yep, I call it supper or dinner depending~} and the menu sounds perfect!

Peggy Thal said...

Very adorable and such fun. Who wouldn't love a sweet basket meal with a perfect apple? Nice glass of wine and life is good. Thank's for sharing your pretty table.

Holly said...

HI Laurie - Love the green and red together and especially the baskets! Hugs, Holly

Marigene said...

Laurie, cute idea to have supper in a basket...and love all the blue and green (my favorite color combo). I really like the napkin rings, no matter what kind of trees the twigs are from!
Have a wonderful week...

Diane said...

Laurie, this is so cute. I wish we all could just grab a basket and go apple picking. Love the colors you used - they are so different. What a fun table - love it!!

Tardevil said...

What a cute table, Laurie! Love the apple theme for fall! Hope you & the family are doing great!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
Your table is the cutest fall tablescape ever!! Love the basket idea. And, I love your new blog name. Perfect for you and the many great ideas you share in home d├ęcor.
Happy Autumn,

Diann said...

What a fun and vibrant apple table. I love that you used green and blue in it. Everything looks so happy Laurie!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Super cute! I like the blues and greens with the apples -thanks for sharing~Jennifer

Dewena said...

Not too senile, Laurie! You're just a fireball ahead of everyone else! I love it when apple season is here, and not those that come from far away but homegrown. Your apple table is darling and it's supper for me, most nights. In fact, my post tomorrow includes chicken salad! And it has green apple slivers in it!

Laurie, my oldest son, who is our neighbor also, has my passwords written down with instructions to step in and disable my blog if Mom goes around the bend some day!

Miss Jane said...

I love the color combo yu chose for this fun tablescape. The green compotes are my favorie.


Again, I love this table Laurie.
Thank you for your sweet and kind comments my friend. That rectangular glass platter with glass cover in the pic it's for a Pumpkin Roll cake I make, or any other, like a chocolate one too, etc. I have a post with chicken pot pie...come over for a piece, lol.. Big hugs,

Kathleen said...

What a great table, Laurie, the colors are wonderful. The baskets with the picnic supper is genius, and I love the napkin rings!
I get mixed up too, I was thinking I had to do an all white apple scape! :)

Palomasea said...

Laurie, you cannot even imagine how much you inspire me. You have such an artistic eye, and an amazing gift for styling...
But the most important piece, is that you do it all with such love and heart!
This is so lovely, so sweet...may I join this table picnic??
Love it.
And it was a joy to share the Fair with you!! :)
Hugs and blessings,
- Irina

The Tablescaper said...

This is simply adorable! Love the baskets.

- The Tablescaper