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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I’m trying to get into the Fall and Halloween mood.  In case you’re also attempting to find Fall, I’m reviewing some of my past Fall and Halloween tablescapes today.  You can click on the photo if you’d like to see the full post of any of these tables.

In 2012, we had an outdoor dinner in the Fall.



This “harvest dinner” was in 2011.  (This may look like a Thanksgiving dinner, but we usually have what I refer to as a “Harvest Dinner” early in October.  It may be my way of welcoming a little nip in the air.



Another harvest dinner in 2012.



I’ve been doing a harvest dinner for a lot of years – this one in 2010.



I did my first post on this blog on October 11, 2008, and on October 20, 2008, I posted my first tablescape.  (I just this minute realized that today, I’m one month away from blogging for five years!  And I thought I wouldn’t last long!)  Susan at Between Naps on the Porch talked me into linking that first table to Tablescape Thursday. (Back then, there were not hundreds of links for TT, and Susan may have been kind of desperate to get links for her party!) I didn’t even know how to link to another blog, but Susan was so kind to help me, and that was the beginning of a lot of Halloween tablescapes being posted at Bargain Hunting and linked to TT.

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I went back to get a picture from that 2008 table, and I was embarrassed to see what a tiny picture I had posted and how bad the tablescape looked.  (Just when you thought I would post anything on my blog without feeling any shame, I decided to not re-post a picture of that table.)HALLOWEEN 5


A Halloween buffet table

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A Halloween table for the grands

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A little bit spooky buffet

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Was it just last week that I posted a tablescape on the boat?  Okay, I may be getting into the Fall spirit, even though we are still having Summer temperatures in Arkansas.  What about you?  Are the leaves turning where you live?  Are you celebrating Fall yet?  laurie

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.


Unknown said...

Yes, it seems too early for Fall tables with this hot weather! But, people need to see examples and plan ahead, right? I enjoyed your review of all your fall tables - lovely!!! Yes, the boat was wonderful, too. :-) You have a gift - the hospitality talent! <3
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

ellen b. said...

Leaves are turning here and falling already, oye! The abundance of spider webs is also a clear sign of the new season coming.
Your fall tables are all great.
BTW: you do share a birthday with my Dear...
Happy Belated B-day to you!

Mimi said...

Hi Laurie!

I have been away and am catching up on some of my fave blogs- and I am astounded as always at the incredible tablescapes you are showing from autumn harvests past and Halloween- they are just amazing! I will have to somehow try to emulate one of them someday- I think your harvest tables are just gorgeous and so inspirational!!!


I agree with Ellen, too about the spider webs- my mother always said they come in as the weather gets cold- well my house is full of them although it has gotten hot again- I am so past heat!

hidden art of homemaking said...

I like this...going back and reviewing all the harvest tables, which I love that idea...and wow almost 5 years blogging..awesome!

Jacqueline said...

I need to do this! HOW FUN to see the older pictures. I went back and saw my small pictures too! Nice to have much bigger ones now. Everything is beautiful. I cant believe you have been blogging for 5 years. And tablescaping just as long - such a trendsetter!

Sarah said...

Laurie, I love this review! Congratulations on 5 years. Keep those post coming, my friend. Susan was one who inspired me to join in with some tablescapes. I'm glad she did. I've met so many wonderful friends, and I can even say, I've met you in person. That's the best!
I'm going back to view the original posts on these tables. I love reruns! ~ Sarah

xinex said...

All these tablescapes are beautiful, Laurie. I like your plates with ghosts. I would love to set those for a dinner for the Spooks...Christine

Debbie said...

Loving all the inspiration you have given me in this memory lane post.

I grinned at what you said about your earliest one(s). I can't tell you how often I've thought the exact same thing. There is one in particular that I really want to just delete from my blog.

Susan Freeman said...

Always fabulous!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

All of these tables are wonderful! How do you even pick a favorite? Love them all. said...

It was so much fun to see some of your previous tables, I haven't been blogging and reading blogs for barely a year so it's all new to me! I can't believe you are approaching 5 years, wow! That is so great! I have pinned several of your scapes for future reference and I love your harvest table tradition, that is lovely!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I loved your sweet first table. My favorite of all of them is the Halloween buffet. Lots of tablescaping during 5 years. You have a few years on me. Joni

An Oasis in the Desert said...

It was really fun seeing some of your earlier tablescapes, Laurie. I, personally, don't think it is ever too early to start Fall -- it's my favorite season and has all my favorite colors. I would truly leave this decor up all the time if I could! To answer your question, no, we don't feel even a hint of Fall yet which is why I keep the air turned down and just enjoy my Fall inside!

Kathleen said...

What a great review, I loved seeing them again. I just can't get into Fall, too hot! It will come, I just have to start pulling out all my cwap~
Still enjoying the summer mode here, lol!

Remember when there used to be over a 100 scapes at TT? Not anymore, it has dwindled considerably. Scaping is a lot of work!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I had to come see your fall Tablescapes all of them are Beautiful as always. I hope you and your family are doing well.
XXOO Diane

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Laurie dear,
You have the best sense of humor!
And girlfriend you could have a book done with all of your fabulous tables...I am really in love with those Halloween ones.
You are way too modest too. You have a lot of talents and it shows!
Thanks for your sweet comments too,
I have to say that curtain was very simple to do.
Big Hugs friend,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Geez..I sound sappy..but it's all true. Hugs again!!


ALL your tablescapes for the season are simply gorgeous with so much inspiration Laurie! Fabulous review and I specially love the grand's Halloween table with the spooks plates, so darn cute! Enjoy your weekend.

Rosie M. said...

Congratulations on your almost 5th Anniversary! Susan from BNOTP encouraged me as well and I just published my first post the other day. I hope I can remain as creative as you have as time goes by. I'm looking forward to this whole adventure! I enjoyed your post today: such pretty tablescapes!!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

The tables are all so sweet, I especially love the pumpkin one, so darned cute with the vintage items, I love it alot...Phyllis

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

I enjoyed your review!! Congratulations on 5 years of sharing your posts and ideas, you have probably touched and inspired a lot more people and projects than you think in those years. Best Wishes to many more! See you have inspired me to start thinking about Halloween!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Wonderful review of your beautiful creativity! I am reviewing myself as I can't seem to remember year to year what I have on hand to use!

Leigh said...

I like the tablecloth in the first photo- looks like home.