Creating a Fall Centerpiece to Transition through Halloween and Thanksgiving

Coming up with a fall tabletop/centerpiece doesn’t have to be a long, laborious affair. I am of the mindset that you should be able to use the same centerpiece throughout the whole fall season and just find ways to transition it for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The holidays shouldn’t dominate your inspiration because then you’ll be limited and need a variety of options to get through the whole season. Rather, I like to come up with a base idea that I can build on as Halloween and Thanksgiving come and go. For example, an easy base for a fall tabletop is to start with a bunch of little pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Use a table runner or tablecloth to ground the arrangement and tie in your color scheme. From there, you can add a bunch of crows for Halloween to add a spooky vibe. Another idea would be to cover the arrangement with spider webs and little spiders during the Halloween season. When Halloween is over, you can go back to the base, or add in a few elements to highlight it for Thanksgiving. Perhaps, you would want to add little notes of things you and your family are thankful for this past year, or gild some of the items for a glitzy holiday tabletop.

Here are a few examples to take from now through Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins + Masks + Flowers | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

1. Start with orange and white pumpkins as a base. | 2. Add masks and black butterflies for Halloween. | 3. Mix in white flowers and gilded pears for a fancy Thanksgiving table.

Gilded Leaves + Spiders + Gourds | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

1. Start with gilded leaves and white candles as a base. | 2. Add spiders in a cloche for a creepy Halloween effect. | 3. For Thanksgiving, add copper gourds to round out the centerpiece.

Pumpkins + Crows + Blessings | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops 1. Start with pumpkins, gourds, and some leaves running down the center of the table. | 2. Add paper crows for Halloween week. | 3. Loop in a garland of blessings or things for which you are thankful to set the tone for Thanksgiving.

{From the Archives} A Few Fall Favorites

Fall Chalkboard Sign

The Fall weather is beginning to settle in here in Minnesota. The evenings and mornings are crisp, I’ve seen a few leaves turning color, and mums are starting to pop up at various stores. I can’t help but dig out a few of my fall favorites as the weather turns. Here they are for your enjoyment.

Cooking up a big batch of this Boilermaker Tailgate Chili…or its yummy cousin, White Chicken Chili.

Setting out a bunch of gourds, squash, and pumpkins for an overflowing fall centerpiece.

Indulging in a large mug of Homemade Hot Cocoa, with marshmallows of course.

Tucking in over this Potato Soup with a hearty piece of bread.

Sipping a Hard Cider Cocktail for happy hour with friends.

Having friends over for brunch with these Gingerbread Pancakes with Sliced Bananas or whipping up a batch of these Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Cookies to share at work.

And last but not least, spending a Saturday making an Apple Pie.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes?

{Image via I Heart Naptime}

 

 

DIY Painted Chargers for an End of Summer Gathering

DIY Painted Chargers

Even though Labor Day feels like the official end to summer, we still have at least a few weeks of warm weather left for hosting an end of summer gathering. These DIY chargers would be a perfect addition to a colorful table that embraces summer’s bright color palette. They’re super simple too. Here’s the full tutorial.

Have a great weekend!

{Image via Hank and Hunt}

Happy Hour: The Paloma Blanca

Paloma Blanca Cocktail

Hey everyone! Ready for your first tequila recipe? I hope you are all saying, “Yes!” because this is a refreshing drink to add to your next brunch menu!

The Paloma Blanca

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. white tequila
  • 6 oz. grapefruit soda
  • limes (to squeeze and garnish)
  • coarse salt
  • red food coloring

Directions

  • Wet the rim of a glass with a lime wedge, then dip rim into the dish of salt
  • Pour tequila, grapefruit soda, and a drop of red food coloring into a glass.
  • Squeeze in a quarter of a lime; stir to mix
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Lime Garnish

The original recipe called for grapefruit liqueur, but since I was serving this drink for brunch, I kept the liquor content on the light side. If you want to experiment with grapefruit liqueur (and by all means, please do!), exchange the grapefruit soda with 1/2 oz. liqueur and club soda to taste. Also note: since I used grapefruit soda, I needed to add a drop of red food coloring in order to get the drink’s pink color.

Paloma BlancaHappy brunching everyone! What are your favorite brunch cocktails?

XO – Roni

(Recipe via Glamour Magazine)

The Beauty of Food: Pantone Tarts

Pantone Tarts

First, I’m sorry I’ve been a little mia the last two weeks. Dylan and I have been crazy busy, and I just didn’t get a chance to plan any posts. I’m hoping our schedule will normalize a bit this week and next as our Fall schedule kicks into gear. What have you been up to?

Second, aren’t these Pantone tarts just amazing? I think this is such a fun project that shows the wide range of colors of our food and just how beautiful it can be. Emilie has created a stunning array of tarts based on Pantone colors. The rest of her blog is just as beautiful—infused with color and stunning food dishes. You should check it out for some inspiration after this long weekend.

{Image via Griottes}

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