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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

October 21, 2008

Before and After Tablescape Tuesday

Wowee Kazowee, look at my table now...these guys showed up ready to eat from college off my son's floor. He is the resident advisor...he can hardly find his own keys and wallet yet he is in charge of an entire floor of guys!
My famous dishes, gotta love those blue plastic cups! We cooked and cooked and washed dishes till the cows came home...


But Welcome to another Tablescape Tuesday put on by the lovely Susan @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. I love it that you are here to visit! If you wonder if you see some of the same dishes? Yes you probably do! Hahaha, I love to reinvent the tablescape...I have to buy alot of dishes that are similar, we have loads of relatives and the plates match for the most part (big smile)but the people on the left can't see past the 40-50 relatives to see what the table on the right side looks like so I fudge every once in awhile!!!

Anyhoo....I started with black gingham check cotton fabric for the tablecloth,rust dinnerware (Walmart) creamy white salad dishes (from Walmart) orange bowls from Target (on sale after Halloween last year).
These black placemats are actually Christmas placemats on the other side! I was looking for something black and kept folding these and putting them away...and then the Tablescape lightbulb went on!!!! Hahhaaaa


Next thing you know it all came together! Yippeee, now if you could all come over and we could eat, giggle and have hot apple cider as we listen to the coyotes sing Halloween songs!
These candlesticks were hideous blue, I bought on clearance years ago at Ross, spray painted back then when it wasn't even 'cool' yet.


Well I'm ready to eat!!! How about you? My table no longer looks like this (darn) I haven't quite recovered from washing 120 dishes this last week (wink), so I'm off to the couch with a couple of chocolates and a cup of coffee!
Blessings,
Debbie
Proverbs 31:15 "She wakes up early to give her family food."
(Then she is worn out but she keeps on going!)




27 comments:

Darlene said...

Morning Debbie,

I absolutely LOVE this tablescape soooo Halloween-ish!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Ooooo it does look like you had to do TONS of cooking for all those big guys!!! I bet it was a lot of fun!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

The black and white checked placemats caught my eye right away:) Love the dishes and how you matched them all up, you have wonderful tablescapes!!!
Rondell

Stacey said...

Your tablescape lightbulb is awesome. I bet those boys were so glad to have home cooked food. My son is a freshman and he's already tired of the dorm food. :)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Great table! I love the black & white checked w/ teh Halloween!

ellen b. said...

HATS off to you for feeding those hungry college kids!! Your halloween table is fabulous and fun and I can tell it would be fun to sit at a table with you. I'll bring the appetizers (I tried to type hors de voures but was not sure I'd spell it right) Anyway wonderful scaping!!

bj said...

The first table is usually how it looks at MY house...when all the family comes, we have 17. Lots and Lots of red solo cups and paper plates!! hee hee
I adore your halloween table...it is just precious! I love the fact that we don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great looking table....

Lana G! said...

Oh the before looks like fabulous fun! I bet the boys loved every minute of it and of course a good meal to boot!

Love the after of course! What a beautiful setting - so creative! I will be right over!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Well it was looking into the future...I have a feeling I will be feeding a bunch of hungry boys with my sons and their friends. :) They all look happy with food in their tummies. :)

Love your halloween table!

simple~needs said...

great tablescapes. even the one with all the guys!! :)

brettinsky said...

This is super cute! Love the tablecloth!

Love Bears All Things said...

Enjoyed seeing your table. Don't you just love it when son brings friends home.
Mama Bear

Neabear said...

Great table. I love the halloween settings. Clearance sales...I need to check that to add some dishes to my new placemats and tablerunner. Go visit my sewing blog and you will see what I just did.

Carrie said...

All the elements you've put together for the tablescape work so well together.

Cheri said...

Well after feeding all those young men, I guess you do deserve the couch and some chocolates...enjoy!

Absolutely LOVE your table.

Cheri

Cheri said...

Debbie,

I forgot to thank you for visiting my blog, it is nice to read comments (even though I don't always leave them but do read the blogs...bad me). I like to meet new gals.

Cheri

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How great to use the back side of Christmas placemats. Sure makes them double their use! Your black candlesticks are wonderful! I think I have some candlesticks I want to spray now! laurie (bargainhunr)

Robin Beck said...

I love love love that tablescape! Black and white checks are so perfect!
I think it is really nice that your son brought his whole floor home-This tells me he is very proud of his family/home! What a blessing!
Robin~♥

Ruth Ann said...

Beautiful! I want to come to your house and eat! Everything looks so cozy! It makes me want to sit around the table with conversation adn a hot cup of coffee! Thanks for sharing!
-Ruth Ann

Pamela... Beehind Thyme Farm & Garden said...

OH...MY...GOODNESS!!! Love the setting for your table... how warm & cozy it looks... Love it!!!

College... I can't even think about that word or tears fill my eyes. My baby will be heading off to college for the fall 2009 year... 8 hours away. I don't know how in the world I will get through. They grow up so fast...

Love the music... uplifting.

Have a Blessful, AuTuMn DaY, Pamela

Salmagundi said...

I want your tablescape lightbulb!! How Halloweeny everything is - done well with humor. Sally

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I used to cook for my son't football team - tose guys can eat huh??!!!

Love the Halloween tablescape! So cute Debbie!!

Where do you sit 40- 50 people??!! You are a brave woman!! :-)

Annabelle said...

Hey, Debbie! Your table is gorgeous...I wish I could come over to eat. And I wish you could come over to help with my projects!
Annabelle :)

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

What a gorgeous table!! Great job.

9405018--Pat said...

GREAT TABLE LOVE THE BLACK AND WHITE THANKS FOR SHARING...PAT

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hey Debbie,this tablescape has what I like...variety. Colors, mixed prints, texture. Great job! Thanks for sharing the idea.
Sweet Wishes!
Sara

Cottage Rose said...

Wow Debbie; I am tired just reading about all your cooking and dish washing. whewwwww. Love your table all the beautiful dishes in such wonderful colors. love it all

Hugs;
Alaura

sweet momma luv u said...

Hi Debbie,

Love the table scapes that you do! It is so festive and colorful. You are amazing. Inspiring me to do more!

Wow! That is a table full of big guys. I bet they were thrilled to have some home cooking. Yum!!


Jody