Happy Fall! In my neck of the woods it is starting to both look and feel like fall. Leaves are slowly fading in preparation for their colorful October show and both our days and nights have been cooler. In celebration of fall, this month’s Pinterest Challenge is a fall tablescape. For this challenge Mr. SP, Sherman, and I hiked through the woods at Smith Mountain Lake State Park where I set up a Lakeside Woodland Fall Tablescape.
Today’s Lakeside Woodland Fall Tablescape is a Pinterest challenge that I’m sharing along with a group of blogging friends. This is a monthly challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407. Each month Cindy picks a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to recreate the look.You may remember last month’s challenge where our group created coffee table vignettes, August’s summer mantels, June’s Lanterns for Summer Decor, May’s Patriotic Porch Decor, April’s Spring Floral Wreaths and also the challenge from March where we each created an Easter Centerpiece and Table.
Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge!
If you arrived here from Decor to Adore, welcome! I’m sure that you enjoyed seeing Laura’s version of this month’s fall tablescape inspiration picture. You’ll find a list of all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone recreated this look.
Our Inspiration for this Challenge
This month we were challenged to create a fall tablescape inspired by this beautiful one designed by Beth of Home Stories A to Z. I’ve enjoyed Beth’s blog from the beginning and always enjoy seeing her decor.
Isn’t this a beautiful table? When Cindy sent this picture to me, I was excited to create my version of this table. I examined Beth’s decor, thinking about how and where I wanted to set a table that looked like Beth’s.
The centerpiece surrounded by gourds was something that I knew I could pretty easily create. The place settings were more problematic as I don’t own wood chargers, white dishes, or copper mugs.
One of my former students is a logger, so I asked him if he would make some wood slice chargers. Sweet Brandon not only immediately said yes, he made them and delivered them to me the next day. Wasn’t that nice? Yes, he was one of my favorites and I think that the feeling was mutual.
After Brandon delivered the chargers, I selected some linens to use that I’ve had for years, and then made a trip to Walmart to buy some white plates and copper mugs. I’ve always wanted white plates and I really like the mugs, so I didn’t mind having to buy a few things to do this tablescape.
Lakeside Woodland Fall Tablescape
Beth’s tablescape was set in her beautiful backyard next to her pretty sitting area. I wanted to set my table up in an equally pretty spot, so I picked one of my favorite areas of Smith Mountain State Park, a picnic area in a grove of pines overlooking the lake.
A path meanders through the woods and leads to an area with multiple picnic tables, all with a lake view.
I have a really good husband as using this beautiful spot meant making multiple trips carrying supplies to and from the car, each trip involving a bit of a hike.
I wanted to set the table up in the early evening and we realized that we were quickly losing light, so I worked on the table while he made trips to and from the car.
Here is my version of Beth’s beautiful table. My husband and I both loved how this looked and we both regretted not packing dinner so that we could enjoy eating it at this pretty table.
The picnic area overlooks beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. We hike in Smith Mountain State Park nearly every weekend with Sherman and almost always walk to the shore here so that Sherman can get a drink of water and go swimming.
Each picnic spot has a large picnic table and a grill. There also is a covered pavilion in this area that can be reserved.
Lakeside Woodland Fall Tablescape Details
Rather than use tea towels and round rattan placemats like Beth did, I used a vintage tablecloth purchased long ago. I chose this tablecloth because the stitching colors remind me of fall.
Beth used wood slice chargers at four of her place settings and round rattan placemats at the settings on the ends of her table. Since Brandon kindly made six wood slice chargers for me, I used them at all of my place settings.
Beth used clippings from her yard to create a centerpiece arranged in a lantern. In the inspiration picture the lantern looks metallic, so to mimic the look, I spray painted a glass florist vase with a few coats of a copper colored spray paint that I had on hand.
I intended to use a tray for my arrangement like Beth did but could not use it since the picnic table was rather narrow and the tray wouldn’t fit along with the place settings. Since I couldn’t use the tray, I simply arranged dried gourds on the tablecloth around the arrangement.
For the arrangement, I used Pampas Grass from my neighbor’s house along with Fireworks Goldenrod and Chinese Fringe Flower from my yard.
For the four settings on the side of the table, I layered a colorful fall napkin over the wood slice charger followed by a white plate.
The plates are Better Homes and Gardens Sophia from Walmart and cost less than $2 each. I’ve always wanted some white dishes and now I have a set of six to enjoy.
The copper mugs, also from Walmart, wouldn’t fit on the table, so I placed each one on top of the plate and added a touch of color with clippings from a shrub at my lake house.
Candles in glass votives would have been so pretty lit but we forgot to bring a lighter or matches with us.
The four colorful fall napkins were purchased long ago from Kmart with place mats to match. I only had four napkins of this pattern and needed two more napkins for the two table head place settings so I used two mustard yellow napkins that coordinate with the tablecloth nicely.
I can’t finish this post without sharing a picture of Sherman. He patiently waited while I took pictures wondering why we were hanging out in the picnic area instead of walking like we usually do when we visit the state park.
Many thanks to Beth from Home Stories A to Z for this month’s Pinterest challenge inspiration. I enjoyed this challenge and had so much fun creating my own version.
Next on the tour is my fellow vintage loving friend Lora from Lora B. Create and Ponder. I’m looking forward to seeing Lora’s version of the fall tablescape inspiration picture.
More Fall Tablescapes to Enjoy
Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of the inspiration picture. I’m looking forward to seeing them all!