Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Simple Fall Tablescape & Decor Swap

I had a few friends over the other day for lunch, so I put together a really simple and easy tablescape with just a touch of fall.

I borrowed the cloche off of my coffee table and added a little bit of greener for an instant centerpiece.

Since we were having a buffet, I had the plates and silverware on the buffet counter, so I set the table with just a simple charger and napkin.  Each place was set with a pumpkin for a touch of fall and as a gift for my guests to take home.

I wanted plenty of room left over for their drinks and salad dishes.  Simple and easy for a luncheon.

 As you can see the checked runner and brown napkins tied in well with the living room.

I decided at the last minute to move everything to the family/breakfast room and turn the dining room table into our "Decor Swap Table".

Since I use check in the familyroom, the tablescape worked perfectly, just a small change in centerpiece.

  Each person brought something for the swap table and then had a chance to pic what they wanted in trade.  How fun is that!!!  I got so busy I forgot to get a picture with everything that everyone brought.

I know, I am really bad, I didn't take pictures when everyone was here, but it was a fun idea for a party and everyone had a fabulous time and went home with a treat.  If you are having a get together with your girlfriends, the Decor Swap is a really fun idea.

                                                       I am joining the following parties:

 The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday, Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
 My Romantic Home for Show and Tell,  Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
 French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
 Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday, The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday, Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party, Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Friday
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party, A Stylish Interior for Stylish Friday Finds
Obsessive and Creative Craft Linky party

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  1. Wow that is a really great idea and I will have to keep that one in mind, thanks for sharing with us today. Have a blessed day. :-)

  2. What a great idea, a swap party!! That sounds like a lot of fun. Love your decorations and the checks do mix in great with everything.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  3. Sounds like a fun way to get together with friends! I especially like the pumpkins on the chargers (Pinning...).

  4. What a beautiful table with the Brown check table topper and those adorable pumpkins! Your centerpiece cloche and base is awesome; I always covet this piece! Your house, like mine, instantly looks like Fall has arrived, no matter what the weather is aoutside! Everything is gorgeous and have fun with your lucky guests.
    Big hugs,

  5. What a lovely idea Marty!! And your home look so nice! Love your fall decoration!
    Blesssings and hugs,

  6. Love the checks...both of your tablescapes were just gorgeous! What a fun party that must have been!


  7. What a great swap idea! Sounds like a lot of fun. I love your checkered accessories...they are so pretty!

  8. I love the idea of a decor swap party! I'm a sucker for checks and your colors are perfect for Fall! Have a lovely rest of the week Marty!

  9. I too love the buffalo check runner and tablecloth. Great with the muted fall decor.

  10. Your table looked very pretty and festive, too! I like the brown check for fall. And the party sounds like fun! :)


  11. Hi Marty,
    Your table looks so lovely and fall like. I think your guests will be impressed. The cloche is stunning.


  12. That would be so much fun! Beautiful table. I know you all had a great time!

  13. That's a splendid idea, Marty! to have a "swap party" especially for a ladies luncheon... I think the guests will love it and so much fun:) Your home look so beautiful dressed for Fall, Marty! The colors of your tablescape are so pretty with the whites, browns and greens and the glass cloche adds so much pizzaz to your tablesetting:)Hugs, Poppy

  14. That does sound fun, Marty! Your table looks great; love the tablecloth.

  15. Marty, your table looks so pretty, what a great idea to send a gift home with each guest. How very thoughtful!

  16. Sounds like so much fun and your home is always so beautiful, Marty! Love the soft brown checks on your runner and the table in the living room.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  17. Both of your tables look so pretty and seasonal, Marty! Sounds like a fun time and great idea when friends gather.
    Mary Alice

  18. Marty, I think your colors, checks and pillows that are in your living room, dining room etc. right now are my favorite EVER! I just LOVE the brown and white plaid!!!! It looks so pretty! I love the idea of the decor swap too!!!! I am going to use this idea next time I have guests!!! XO, Pinky

  19. the decor swap idea sounds great! I have done many swaps, but not decor...yet

  20. Your tablescape looks beautiful Marty ! Love the natural and inviting feel of it !
    the swap idea sounds fun :)

  21. a decor swap, now that is a great idea for a party! Your tables look wonderful, I LOVE that wonderful tan and cream check!

  22. Love the little touches of Fall Marty! Just perfect, not too much, not too little, just right!

  23. Everything looks so pretty! I wish I could have come, maybe next time!

  24. Beautiful tablescape, Marty! Love the idea of the decor swap. How fun!

  25. I love your table with the simple checked runner and elevated cloche, and I know your guests were thrilled with a little pumpkin to take home! But a decor swap party! Wow Marty, how clever, what a great idea!! I bet that was so much fun! You need to do that every season!!

  26. Both tables looked so pretty, Marty! It must have been such a fun lunch and party. I was so sorry to have missed it, but as it turned out, I caught a really bad summer cold a few days prior and would have had to cancel anyway. Yuk! So glad it was a success!

  27. Lovely tables! I LOVE the picture of the old man praying as I grew up with it in my house:)Thanks Marty!

  28. That's a cute idea having a decor swap party! I liked both tables and I like the brown checkered runner and the matching table cover.

  29. Love this table. Your pumpkins are wonderful...

  30. The decor swap sounds fun! The table is great. Love the pumpkins!

  31. Beautiful tables, Marty! The checks, the brown, those little pumpkins, I love it all!

  32. Marty, What a great idea for a holiday luncheon party. Swapping decor items seems like great fun to me. Love the plaid checks on the table and in the living room. The checks look like a nice toast color, perfect for fall. Very Pretty.