Is Black the new orange?
Well, sometimes it can be and as I struggled to come up with new and different table pieces, I decided to find inspiration from a table I set several years ago.
As I assembled pieces from my stash…I realized I did not have a lot to work with….when I finished, it looked almost identical to my previous table. Yikes!
I came to the conclusion, that I must have the same mind set.
(I do that a lot…I will find a new nail polish and bring it home only to find that I have 3 bottles of that same color…guess I must like that color a lot)
But onward to this table.
You will notice that there is not one hint of orange on this table.
I started with a white tablecloth and topped it with a large remnant of black fabric set on the diagonal.
Nothing is new on my table and unfortunately the black crows (or ravens) are a little worse for the wear, but I used them anyway because the scruffy look only enhances the look.
I’ve always said I don’t like things that frighten…especially if it frightens me!
And that includes anything spooky.
I like happy.
I have never watched scary movies.
I do however like Casper the friendly ghost from the cartoon days of old.
So this table is about as spooky as it will ever get in our home.
My candlesticks are also a little wonky from being stored in my stash…but I still like the look.
The place setting are dishes I have had for a long time and carry out the black and white theme.
Beginning with a white charger, I topped that with the black and white dinner plates.
Using a black napkin, I separated the dinner plate with the dessert plate.
Each dessert plate is different. The one above shows the place setting with a white napkin.
I found black and white harlequin ribbon in my stash and placed it in and among the different elements on the table, including the pointy curved hat in the center of the table.
The black handled flatware with the curled ends are called treble clef but they look like they would be a good addition to the place setting.
At the top of the dinner plates, I used the black water goblets I found at the Dollar store many years ago.
They have been used over and over in various tablescapes.
They join the clear glass goblets at each place setting.
At one end of the table I used a black cauldron and black stemmed spider web wine glasses that carry on the black is the new orange theme.
I used a skeleton hand that used to hold a dip bowl.
The dip bowl was broken a long time ago, so the hand just sits in a curled position waiting for me to find a replacement for the dipping bowl.
We used to have a few trick or treaters at our home but that ended many years ago.
However, our church as a ‘trunk or treat’ that is held in the parking lot and we get hundreds of kids each year.
There are so many cute costumes that the kids wear that our church decided to not only decorate the trunks of our cars, but we are asked to dress up too.
This year we are having a “theme” which includes dressing as Biblical characters and there will be Bible verses to go along with the tons of candy that we will hand out.
So much safer and I believe more fun for the kids.
They don’t have to walk as far to get candy as they would if they were going house to house.
I love looking for inspiration in not only my past posts but also from my wonderful blogger friends;
Rita of Panoply has always been an inspiration to me as she shares her many vintage items.
She has one of those beautiful booths at a Mall in West Virginia, where she and her sisters sell estate items they have found.
I never seem to have time to go to estate sales, but those of you lucky enough to live close to an arts and crafts mall, such as Rita’s…should consider yourself very fortunate if you are into vintage.
I want to thank Rita for getting the Fall Season underway….
I do not know how my calendar has moved so fast to October, it seems we just started the beginning of summer.
Where has this year gone?
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” – Oscar Wilde
Perhaps it is just me, but as I get older, time really flies by!
Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”….