11.10.2010

Casual Fall Tablescape with Tattooed Pumpkins

We are not a formal family. I had dreams of it, but like most things, the dreams and the reality are two different things for now. That does not mean I do not like or appreciate a beautiful table setting.
Generally for Thanksgiving, the kids set and decorate the table - that is sort of our tradition and it gets them all excited about the meal.So when I have an opportunity to create a tablescape, I jump on it!

As I was tattooing my fruit and pumpkins, I thought these would be gorgeous as part of a tablescape, formal or not! I am so in love with this tattooing thing...I can barely stand it {click the link above for a tutorial}! I am pretty sure you will see a vintage turkey image from The Graphics Fairy on the Thanksgiving table...the kids think this tattooing thing was cool, so they are all for it!
I like layers and layers, so I used three layers of table coverings: an inexpensive chocolate brown table cloth (from target), a couple of layers of a big open weave burlap (hardware store), and an olive green linen cloth and napkins I bought at Goodwill. 
Pretty much every thing on this table, except the glassware
{Mikasa Jamestown Gold, from my wedding}
is from a thrift shop.

I tattooed names on the pears for places cards
{I tried a bee, but it was a FAIL...everyone said it looked like a fly...
I need a better bee!}
This is another pear...I was trying out ideas for weddings.

My tattooed pumpkins! L-O-V-E!
These images are from The Graphics Fairy.
I will find the direct links and add them in later. 

The overall centerpiece, pumpkins, pears, and grocery store flowers.
I still think it looks pretty and effortless.
I used candle pillars, glass plates, pretty much anything I could
find that was pretty to incorporate into the table for height and interest.
Overall it is a simple look, but the varying heights and
textures make it warm and inviting.
I apologize for the photography...I was having  a bad camera day!
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29 comments :

  1. Those are so interesting!

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  2. Lovely! Perfectly Fall!

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  3. Isn't Goodwill awesome!? I buy so many of my props there. You can't beat the price. This craft is so cool. I love those tatooed pears!

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  4. I was waiting for the table to go with the tattoos! It all looks just great. I seriously want to tattoo !ome place card fruit.

    Great job, Holly! You are so creative!

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  5. I was waiting for the table to go with the tattoos! It all looks just great. I seriously want to tattoo !ome place card fruit.

    Great job, Holly! You are so creative!

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  6. GORGEOUS!!! Love the tattooed fruit and the colors you chose!

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  7. TATOOED Pumpkins & PEARS for Placecards~ GENIUS! Love your creativity...thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  8. the tattoos are fabulous!

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  9. Your table looks beautiful! And, I think that you can be formal one or two days out of the year! :) Love the place settings with the pears!

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  10. Beautiful table! The tattooed pumpkin and fruits are a great idea!

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  11. I am like you at Thanksgiving! Family
    fanfare of less formal, but beautiful in it's own right! I too love muslin accents, natural elements. I love your pumpkins, they are gorgeous!!!

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  12. Clever idea with the tattooed pumpkin Holly.

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  13. Love the feel of this table! That tatoo idea is great. I will read the tutorial tomorrow when I am a little more awake. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Hi Holly!

    The table looks great! Love the "tatoos". What a fun look!

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  15. Neat, interesting, different. Love it.

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. So beautiful! I really love the color of the tablecloth too. You're one of the most creative people I've seen!

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  17. This is simply the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen!!! I want a Silhouette. You were so clever to think to put it on fruit and pumpkins. It would be great on the everlasting pumpkins wouldn't it. Wow, what a table it made. I am super impressed.

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  18. Wow - what a pretty table!! I am soooo in love with these tattooed pumpkins. I think that idea is genious!

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  19. Wow...these are amazing!!!! What a great idea! I'm having a giveaway for Christmas! Check it out!

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    Kori xoxo

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  20. What a delightful tablescape! That tatooing looks so great on pumpkins and pears! Joni

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  21. I LOVE the idea of the tattooed fruits! I looked over the tutorial and it doesn't seem too hard, but I'll have to see....I'm not always very patient when it comes to "crafty" things. Maybe I can lure my grandchildren into doing it for me! :-)

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  22. Great tats... on the fruit that is. I love the whole idea. Thanks for sharing. your table looks great.

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  23. This is your idea of a bad camera day?? These photos are beautiful! I love, love, LOVE those gorgeous pumpkins (and even the cute little pears...even though pears are icky).

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  24. Well, this is a new one on me, but I love it. Great job on the pumpkins and pears. Unique.

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  25. LOVE LOVE LOVE the tattooed fruit! Thanks for linking up to FFF! Great to have you! www.lilyslaundryblog.com

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  26. Love your tablescape. You are such a cretive gal. Tattooed Pumpkins. . . great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I link to Tickled Pink every week. I just love it. Hope you will stop by my blog again. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

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  27. Ok, Holly! I just absolutely LOVE these! SO cute! Really!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  28. Hi Holly
    I love your beautiful decorations.those stamped fruits are fabulous!!!!
    Thanks for linking up to PA Blog..
    always a pleasure

    Terrie
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/

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