504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Casual Fall Tablescape with Tattooed Pumpkins
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Wednesday, November 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!

Tickled Pink is coming Friday!

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  1. Those are so interesting!

  2. Lovely! Perfectly Fall!

  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!

  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!

  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!

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

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

  8. the tattoos are fabulous!

  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!

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

  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!!!

  12. Clever idea with the tattooed pumpkin Holly.

  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.

  14. Hi Holly!

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

  15. Neat, interesting, different. Love it.

    - The Tablescaper

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

  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.

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

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


    Kori xoxo

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

  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! :-)

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

  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).

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

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

  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.

  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!

  28. Anonymous7:31 AM

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



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