Thanksgiving Tablescape 2017

My 2017 Thanksgiving Tablescape is a warm & cozy Modern Rustic style. I layered neutral colored dishware, copper, wood, plaid fabric, and succulents planted in a dough bowl to get the Look.

The plaid tablecloth has plenty of ivory colored background and not too many stripes to create a clean contemporary base for my Modern Rustic tablescape. Hammered copper utensils, even with clean line, throw a twist of rustic into the tablescape. I love the understated Fall vibe of my Boho Dough Bowl Centerpiece. Once I placed the light wooden dough bowl in the center of the table, I knew I must add more wood to pull all the elements together.

For that beautiful golden glow during dinner, I added copper and bronze glass votive candles to the centerpiece.

And finally, for that extra wood element, a “Place Tray” for under each place setting, bringing another layer of Rustic charm to my Thanksgiving Tablescape. I designed my wooden “Place Trays” (yep, that’s what I named them) to be a raised stage upon which to stack a very Simple dish combination. The lift of the stage seems to visually elevate the importance of each person at the table. It really does, without a place card, make each setting very personal & special.

A casual coffee/dessert station is set up near the table for after-dinner lingering. Copper coffee pot & white mugs carry over the Modern Rustic style of the tablescape. (Wall Art DIY.)

The feature that makes my Place Tray unique is the 1-3/4″ hole in the upper left corner, where a cloth napkin can be gracefully draped. In order for the napkin to be easily removed I have cleverly elevated the wooden tray. (More details next week.)

Since I was not bringing pumpkins this year to the tablescape, I used orange napkins. The orange napkin did not “match” any of the colors in the tablecloth, but rather went well with the copper utensil and a provided a warm ambiance to the overall look.

I chose two different types of wood and stain contrasts for the Modern Rustic style. The lower portion of wood is distressed and stained medium brown, whereas, the upper wood is left more natural so its blueish-gray tones can be seen. The Yin/Yang Modern Rustic contrast makes these Place Trays versatile for many tablescape styles.

Plain white plates layered with an amber glass compote and a pine cone & faux autumn leaves keep the tablescape Fresh & Simple…

Pop in next week when I share a How-to make my wooden Place Tray. They are easy enough to make in time for your Holiday tablescape, or as a great gift for the decor enthusiast in your life.

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

 

Weekend Wanderings 10.15

Meet Me Lakeside blog is about to go into its FOURTH year. It has been the motivating force behind many style changes around the lake cottage, both home improvement & self-improvement. I have given some thought this month, as I do every year in October, whether or not to continue blogging. I always reach the conclusion, “There are so many positives to blogging that seem out-weigh the negative of TIME spent each week to produce a post.” (spoiler alert…BUT…)

I have several other hobbies/passions, yet no time to develop any of them…if compared to a juggling act, sadly most of the time, ALL balls are on the floor.

I find it hard to focus on both maintaining old hobbies while nurturing new ones when time is so limited.

Then, yesterday I wandered upon a HuffPost review of a book, Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I had just read the book, and a light bulb went ON when I read this sentence in Ms Breen’s article.

“Life is a series of choices, when you pursue one passion, you let go of another.” (Galit Breen)

Yes, that’s it! “Something” sadly has to be Let Go, to make room (time) for the new. It is a ripple effect, as one passion leads into another, it fades away; but not really, the old passion just blends-in, allowing room for new growth.

I look forward to having TIME to continue to grow my new passions. I will continue posting MML two more times, (Oct. 18) Thanksgiving Tablescape 2017, and (Oct. 25) DIY Wooden Place Tray (as shown in the 10/18 tablescape). Then, MML will be Let Go as I Set Sail on a new journey.

I can’t end this post without Thanking my Readers, who have been with me through 3 years of my Blog trial & errors. Your kind comments have encouraged me to venture beyond my comfort zone. As a member of the Word Press blogger Community, the global Community has broadened my concept of how much more similar we ALL are, than different from each other. I hope, too, that some of what you’ve read here on MML has Inspired you to be a Maker and to try on new tool belts and where needed, update your style.

Are you willing to Let Go, to pursue a NEW Passion?

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside – Keep it Simple & Fresh!

Photos in this post are from Pixabay.com

Halloween Cocktails at the Cottage

It’s such fun to welcome October guests to the lake cottage, by handing them a spooky cocktail as they walk through the door…or gate…or up from the dock – guests drop-by from many directions around here, sometimes even over the fence…so we try to be “ready” with a fun signature drink.

We convert the potting bench into a serving table & bar for the Holidays and concoct one or two specialty cocktails fitting for a particular month. My favorite part is to come-up an appropriate name for each cocktail. Surely, I’m not the only one who lays awake at night dreaming of a clever name to fit a special house brew.

This year I was working with pretty black-stemmed martini glasses (Home Goods) for our October cocktail, so we shook-up a blackberry-infused vodka martini and christened it the Black Widow.

I used a low temperature glue gun to attach a rubber spider to the glass rim and darkened the blackberry infused vodka with black food coloring, a little goes a long way, then I dropped a sweet cherry pepper into the glass. Adding a few small chunks of dry ice creates one smokin’ Halloween drink. By the time the glass is empty your guests won’t care that their lips are black, too.

Just add affordable spooky decorations from the Dollar store and Walmart, so you can spend more on the fixin’s. Remember last year’s Forgotten Bag from Target bargain bin? That is where I found the Apothecary jars and Lab glasses for the drink ingredients. A quick Google search landed me free Halloween apothecary labels from HERE and HERE. Wow!

The best cocktail for any season is a Bloody Mary, I love that it can be served any time of the day. Captain always makes a crazy-good Bloody Mary, so we keep the ingredients for that perfect cocktail always on-hand. Again, the fun is in re-naming it to fit the season, and to add personality to the swizzle stick. It doesn’t have to be a celery stick; this year’s Scary Mary sports a pickled okra, jalapeño stuffed olive, lemon, and a sweet cherry pepper, with a non-edible eyeball to top the swizzle.

Don’t forget to serve Bites during cocktail hour! We keep a few Simple choices in the pantry; jars of artichokes, olives, chips/dips and cheeses, popcorn and always bottled water so I don’t have guests to cook breakfast for the next morning.

Now that the party is rockin’, the moon is out, and the guests are not feeling inclined to “sail-on”…Hey, Whose ordering pizza delivered?

Do you have a “House” Signature drink?

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

Weekend Wanderings 10.8

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My friend, Zora, gave me two packs of Trader Joe’s Pour-Over Coffee to test and enjoy, so I thought with cold weather upon us, I would share my Review of it on MML. First off, I love to shop at … Continue reading

DIY – Boho Wall Hanging

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I love layering Texture into my home decor, especially in the form of fabric. Recently, I was doing one of my Wandering for (Fall) Inspiration trips at Home Goods and came across an unusual throw blanket. I say “unusual” because … Continue reading

Weekend Wanderings 10.1

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Happy October! The weather here is incredible finally, PERFECT for patio entertaining. If you remember, when I made our potting bench (HERE) I had to first convince Captain that he would still be able to use the (table) space as his … Continue reading