As I shared the other day, I could do tablescapes all day long. Other than furniture, it’s probably one of my favorite parts of my job. I think it’s probably because I love dishes, serving pieces, ironstone, silverware, etc. I have a lot of it and, while we do use some of it everyday, I have enough to feed an army. So, I love when I get to pull it out and “play” with it. It’s sort of like a big-girl dollhouse moment.
I set up this particular tablescape to shoot an HGTV.com tutorial for a succulent pumpkin. I wanted to actually shoot it as a centerpiece, so I set a table around the juxtaposition between the springy feel of the green succulents and the fall feel of the pumpkins.
I started with a blue and white checkered piece of fabric as a tablecloth, which wouldn’t be an immediate choice for a fall table, but I envisioned warming it up with layers of bread boards. I continued that play off contrasts with antique silver goblets paired with ironstone plates and soup bowls and cream monogrammed linen napkins. I topped each place setting with a bosc pear to warm up the white.
The star of the centerpiece is definitely the pumpkin, which I’ll share when the article goes live, but a centerpiece looks a little lonely when it’s just one thing. I added more succulents, pinecones, pattypan squash, nuts and tucked some moss in to sprinkle the bright green throughout the table.
I’ve also learned that too many blank spaces on a table can make it look unfinished in a photograph, so I added some bowls of nuts…
…and silver salt shakers and cellars.
It wasn’t going to be the focal point of the shoot, but I also set up the buffet, so I could have it as a backdrop. I brought in another succulent to tie in with the centerpiece and then arranged the rest with dessert plates, small forks & knives, a soup tureen with ladle, extra napkins and a casserole…things that might be out if we were having a fall family dinner.
The pumpkins were really simple to make and turned out beautifully! We made one large one and few little ones in about 15 minutes.
And, an amazing thing, we were actually able to use live pumpkins. I was resigned to the fact that I would have to use foam pumpkins, because the articles were due in early August and there was no way I would be able to buy a real one in July. Well, I was wrong. Kriste and I hit Wegman’s to buy some flowers and produce for another shoot and there were two cinderella pumpkins! It’s like they were put there just for me! I love little blessings like that.
Well, we spent all day driving down to Atlanta and we’re about to kick back and watch a movie. I’m so glad we drove down today, so we can relax a bit before we hit the Haven Conference in full gear.
I hope to get to meet some of you! If you see me and/or Kriste, please say hello!