Our Past and Present Fall Tablescapes | A Fun Look Back

I love that I have had the opportunity to be a part of many home tours over the years because our real holidays do not get documented. When you have company over, you are rotating what goes in the oven and you are talking with your favorite people and there is little time for picture taking. I do love preparing for the gathering though. It is a part of my creativity and simple tablescapes are so fun to do. I usually prepare them the night before the holiday meal so once everyone gets to our home all of my attention is on them and the meal.  Here are some recent and also some older fall tablescapes if you love creating them as much as I do.

If looking at any stylized gathering makes you want to run to Outback and order your Thanksgiving meal then please skip this whole post. If you want to create something this holiday but don’t know where to begin then continue to scroll down and maybe the photos will help you come up with your own ideas.  If tablescapes are your jam and you begin preparing months in advance I can promise you that mine may not be your thing.  I pull from our cabinets, I rarely spend anything beyond unscented candles and flowers, I last minute forage for greenery or branches in our yard and I may be wiping dust off our dishes last minute as people are coming through the door. That last part should have been kept secret.

If you are still reading then I would like to first thank you and now share some past and present fall tablescapes.

 

1. This is my most recent fall tablescape and it is one of my favorites because it was on our new land, it was for a bunch of women at one of our workshops and the natural elements just makes it so lovely and relaxing at the same time. Talk about how to take boxed sandwiches to the next level. It was so fun and the women felt so special (exactly how we wanted them to feel).

 

 

2. Another outdoor favorite. This is the from last fall in our previous home. My husband built this pergola and this yard was a constant labor of love to try to make a subdivision yard feel soft and organic. We were far from finished when we moved but I loved this yard and all of the parties, movie nights, snowmen and years playing on the swing and sandbox.  This house will always be special because it is the house that helped me to find my creative passions and it loved us well.

3. If you have been reading this blog for a LONG TIME you will remember when our business was A Bushel and a Peck.  My mom would sing that song to us when we were little and I then sang it to our children. I had no idea how our business would grow over the years but this song still holds a special place in my heart. This tablescape was based upon those memories and that song.

4. Sometimes you just need a vintage floral tablecloth, foraged treasures as your centerpiece and a big pot of something yummy.  Don’t over think it. Have fun with what you have and make your guests the main attraction.

5. Getting old treasures is the best for mixing up your style and decorating. This tablescape was created from vintage linens my mom found and passed on to me. It is completely different than what I would normally use or buy and I think it brought a sweet elegance to the table. Just think about how many meals have been placed upon this lace tablecloth and how many laps these napkins graced. I love the stories that vintage treasures tell.

Thank you for joining me and HAVE FUN putting together your Thanksgiving table!

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Gather | A Holiday Tea

***The winner of the $100 HomeGoods giveaway***

Cherise Sweet commented:

GORGEOUS Jeanne! I would love to host Christmas gathering where we have a coffee and hot chocolate bar and make gingerbread houses…With the table decorated like yours!

To claim your giftcard please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Congratulations!

This giveaway is now closed.

 

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I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving.

I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe.

Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier.

I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing.

I love the gathering!

I thought a holiday tea would be an easy and pretty way to share how gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to be a big event. It can be intimate invitations with some of your favorite people. Simple gatherings are some of the sweetest ways to tell those that you love how special they are to you. I would take an invitation to spend time together and to catch up over a gift any day! What about you?

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods. We found everything we needed at HomeGoods to create this beautiful and intimate tea!

We are giving away a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods! Please leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of intimate gathering you would like to create.  We will announce the winner next Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite and EASY recipes is Cherry Clafoutis. The kids make this on their own (and our Maddy made this one).

Cherry Clafoutis

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar (we used Stevia)
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk (we used half and half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested
Powdered sugar

Butter and lightly dust with flour (we used gluten free) a 7 by 5-inch baking dish
Add the cherries to the baking dish
In a bowl add sugar (we used Stevia), flour and salt and mix until blended.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and lemon zest until blended (if you have brandy on hand it is delicious with a few Tablespoons). Add all of the ingredients together and pour over the cherries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.

 

If you love holiday tablescapes as much as we do I would love to have you check out our brand new (instantly available) online course Holiday DIY Tablescape with designer and artist Jen Wagner.  This course is $18 with lifetime* access.

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Come and check out the other bloggers and their spaces dressed up for the holiday!

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Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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Liz Marie Blog | Kindred Vintage | City Farmhouse | Love Grows Wild

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Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed

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Holiday DIY Tablescapes | INSTANTLY available course just opened

Good Morning!

We are so excited for the holidays that are around the corner and you have been loving the instantly available courses SO Jen Wagner created Holiday DIY Tablescapes: A Mini Course just for us!

 

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This instantly available mini course features 10 beautiful and fun DIY projects to help your tablescape stand out this holiday season. We will play with hand lettering, gold foil and recreate some of the trending items you are seeing in the stores.

 

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Having friends and family over is one of my favorite things and when I can add a bit of my personality and style into my entertaining I love it even more.

I invite you to join me for this fun and easy tablescape mini course. I wanted to create something that would allow you to dress up your holiday table but also make it easy to go from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond.

Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful and it is actually a lot of fun if we can take the pressure off of ourselves and create warm and inviting spaces for our friends and family. Making things look pretty is a lot of fun but making your guests feel loved and special is the best part.

-Jen

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This course is instantly available right now!  To read more or to register click HERE.

This course has lifetime access, is 1 hr and 30 minutes in length and is $18.

 

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How To Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces This Fall

 

What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!?

If you live where it is warm enough to still entertain outside I highly recommend it this Thanksgiving.

Being outside is unexpected for dinner parties and it really brings new energy into your gatherings.

I wanted to share how to bring our own fall tablescape together by using as an example of a tablescape I designed last fall in our last home.

1.Before I put the table together I thought about how could I make our table a little different this time, make use of our space (yard), incorporate colors of the season and use decor I already owned.

2.My hope is that you would also “shop” your own house and incorporate the beautiful things you already own. Maybe a little foraging too:-)

3. Bring out blankets, wool pillows, napkins (they were really hand towels) for color and texture. I love creating layers in decorating (as with clothing) so this step is important to me to creating a warm and cozy table.

4. Bring out the dishes and glassware.  For this table I am just using our everyday white dishes but mixing them with our nice crystal. Mix and match your pieces and have fun with them. They are there to be USED.

5. Add height to your table.  I did this by adding the wooden candlesticks with white tapers, stacking pumpkins, putting the wine on the table, adding a wood and marble pedestal and adding simple candles on top with twine for texture.

6. Now, fill it in with all of the special touches of the season. I filled it with white hydrangeas to keep it neutral (this is very typical for me with flowers), large pinecones, leaves, branches and acorns.

7. Add sparkle. For us this was having the crystal wine glasses, silverware and especially hanging the vintage chandelier (it was not wired in and was there just for looks).

8. Light the fireplace, light the candles, turn the music on and crack a bottle of wine and you are ready to begin.

The more you do this the more you will get comfortable just shopping your own home and making little changes to your tablescape for the seasons. You will have a go to layout and just change out the dishes or flowers or seasonal filler.

Most importantly…You will never regret making your holiday about the people that join you around that table.  AND When you have fun so will the people that you love around that table.

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Fall Tablescape | Into the Woods We Go

This post is sponsored by AllModern

Fall begs for gathering and I think the most beautiful and inviting spaces can be created outside.

We have been having the most fun creating cozy spaces and “rooms” throughout our land and today I am sharing our newest space for the Farmhouse Holiday Series hosted by Ella Claire.

I wish I could take you along on all of the trails that we have created off of this space and throughout all of our land but I hope that you will come to our studio soon and walk them yourselves.

We would love to gather with you in our studio, home and land.

This past weekend we hosted a live workshop in our studio and this is the space we created for all of the students for lunch.

Lighting makes any space and I am swooning over the impact the AllModern String Lights have created in our outdoor room.

I will have to show you how gorgeous they look at night very soon (probably with friends, pizza and wine)!

I love mixing modern and vintage and rustic and elegant.

Mixing styles and textures makes a setting or a room interesting and inviting.

My sister gave us the wood slices from her land and we complimented them with our wedding china and the AllModern Wine Glasses.

Want to know a trick I have been doing? I have been using other pieces from the AllModern Daphne Gold collection and using them as candle holders. I have them sprinkled around the house and on this fall tablescape. I never use scented candles on the table and this allows the candle holder to be a gorgeous container with the candle and to dress up the table.

We also will never be cold this fall in the evenings because of the bronze AllModern Outdoor Heater.

This has allowed us to have dinner and cocktails with friends in the evenings and keeps the temperature warm and cozy.

You all know how excited we are about our apple tree:-) and we have been using the AllModern Wooden Bowls and our apples as centerpieces in the house and on the tablescape.

All of the leaves, pine cones, branches, flowers for the table were clipped and collection from our land. That is truly the gift of fall!

Bringing together the branches, china, sheepskin, gold wine glasses, wood slices, candles and the lunches in kraft boxes from our local French Pastry shop Dream Pastries was so fun to create.

Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series and letting me show you my fall tablescape!

Now, you HAVE to go see what everyone else has been creating…

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Ella Claire | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver | Love Grows Wild

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City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Rooms FOR Rent | Dear Lillie

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Shades of Blue Interiors | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog |

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Jennifer Rizzo Design | Craftberry Bush |

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and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour {cozy and fun}

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Shades of Blue Interiors | Jeanne Oliver Designs | Zevyjoy | Liz Marie Blog | Julie Blanner

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What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!?

When my friend Bre of Rooms For Rent asked me to be a part of her Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour I jumped on the opportunity.

Before I put the table together I thought about how could I make our table a little different this time, make use of our space (yard), incorporate colors of the season and use decor I already owned.

My hope is that you would also “shop” your own house and incorporate the beautiful things you already own. Maybe a little foraging too:-)

You will never regret making your holiday about the people that join you around that table.

Have fun!

You can purchase the gorgeous vintage chandelier at Authentic Home and Lifestyle in Castle Rock, CO.

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Home For The Holidays Sale {make your holidays simple and meaningful}

One of my most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}.

This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love.

I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a discount for the next 48 hours.

For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $39!

*There will be 65 videos. 30 project videos and 35 discussion videos.

These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating

*Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

*Supply Lists and PDFs for each project

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

You will have lifetime* access!

Course Description:

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that this course will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

I promise you that this course will help you look at your home, your traditions, your family and opening your doors in a whole new way!

Won’t you join me in Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}?

The teachers in this course are some of your favorite bloggers (or they are about to become)!

Here is a peek into what you will create in this INSANTLY available online course.

I am so excited to open my doors to friends and family again this year!

Just seeing these photos makes my heart skip a beat and makes me excited to love on those in my life in sweeter ways all year long.

To read more or register click HERE.

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