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8.22.2018

easy 5 minute fall tablescape

decorating, decorating basics, DIY, diy decorating, entertaining, fall, farmhouse style, fast cheap and easy, neutrals, rustic style, seasonal, simple solutions, style, summer, tablescapes, burlap, Scrabble tiles,Pinterest, Instagram, homewardFOUND decor
ever get one of those calls: "hi! we're in your area and thought we'd stop by..." ???
panic ensues, right? a whirlwind of activity starts the minute you hang up the phone:

throw the messes into the dishwasher and dryer and garage.
peer into the freezer to see if there's something you can whip up to feed guests.
clear the table of papers and projects and.... the TABLE! oh dear.

it's easy to pull something together quickly for a pretty tablescape...
continue reading to see what i pulled off in five short minutes a few days ago!

decorating, decorating basics, DIY, diy decorating, entertaining, fall, farmhouse style, fast cheap and easy, neutrals, rustic style, seasonal, simple solutions, style, summer, tablescapes, burlap, Scrabble tiles, Pinterest, Instagram, homewardFOUND decor
a simple length of burlap serves as a table runner, where serving dishes can be placed for easy reach.
remember the grocery store flower & herb bouquet i made?
i added a few fresh stems clipped from the herb garden and it's good to go!
decorating, decorating basics, DIY, diy decorating, entertaining, fall, farmhouse style, fast cheap and easy, neutrals, rustic style, seasonal, simple solutions, style, summer, tablescapes, burlap, Scrabble tiles, Pinterest, Instagram, homewardFOUND decor
i grabbed the jar of Scrabble letters in my office, and created a theme:
i put them into clear vases, with clear glass votive cups holding a candle.
(i've done that before, for this contemporary fall tablescape and this urban cocktail party)

more letter tiles spelling out 'welcome' and even the storage jar itself add more interest to the table.
decorating, decorating basics, DIY, diy decorating, entertaining, fall, farmhouse style, fast cheap and easy, neutrals, rustic style, seasonal, simple solutions, style, summer, tablescapes, burlap, Scrabble tiles, Pinterest, Instagram, homewardFOUND decor
each simple placesetting has a rolled napkin tied with twine
and a single Scrabble tile indicates each guest's designated seat.

decorating, decorating basics, DIY, diy decorating, entertaining, fall, farmhouse style, fast cheap and easy, neutrals, rustic style, seasonal, simple solutions, style, summer, tablescapes, burlap, Scrabble tiles, Pinterest, Instagram, homewardFOUND decor
my hard working white dishes and simple clear glassware finished off the table, 
and the wood and burlap in brown tones connect to the Scrabble tiles to create a theme. 
(this would be a good theme for back to school, as would using books)

a simple meal and luscious wine were enjoyed by all,
along with good company, great stories, and a bit of wordplay using the Scrabble tiles, too!

we've all seen and created detailed, layered, stunningly 'Pinterest-worthy' table decor...
but when there's no time to plan or shop or fuss over it, it's good to remember that
it really doesn't take a lot of time or 'stuff' to create a welcoming table.

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