Ooh. Who doesn’t love a nice autumnal pun?
(Don’t answer that.)
The weather around these parts has been teasing us with the occasional Fall-like temperatures and sunshine. So much so that, while we’re just under two weeks away from the Autumnal Equinox, I couldn’t resist the urge to bring a little hint of the season to the dining room table.
Over the years I’ve collected a few autumn-themed items that could work into a centerpiece, but what I had in mind for this year meant a little bargain hunting. After a trip to Goodwill and hitting a seasonal sale at Michael’s, here is what I had to work with:
The tablecloth was a HomeGoods buy from last year – and added to my sense of bargain when my parents came over for dinner one evening and were sure they had seem that same tablecloth at a fancier kitchen store. But that gold charger?
Next up was building something to top that plate. Starting with some for-real leaves that I purchased more than 20 years ago. The leaves – a mix of oak and maple – were coated with glycerin before being packaged, so they hold up year after year. The box of leaves cost $20 at the time, and each year they add more value, in my mind.
Then it was on to topping this visual plate with a mix I like to pun my way into saying “faux-real.” Care to guess?
And there you have it. Autumn on a plate. My husband came in to check it out – after our kiddo was running through the house to find him and show him the “beautiful table” we just made together – and asked how much it cost to put together. I told him around the $8 mark. He threw up his hands in mock horror at the cost.
And as we ate dinner at the table that evening, he offered to put up a fire in the fireplace. I declined, citing the not-quite-cold-enough weather we were experiencing. As our resident meteorologist, that dear husband warned me we’ll see another heat wave or two before it’s really Fall around here. I know.
But that doesn’t have to stop me from enjoying a little bit of the season on our table, does it?