Twenty-three bloggers make a harvest centerpiece for Autumn using a tray, around the house fresh and faux, and their fondness for the season!
Thanks to All Bloggers participating and thank you to our hostess, Katherine of Katherine’s Corner, for the gigantic task of organizing each of us!
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I believe most of us can derive inspiration not only from the seasons, other people’s homes, or small joys in life, but also from experiences we’ve had that affected us in some positive way. Autumn on A Tray is a gathering of all of that inspiration and all of those memories and experiences, arranged thoughtfully on a single tray or tiered display tray. It’s a collection of what you have already, what you find and collect on your morning walks, and it bespeaks YOUR Autumn from whichever angle you look at it.
Join this tour with me and follow on an inspirational ‘blog hop’ to view the ‘Autumn’s of others’ through their memories and experiences. I have an idea you’ll walk away with some creative ideas 😉
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A Harvest Barn Dance Centerpiece
Something different today, and no…not a recipe! Join me in saying ‘thank you’ to my friend Katherine from the home inspiration blog Katherine’s Corner as she guides us on an Autumn Tray Blog Tour!
Now, my readers will recognize this post as ‘unusual’ for me because it doesn’t involve food. When Katherine asked me to participate, I thought maybe she’d confused me with another blogger, or perhaps misinterpreted the extent of my talent!
I am more than a little humbled that I am included among this group of talented bloggers. Moreover, I am nervous because this is my first time EVER decorating a themed tray. Please don’t judge harshly…
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Channeling A Long-Ago Evening for Inspiration
When I was 16 years old, I was invited to a birthday party for a school friend. It was her Sweet Sixteen and it was to be hosted by her parents at their family farm in the town I grew up in, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Curiously, the invitation read: BARN DANCE & REFRESHMENTS; NO GIFTS, PLEASE
So, New Jersey may be ‘The Garden State,’ however, and in my 16 short years, I’d NEVER heard of or attended a…a…barn (me continuing to re-read the invite)…barn dance before. What kind of birthday celebration was THIS??
Recreating A Night, I’ve Never Forgotten
The dance was pure magic. It seemed as if there were a trillion tiny white lights twinkling, and everywhere I looked was broad gold ribbon to catch the reflection.
To create my harvest centerpiece Autumn on A Tray, it seemed appropriate to recreate that night of the barn dance some 36 years ago. In particular the cornucopias that decorated each table filled with acorns, hay, apples, gold ribbons, and autumn branches and leaves.
I first grabbed for an old galvanized tiered piece I picked up thrifting forever ago. I guess at the time, I envisioned filling it with baked goodies, but I’ve sadly never used it.
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Tackling the Largest Tier First
I filled my harvest centerpiece tray with fresh acorns, faux gourds and apples, a variety of faux fall fruits, and wide gold ribbon. Nothing new was purchased for the project, rather I dug deep to use what I knew I already had.
I began by stuffing wadded up newspapers in the large bottom tier. The newspaper is acting as a wall or a lift to keep the small faux pieces from getting lost in that big bottom.
There is no perfection here, no rules. Just ‘stuff and place’ and keep manipulating the paper to conform to your vision. The wide gold ribbon helps to camouflage the newspaper.
Tiers Two and Three with Whatever Materials Remain
The two undecorated tiers were quick and easy. I placed large items like the apples and gourds first. Whatever small pieces of decor remained in the nooks and crannies.
I made sure to turn my tray as I decorated. This same barn dance-inspired harvest centerpiece will also become the real centerpiece for a buffet table. There is an upcoming party being held in a 250-year-old cotton dock here where I now live in Charleston, South Carolina.
The rustic colors, and even that crazy gold ribbon, will most excellently play off the tiny string lights that illuminate the ceiling timbers of the cotton dock. In fact, I am placing a bet that I will garner some lovely feedback, all of which I would not have done if it were not for these ladies allowing my participation.
Please continue the tour by clicking HERE to see what Thrifting Wonderland has created for today’s tour!
Thanks to All Bloggers participating and thank you Katherine for the gigantic task of organizing each of us!