Connie already had the black and white transferware dishes, so we decided to use that as our inspiration. With that idea in place, we traveled to Oneonta where Connie knew of a fabric store with some great prices. Fortunately, the black and white toile was there just waiting for us, and we liked the idea of the green trimmed in black for an overlay. Connie is very talented with a sewing machine, so she made both the round table cloth and the overlay.
Since the toile featured roosters, we decided to use a couple in our centerpiece. We grouped them with white and orange pumpkins and added the three hurricanes to hold candles. These hurricanes are very versatile, since both the top and bottom sections are hollow. We used dried green split peas in the bottom and candy corn in the top for added color.
The challenge was how to keep the split peas in the bottom while we turned them over and positioned them on the table. The answer was Press 'N Seal. After filling the bottom section with the split peas, we covered the opening with Press 'N Seal, bringing it up the sides. After we placed the hurricanes on the table, we folded the Press 'N Seal down and trimmed off the excess.
At each place we used the black and white transferware dishes, clear goblets, my Towle hotel stainless and black and white polka dot napkins with silver napkin rings. For our placecards, we stuck a black chenille pipe cleaner into a miniature pumpkin, making a loop to hold the namecard. Colorful and inexpensive.
For more tablescape ideas, be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. You are certain to find lots to inspire you.