When I was in middle school, I had to take an etiquette class. I kid you not.
My teacher set a table with linens and goblets and a gajillion different types of silverware, and we were tested on our table manners. We had to eat a meal while keeping our elbows off the table, keep our napkins in our laps, and know the exact position to rest our fork on our plate to signify to our hostess whether we were “resting” or “finished”.
And she swore we would need to know this when we became adults.
Well…not at our house.
Because if you ever happen to stroll into our cookie cutter subdivision, we roll out the welcome wagon, not the red carpet. As in, take your shoes off and stay a while, drink from a mason jar, curl up on the couch for a chat kind of welcome.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously around here, and our home often reflects that.
So when Sonya from At Home With the Barkers and Melissa from Daisy Mae Belle asked if I’d be willing to share a fall-inspired centerpiece for their series Hospitality Filled Homes, I instantly thought about how we entertain our family and friends around here.
We laugh at this table. Belly laugh. Along with elbows on the table as we pass around plates.
If you end up wearing your food, we’re not judging…because chances are we already have a spill or two on our own shirts.
We’re barbeque and sweet tea enthusiasts around here. And in the fall, football fanatics.
So maybe we’ll light a few candles and call it “fancy”.
Maybe we’ll put out a $7 roll of burlap from Walmart and call it “linens”.
I might place a $4 thrift store tray on the table and make it a centerpiece.
But the truth is what matters most about a table isn’t what’s on it.
What matters most is who is around it and how you share that moment.
Because whoever pays us a visit and sits with us for dinner is instantly family.
And every time, we take a moment to hold hands around this table and thank God for letting those who walk through our door to be a part of our lives.
Because the best part about having decorated rooms is having loving hearts to fill them. That’s what truly makes it home.
If you want to steal this look for yourself, here’s the whole source list:
(Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure.)
Pumpkins – Michaels and Walmart
Greenery – Michaels
Lime waxed tray – DIY (Tutorial linked)
Candle holders – DIY (Leftover from our fireplace door project)
Napkins – World Market
Napkin rings – Thrifted
Driftwood chargers – World Market
Votive candles – HomeGoods
Placemats – HomeGoods
Dishes – Wedding gift (You can find similar ones here.)
Pinecones – Good ol’ mother nature
You can hop over to these other blogs today to check out their fall centerpieces too for the Hospitality Filled Home series!
At Home with The Barkers