I’ve written many times of my family’s love of taco soup as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit chilly (which we have to wait quite a while for here in central MS). To celebrate how much we have been looking forward to taco soup weather, I have set both the kitchen and dining room tables for soup.
For the dining room, I started with my April Cornell sunflowers runner. I love this runner at any time of the year, but it especially seems to go with autumn.
My square taupe plates from Wal Mart for the base of the place setting.
I decided on my Better Homes & Gardens fall plates for the next layer.
I placed the matching napkins between the two plates. I have made several trips to Wal Mart looking for this year’s fall dishes by Better Homes and Gardens. I had seen some fox and owl salt and pepper shakers and a couple of other things. Finally, they put out what must be this year’s dishes…owl and fox bowls which I really don’t like enough to purchase. They are ok, but if I buy something brand new, especially at a time in which I am stretched with my medical bills, I really need to love it. I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t like them that much since I have sworn off spending until my bills are under control! No temptation is the best deterrent to spending on things I don’t need! I did not care for last year’s plates very much, so I did not buy them. I truly love these plates and wish they would come out with them again.
OK, back to the soup…the top layer is my Dollar General mini soup pots. I love these pots and use them often during the chilly soup months. I put the green on top of the pumpkin plates.
The red ones are on top of the autumn leaf plates. The little pots are wonderful; I don’t think I will ever get tired of them.
For our soup, I put out my San Remo soup spoons. Dollar Tree glasses complete the setting.
Looking through my harvest salt and pepper shakers, I tried to choose sets that color-coordinated with the table. This set of pears on a tray are the perfect colors for this table.
Corn has both yellow and green colors. I used both sets of corn, the same ones that I used a couple of weeks ago in the kitchen.
My little character squash also have great fall colors in them that go with the runner and the plates. These are a wonderful antique pair that I just love. My great-aunt Nannie gave them to me when I was in high school.
For a simple centerpiece, I chose a variegated green pillar candle on a simple base, a wonderful green mercury glass piece that my husband gave me a few years ago, and one of my Dollar Tree votive holders. All of these colors look great on the runner.
I love this table, and decided to do a soup table in the kitchen as well. In case you are wondering if taco soup is the only soup we eat all winter, it is not. We do eat it an awful lot, I’ll admit; it is quick, easy, and nutritious.
However, a few other cool weather soups and stews that we like are jambalaya, chili (I have 2 favorite recipes…one is Weight Watchers and one is vegetarian), broccoli cheese, red beans and rice, and, of course, Campbell’s chicken noodle and Campbell’s tomato. I’m usually all about generic, but those two soups have to be Campbell’s!
My brown placemats and red Wal Mart plates formed the base of the kitchen table setting.
I put the Friendly Village plates on top of the red plate and the large soup bowl on top of that. I love this china pattern and never get tired of it!
I put my fall leaf napkin rings on some brown napkins to continue the fall theme.
For the stemware, I used my ruby red goblets and Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses. I put my fall wine charms on both types of glasses. I used my everyday Chateau soup spoons.
Fall leaves seemed the perfect choice for the salt and pepper shakers since I had fall leaves elsewhere in the table elements.
I decided on candles for my simple vignette. My other two autumn leaf votives and my Wal Mart candle holder with a dark red candle continues the colors and theme of the table.
I love this table, as I love anything with Friendly Village china.
Sorry that my pictures are so dark. Cloudy day, dark table, and dark table elements don’t produce very light photos.
I smell my taco soup in the crock pot as I am typing and am looking forward to dishing it up in my Friendly Village soup bowls soon! Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their decorating and tablescaping!