Happy Blog Hop Day!
I’m so glad you are here. If you are new to Farmhouse Fun let me fill you in on some fun facts about us:
I teach kindergarten, my husband and I are newly empty-nesters, and we live in a 100 year old farmhouse!!! Can you believe it?!?
So now that you know that, I have to tell you that I’m so excited to be blog hopping with some super fun friends!
Please stop by and see all of their wonderful fall inspired projects on their blogs.
Have you ever seen something on clearance and said to yourself, “Wow, what a deal, I bet I could do something amazing with that!”
Yeah me too, like all the time.
Well, guess what?
I joined some friends and excepted a challenge to find a clearance item and use it to style something for fall.
Of course I did.
It’s called the Blogger’s Top Shelf Clearance Challenge!
It sounded like more fun than a challenge that’s for sure and I only had to keep it under $15.
Do you know that I’m the cheapest person alive? Well I like to say frugal, because it sounds much classier, I suppose.
But here’s the really fun part… I could change the item also, if I wanted.
Hmmm… It didn’t take long for me to pick my harvest table as my muse. Yep, I’ve been thinkin’ that this table of mine needed a little “Halloween” update.
It’s almost here and I just love the childlike joy and fun of this particular night.
It happens to be our son’s birthday so we always have a family dinner to celebrate him, so I’m thinkin’, let’s get this table ready!
When picking out my clearance item, I knew I wanted it to be something purposeful, useful, pretty and something I could re-use for another season possibly.
So, I checked Target because they seem to always have something I want, need, or could use and sure enough, I found these Halloween candlesticks on clearance!
Score! Then I thought how great would it be to simply put plates on them and use it as the pedestals for my homemade yummy fall treats or emphasize how much I adore pumpkins in October!
So I looked around Target and found these black plastic plates for .79 cents each (regular priced and not part of the $15. challenge, I just loved it cuz it was cheap, cheap, cheap too)!
Yay for me, half my challenge was accomplished.
Now to take it home and use it on my table-scape for a little fall inspiration.
I think it’s a great example of how creative we can get when we have a small budget which is usually the case when your hosting a gathering.
Most of your budget goes towards the food and drink, so you have to make do with your regular decor.
But if you shop clearance items, you can really re-invent something into a wonder of things.
As you can see, I put those plates atop these candle sticks and they are like regular cake platters, or cheese plates, or even just a place to display yet another pumpkin that I just can’t get enough of.
And with the black color, it seems so much more elegant to me and still has that fun fall, even more of an “October” look as well.
I added a few more Target finds from the Dollar Spot like these really cute haunted house candle lanterns to set atop of my clearance pedestals and these cute orange lacy looking votive holders.
And just look at these pumpkins! My sweet daughters in law painted them for the place cards.
Then with some tiger striped pumpkins on the plates and some material that I already had like this black burlap that I turned into a runner, along with this black and white striped material I added for some whimsy, I was almost there.
I already made this fall bunting so I just needed to change the chalkboard sign to a more fun Halloween look.
There, how cute is that?!?
I think I can still re-use these pedestals for Christmas decor especially if I put it with a wonderful red, white, and black plaid table runner of some kind. We’ll just have to wait and see. Until then…
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back again soon!
Now, please stop on by my sweet friend’s lovely blogs to check out their
“Clearance Challenge Items!”
I’m so in love with this tablescape!!! I totally need to make tier trays like that!
Aw, thank you dear! I appreciate it so much. What a fun time this has been!
Jerri! How fun your table looks. You son’s birthday family time will be an awesome time for him. I love the idea of adding plates to those candle sticks. Plus what a great staple to have for a Farmhouse vignette. Great find and LOVE your table. I enjoy working with you in such a fun challenge!
Thank you Terrie for your kind words! I so enjoy working with you too! What a great challenge this was!
Jerri, I love what you did with those candle sticks! It looks so great styled with all the fun Halloween décor! Great job!
Thank you so much Laura for your kind words! This really was so much fun to do!
I knew it was the candlesticks! I passed up some very similar ones at Meijer. Man, I could’ve added plates like you’ve done here and made a great elevated platter. I like how you didn’t glue them together so you can use both the candlesticks and the plates however you wish. Such a wonderful Halloween table! Have fun at the party!
Thank you so much my dear! How fun that we think alike! Yep, you’re right, I didn’t want to glue them so I could still use it in different ways like candle sticks again. Thank you sweet friend!
Your cake plates turned out amazing!!! I totally need to make some! Your tablescape is just perfect!! Love every detail!
Thank you my dear! This was super fun to work on and I appreciate your sweet words!
This is super cute! I can only imagine how fun it must be to put your kindergarten teacher skills to good use for holiday projects like this. 🙂
Aw thank you Stacey! It was fun to do especially because I had this clearance “challenge” item to work with! Happy Day to you!
This table scape looks awesome for your son’s birthday dinner! How Fun! I love that you created your own cake pedestals! And your votive holder finds make everything come together really well! Great job with this challenge!
Thank you so much Maria! It sure was fun to decorate especially using the “challenge” as a motivation. It’s amazing what you can do and how creative you can get with a small budget!
I loved reading this, Jerri! Such cute pedestal stands! Love it! They’d totally work great for all sorts of occasions.
Thanks Tara! That’s what I’m thinking, maybe something cute for Christmas! We’ll see.
This is such a fun table! I love what you did with those and I bet they’ll work for all sorts of occcassions!
Thank you so much Lindsey! It was fun to style, and I’m looking forward to our family getting together on Halloween to celebrate our son’s birthday. However, yep, I’m thinkin’ it’ll work for something pretty for Christmas too!
Oh, those new cake plates you created are so classy & pretty! What a great idea. That is such a fun table for Rodney’s birthday dinner.
I know right?! That’s what I was thinking, Rodney’s Halloween Birthday Dinner here we come!