Monday, October 7, 2013

Last minute lunch with a friend.....

Most people are annoyed when they have last minute company.  It doesn't bother me at all.  So, when my girlfriend called and said she would love to stop by for a visit, I turned it into a lunch.

Luckily I had homemade chicken/vegetable soup already simmering on the stove!  My girlfriend picked up some warm bread at the bakery and we were all set for a last minute lunch!

One of my favorite things about fall is making soup.....

...I literally throw all the fresh vegetables I have in a pot with some chicken or beef stock...

....and simmer for a while.  I also add chicken or some beef.

While I was at the MacKenzie-Childs store last week, I saw a cute display of napkins wrapped in their compliment large flowers.  The flowers were so expensive, but a few blocks away I found these for 4/$'s that for a cheap imitation?  So at the last minute, I wrapped our napkins and forks into the flower rings:

The pumpkin plates are plastic that I found at Walmart for $.96 - they were perfect as a bread plate!

This little ceramic scarecrow has been part of my fall decorations for over 30 years.  I made him in a ceramic class in the early 80's!  I threw some Dollar Tree pumpkins in the center of the table on top of some leaves:

I also attached some more of the flower rings onto my shabby candlesticks in my dining room:

They are displayed on the TableMat I made a few months ago"

The rest of these photos show the touches of fall around my home, enjoy:

Happy Fall!

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Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I have to find a friend to do this with. I know you had a wonderful visit.

  2. Patti, you are a thoughtful hostess and friend. I know your friend appreciated the lunch at this delightful setting.

  3. Love the smell of soup simmering on the stove! Glad you had a fun time!

  4. Wow, you put together such a lovely setting. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Hi Patti, You certainly pulled together a wonderful table for your friend! I know what you mean about those McK-C napkin rings!! I like your substitution and I also like all your black, white and orange fall touches around your house. Happy Fall! Linda

  6. Love the black and white check mixed with the Halloween things, wow lthat is a pretty combination...

  7. How fun to have a friend stop by and sit down to this charming table to have a warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup and warm bread. The only thing left to do here is to have a great conversation. Your fall decor is lovely. I especially like the black and white checks. The warm fall colors are a perfect compliment to the black and white. Love it!.....Candy