A Book Club Dinner And Tablescape

Last night I hosted our book club for dinner.
Normally our book club meets once a month for hors d'oeuvres and discussion, but not dinner.  However, I was feeling quite ambitious, creative and brave so I decided to actually cook!

But who cares about the dinner, I just wanted to create a book themed tablescape!
My new dough bowl was the inspiration for the centerpiece. 

Which I filled with red books, white pumpkins, green leaves and antlers.

Two new candlesticks, a recent find at Wisteria Antiques in Santa Cruz flanked the dough bowl.
Their red accents gave me the idea to focus on the red books.

 Instead of candles, I put white pumpkins on top.

I love their curly stems!

I used white cabbage leaf chargers for the dinner plates, layering transferware salad plates and more white pumpkins.

The numbered linen napkins are from Pottery barn, several years ago.
The crocheted placemats are from World Market.

The jute herringbone runner is also from World Market.

Ruby glasses, silver flatware and antler steak knives are vintage.

Once the table was set, it was time to concentrate on dinner, my least favorite thing to do--cook!
But how can you screw up roasted chicken, wild rice, green beans and salad?
My goal was to prepare a simple, comforting, fall inspired dinner.

Just before everyone arrived, I built a fire, lit all the candles in the house, opened a bottle of red wine and set out hors d'oeuvres.  Everyone arrived hungry and ready to discuss our latest book.
A good time was had by all!

Oh yea, the book!
We read That Woman by Anne Sebba, about the life of Wallis Simpson, the twice divorced American woman who married Prince Edward.
It wasn't the best book we've ever read, but it did provide for some lively discussion!
The next book is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What are you reading?
I would love to know!

Partying at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays.
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursday.
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday.

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