Fall Buffet

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in brass, dining room, fall, thrift store, yard sale | 35 comments

I have a birthday girl in the house today!

My sweet Anna Belle is 11 today.

She got her braces off yesterday, so she has requested a bubble gum bar for her birthday party.

Not sure if that is still going to work, because I just pulled 2 of her teeth.

It has been quite a day for her mouth. . .

In between orthodontic appointments, soccer practice, volleyball games, and my parents coming in town for grandparent’s day at school, I actually have had a chance to do a little more fall decorating.

Here is my buffet. . .

I am continuing with the “natural” theme.

The fall theme for my house this year is “natural” and “thrifty.”

I am only using things that I already have or things that I have found at yard sales or literally in the yard.

(I am referring to the pinecones.  I would also love to find some acorns!  Anyone here in Murfreesboro know where I could get my hands on some acorns?!)

Sticking to my theme of not buying anything new, I was at a loss at how to use my brass candlesticks.

Then, I remembered all of my pinecones.

I love how they look in place of the candles.

This precious bird was a Goodwill find – $1.

She doesn’t have a name yet.

Any suggestions?

She is sitting on a stack of yard sale dishes.

Am I going a little overboard with the birds?

I just love them!

The decorating will continue tomorrow.

In between delivering cupcakes to the school for Anna Belle’s birthday, volleyball games, grandparent’s day. . .

I am SO THANKFUL for this life I am blessed to lead!

It may be busy, but it is ABUNDANTLY blessed!

I am hoping to be done by this weekend.

My first plan did not work so well. . .

We will see how this one goes?

Life to the full,


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  1. Lovely fall buffet! I especially love the fact that you used all thrifted/preowned decor! And, no, I certainly don’t think you’ve gone overboard with birds… I think I have at least one bird on every surface of my home 😉 They just say “happiness”to me!

  2. Great use of the brass candlesticks and being thrifty!

  3. Happy Birthday Anna Bella.

    • I will pass the birthday message along!

  4. That’s such a beautiful buffet, Melissa! Love how it all looks and works together. How about Matilda for your bird? : ) If you do find some acorns, make sure you bake them in the oven before putting them around your house.

    • I think that Matilda is a lovely name! Matilda it is!

  5. I love it! That Goodwill bird is awesome and I’m a huge fan of decorating with things found in nature. Happy birthday to Anna Bella! How lucky is she to have gotten her braces off? We are just about to go down that road w/ my oldest.

    Have a great day!

    • I wish I could find more things in nature! I need some acorns!

  6. I remember exactly the day that Annabelle was born, because if you recall Macie was born three days later on the 14th, and we had discussed just a week or two before that they might be born on the same day. So happy birthday to our sweet girls!

  7. Happy Birthday, AnnaBelle!

  8. Stunning!! Absolutely stunning! You have such a special talent and this just blew my socks off. Every single layer and detail is gorgeous and I’m thanking you in advance for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

    • Vanessa, Aren’t you too kind to leave such an encouraging comment?! I look forward to your party every Friday!

  9. Love your natural display! And you can never have too many birds!! They are adorable. Have a wonderful day.
    Debbie 🙂

    • I am operating under the theory that you can never have too many birds. . .

  10. Hi there Melissa How pretty all your natural decos are. I”m a bird lover too. Used to keep them in our bedroom/bath but slowly some of them have migrated to l/r.
    The curtain around your buffet is really pretty, really sets all of the tableau off to a tea. You have some nice things for your fall buffet.
    Happy B/d to Annabelle.

    • I will pass the birthday greeting on to Anna Belle!

  11. Such a pretty display. I love the birds! You have a decorator’s touch!

  12. I love the Fall Feel that you have created. I have a soft spot in my heart for birds so I love that you have featured them in your vignette. Well done!

    • I do not know when my love of birds began. It started with collecting nests about 8 years ago. . . And, now I have birds and nests all over my house!

  13. Holy PINE CONES!! I love the idea of putting them on candlesticks. What a gifted decorator you are, Miss Melissa. I’m stopping by from Savvy Southern Style. I shared my $245 shabby chic guest room, and I invite you to swing by thepolkadotshoes.blogspot.com.

    Thanks a lot for raising the bar so high – ha ha!

    • Can’t wait to see your thrifty make-over!

  14. I just love that skirted table, you have it done up beautifully!

  15. Melissa, I just love the birds and natural theme. You’ve found some wonderful things to put together. Where did you get all the bird prints?

    Happy Birthday to your daughter. 🙂

  16. Very cute! I am going with a “natural” Fall theme, too. ;-)Orange just doesn’t go with our decor. Ha

  17. Great tablescape and love the gallery wall.

  18. Melissa this looks beautiful, and I love the bird and nest prints you have around that beautiful mirror!

  19. Loving it all, but seriously you are making me tired and I need all the energy I can get! Lovely as usual! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  20. Your buffet looks fabulous! I love it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  21. Natural and thrifty is a beautiful combination!

  22. I love your theme! I have decided not to buy anything new for Christmas decorating this year. I probably won’t buy anything for the fall either – so far so good on that. Your buffet looks really pretty.

  23. Gorgeous. I am going to borrow your idea of using the candle sticks for the pine cones. I have a bunch and never use them. The entire vignette is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  24. That is such a clever use of brass candlesticks! I have almost gotten rid of mine several times, but you have convinced me to keep them. Also, looks like an upside-down metal piece on the left – looks wonderful. Linda

  25. I love your fall decor and the brass candlesticks are perfect. Everything looks beautiful. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Fall into Fall party that opens Tuesdays at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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