Animal Instincts

I am following my Animal Instincts at the table,

inspired by Tiger Stripe Pumpkins and Animal Prints~

My Animal Instincts led me on a mini safari

to World Market, where I spied Giraffe-spotted

napkins in tan and in black~

And to Hobby Lobby, where I rounded up

Zebra chargers to accompany Leopard chargers

I already held in captivity~

Answering the Call of the Wild

with a nod to Halloween,

a pumpkin is masquerading in a

Pheasant feather mask~

And topped with a

Snow Leopard Witch Hat,

complete with spider~

My quilt/coverlet on the table

has an affinity for animals,

previously Udderly Charmed by Holsteins~

And animal print goblets are toasting the season

with a bounty of nuts and a leaf~

spotted, with an animal print-like camouflage~

Cheetah print flatware was sighted in a showroom

at market, rather than the Serengeti :)

Animal Instinct Details~

Leopard Chargers/gift

Zebra Chargers/ Hobby Lobby

Giraffe Napkins/ World Market

 Woven Chargers/ Pier 1

Flatware/ Murval~ years ago

Goblets/ Global Amici~ years ago


Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday~

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  41 comments for “Animal Instincts

  1. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    October 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Mary, I want to shop with you! Beautiful!

  2. October 24, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I love it! Mary you always do a fabulous table, but this one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  3. October 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I love the Safari theme, so have a good bit of animal print tableware. I do not, however, have goblets. Yours are lovely and add so much to your table. Very nice!

  4. October 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

    How cute, Mary! I love the animal print. Such an adorable idea for Halloween!

  5. Sue
    October 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

    What a fun twist on a Halloween theme! Incorporating the animal theme into the napkins, chargers, and goblets is too cute. Just found you recently and am following along to see what you’re doing. :-) Sue

  6. Becky
    October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I found your site yesterday and have become addicted! When I first saw it, I thought THIS is the life that I want to live! Your family and friends must feel so cherished by the love and attention you pay to all the details.

  7. October 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Fabulous animal instincts, Mary!

  8. October 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This is RIGHT up my alley, Mary! I have a touch of animal print in many rooms of my house! I DO have animal dishes, but not the flatware or goblets. They are GGRRRRRRRREAT, as Tony would say:):) This is one of my favorites of your tables. Love the witches hat and the mask on the pumpkin, so clever. Have a grrrrreat day. XO, Pinky

  9. October 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Go glad you had a little animal instincts for this cute table. Great pieces for the table especially the goblets.

  10. October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    That pumpkin in the center with the leopard witch hat is the star of the is ball er safari. You eclipse yourself once again. Love it all.

  11. October 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

    There is always a creative adventure at your lake! Your animal instincts definitely win the most creative prize. Another 5 Star post, May. I don’t think there is anyone who has more fun when it comes to creating tablescapes. Thanks for the morning safari……..Sarah

  12. October 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

    What a charming change from regular Halloween to a Animal inspired Halloween table. Love all the different animal prints! Great look and so much fun!!!

  13. October 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Mary, in a million years, I would never had thought to combine the pumpkins with the animal prints. I love this whole table. It’s whimsical and so very different from anything I’ve ever seen.

  14. Tammy
    October 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    You are such an inspiration and I am amazed at what you put together!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Unusual but very effective combination!

    I used to have a long hostess skirt made from the same quilted fabric of the ‘tablecloth’ but with grey background. It was made with lengthwise ‘strips’ of the fabric, alternating with grey velvet and creamy cotton lace and had a wide gray velvet band at the hem. I love d that skirt! ;-)

  16. October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Mary, you just amaze me with your ability to combine unusual items to the best effect. Never in my life would I have thought to combine an animal theme with pumpkins. The mask on the pumpkin is too cute!

  17. October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This is really super, super, SUPER!!!!!!!!!!! I love to see “outside the box” thinking like this! Just as in nature, all of the various prints just work together. That witch hat is really cool, and I just LOVE the print flatware! Your planter boxes are really overflowing and gorgeous, too! You REALLY did it up for this one, Mary! I love it!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Linda Kemp
    October 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I loved the flatware and the napkins. It was just beautiful!

  19. Pam
    October 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Very Clever Ideas! I love how the animal instincts kicked in and transposed all of these animal prints with a nod to fall and Halloween. The cute pumpkin with the mask and witches hat combines everything. A Totally Terrific Tablescape!!!!!!!!

    Thanks, Pam

  20. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    That’s a fun table Mary! Love the pheasant mask on the pumpkin:@)

  21. October 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Mary, so love this table. It’s just cute. I mean seriously cute. The wild animal prints are delightful and I love the mask on your pumpkin, especially with that hat! xo marlis- oh and I am using your pots as inspiration!!

  22. October 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Very creative…I never would have thought to use animal prints for a Halloween table…but it works quite nicely!

  23. October 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    What a fun tablescape, I love it! Hugs, Penny

  24. October 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Too cute!! Love it!! Definitely a trend setter!

  25. Joni
    October 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    What a clever and fun take on Halloween! I love all the animal print and my favorite line was “At market rather than Serengeti!” Your pumpking in mask just really made the table with that stunning witch hat. Also loved the new zebra chargers; my 11 year old would love those — she is all about zebra stripes, she even has zebra-striped shoes. What a treat it was to visit you tonight. Joni

  26. October 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Wowsers! The animal theme is spectacular. I really enjoyed seeing the pumpkin centerpiece all decked out in her finery! The goblets, the napkins, just every little detail is exquisite.

  27. October 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Absolutely adorable! I love this theme! The pumpkin with the mask is adorable! Love the nut filled stemware too! That is the cutest darn whitches hat I’ve seen! This inspires me to give my indian corn centerpiece another new look!

  28. October 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    this is fabulous! Love the mix of animal and Halloween…very creative :)

  29. October 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Oh my where to start? This table is awesome! Love the plates, the glasses, the chargers the hat wearing pumpkin. I think I will have to steal this idea, thanks for sharing. Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

  30. October 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Mary, this is soooo much fun! Love the animal theme and how you used the hat on the pumpkin! That’s perfect! BTW, they have those fab clock plates for sale at PB now, in case you won’t some in black. They are tempting me…not sure if I’ll splurge for them or not. :)

  31. October 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I’m stopping by for a blog visit from Between Naps on the Porch today. I’m a urge fan of her tablescapes.
    Autumn is my favorite time of year. The colors and textures that you chose are so beautiful.
    What a festive table.

  32. October 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    So wonderful decor! It’s a really amazing project and it looks so so great! Thanks for the inspiration and have a happy day

  33. October 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    You are good! Gorgeous photos and styling, Mary.

  34. October 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Don’t you love the new Hob Lob?? Those glasses and cheetah flatware are awesome. Love the hat, too. Thanks for the idea of the oreo brownies. I have a party to attend next week, and I couldn’t think of something easy to bring. Will have to find my witch’s boots. Do you know if the olive buckets @ Tuesday A.M. are really antique? I got the ad, when they came out and threw it away, but it seems like they are real and not re-pros. I think I want to get one, but only if they are authentic.

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

      Yes, I am THRILLED about the new HL! The olive buckets at TM are vintage. The one I saw that Olive Out posted had a lovely old label on it, mine did not though.

  35. October 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    What a novel approach to Halloween. Love it all. You have inspired me to attempt new photography techniques. Your angle shots certainly capture attention.


  36. October 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Love your table setting super cute! The mask on the pumpkin is great. Laura

  37. Ann
    October 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    A very exotic table, I love all the animal prints. The witches hat is so cute. And I really love the flower/pumpkin display. Everything is coming up halloween.

  38. October 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Mary,

    This tablescape is just terrific — such a novel idea!! I love the centerpiece; it makes me laugh. :D Your goblets are so exotic and pretty and go well with the plates and flatware. I especially love the pics of your fall planters; they are gorgeous, and the crows make a great touch.

    You’ve got another creative winner, Mary. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!


  39. Liz
    October 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love it! :) What a pretty table.
    Way on the wild side! :)

  40. October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The animal print is perfect, I adore it. Gorgeous tablescape as always. Thanks for joining TTT Hugs, Marty

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