Tablescape Tuesday ~ Open House Buffet

Update: You can find the Pumpkin Praline Trifle recipe here. The Bavarian Apple Torte is here. I’ll be posting the Mount Rainier Chili recipe here.

We had a open house this past Saturday at our little condo in Southern California. There were 16 of us that enjoyed each others company and some food and drink.


I went with an autumn theme for the buffet table which triples as our dining table and my computer table every other day. It’s always funny when I plan events like this because I get a bit confused about what I have here at the condo and what is at my home in Washington. I always have to improvise because the majority of my stuff is in Washington. Mish Mosh works for me in these situations.


These are some of the food and drink we served. Our main course was Mount Rainier Chili that is made with white beans and chicken. We had a salad and lots of yummy bread from the Diamond Jewish Bakery on Fairfax in L.A. My BIL Nick and sister Vera always stop there on the way to our condo and load us up with Rye, Pumpernickle, and Challah. We had a cheese tray with fruit and salami, bruschetta, guacamole. Our desserts were a Pumpkin Praline Trifle and a Bavarian Apple Tart. I’ll be posting the recipes later this week. They are both great desserts. Most of the serving pieces are from thrift stores and target clearance. Instead of a punch bowl I’ve been using this great glass jug that I got at target for $12.95. It has a lid, too.


We were blessed with some great company at the open house. Friends from our past and new friends and family. I didn’t get a photo of everyone. My brother Tim and his wife Letty, my niece Michelle and her husband Ryan, My bloggy walking buddy Willow and her husband the Professor, and our old friends Ken and Heidi. My sister Vera and her husband Nick, my mom and dad, sister Kathy, and grand nephew Jackson didn’t get in any of the photos.

For more Tablescapes you can visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch on Tuesday.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

28 thoughts on “Tablescape Tuesday ~ Open House Buffet

  1. What a lovely time! Your table decor is beautiful and your food — delish! I look VERY forward to your recipe sharing! I’d love a bowl of Mt. Rainier Chili right now — and some Bavarian Apple Cake — and, and, and. YUM!

    Thanks for making me hungry! LOL! Great post!


  2. You have done a wonderful job at making a second home and entertaining with “mish-mosh.” The company appears very happy with it all!! Nice table arrangement and the food looks highly appetizing!

  3. What a steal! I can’t believe that jug was so cheap! I love your mirror, is that a shelf it has on the bottom?

    Are you going to post recipes? Everything looks so delicious!

    If you would like to join Trim the Tree Thursday where we are going to show off our holiday decor from any holiday comment on my blog! I would love for you to join!

  4. Hi and what a great setting for your occation! Love your use of the two tablecloths, and that mirror! Oh, it’s just so gorgeous! Now the food looks so scrumtious! You really know how to make a person hungry!!
    Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me today,
    Shelia 😉

  5. Wow! Your decor is stunning! And the food looks delicious! Your mirror on the wall behind the buffet is an amazing piece! Great job putting this all together! 🙂 ~Rhonda


  7. Hi Ellen…I love making trifles and your’s looks super yummy! What a wonderful gathering you had! Thanks for sharing it with us…looking forward to the recipes! Susan

  8. Wow, you really gave us a treat…beautiful food and delicious menu…and good looking guests! This was a great post…really enjoyed it, I only wish I could have been there..LOL 😉 Bo

  9. This is wonderful. I can’t even imagine keeping up with two households, one gives me fits. You did a marvelous post, regardless of whatever limitations you felt.
    My DH has a heart situation, or I, just like everyone else, would be checking back for the recipes. Maybe the chili recipe wouldn’t be bad for him, since it is made with chicken. I will be checking for that one. For the rest, I at least, can still eat and enjoy with my eyes, if not my mouth. Everything looks delectable.

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