Thrifty Tablescape Linky Party #5 and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

I just can’t believe it is already October! From now until the first of the year, time just seems to fly by! And I have so many fun things planned. I better seriously get my time management skills honed!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And I have some fabulous giveaways from sponsors who are very involved in this important cause. I am so happy to be working with them and hosting some giveaways to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!


Here is my thrifty tablescape for October!

TT4 046Trying to ease into Fall is not always an easy thing for me. I chose to use hues of purple and green with late summer/early fall fruit.

TT4 042Sorry for the blurry pic. I started with these deep plum placemats. I got a set of 4 of them for .35 cents. They were .71 cents but, I bought them and most of the rest of the items on this tablescape on 50% off day at the thrift store.

TT4 062    These beautiful rich colored fruit plates were originally from Pier 1 Imports (according to the makers mark on back). I only have 2 of them. They were in a metal decorative plate holder I found at the thrift store. So, for he two dinner plates and the holder, I paid $1.35.

TT4 059I used mix and match vintage flatware at .05 cents each.

TT4 057I purchased a set of 4 of these white frosted cups for $1.00.

TT4 088The green stems were .20 cents each and the vintage green glasses were .10 cents each. Geez, that glass looks cloudy! It didn’t look that way in real life. Honest! LOL

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TT4 109 I decided to use these ceramic duck napkin rings because around this area we are seeing a lot of ducks out. In our little city, ducks have the right of away. There are heavy fines for hitting any duck around here.  I bought a set of 6 of these for $1.00. The gold napkins were a clearance at either Walmart of the Christmas Tree Shops years ago.

TT4 028  For the centerpiece I used a bamboo table runner (a gift years ago) and a large square wicker-ish placemat that I purchased at a thrift store a year or so ago (set of 4 for about $1.00). I placed my hand carved old bowl on top. This wooden bowl was my grandmothers. She always used it to hold fruit and nuts at Christmas.

TT4 049I filled it with the faux pears that came from the thrifted white tureen I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

TT4 048On one side of the wood bowl I used this grape vine design covered bowl filled with apples. I bought this bowl sometime last winter at a thrift store.

TT4 084On the other side of the wood bowl I used two old thrifted wood candlesticks, thrifted candles and hung thrifted purple, gold and orange tassels from them.   And just because I thought the color was so pretty and perfect for this table, I included a beautiful purple eggplant that we just got from one of the local produce vendors at the market.

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TT4 045TT4 047 TT4 053 TT4 061 A pretty sparkly apple from my stash of thrifted faux fruit.

TT4 064TT4 068  TT4 072 TT4 078 TT4 107 So, that was my thrifty transitional tablescape for October. After a rough adding up, the total cost of everything on this table is $6.35. Not bad.

The Giveaway!

Pink Together Prize Pack

        A 16 oz. box of Total cereal

  • VIP coupons valid for one box of Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios cereal and one cup of Yoplait yogurt
  • Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook Pink Together Edition, which includes a collection of more than 150 delicious recipes with complete nutrition information and a 32-page Pink Together Survivor Ambassador bonus section that shares inspirational personal stories of survival as well as recipes
  • Water bottle and removable silicone awareness bracelet
  • Drawstring sport backpack
  • Rhinestone ear buds


The amazing folks at General Mills are so committed to this cause and through my friends at MyBlogSpark, they sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!

Find hope. Be inspired. Know you are not alone. Join the 2011 Pink Together™ campaign – now in its fifth year of celebrating hope – by visiting to connect with a unique online community of people who have been touched by breast cancer and share a passion for the cause. Individually we are strong, but together we are stronger.

Here is some information I would like to share with you:

  • Visit to share your personal story and messages of hope and read about others’ personal journeys. To encourage personal connections, General Mills will donate $1 to the Komen organization for each Message of Hope that is sent to someone who has shared their story on (up to $25,000) during October. This is in addition to a $2 million donation General Mills is making to the Komen organization.
  • This year, for the first time in its five-year history, at consumers can choose how $1 million of this donation will be shared between two important Komen programs: the Treatment and Assistance Program, which assists women in securing care they otherwise may not be able to afford, and Prevention Research, which helps unlock the keys to preventing breast cancer. Visit from September 19, 2011 through April 14, 2012 to make your choice. Results will be announced on Mother’s Day 2012 – Sunday, May 13.
  • Meet the 2011 Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors, and hear their amazing stories of courage and survival on and the Pink Together YouTube Channel.
  • GMI Pink Product Collage

  • General Mills will also be turning the packaging of participating products pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
  • So, how to win this wonderful gift prize……

    1.) Head over to and “Like” them. Come back here and leave a comment telling me you liked them.

    2.) Be a follower of The Thrifty Groove (leave a second comment telling me you are already a follower or just became a follower)

    That’s it!

    This giveaway will end October 5, 2011.

    Okay my wonderfully thrifty-licious friends, let’s see your lovely thrifty tablescapes!

    I am joining:

    Pink Saturday

    Seasonal Sunday

    Show Off Your Cottage Monday

    Amaze Me Monday

    Masterpiece Monday


    1. What a gorgeous tablescape, it' so perfect for autumn! I just adore the china, beautiful. The pear centerpice is just right. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance, love the cook book! This is my first time at your party, but it won't be my last, next time I will have a tablescape, which is what I love to do mostly! I've always being your follower. Have a super weekend. FABBY

    2. Diann, thanks so much for having this great party. Your fall tablescape is just perfect! I am so excited to link up with you! I am a newbie; and this is my first time participating. Many blessings to you!!

    3. I love those frosted cups and the purple accents on this table. So rich and just luscious.

    4. Great job, Diann. The plates were particularly attractive. You really do find some fab bargain items. Isn't it absolutely amazing what people give away? Take care. Having difficulty posting comments but I'm not giving up to try. Sincerely, Susan from

    5. I love your Grandmothers wonderful you still have it. Looks beautiful
      ann a sentimental life

    6. You have just the right lovely things to set a gorgeous table.

    7. I love this table. I had some of those plates several years ago and wish I still did. I have a huge platter that matches...wonder where the plates went? LOL. Great table as always my friend. I went and Liked PinkTogether!
      Oh and I love your Grandmothers bowl, that is very special I know.
      hugs, Linda

    8. I love Saturdays, lots of Pinktastic stuff to see. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pink!

      My Pink is here, hope you can come by and see. Have a great week weekend!

    9. Love your table arrangements! Having fun checking out the others too!
      I added one too! Linked it and linked the button on my sidebar too!
      I am new to the tablescapes! I had fun with it!
      Thanks for hosting!

    10. Your table is gorgeous. Such lovely fall colors and china. The pear centerpiece is perfect for this tablescape. Happy Fall!

      The French Hutch

    11. Your table setting is absolute eye candy. you have paired these rich colors fabulously! It's fall all the way through. I'd like to have 4 of these, please.

      btw: did you make the tassels? They're like ice cream!!!!

    12. I love your purple table.It is such a pretty combinaton for fall. Great thrifty finds. I "Liked" Pink Together".

    13. Thanks for supporting Breast Awareness Month. I have been following you for some time. Ginger

    14. Love the purples and greens Diann! Your centerpiece is beautiful, how nice to have your Grandmom's bowl:@)

    15. Wonderful thrifty fall tablescape. You find great treats at your local thrift. Purple and green looks great with fall.

    16. I am a follower. I like them on FB
      littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

    17. Wonderful post for a wonderful cause. Love those plates and that interesting eggplant. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

      - The Tablescaper

    18. Beautiful tablescape items, Diann. No one would ever think that they are thrifty finds...Christine

    19. Hi lovely lady.
      Thanks so much for having your linky party.
      Your tablescape is Beautiful!!! I love the colors you have use to put this all together for a lovely dinner party . I love going to find new dishes from the thrift stores also. Did you see the new tablescape I just put on your party.
      I hope you have a great week sweet lady.
      XXOO Diane

    20. Quite honestly,my mouth dropped open when u said it cost you a little over 6.00 ....its gorgeous also :)
      like Pink Together on fb Julie Scott Laws

    21. follow your blog as jelaws5

    22. i LIKE pink together on facebook!!!

    23. I follow your most wonderful blog!!!

    24. Like on FB
      jessie c

    25. You tablescape like a pro DIann! This is quite lovely. I have a set of Orchard Medley dishes from Princess House. The fruit pattern is so pretty because you can add different colors and pull those same colors from the dishes to set an elegant table! Love your pears sitting in the basket! Just gorgeous! Anne

    26. I think I already did your giveaway here! You are one giveaway happy lady!


    Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)