About an hour south of Omaha is a lovely town called Nebraska City where the Kimmel Orchard is located. The farm was started in the 1850s but the orchard and vineyard was established in 1925 and, over the years, has developed into a huge and impressive place.
There are acres and acres of vegetables and fruits...
enormous vineyards used to produce a variety of wines...
and fun things for the kids to do (there is also a huge pumpkin patch but I failed to take a picture of it).
But, since we were limited on time, we came to do this...pick apples!! You're probably wondering...what in the world does an orchard have to do with a fall tablescape?? Well, hold your ponies. While going up and down the many rows of apple trees, we came across this....
The most adorable apple-themed tablescape for, of all people, 2nd-graders!! There was a woman standing nearby who had set it up and was waiting for her guests to arrive. I didn't want to be rude by drooling and aahing over what she had created so I just snapped a few pictures.
Carafes full of apple juice waiting to refill the canning jars that were topped with lids and straws, caramel apples and caramel corn served in painted berry baskets....
and sitting atop wooden crates were plates and plates of apple donuts. Talk about sugar overload but who cares when you're being served these wonderful delights!! All of these sweet treats were being sold in the apple barn, by the way, and I'm sure this is where she got all of her edibles.
The centerpiece was a lovely fall floral bouquet and there were smaller bouquets placed here and there down the long tables. You can also see apples being displayed in small wooden baskets and gallon jars.
No fall party would be complete without apples for dunking! Very thoughtful idea to hang towels on the handles of the galvanized tub for drying those dripping wet faces.
The 'entrance' to their little party was a banner made of colorful hankies.
At the other end was a pennant banner. I didn't look closely to see how they were made nor the theme of that banner. Now the children might not appreciate how adorable the theme and setup is for this party but I think this is a very creative idea for an adult party, fall tea or luncheon. This is right up my decorating style and something simple to create. Don't you agree?
I would have loved to stay longer but we had to hit the road for the long 7-hour drive home. Between the three of us, we were able to gather about two bushels of apples. We had to sample a few while picking and they were so, SO good! Thankfully, Monkey wanted to bring her wagon along! Yes, the sun was bright but it was a most beautiful day for gathering apples.
Until next time ~
p.s. I betcha you're wondering what I'm going to do with my bounty, huh? First of all, I'm going to make some crockpot apple butter and then I'll probably do some canning for future apple pies and cobblers. I also came across a recipe for apple-ring pancakes that I can't wait to try. If they taste as good as they look, I'll share the recipe with you. ;)
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