Monday, October 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast. . .10/17/11

I know that I promised you all a Thanksgiving tablescape and while this may not be exactly what I (or you) were expecting to see, I am a little strapped for time these days. And since we also don't celebrate Thanksgiving at my home but rather at my in-laws' home, it would have been a little more time consuming to gather up decor, style it and take it all apart. Something I'm very willing to do for you when I have the time :) However, I did take some time to gather a handful of ideas for you all. . .even if they aren't mine, they are a good starting point for you all to create your own fabulous table setting! Starting with a welcoming entryway. . .

The Fall colors here are great not only for Thanksgiving but for all of October and November! Consider changing out an entryway plant for warm colored foliage like here. Some pumpkins add a fun touch. I usually buy white/cream colored pumpkins for around our house since we aren't really Halloween people.
This tabletop is great for a hallway entry table or a dining room buffet. The nice thing about this kind of a decoration is that you can usually reuse most of the items year after year or even put this together and change the contents during different holidays or parties. The photographs add a nice touch. . .maybe have everyone bring a picture of someone or something they are thankful for.
This table top is great but what I love best about this concept is that the centerpiece is so simple and creative - stalks of dried colored corn wrapped in raffia and the table cloth has a Thanksgiving message on it. . .something VERY easy to do. Buy a simple linen tablecloth that fits and can be used over and over again and purchase letter stencils at your local craft store. Stencil it on and voila!
The table top below is super simple! Felt leaves, candles, brown paper and a glue stick are really all you need to take a plain table to charming and creative in less than 20 minutes.
Much like the photograph above this table is fantastic because it is not overly styled. It is simple, creative, appropriate, and warm. Candles make family gatherings more intimate but the corn stalks around the glass hurricanes add the perfect holiday touch.
If you are pressed for time or if table settings are simply not a high priority on your Thanksgiving "To Do" list, this is a great way to style your table. Take a green vegetable like these mini artichokes and place one on each plate. Green raffia around the utensils tie colors together. This is very much something I would do - mostly because I love the chic simplicity of this table setting and the earthy tones. . .PLUS those are my exact breakfast table chairs!!
Here is a closer look at the candlelight and corn stalks centerpiece. Doesn't look too difficult to replicate right ladies? You might need two extra sets of hands but other than that. . .
Another gorgeous and simple centerpiece. You could probably find all of this at your local craft store or any place that sells dried plants.
If I have to even explain how EASY this centerpiece below is then you are not looking closely enough. I love, love, love the tablecloth (which looks like fleece) and those are my wicker chargers!!
Try this one on a cake stand to raise it higher than the rest of the plates and serving pieces on the table.
This vase full of pine cones and acorns can be replicated all the length of the table in varying vase sizes to create a fuller look. I love pine cones because I use them for Thanksgiving and for Christmas!
Who would have ever thought to use baby's breath as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving?? Hmmmm. . .very shabby chic.
This photo below offers a great idea for personalized seating. Paint initials or full names on mini pumpkins or even put a paper name card on a pine cone. . .maybe even write the names on dried leaves placed on the plate.
Another time pressed or headache-free idea. . .white candles and white pumpkins. I love that the napkins are tied with a thin piece of rope. . .nothing complicated or fussy about that.
The idea below is ADORABLE and so creative! Carving out vegetables or even wrapping them around candles ties the meal into the centerpiece. . .make sure to cook the same foods you display though.
This is a super cute idea for place settings. If you have burlap and a sewing machine it would take all of ten minutes to make them. I'd personally ditch the flower, use the name tag tied with rope alone instead.
This is a great idea if you want to do a votive but want to jazz up the presentation. It's a cute idea for placing sporadically around a buffet table as well.
If all else fails and you simply do not have time to do anything - my go to decor are succulents! I LOVE THEM!! Pot them in small glass votive holders or clay pots and place a straight line of them down the center of a table. It will look elegant, earthy and chic I guarantee.
And last but not least, if children are attending your Thanksgiving feast and are not sitting at the "grown ups" table, this is a WONDERFUL and fun idea for them to stay seated and entertained. But here's an additional idea to add to this cute centerpiece: use rolls of brown packaging paper, tape it down to the table and place a bucket of crayons on the table top for the kiddos to play tic-tac-toe make hand-turkeys or draw while they eat and practice their good manners :)
Hope this was sufficient to help you all get started and get creative. Please email photographs of your Thanksgiving tables to thekelleys9305@aol.com. I would really love to see what everyone did!!

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