Although Thanksgiving passed for us here already in Canada I thought I'd share how I decorated our table.
I decided not to buy anything new at all. Husband is silently cheering me on this one.
I wanted to rely on my ability to be creative with what I had already in the house or garden.
This is what I came up with for our table center piece.
I should have taken the photos the day I made it since some of the vine with the red berries from the garden had wilted a bit.
I was lucky enough to score the roses from our garden. I am sure they will be the last of the year.
I will admit that my girlfriend bought 2 little white pumpkins when we were at Rockton Fair and I added them to the table last minute.
Otherwise I used a little tray/stand to create the center piece along with 3 small wicker vases, a bunch of apples, some fake hydrangea flowers I had, a little fake bird and the other leaves, acorns, berries and roses either came from the garden or out while I was walking the dog.
The table runner was simply a piece of cotton fabric I had and tore to the size I wanted.
I also had those little wooden candle holders.
For the place settings I pulled out some of the pieces I've been collecting at antique shows.
I made the napkins the same way I made the table runner and then used scraps of lace and feathers.
I used vintage sheet music for place mats.
I added antique French postcards my hubby brought back with him from France and then as a last minute idea I created this Grateful list.
I printed them out on tan card stock, trimmed them and then mounted them on black card stock. I punched 2 holes in the middle on the side so I could tie the pencil on with some ribbon.
It was a fun idea because while we were having the appetizers we filled them out and then went around the table saying aloud what was on our list.
First 3 things on everyones list… Health, Family and Friends.
I also made up my own appetizers for the meal that turned out great. I'll share the recipes for them with you in another post.
As a big thank you to my US readers I'm making the Gratitude printable available to you (so sorry I didn't have this ready in time for my fellow Canadians!).
Add it to your Thanksgiving table as a keepsake and take any photos of your tables if you do. I'd love to see them!
Linking up with: Your Whims Wednesday Favourite Things Thursday
Suzanne, I totally love your table decoration, when it Comes to home decor I am lost :-D. Great idea!
I hope you join our link up Party on monday on Midi skirts? 🙂
Wow. That is an amazingly decorated table. Also impressed that you didn’t buy anything new to make it. Good on you and creative!
Pretty! That’s so awesome that you have roses in your own garden! We’ve been making use of what we have around here, too–Our driveway is lined with a few pumpkins we found randomly growing and I’ve got pear from the tree in the woods behind our house ripening on the windowsill. It’s kind of cool to be able to use things that you greww (or in my case–found in my yard) instead of simply store-bought.
Tamera Beardsley says
Suzanne… wow!! Just WOW!! Loved the idea of decorating with what you have… especially for Thanksgiving! When I set that as a goal … I seem to find so much more of a creative flow!
Your centerpiece is luxurious perfection… as is your table! But I am absolutely ALL Over your gratitude list!! Simply fabulous for Thanksgiving … not only in celebrating gratitude … but the lovely dinner interaction it can inspire … and a keepsake as well! Genius my friend!!
I will definitely be incorporating this idea into our family celebration… and thinking of you and your creative generosity as I do! Thank you for this gift my dear friend!
You had good ideas!
My fav is the sheets of music! this is so clever
That’s not a table setting, it’s a work of art! I love those Autumnal colours and sheet music as a place setting is just brilliant! x
Lady à la Mode says
Those flowers are absolutely stunning!
Lady à la Mode
Suzanne – it’s gorgy gorgy gorgeous. Love the raw edge of your table runner and the sheet music, and you had all of those flowers in your garden? TOTALLY jealous. Can’t wait to see what your menu was!!
Yeesh…midi skirts and me don’t get along so well. When you are vertically challenged they can make your legs look like they are all of 2 inches tall. This may be something I need to get over though. Thanks for the invite!
Thanks Kristian : )
How I would love to have a pear or apple tree in my yard! I agree…homegrown is best.
So happy you will use the Gratitude list Tamera : ) It really is right up your alley, and you are very crafty. I really do want you to send me photos of your Thanksgiving table once it is done. Your decorating skills always impress me and I’d love to see my little list tucked in amongst your treasures.
I kind of gave myself a little pat on the back when I thought of that too : )
Thanks Vix : )
I was lucky…they were the only 3 roses on the whole plant.
Thanks for reminding me…I need to get that post ready ; )
Happiness at Mid Life says
Suzanne – you are a woman of many talents!! Beautiful setting and I love the idea of the thankful list!
This is where our similarities end…my creativity doesn’t extend much past fashion. My husband is the super creative one here, I’m lucky to have him! That centerpiece is beautiful!
absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Hugs!