Around this time I start to feel as if the year has gone by so fast. But then, I think back on everything that’s happened since November of last year and realize, how has so much happened in only one year?
To contrast our busy lives and the million thoughts racking our brains, I decided to create a more simple Thanksgiving table, defined by neutral warm tones. My goal was to create a setting that helped us all sit down, take a deep breath, and focus on the faces around the table.
Because I wasn’t dealing with fresh florals, creating the centerpiece became a crafty DIY project. Everything was found on sale at Michaels (love those sales!). To start, I gathered and assessed the components in my space.
Tan table cloth
Burlap runner (just a role of burlap cut the length of the table)
Role of bark
Assorted pumpkins, a little bird, and an acorn
Assorted faux florals
Assorted faux candles, battery operated
Six wooden twig-like napkin rings
Six cream cloth napkins
Hot glue gun, scissors, and wire clippers
To create a platform for the role of bark, I used a brown paper bag (from Publix), cut the size desired for the centerpiece, and then started to hot glue the pieces of the bark onto the paper. The longer pieces of bark were all cut about the same size and placed on the paper, like sections of hard wood flooring, row by row, with smaller pieces of bark on the ends.
Once the platform was finished, it was time to arrange the florals. It’s surprising how real faux florals can look when you grab the right ones. These popped out at me while at Michaels because of how real they looked–that is, if you didn’t see the plastic stems (ha). The key to using faux florals is arranging them in a way which hides the stems and looks natural, the way fresh florals would lay.
I started with placing the candles in the center, the tallest in the middle and a shorter one on either side. Of course, before placing them, I checked them for batteries and made sure they were working. The main reason we don’t use real candles is allergy related (My sister has severe allergies to fragrance and wax). Second, I twisted the wire “stem” seen at the bottom of the left photo, and the upper right photo, seen above. The idea was to use it as a way to anchor the florals near the candle bases.
After that, I simply separated the florals and started sticking them around the candles, hiding the stems in the anchor, and experimenting with them until they looked the way I had envisioned.
Once the centerpiece was finished, the rest of the table came together rather quickly. All of the dishes are from Pier 1, one of me and my mom’s favorite stores, especially for dishes. (When I worked at Pier 1 for several summers in college I realized just how much we loved that store! ha).
At first, I had the silverware on either side of the plates with the cream cloth napkins in the center and the wooden rings and rosemary twigs on top. After walking away and coming back to it, I realized I didn’t care for the bare silverware on the tablecloth. Instead, using the napkin as a wrap, I bundled the utensils inside and secured it with the wooden ring.
Finally, the garnish was fresh rosemary from my little apartment herb garden (post to come on a DIY palate garden).
A table setting is an old tradition. We cherish these elements of our homes because of what they stand for: family, friends, love, and hospitality. Whatever family means to you, I hope we all have a family to spend these moments in life with. The warmth, security, and comfort found around a table of nourishment is irreplaceable.