Happy Thanksgiving Bloggie Friends,
So what do you do when the inspiration for a vignette or a tablescape just doesn't come? Turn to our friend Google, of course, which then leads you to Blogland and Pinterest...duh! So, I was trying to find some inspiration for a Thanksgiving tablescape by looking at the things I had since spending tons o money was not an option. Nothing was really coming together. I had these light tan tablecloths which I wanted to use, so I figured maybe a relatively neutral palette would be good. Still, nothing was really standing out as a theme. Then I came across Debbie's amazing table at Confessions of a Plate Addict. When I saw that she and I had the same Wal Mart faux pumpkins that we had both painted ivory, I knew I needed to explore further. I'd like to say she INSPIRED me, but I think it would be more accurate to say that I copy catted her for the most part. I had been wanting to make one of the ubiquitous burlap table runners, but hadn't gotten to it, so I bought some inexpensive loose weave burlap and just cut it and fringed the ends after washing it twice to make it softer. I actually like the way it turned out very much, and you can't beat the price (about $6 and I got enough for 2 runners since the width was too wide for the runner but not long enough to go the length of the table, so I cut it in half widthwise).
The second part of my tablescape came from a source that I'm sorry to say I can't remember, but it involved putting a photo gallery of family pictures in the center of the table. I liked the idea, but not necessarily the execution since I didn't want it to be the only focal point of my centerpiece. So, I took some of my favorite family, pet, friend, house, and beach photos (things we are THANKFUL for, get it?), printed them in black and white, and then put them on a decorative paper and complimentary cardstock. I interspersed them with the large pumpkins and some small ones I had left from my Halloween decor for visual interest.
I made some little leaf name tags and just tied them around beautiful antique linen napkins that I had and put them over my parents' china. I also used my parents' sterling silverware, one of my favorite things that I own.
Lastly, somewhere on the internet (also unknown), I had seen rolls of jute twine used as simple candlesticks. I thought it was brilliant, so I had to recreate it, especially since I had the jute already. I might add that for safety's sake, I will either come up with a bobeche to catch the wax or I will not light the candles.
My great aunt Ione painted this pretty pitcher.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
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Until next time,