It’s NOVEMBER! The older I get, it seems the faster time goes by. I love November! It brings memories of my childhood to the surface, gratitude for the blessings I enjoy because of my wonderful family.
I have the fondest memories of Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma’s house. She was a fabulous cook and definitely showed her love to her family through food and service. She often didn’t sit down to eat dinner until we were almost finished. She wanted it to be perfect for us! Thanksgiving at grandma’s was oh so special, as I would walk up to her door, the aroma of the delicious feast that was prepared filled the air. Grandma always had the table set beautifully with a linen tablecloth, her best dishes, a fresh floral centerpiece and candles. Sitting here reminiscing makes me long for those days. I now try to create that feeling of love as I prepare Thanksgiving for my family. I hope to create those cherished memories with my children and grandchildren.
The Thanksgiving table can be elegant and beautiful without a lot of fuss or money. The only thing I purchased for this display was the fresh eucalyptus, and it was on sale for $1.00 a bunch. 🙌
I created the centerpiece in a hand carved dough bowl. Any long bowl or basket could also be used. The center pumpkin I had made with some scrap fabric leftover from some pillows I made. The stem is an odd wooden handle I picked up at the vintage market. I simply stitched together one side to create a tube, I then made a gather stitch by hand with a large needle and string, pulling it tight and knotting it off. I then filled it with polyfill and gathered the top the same as the bottom. With string I then wrapped around the pumpkin 4 times creating the ridges. I then attached the wooden handle with hot glue and added a velvet flower I had on hand. This took less than 10 minutes to make.
I placed the polka dot pumpkin in the center on top of a tuna fish can to raise it slightly. I then placed 3 small fabric black and sequined pumpkins that I had used for Halloween on each side. The small pumpkins I purchased at Target in the dollar spot. I then filled the gaps with a few hydrangea blooms from my garden and placed a few sprigs of eucalyptus under the large center pumpkin.
I like to keep my centerpieces low, so I can see who is sitting across the table from me. 😉
At the ends of the bread bowl I added a few more sprigs of eucalyptus, votive candles and acorns. The acorns I gathered from my yard and gilded them with a little gold spray paint.
The black and white table runner it actually a 9″ wide ribbon that I picked up at Michael’s years ago. It has been used for many different parties, from baby showers to Halloween decor. It is really versatile! After each use I simply roll it back on to the bolt, waiting for my next party.
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For the table settings I began with a black charger, topped with a gold rimmed white plate. I happened to find my plates a couple of years ago at the thrift store for $1.00 each. They were perfect for the Kate Spade themed baby shower we were throwing. The goblets I received as a wedding gift 36 years ago.
I inserted a sprig of eucalyptus and added a plastic wishbone which I painted gold with the same gold paint I used on the acorns.
Attached to each wishbone is a conversation starter. I love to add these to each place setting, it can create some fun conversation at dinner. Click here for a free printable of some fun conversation starters.
See how simple and easy it is to make a chic and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape using what I already had on hand. Stay tuned and see how I use this basic theme and turn it into a stunning Christmas table in a few weeks.
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