So its that time when my mind starts preparing for the upcoming throng of family and guests that I invite each year to enjoy my Thanksgiving feast. I love the process…the menu planning, the shopping, the cooking, the cooking, the cooking (LOL) and mostof all -the decorating. Let’s not forget that “after the turkey” nap afterwards. But this year may be quite different. As many of you know, my husband and I have been blessed with the privilege of keeping our 2 1/2 yr old grandson while his dad (our son) and his mom are deployed to Iraq. We have not had a baby in the house in 22 years!!! So needless to say Grammy’s breakable goodies have been replaced with toys and more toys. We were in the grocery store a few days ago and the “feast” came up in conversation. My husband was surprised I had not already pulled out my Fall decor and finery. I simply reminded him of the small hurricane by the name of Cole, whi sets the decor standard in our home these days. So, I have come to the conclusion that this year – with dangerous little hands abound – my feast may be served on my best set of “Chinette.” I wonder if the guests will notice. 🙂
Candles can be quite expensive, especially if you require enough to create this grouping to the right. But, by using a variety of inexpensive plain candles which you can buy at places like The Dollar Store, you can create a lovely “Candle Garden” for your table’s centerpiece, or placed anywhere in your home for a beautiful Fall display. Any container can be used such as a footed bowl, a cake plate stand or even a simple basket. This display used white gourds, wheat and mini pumpkins in a monochromatic effect. Note how the pretty green glasses stands out.
Finally, something for the kids. These craft store mini clay pots can be easily transformed into cute pilgrim’s hats with craft paint and black felt or construction paper. Personalize each hat with a guest’s name for one of a kind name place cards. This is a great project to get the kids involved in the spirit of the season.
Want more Fall inspiration….please visit my website The Everyday Decorator and read “Fall Aboard“…my online decorating newsletter.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I send my Blessings…