Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Simple ideas for your Thanksgiving table

Fall and Thanksgiving were heralded for the past month on various blogs and Pinterest. How much effort and expense are involved in your seasonal decorations?  My holiday tables always  give a gentle nod to  the season rather than a yell.  Usually I find things to combine from  my garden or my accessory  shelf in my storage room.  It is so much more fun to be thrifty and it stretches you to be creative with less.  In that vein, perhaps these ideas will get you thinking about how  to use what you already have.

 A few twigs from the garden and several small pumpkins in a large vase.  Simple and beautiful.  No pumpkins?  A trip to the Dollar store is in order for fake fall leaves (or the real thing) or spray paint assorted nuts gold and use those to anchor the twigs.

 Scoop  out a pumpkin just deep enough to place a candle in it and decorate the edges with faux leaves, twigs and berries.

 Collect all t he large clear vases you have, place a white pillar candle in each and decorate with nuts or leaves. Change to red berries for christmas. 

 Use the flowers of the season and bottles to rest one bloom in each .  Line them up along the table.

 Sunflowers, an old brass pan, berries and a green pumpkin.  While real sunflowers are beautiful you can substitute with fake ones. 
 Small vases with nuts, water and a flower on the top.  What else could you use to replace nuts?  A plaid tablecloth is always so cozy.

 Love this idea of stringing small pumpkins/gourds along the table with ribbon and a garland of berries.

 Use small potted plants, wrap them in a vivid croton leaf and place in square vases. Keep it until Christmas.

 I love kale but I've never thought of cutting it and using it inside as a bouquet.  Don't you love the purple ones?

I've been admiring these long wooden boxes for dining tables.  Each season what you put in them changes.  They would look just as inviting along a mantle.  Christmas idea for sure... any bits of wood in your basement?

Which is your favourite?

  All links to these photos can be found on my Pinterest  board.  


  1. I like the idea of a whisper not a yell. I think some people go way overboard with seasonal decorating. It seems more classy when you use less.
    Now the bottom image had me chucking as I have a smaller version downstairs waiting to be cleaned up. I might have it done by Christmas. Thanks for some great ideas! Cheers

  2. Lesley,
    I am not one who goes overboard in anything. Simple has always worked in my life. This Thanksgiving I am letting my two granddaughters decide what goes on the table. Should be worth a picture!

    Every time I see a long box like in the last pic I want one; I love elongated shapes with varying heights. I never seem to act on it and all I have to do is put in a request with the in-house carpenter . Let's see if I get my act together by Christmas.


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