Monday, November 1, 2010
It is November 1st, I'm in shock, the holiday count down officially begins... Yikes! I have good intentions, I start the New Year off well. I tucked a few things away or at least grabbed, all the holiday paper, cards, etc when marked down. I add to my holiday shopping throughout the year, til summer arrives, then I get swept away. It is that time of year again; I need to get my list and game plan figured out. My family usually changes their minds. I want this, that and then it changes...so I hold off a bit to see what is the big ticket item; what they want most.
My post today is going to be about saving $ decorating for Thanksgiving. Prices are going up, gas, food and I'm sure that means airfare, too. Today, I;m going to show you green ways, to use what you have on hand to create an unique holiday setting. Suzan of Old Grey Mare started this project; I love how practical all of the tips have been. You can check out her site and join in. It is the lst day of each month or go back and glance at the posts.
It is time to think of November's beauty, as Fall continues it's display(at least here in the south). We can always be inspired by nature, pine cones, dried fruit, herbs, spices, leaves. etc.
I love setting the table, I'm didn't officially do it, but I want to give you ideas. I love potpourri, you know after you have it for a while, it needs to be freshened up. You can buy essential oils or a blended one in a candle type store or some department store. Add a few drops, mix in a bowl or ziplock bag and you have that amazing scent. Me, I didn't have any blended oils, left. I decided why not use my orange spice tea.
What to cover the table with, I have in reality only 2 maybe 3 table cloths. I found a vintage top sheet at thrift shop that could work ,then add another layer on top. I even thought about using this coffee burlap bag in the center of the table. I have used painter's drop cloth, unused on my table, it is an oatmeal type color for a back drop. Anything goes, as long as you like it~
Here you can see the burlap bag, off to the left a table cloth, the top sheet, on the right a huge curtain.
Try different items to see what works for your style.
I decorated cookie cutters for a fall look, but you could use this as they are for napkin rings.
Here is a vintage tea towel, with apples on it. I love these, I use them to wash my fruits and veggies, but I thought how fun as a napkin. Here is a tiny grapevine wreath with raffia and some star anise. Or you could do this:
Here I just glued some burlap type ribbon and added
a stuffed bird and some velvet leaves. OR
paper turkey and the waffle ice cream cone cornucopias. The children love to be part of making something that adds a special touch to the table. When I was young, Thanksgiving was so big, we had two tables one for the adults; one for the children. Later the tables were connected.
It is a great way to recycle your Halloween pumpkin. I just put him outside, so the cool air, with keep him around til Thanksgiving.
I thought about making either place cards with photo memories or a Family tree. Take some branches and arrange in a vase and make leaves with photos of family that are no longer with us or unable to attend our holiday. It is a great way to reflect on family and special friends, who are extensions of our family. It will add to the conversation...remember when Uncle Al did _______.
I used a wine cork and cut a slit in it. Then added a little gift, I made out of my grandparents photo.
OR you could write place setting name tags and make it fancy.
Here are some links you might like: Newspaper leaves(I might do this one, so pretty)
Maple leaf roses(gorgeous, so want to try this one, too)
Twelve ways to have a Green Thanksgiving; I know one of these will
shock you. It did me...but it is a good idea.
More Eco-friendly ideas