Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dare To Entertain!

It's week 2 of Kim's Dare to DIY party.  This week is all about showing off your Thanksgiving table.  I have to admit, this week isn't my strong point.  Our house isn't exactly built for entertaining, so we don't do much of it.  Regardless, here's what's sitting on our kitchen table 

It was put together using the shop yo closet method: 

This was definitely a work with what ya got kinda table.  I found this giant cutting board at the thrift store for only $3.  It's from Lands End, is in great shape, and is super heavy and solid.  It doesn't even look like it got much cutting in it's day.  I got super excited when I found it.  So this will be my centerpiece starter.

Next I just added stuff I had around the house.  The idea was natural and festive, but most importantly - free.  I grabbed some glass containers, pumpkins, candles, and vase filler to group together.  Tony says it's crowded, but I kinda like it.  Certainly it would look better with new things, but it was free - you can't beat that. 

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Dare to DIY


  1. Dude, I am ALL about shopping my house these days. Mostly 'cause I'm poor :) And I feel you on not entertaining. Last year I set up a buffet for sad. Ha. Anyway, awesome job on working with what ya got. Betcha be'll the only one using a cutting board on their table!

    Oh and your sister Courtney left me a sweetheart of a comment the other day but I didn't see a way to contact her, so tell her thank you and she's awesome. And thanks for reading my blog :)

  2. I don't think it would look better with new things! It looks great with YOUR things!

  3. First of all, I'm jealous of that big cutting board! I think everything you pulled together looks great - very natural!

  4. This makes me want to go back and snatch up the cutting boards I found at Goodwill today... I was trying to figure out a great use for them to convince myself I HAD to buy them--and now I have one! Thanks!!

  5. Love the shop your closet method, and I think yours looks great. Better than new, for sure, because it definitely takes more creativity to use what you have.

    Love the cutting board, too. What a find and a fun idea for a table "runner." Thanks for linking up!

  6. A great find Claire!! I have not had that kind of thrift store luck yet (maybe because I'm in CA?? don't know)... I'll keep trying! :)

    I love your centerpiece and especially that you used what you have. I'm going to be gathering a bunch of candles, vases, etc. that we've collected over the last few years along with items that my grandma has used for many years. Simple & nostalgic.

  7. The shop your own closet method is great! I used that method for this week's challenge, too! :)

    And I'm a huge fan of the put-natural-items-in-glass-vases-and-call-it-good strategy. The pine cones are super-cool!


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