I'm so excited that I will actually be "entertaining" this year! Holidays are often a bit of a stress, since my family is in Tennessee, and Tony's are here in Georgia. There are always schedules to align and travelling to do. Always worth it, of course, but still. However, this year, my parents and Grammy are coming down to stay for Thanksgiving! So we will have both sets of parents (and Gram!) here with us. I love playing hostess, probably because I never do it.
Anyway, it's a stretch to fit this many people in our little house, but it shall be done. I wanted to decorate in a natural, neutral kind of way. This is the table I came up with this year for $0.
The DIY'ness of this table comes into play with the placemats and the leaves. I didn't have any appropriate placemats for my fall table, so I took a large piece of burlap I had lying around and cut it into squares. I fringed the ends by pulling out the threads. Easy peasy.
For the leaves, I copied an idea I saw on Pinterest, by Mod Podging real leaves. I simply plucked them, Podged them, and then stuck them under the glass plates I had. The leaves turn out really shiny and waxy, making them durable enough for this. I wish I had thought to do this sooner, before all of the really brightly-colored leaves were gone...
The still-living-non-rotting pumpkins were a donation from my mother-in-law, and I just grabbed some grosgrain ribbon to tie up the napkins I had. The little cups are for eggnog, of course. It's a Thanksgiving tradition in my family - no one is allowed to sample eggnog of any sort until we have it on Thanksgiving. To me, nothing signifies the start of the holiday season better than this!
Not bad for free!
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