I love this time of year. It's all about gathering with loved ones, and celebrating all we have to be thankful for. Unfortunately, the stress of planning a gathering can occasionally get in the way of the enjoyment it should bring us. So to keep things simple, just remember there are two key components for a successful celebration: 1) good food and 2) fun decor. The good company you keep is just a given in this equation. ;)
Hubby and I hosted a little "Friendsgiving" dinner this past weekend. I supplied the decor, and thankfully (for this not-so-skilled cook), my good friend Dina from Dish It Girl, brought the good food along!!
When it comes to dinner parties or hosted holidays, I like to keep things relaxed and casual. I don't worry about proper place settings...making sure my water glass is properly spaced from my plate, if my silverware is appropriately laid out, etc. Instead, I focus on creating a table that is practical, comfortable and pretty to look at. :)
In the past, I used traditional colors at my Thanksgiving table, but this year I wanted to continue the colorful and playful theme I already used in the rest of our great room.
Like most projects I complete, I did this tablescape on a budget and even included a few DIYs in the mix.
My runner was a simple strip of fabric I carefully cut, making sure to remove any rogue strings from the edges. The acorns were a past project that I updated this year to match my color scheme.
I found the faux pumpkins and pine cones at Michael's. I updated them with some brightly colored spray paint and acrylic paint. The wooden candle sticks were a beat up clearance find from Target that I gave new life to with, what else, but more spray paint!
I found the tea light holders and mason jars (just remove the lids) at Michael's during a 50% off sale, and the coordinating cloth napkins were only a few dollars from Home Goods.
I know it's not a typical Thanksgiving table you'd see every day, but that was my intention. I really wanted to step outside my comfort zone and try to put a colorful spin on the holiday. :)
You know what else wasn't typical?!? Dina's food!! It. Was. So. Good. She spoiled us with herbed turkey breast, sausage stuffing mushrooms and fig and Cabernet cranberry sauce.
Yes, that's right...fig and Cabernet cranberry sauce. It was delish!
Head to Dish It Girl right now to get all of her amazing recipes! Your taste buds will thank you. ;)
***And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! I'm so very thankful for each and every one of you! Xo!!***