First, a little apology! Last week, I promised to share follow-up posts on my Home Depot Style Challenge. After pushing through a few days while fighting a minor cold, it hit me full-force on Thanksgiving evening and I haven't really left the sofa since then. Not fun! But, I'm really happy to finally have a little energy today, and to get caught up on life! The Christmas follow-up posts will be coming soon, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to share a few shots from Thanksgiving ...
During the first part of last week, I was refusing to acknowledge I might actually be sick, working towards the deadline of helping a friend prepare their home and table for Thanksgiving (also where we planned to spend Thanksgiving dinner). I had a vision and was determined to make it happen. :)
This is the same family and project I talked about here, so in addition to prepping for the big meal, we were trying to finish a few of the decorating elements as well. The day before Thanksgiving, we were able to add some pillows, new lamps in the front room and rearrange some art…all of which made quite a big difference (but I can't wait for the next pieces… painting the walls, new rugs, etc…)!
For their main table, this runner from World Market stole the show. It was easy to add just a few, simple elements for a completed look. I picked up the copper striped taper candles from TJ Maxx (World Market has similar ones as well), and used an assortment of candlesticks and vases from my stash.
If it had been our house, I surely would have mixed in a few more patterns ;) … but I do love this more traditional look as well. And it reflects their style, which was the important thing! We used their beautiful china, glassware and brass napkin rings.
Good flowers can make such an impact and don't have to be expensive! I zipped over to the flower mart on Wednesday afternoon just before closing, and grabbed a few bunches of flowers in pinks and purples. For around $30 and just a few minutes of effort, we had two gorgeous bouquets (see first image, above) as well as three small arrangements for the centerpiece, and several others around the house (one in the bathroom, greenery on the mantle, etc.). If you're intimated or unsure about your flower arranging skill, start with more "wild" varieties - they're very forgiving! Then, as you're arranging, make sure you have a variety of heights and directions covered with your blooms. Use greenery to fill in around the mouth of the vase, to add interest and dimension.
For the kids' table, we used kraft paper as our tablecloth, and left crayons out. The idea was for the kids to write things they were thankful for (I wrote a couple out to get them started)…which didn't exactly take off! Ha… BUT the parents were happy that the crayons kept the kids occupied, so we'll call it a success. :)
Although I was slightly delirious when dinnertime came, it was really special to be a part of this beautiful family's holiday. I hope yours was full of giving thanks!
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