I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!! So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year. I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns. And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.
I always start with a practice table. Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style. I used our random Delft-esk china plates with my World Market cups. It went over well so I stuck with the plan.
First I switched to black paper plates. I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible. The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.
I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth. I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands. Simple…right?
Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop
The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!!
That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!
Alright people. Friendsgiving was so exciting and my life so exhausting that it took me almost a week to post this. But I made it and just in time to show you some table ideas for the real deal, THANKSGIVING!!! I love Friendsgiving and for multiple reasons of course friends and food are among them but it also serves as a dry run for fun decorative ideas. I mean I NEVER get to design my mom’s tables like this.
Ok first things first. Setting up the folding tables was all about understanding the space and the needs of our guests. The space was my cousin’s gorgeous home with wood floors and glass walled, colored lit recording studio. The guests were 50 super smart super chatty people that wanted to talk and eat. So, rather than arranging out 4 folding tables in a long banquet style I made two square tables. This was accomplished by aligning the tables side by side. Everything was covered with white linen table clothes and a black and white printed runner (in other words old washed curtains). Renew, reuse, recycle!
Then I started layering my table. First the gold chargers, napkin, gold paper plate, and silver disposable flatware. Let’s be honest for a moment. If you invited 10 people then you use real dished but if you are expecting 50, disposable is the only option. Then I wanted to add some height with large glass vases, mason jar, wine bottle with candle, and mercury votive. After that I started layering flowers. First the hanging amaranthus, then a whole array of chrysanthemums in purple, dark purple, and white. Finally, I placed candles and my little spiky balls from my last post.
Here is a close up of the hanging amaranthus.
And here is more I placed above the mantle. Finding balance around the room is very important. You don’t want uber cute tables and a drab space.
Then we ate and were merry.
The spinach balls were inspired.
And look at how cute this little patio is…ummm adorbs.
This Friendsgiving, the Thanksgiving dinner my friends and I have the week before the real deal, I have been asked to decorate. So, my table scape has to be fabulous which means putting in some preplanning. My first subproject is all about small styrofoam (Michael’s) balls and toothpicks (Ralphs).
Here is a set up step by step. The general structure isn’t difficult but it will require you to tap into your inner physicist, but we’ll keep it simple X, Y, and Z axis stuff. Basically make sure each toothpick has a buddy on the exact opposed side of the styrofoam ball. If they don’t, no worry it may look a little goofy but we love all of our children. Then snip the ends so they are not the most dangerous things ever. I’m just saying.
Make as many as you want, I made about a dozen.
Then spray (Home Depot) away. I spray everything in a old suitcase on my patio. Oh apartment living!
Quick tip. Make sure you don’t get too close to the styrofoam. Most spray paint will eat it alive. But you better believe I’m still using this one.
Now you’re done. Some people add glitter but I’m keeping it simple. I can’t wait to show you all the full table scape.
I know, it’s not thanksgiving yet, but it seems like once all hallow’s eve ends Santa’s workshop heads into full swing. Well, my dear roomie and I love turkey and sweet potatoes way too much for that so we schedule a “friendsgiving” dinner every year. This friendsgiving I focused on my talents; decorating and cupcakes and she was the organizer and lead chef.
We ate, we socialized, we dealt with neighbors who wished they were here. Those are always the worst. But mostly I was happy about my table. I bought a ton of pumpkins, real and not so real, and painted them white and silver. A few pomegranate and acorns made their way in the mix.
About three coats in and I was just about done. I shaved the stalks down, to reduce possible phallic jokes, and set the stage with a wooden runner and silver chargers. I used normal paint and a brush…I’m not into spray paint, too messy. The project was pretty straight forward and I may replicate it on my actual Thanksgiving table.
Happy holidays and may all of your thanksgiving wishes come true.
Fall, I welcome you with your changing leaves and pending cold. You bring cinnamon seasoned pastries, family gatherings, and time off of work. The days may be shorter, the nights longer, but we can still appreciate a breathtaking sunset. Even if it happens at 4:30.