Creating a Thanksgiving tablescape this past week felt sooo good. I don’t know what it is about setting the table that brings me such joy. Decorating is fun no matter the room or spot, but dressing our table fills my head with visions of fellowship with friends and family.
If you are hopping over here from Lacey and Kim, Styled with Lace, welcome!! No doubt you have been inspired by their elegant table decor. I love popping in on their blog, because there are always new ideas to gather.
Taking turns clearing and setting the table was a constant growing up with my sister, and I don’t think I really ever minded setting it. It wasn’t until my adult life and hosting a gathering of my own did I realize how fulfilling it is to add a special touch.
How gorgeous is that candle encased in mercury glass! Sweet little shop called Zuzu Glow Candle Co. is where you can find this beauty.
The Struggle Is Real
Does anyone else struggle at keeping fall mums alive? You cannot forget to water them one day, or they are down for the count 🙁 It probably helps to plant them in the ground, but I never do. Each year I tell myself I will be better about making sure I water them (sometimes twice a day when it’s really warm outside) but I always seem to fail.
This year was no exception. So, I clipped the remaining blooms from one that was half dead, and together with asparagus fern created a simple, yet stunning centerpiece.
Recycling jars, whether they be from candles, jelly, honey, etc. is a simple way to add character when decorating with fresh clippings from your garden. Together with a few painted antlers, they provided just the right amount of texture.
DIY Napkin Rings
Ok, on to my favorite part of this post! I believe napkins play a big role in completing a table setting. There are so many fun ways to display a napkin with or without napkin rings. I am eager to show you how I made napkin jewelry from sheets of aluminum from M-D Building Products, Inc. You can find these sheets at Home Depot.
- Decorative Sheets of Aluminum. I used 12″ x 24″ x .020″ sheets in a variety of patterns and colors from M-D Building Products, Inc. I used finishes in Mill, Brass, and Copper.
- Metal working gloves from M-D Building Products, Inc.
- Tin Snips from M-D Building Products, Inc.
- A second pair of strong hands, in my case – Glenn 😉
- Measure how wide and long you want to cut your strips of aluminum for each napkin ring. My strips were 12″ long and between 1.5 and 2″ wide.
- Gently bend the strips creating a spiral shape. This is where you may need an extra set of hands, because it isn’t easy to bend.
- Lay your napkin flat, and pick up by the center.
- Gently guide the top where you grabbed at the center through the bottom end of the napkin ring. The corners may be a little sharp, so be careful.
I absolutely love how they came out, and anytime I can make something unique is super rewarding. After I finished setting the table, I realized how mixing metals became the theme. There is quite a variety, but they all play well together!
I didn’t purchase any new dishes or table linens for this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape. It just goes to show how layering pieces, adding texture, and using fresh clippings from your own garden can create a simple, yet elegant table setting.
I had originally planned on using these branches too, but I decided they were too much and, in this case, they took away from the simplicity I was trying to create. So I have been enjoying them as casual decor around the house instead.
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