As a floral and event designer, my staff and I put together dozens of events throughout the year, so it is always surprising to me that when it comes to Thanksgiving for my family I am always behind. I guess it is one of those things – what we do for a living is not always our reality. So, this year I am trying not to stress out, but rather enjoy the decorating I have time to do and spend time with family and friends.
I have never really been into huge and fancy decorating, but rather more intimate and personal creations. I like to take inventory of items that I have for my Thanksgiving table and come up with some interesting color themes that are fun and festive.
The dinner and salad plates pictured below are from my local thrift store, no kidding!! I do not have enough matching place settings for the amount of people we have so I just decided to go adventuring and find some dishes that wouldn’t break the bank.
I have always loved using a large amount of color on my tables so I try and make them as festive as possible. For this year I am focusing on the color blue. Because of this I chose to use blue in my floral centerpiece, along with fabric napkins in blue. These napkins are simply a pretty print I picked out at the fabric store and cut into squares to provide some color for my place settings. Once again, it doesn’t have to fancy!
Just for fun I decided to include some fun little favors for my guests. When I was in Virginia I bought some little pottery pots that are wood-fired pots made from Virginia clay. They are super cute and they all are a bit different. Small blooms in each pot and placed at the place setting makes for a fun little gift.
Most of all for Thanksgiving I want to have fun with it. Holidays always tend to stress people out so I decided years ago not to put too much pressure on myself and have my Thanksgiving table be a reflection of the uniqueness that is our family. Rich colors, quirky finds, cheap stuff, and of course flowers… yep sounds about right. Happy Thanksgiving!!