It’s official. The Holiday season has begun. I don’t know what your house looks like, but mine is a happy mess. Most of my living room is covered in bins filled with Christmas decorations. I love this time of year. Everything about it. But, it can get both hectic and expensive. That’s one of the reasons I’m always thrilled when I find an idea that can be used multiple times.
This year, we hosted Thanksgiving for my side of the family and the hubby’s side will be joining us for Christmas. So, I had an idea. Two families, two holidays, but… only one basic tablescape idea. I decided to start with an elegant table runner in classic neutrals.
This was such an easy and inexpensive project. I started with a thin piece of plywood that was 12″ x 48″. I happened to have a piece just the right size, leftover from a prior project. After a quick sanding, I painted it with a white craft paint. I didn’t bother to prime it first since I would be covering all but the edges.
Next, I figured out how I wanted to place my decorative paper on the wood. Since I’ve always wanted to try Mod Podge, I decided this was the perfect project to do just that. I checked out a few tips from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks and found them to be very helpful – newbie that I was. I found that four pieces of 12″ x 12″ paper fit perfectly.
After everything had dried, my table runner was finished and I was ready to finish setting the table. I love how elegant it looks. I also love that, since I already had the wood and the decorative papers were on sale, this runner cost me less than $3. How perfect is that? And because I chose a gold, silver, and white color scheme this table runner will be appropriate for a multitude of occasions.
Now for the table itself. I used a basic white tablecloth as the perfect backdrop. Now for the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Pure velvet yumminess. These gorgeous babies are made by Plush Pumpkins. I picked them up a few weeks back from my friends at LoveFeast Table. They have many color options in their shop.
I chose these cozy colors because they go so well with my home’s color scheme. A couple of small mercury glass candle holders complete the centerpiece.
For the place settings, I used cream china plates and gray napkins. I topped each plate with a mixture of pumpkins and pears that have been spray painted gold.
Finally, guests names are printed onto gray card stock and cut into a leaf shape.
A perfectly elegant Thanksgiving table.
And, in a few weeks and a couple of small changes, I’ll have the perfect Christmas table as well.
I’m linking to the Holiday Tablescape Link Party at Kate’s.
Have a blessed day!