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Preparing our Hearts and Home for the Holidays – Table Setting

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Decoration, Fall, Preparing for the Holidays, Series | 2 comments

Thank you for joining this months series. Each day we are covering at least one task that we want to accomplish to help us be more prepared for for the holidays. I will post each morning, Monday through Friday. I hope you’ll join in too!

I’ve never been a huge set-the-table-fancy type but I am beginning to dabble with decorating and creating a table setting is quite fun! I hope you have fun with today’s task!

Today’s verse:

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12

Today’s Task is inventorying your table setting items and identifying what you need. 

  • At your most convenient time today (or this weekend) resource your goals and to do list. Do that item(s) this weekend.
  • Next, set your time for at least 20 minutes.
If you are the host of Thanksgiving:
  • Inventory what fall items you have to make your own table setting: pumpkins, silk flowers, table cloths and napkins? Do you need any of these?
  • Inventory serving items: plates, glasses, and flatware. Do you need more of any of these items? If not, ask your friends or family first. Then decided, “Do I really need more or will the paper option be a better choice this year.” Remember, aim to keep it simple. If you need to purchase them, add them to your on going shopping list.
  • If you are planning on ordering a table fresh flower centerpiece consider ordering that today as well.
  • If you are planning on making your own, take a few minutes to browse through these inspiration tablescapes in helping you decide what to make. Write down a list of what you want to make this weekend. Be reasonable with what you can accomplish
  • Determine where the tables will go. How many will you need? Do you need to borrow any more?
  • Add items to your shopping list, and organized it in your holiday management notebook. 
If you are a guest for Thanksgiving
  • Call your host today and find out if they need anything. Kitchen supplies, tables, chairs or food and beverage items. This will help them keep their costs down too by offering. :)
  • Consider making a hostess basket.  I love making a breakfast basket for friends who host a BBQ or dinner party. Its a great way to make their morning the next day. I have a couple ideas for your here, here and here. Or maybe a bouquet of flowers would be right up your ally. I have one to share with you here. 
  • Add items to your shopping list and organized it in your holiday notebook. 

Here is my planned table setting.

I’m planning a very natural table setting, I have pumpkins, pine cones, gold charger plates, linen napkins (that were my grandmothers), and taper candles. The only things that I purchased were champagne colored charger plates for a dollar each (I have 12) and real pumpkins.

 table setting idea

I love this fun table idea for kids. So it will be my inspiration for their table.  I might also have some thanksgiving trivia at the buffet table too! We will see. I’ll be sharing pictures of our tables all set up on Thanksgiving morning.

For more ideas check out my Fall pin board on Pinterest!

Okay friends! Your turn, what tablescape ideas do you have? I’d love to hear, please share in the comments!

If you are just joining us, here are the previous posts I’d love for you to check out!

Sharing today at The Shabby Nest, Life as Mom and The Frugal Girls.

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Fall Decoration – Rustic Elegance

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Decoration, Fall | 3 comments

Decorating my home is my new found hobby. In the past I would have standard decoration through the house and hardly decorated for seasons with the exception of Christmas.  After finding so much inspiration from Pinterest and one of my favorite home decorating blogs My Blessed Life, I finially finished all the fall decorations for our home.

Today I want to share my final touches with all of you.

My theme for our fall decoration was rustic elegance. I took down the curtains that were in our bedroom and my husband graciously put them up in our dining room to add a little bit of elegance.  Using a different textures like burlap and linen, I am more then pleased with how it turned out. I made the wreath and the table runner for around five dollars. (I’ll be sharing more about this table setting in a future post: stay tuned!)

I love how our living room turned out.  Besides fall scented candles, burlap fabric and fresh flowers, I made or had items on hand to create the our fall mantle. Therefore, it cost very little to make this little space inviting. To make the bunting, I used this fabulous tutorial.

This is the second wreath I made this fall.  I used this tutorial as my guide. For the flowers, I purchased two fall silk bouquets from Michaels (on sale of course) and then pinned the flowers using straight pins. I want to be able to reuse this wreath for a Christmas wreath, using straight pins will allow me to remove the flowers easily.

The front door would not be complete without some mums and pumpkins. I re-used a hanging basket to plant the mums instead of buying a pot. I just removed the hanging accessory.

Well there you have it my friends: our fall decorations. I hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Have you decorated for fall this year? What is your favorite room in the house you’ve decorated?

Sharing today at: Tips and Tutorials, Chic and Crafty, Frugal Photo Friday, and Todays Creative Blog.

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