Thursday, December 2, 2010


I can't believe that Thanksgiving was an entire week ago.  Where does time go?  One week ago I was cooking and dancing around the kitchen with my Mom...such a wonderful day.  Anyway, a few weeks ago, I posted about my design ideas for our Thanksgiving table HERE, so I wanted to follow up by showing you the finished product.  As promised, we tried to use what we had to make a memorable table on a budget.  I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Here is my inspiration...

to reality....

Lucky for me, my mom had tons of wonderful things for us to play with and use.  Thus, we were able to pull together this look on a budget.  Below is a breakdown of the total cost of things that we purchased, otherwise all things came from Mom and Dad's personal goodies.  

Orange napkins for a pop of color.  Cost - $14 
Pear placecards were christmas ornaments I purchased, cut off the string and added a leaf name tag.  Cost - $6
Gold craft pumpkin that Mom cut a hole in for flowers. Cost - $5
Orange and blue flowers.  Cost - $15  

All in all, we created this gorgeous table top for only $40.  Proof that you can create beauty on a budget!  

One element that I personally loved was the use of my parent's tarnished silver pieces.  I didn't want them polished because I didn't want bright silver on the table...the tarnished look created this gold-ish color that I loved.  My Dad nearly had a heart attack when I told him I didn't want them polished...but I loved the effortless and antique feeling it added to the table.  (see the gravy boat tray for an example)

I hope you all had fun creating your own special table tops for Thanksgiving, I'd love to see how they turned out!  Maybe we'll do it again for Christmas...want to?  


  1. I love your inspiration and result photos!

    Your original post with the inspiration board both inspired me and got me a little down because I was to be cooking and hosting my very first Thanksgiving in my house this year and didn't have any time to plan out a "tablescape" or any money to bring any ideas to life (if I had any!).

    The morning of, I decided to use brown paper grocery bags for placemats - I cut the sides off and put the printed side face-down, and then just made a simple centerpiece with the pumpkins and indian corn we got at the pumpkin patch. Restaurant-style white linens and plates, clear goblets and wine glasses, and some crystal serving pieces really made a clean and simple design. I was so happy with the end result - and the food turned out great too!

    Here are my photos:

    I'd LOVE to see photos of your holiday decor! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You did a wonderful job capturing your inspiration! Your table looks great!! Everyone must have LOVED it!