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I absolutely love the holiday season. From the time fall sets in until New Years, I’m pretty much like a kid in a candy store, or a kid on Christmas. I watch all the holiday specials, I go crazy with home decor and I’m simply filled with joy and happiness. It’s a time of year that for me, truly feels magical.
Last year my husband and I hosted Thanksgiving for both of our families and I loved how our dining table centerpieces came out. From cooking, to decorating and hosting, we enjoyed everything about it. Coming up with our own ideas for everything was a lot of fun and probably my favorite part of it all. My husband was big on making our table stand out and be unique from anything we had seen at past holidays so we came up with the idea to use white table cloths and have a fall decorative paper place-mat at each setting. Sounds weird, I know, but they were awesome and they looked great! We put a different gourd on each plate, colorful fake leaves scattered around the table and used fall colored cloth napkins. Each place setting looked perfect, but the table needed a pop of color and a little pizzaz to really make it stand out. I didn’t want to do a typical candle centerpiece, so I decided to get creative.
We had a bunch pumpkins hanging around inside and outside of our house that I knew were going to get tossed soon so I decided to base the project around them and use them as flower cases. Here’s what I did:
- Fresh Flowers
- Jar or Vase
- Cut the tops off the pumpkins as if you were going to carve them then clean them out.
- Fill the pumpkins with a few inches of water for the flowers.
- Trim the flowers to fit in the pumpkins and fill the pumpkins with as many flowers that fit.
- For the remaining flowers, fill a jar/vase with fresh cranberries and fit the flowers in.
It all looked so professional and pretty that I felt a little bit like Martha Stewart! And an added bonus of carving out any pumpkin in my house is toasting the seeds. So they not only made for the perfect DIY pumpkin centerpieces, but a tasty and healthy appetizer too!
I love how table decor came out and our families complimented the homemade centerpieces. We’re hosting again this year and I cannot wait to build upon my creations from last year, and I do have a few ideas crawling around my brain that I’m excited to give a go.
How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?
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