Here’s the premise: Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine challenged me to come up with a tablesetting for Thanksgiving.
Here’s what I did: first, happy danced with a mix of spasms, thrusts, and raise-the-roofs. Secondly, accepted. Thirdly, found some inspiration.
My mom, affectionately called Little Debbie, also thought that the untraditional color scheme would be fun – and she’s like a master Jedi of decorating, so I knew it was a good idea. And when she suggested purple and lime (when I was already feelin up violet and brown) it just confirmed my tablesetting suspicions.
Part of the challenge meant that I had to use hardware store supplies to create a simple tablesetting. Of course, I put it on myself to make things look good…because let’s be honest, nobody is gonna look at a fugly tablesetting and want to recreate it – no matter how creative it might be.
So my whole look started with a roll of burlap. Bloggers love burlap. It’s like our catnip.
And I ended up with this:
Yup – a subtle purple/lavender/tan table setting with a sweet country vibe. And I would dare say – it would even work well for Thanksgiving day dinner (as long as the food is served buffet style on a different table). And who says that the table has to be red/orange/yellow/brown? Why can’t we use a variety of colors as we give thanks?!
This table setting is simply a matter of layering and texture. I knew that starting with a burlap runner would provide a bunch of small texture…so I wanted to mimic that feeling with a textured centerpiece and some natural texture (like the acorns and wooden chargers).
Speaking of wooden chargers – aren’t they adorable? I love the look of big wood chargers under plates…but they are outta my budget…I might be able to afford one…which would be awkward for the rest of the dinner guests. So I decided to make some for myself. They are simply cut out of a piece of quarter inch piece of 4×8 plywood, sanded and stained with Dark Walnut. You can get at least ten chargers from one 4×8 – I would dare say that if you were careful, probably a dozen to fourteen…which comes out to less than $2 a piece (as long as you already own a jigsaw).
Then on top of the wooden charger I layered a silver charger, white plate, a purple accent ‘dish’ (which was actually one of those terra cotta pot bottoms that got spraypainted), a napkin tied with twine and a little crepe myrtle sprig.
Speaking of napkins – did you notice that each are different? It just goes to show that mixing and matching can look good.
Okay – so where were we? Oh right…the catnip.
The burlap runner was the start of the centerpiece – followed up with a light purple pashmina (this is an awesome $5 runner that is available everywhere from Walmart to Old Navy)….
Then in the center of the table I put a $6 deck hanging basket – the texture is AMAZING. I love the twiggy sides.
And inside I plugged in some purple pansys and some light green annuals. Confession…I didn’t actually plant anything. I just placed some newspaper and then the entire plastic plant thingie into the basket. Just like stuffing the bra. Yup. That just happened.
Around the base of the basket, I used a variety of jars as candleholders. My favorite part is the galvanized candle ‘holders’. They are actually a gutter supply piece…but the little wavy edges add a little charm…and the metal is reflective of the light – making the entire centerpiece sparkle a little more.
The little acorns and the napkin sprigs help tie in the basket and the burlap, don’t they?! Plus, I feel like that is our real nod to fall here…especially important considering the non-traditional color scheme.
So how does it look all deconstructed? Like a totally normal placesetting. And that little purple accent dish isn’t food safe – but placing little individually wrapped chocolates or a hot roll on a napkin on it would be a great way to make it useful. Or you could use it for a favor or a nametag. Or you could include a little piece of chalk for folks to doodle on it or write what they are thankful for. The possibilities are endless.
And because I figured you would like to see it at night – here she blows all lit up.
Do you see how the metal reflects the light making it look even fancier? That’s impressive. Even to mother-in-laws.
Since the sun sets at like four o’clock now, it is a real possibility that Thanksgiving dinner will benefit from candlelight.
So that’s how I infused a little bit of local home improvement store into a tablesetting.
Not too shabby, huh?
I like it even if it is a little different color scheme wise. I think I might make a bunch of those wood chargers as Christmas gifts. They are just so dang versatile. How bout you? Have you been using something from a random place in your tablesettings lately? Anything from the hardware store? Or are you a blogger and using burlap? yeah…we all are 🙂