I can’t do just one tablesetting.
You should know that about me by now. It’s like good enough is never good enough. It’s a sickness.
So this time around, instead of going for unconventional, I tried my hand at a little more traditional color scheme with my self-imposed challenge of ‘making it look good’ while still accepting the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine challenge of ‘use stuff from the hardware store’ on the table. Here’s what I came up with for under ten bucks….
I was so inspired by the fall colors that I knew a leafy branch off a tree in the back yard would be the perfect launching point.
Then I tried my hand at bringing the love in from outside…as in, making a bouquet of rosettes from some leaves. And who says romance is dead?! Not Mother Nature.
Aren’t they cute tucked into that glass vase? And I love the pairing of them with my little pumpkin jar and the glass candleholder in the back. The trio is just too darling…each about the same size (which I find is unusual in decorating)…but each has different and interesting textures so it kinda works. Plus the wood charger ties them together nicely – so 100 Bower Power points to you my little homemade charger…you may redeem them at any time for hugs, kisses, applauding and compliments to your eyes…or your grain…this just got awkward.
Okay – so back to the rosettes…basically they are just a stick with leaves wrapped and bended and twisted and wrapped some more.
And then I used electrical tape to secure it. Electrical tape is awesome because it has a little stretch to it – yet it is very secure once it’s fastened…so these bad boys are holding on strong.
Note that if you are gonna try these lovelies at home that it is a good idea to pluck the leaves off the tree – and not just gather them off the ground. See the cracked dry ones? Yup – them are ground dwellers. And see the ones that actually look more like petals? Yup – I was all up in that tree’s business. I made him call me mom. twice.
Enough tree smack talk – let’s move on. you know…for all you sane folks.
The placesettings themselves were really simple – a red placemat, layered with a 77 cent vinyl floor tile (these would also look great in a bathroom!), plate & cutlery and a brown napkin tied up with a bit of beaded tree garland.
Oh and a paint chip place card….super easy.
So there you have it – a more traditional tablescape for two on the big Thanksgiving holiday.
So have you plunged into tablesetting yet? Have you made plans at all? We just decided last night who is doing what when and where. Let’s just say that a three day holiday extravaganza is in order. And I still have to do a tablesetting for 14 🙂 Wish me luck (oh and go check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine for more great tips on how to get your house ready for the holidays!)
p.s. Did you notice the new Bootie page at the top? Yeah – let’s just say that it is for those people that don’t like to pay for good bootie 🙂