Well after all of the research and planning I came up with a Thanksgiving table! As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been tasked this Thanksgiving with making something other than food. Challenge accepted! This year I will be spending the holiday with my friend Hugh and his family. I wanted to make sure the table showcased the spirit of the meal, but also complimented the hostess. I know Hugh’s mom is a big gardener so I went with an herb theme (I know it sounds weird, just stay with me). I also wanted to make a table filled with things that can be reused or taken home by the guests as a keepsake. Check out how I went from inspiration to final product. I’ve even included the step-by-step DIY’s for you to try out for your next gathering.
Using this idea from Momtastic:
and the templates from Paper to Petal:
I cut out leaves in different textured paper and scattered them on the table:
Herbs as Decor
I mentioned before the herb theme, I used thyme, rosemary, sage and some fresh cranberries to enhance the candle light on the table.
I got the idea for the jars with the candles from Bell’alimento:
The idea for additional flair came from a BuzzFeed post on dressing up your table from food stylist, Emily Farris:
And finally, The Pretty Blog lent inspiration for rosemary wreaths at each place setting (and they smelled AMAZING!):
Here’s a close up of my version of the wreath. I mixed the rosemary and thyme together:
I absolutely loved the idea of each place setting being it’s own cutting board like I found on Style Me Pretty:
I also loved the idea of everyone writing down what they were thankful for, as featured on that same BuzzFeed post:
But since customized cutting boards was a little out of my price range, I picked up 12×16 pieces of birchwood from my local art supply store and stained it using the tutorial on Unskinny Boppy:
The result was this easy yet expensive looking place setting for every guest:
Gobble gobble everyone!