My favorite part of Thanksgiving is making the table beautiful. It's not often that I get an excuse to make a really gorgeous tablescape, so I get a little giddy on the holidays where I get to do that. I love getting out my good silver and polishing it, I love coming up with centerpiece ideas, and I even love starching and ironing the napkins.
The problem with this is that I end up having to buy new dishes or chargers or glasses or tablecloths or something so that I don't get bored with what I already have. This year was no different, but I found all the plates and bowls at the dollar store! So that was cheap. I bought a new tablecloth, too, but everything else was already in my possession--not too bad, right?
|I always set the table the night before Thanksgiving--too much cooking happening on the actual day to give the table the attention I feel it needs!|
The other thing I absolutely love doing is making the placecards. I love how they turned out this year! Here is how I made them:
1. I purchased a box of "decorative accents" from the WalMart craft department (it's the only "craft" store in town). It included the twine balls, plus several other types which I did not use.
2. I first fiddled with the twine balls to see how they best stood up straight, and then I hot-glued paperclips to them. Make sure to put the paperclip in far enough to the ball so that its center of gravity won't change too drastically once you add the name card. Also make sure to use enough glue so the paperclip stays stable--it may be more than you think.
3. For the name cards I used the fonts "Austie Bost Rest of Our Lives" for the script, and "Copperplate Gothic" (should come installed on most computers) for the print. I then printed the names out onto plain white cardstock.
4. I punched owls (I used this punch from Stampin' Up!, but only used the owl part) out of patterned paper, inked the edges with black ink, and then adhered them next to the names.
5. I used a paper trimmer to cut the names out.
6. I then adhered the ribbon to the back of each of the white cards, glued them to kraft colored cardstock, and then used my paper trimmer to cut them out again.
7. I put them in the paperclips, and got to setting the table!
Bria loves to help me with the table settings, and it was her idea to fan the napkins out and place them in the glasses. I had another idea, but was unhappy with how it turned out, and I really loved what Bria came up with. She told me that if I put it on the blog, I had to credit her with the napkins! EVERYONE: BRIA DID THE NAPKINS AND THEY ARE AMAZING!
Regardless of the snow, I am thankful to have my little family to celebrate with, as well as some friends who will be joining us. I wish all of you a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving this year, too.