Happy Monday! It’s an exciting day here with so many awesome events kicking off today! First of all, I am excited to be participating in a 25 blogger blog hop featuring Thanksgiving tablescapes, each including a DIY project. Thank you so much to Jenn at My Fabuless Life and Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for organizing it and inviting me to participate. Secondly, today Lindsay kicks off the Blogger Stylin Home Tours Thanksgiving Edition, and I’ll be back tomorrow with another tablescape and more Thanksgiving in my home. And finally, today begins a week of Fall in Love Room makeover reveals!!! (The schedule for the week is at the bottom of this post, but today be sure to check out Decor & The Dog, Home + Style Report, Dwellings by Devore, and A Home Full of Color.
Today, it’s time for Be Our Guest, a Thanksgiving tablescape blog hop!
I was excited when Jenn asked me to participate because I’m actually hosting Thanksgiving here this year, so I knew it would be a great chance to have my table plan ready. I’ve been known to take the turkey out of the freezer Thanksgiving morning, sooooooooo I need to have one thing under control at least. 😉 Today I am going to share my table with DIY dreamcatcher place cards.
Before I get to the DIY element, I want to share the other pieces I brought to the table. I wanted a casual, rustic feel, with just a hint of refinery. This space is a favorite of mine to decorate with its moody walls. I thought I would bring in some warm Fall tones to play off the walls.
To set this table, I worked with all things I had on hand (minus the place cards). I used a Mexican blanket as a runner, and let the fringe hang over the sides.
This is one of the biggest elements and sets the stage for the more casual bohemian feel I was seeking.
In the center of the table I placed a thrifted bamboo tray with a garage sale find vintage enamel pitcher filled with pretty colorful branches from the maple trees that line our driveway. The tray was then filled with gourds a good friend of mine grew in her garden. I added a pair of fancier lenox platinum candlesticks that were passed down to me from my grandmother.
I stacked salad bowls on one end. These are a mix of bowls from West Elm and Relish Decor. The amber glasses are a vintage find and actually not mine to keep. I borrowed them from my Sweet Clover inventory to set this table, but they are available for purchase there. 🙂
I just love how the colors and patterns of the table play with the walls and the lacefield draperies.
The dishes are vintage lennox platinum band china that belonged to my grandmother. I absolutely love their simple elegance. The flatware was a gift last year from my in laws, and even though it’s fancy, we use it every day. You only live once!
And now let’s talk about those place cards, which are my favorite piece of this table, and where the rest of it actually spawned from! I knew I wanted something whimsical, natural, and with a nod to Native Americans, as this holiday celebrates them as well. I decided that dreamcatchers were the perfect solution and I knew I could bring in the colors I wanted with some natural stone beads and feathers.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember a year ago when I created a DIY Hula Hoop dreamcatcher for my guest room. I wanted to create the same look on a muuuuuuch smaller scale! I gathered my supplies….
Small Embroidery Hoops
Natural Stone Beads
I cut a piece of cording about 2 yards long ( I wasn’t sure how much I would need, and I wanted to make sure I would have enough). I removed the inner circle of the hoop to be my ring, and I started by tying a knot to it, leaving one end about 4″ long.
Once that was done, I began weaving my pattern, exactly as I did my hula hoop dreamcatcher. The trick is to remember to always loop back under the last place you went with the cording to create a loop that stays in place. I know that sounds confusing, but it makes sense when you are in the process. And please disregard my fingernails- eeew. Dry cold air is getting to them!
Once I was complete, I tied my end to the ring again and left about 4″ hanging off. In between the two 4″ sections of cording hanging off, I tied another piece of cording, about 9″ long, so that it had two ends about 4″ each dangling.
On each dangling end, I strung beads as I wished, dinishing each off by sticking feathers into the last bead and then tying my knot, letting any remaining string hang.
Finally, I cut strips of white cardstock, wrote the names of my family members on them, and wove them underneath the cording so they would stay in place. In the end each of my guests gets to take home their own dreamcatcher, too!
And one more look at the table…. you can see that the colors of the beads and feathers pick up on the colors in the dishes and glassware, as well as the artwork.
I feel one step closer to Thanksgiving dinner already! Now if I can just create a menu and remember to take the turkey out of the freezer I will be all set.
Please be sure to visit all of the talented bloggers participating in this blog hop!
Live Laugh Rowe | My Fabuless Life | Blooming Homestead
Clean & Scentsible | Homey Oh My | Eighteen25 | City Farmhouse
At The Picket Fence | A Night Owl Blog | The 36th Avenue | The Golden Sycamore
Thistlewood Farms | Persia Lou | Ella Claire Inspired | Brepurposed
Love Grows Wild | Primitive & Proper | Lolly Jane | The Crafted Sparrow
Design Dining & Diapers | Unskinny Boppy | Julie Blanner
Anderson & Grant | Shabby Creek Cottage | Delineate Your Dwelling
And be sure to visit all of the Fall In Love Room Reveals this wee!
Phew! That was a lot! Happy reading!