Dressing The Table on Thanksgiving Day

New Zealand Flax with Grasses

New Zealand Flax with Grasses

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrated today. Our day flew by. We spent the morning in a flurry of cooking (Chef Mike) and cleaning (that would be me) but took a few moments to toast each other with a glass of champagne. It was a gorgeous fall day, with bright skies and moderate temps. We couldn’t have asked for better.

I promised to share a photo of my tall arrangement (if it turned out). Though the New Zealand Flax has brilliant shades of orange and peach, it seemed a bit bland. I added tall grasses for movement and shape, but it still lacked color. I was okay with it, but when my husband went out for olive oil, he brought back a bunch of deep red chrysanthemums. Their brilliant color really made the arrangement pop. I had enough leftover to make two small groupings for the table.

New Zealand Flax with Mums

New Zealand Flax with and mums

The smaller mums, mixed with the last of the dried Allium and a few greens worked well together.  The dried Allium has an almost silver look.  I’m glad I saved so many seeds. I’m looking forward to growing more of it next spring.

Interspersed with the flowers, are small pumpkins. We had a few small ones left over from Halloween.  I added my new velvet pumpkins to the display, and a cherished clay pumpkin, handcrafted by my twelve-year-old son.

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

-William Shakespeare

Mums' Allium and greens

Mums, Allium and Greens

Napkin Rings

Napkins ringed with raffia and tulle

I put the finishing touches on the napkin rings, made from left over pieces of raffia and tulle. I punched and decorated tags in lieu of place cards, adding them to the rings. Inspiration for the final detail came from Kelly over at Boomdeeada. Earlier this month I “built” tiny chairs for my fairy garden using  miniature spools. Kelly suggested wrapping the spools with a tiny greeting.  They were easy to make and a fun conversation starter.  I wrapped the saying around the spool, then sealed it with a tiny sticker.Tiny scroll

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

In the end, it was an eclectic table, just like me!