Simple & Natural No Stress Thanksgiving Tables

By Kate Riley November 23, 2016

You’ve got your tablelcloth, chargers, dinner plates, napkins, and flatware for the big feast, but what about a centerpiece? If you’re hosting no doubt you’re trying to remember one hundred other little things and the centerpiece is a last minute collaboration. No worries. The easiest way to keep it stress free is to keep it super simple. All natural is an easy approach, and doesn’t take more than a trip to the supermarket or a walk around your neighborhood to gather clippings from the great outdoors.

Evergreen clippings add greenery to an elegant setting, snips, branches, and votives always looks fresh and inviting.

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Arrange simple leaves, apples, and votives like Julie did for an eye pleasing natural presentation.

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Citrus pops against evergreen leaves, nestle a few votives in between for a simple yet stunning centerpiece.

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Use twine or floral wire to combine olive branches and rosemary to create a scented table runner.

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Gather a bouquet of fall leaves and scatter white pumpkins and red pears on a simple runner.

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If you crave color add a bright napkin and colorful candles but keep the centerpiece as simple as a few pieces of eucalyptus and a store-bought bouquet.

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Olive branches again for the win! Rest pomegranates on top for a more subtle dash of color.

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Keeping your setting simple and natural allows the food to shine and invites your company to linger longer over the meal. Wishing all my fellow Americans a very Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back on Friday with another weekend roundup.

DIY Paper Leaf Garland

By Kate Riley November 21, 2016

Before I left town for the Thanksgiving holiday I did a little decorating on the living room mantel. I feel extra crafty this time of year and last week I was inspired to create a paper leaf garland.

Some years I drape real greenery on the mantel as Christmas approaches but I opted for a faux version this season instead.

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This paper leaf garland is made with two slightly different colors of scrapbook paper found a craft store. Wool felt pom poms act as berries, I ordered them online earlier this month (source below).

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To recreate this 8 foot long garland you’ll need the following: 12 sheets of 12 x 12″ scrapbook paper, scissors, green floral wire, white floral tape, white marker, quick dry glue pen, hot glue, wool felt pom poms (mine are from this Etsy shop.)

You’ll need 2-3 hours of time to create this garland. I invited one of my besties over to drink wine and watch a movie so we could complete it together.

To start you’ll need to cut a ton of leaf shapes. I didn’t use a template I just eyeballed it. I cut the scrapbook pages into 12″ long by 2″ wide strips, and cut those individual strips into 3 pieces each 4″ long. From those 2 x 4″ scraps of paper I cut each leaf. Be sure to leave a little stem at the end.

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I used a white marker to draw a line down the middle of each leaf and bended them in slightly to resemble real leaves.

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Start by wrapping the white floral tape around the wire a few inches then begin to add the paper leaves. Wrap the tape around the wire a few times, then insert the stem of a paper leaf.

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The floral tape doesn’t have quite enough adhesive to hold the paper leaves securely to the wire so I used a dab of quick dry glue in between the small paper stem and the tape to give it staying power.

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As you make progress the back looks like this.

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The final step was embellishing with little wool felt pom poms. I started by sewing them together in clusters with a needle and thread but realized hot glue was a quicker way to make it happen.

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  I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

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Find more DIY garlands from past seasons below:

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sparkle confetti garland / gemstone garland / ornament garland

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