Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Thanksgiving Table {DailyBuzz Moms 9x9}

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to submit a proposal to the editors of DailyBuzz Moms, a publishing community I belong to - they were looking for 9 bloggers to put together Thanksgiving table decor over a 9 hour time period and then share their fabulous creations (hence the title "9x9").  

Never you mind that I am not even hosting Thanksgiving this year... I had already been mulling over an idea in my head, and this was just the opportunity I needed to drop everything "important" and focus on something fun and pretty.


Lucky for me, I was selected as one of the nine bloggers! I was raring to go, but had to spend a couple weeks twiddling my thumbs and resisting every urge to start on my table decor until yesterday. Finally though, the big day arrived, and I attacked it full force; by which I mean I sat around and pondered Christmas gifts, shoe styles and the meaning of life, wasting several of my allotted nine hours.
 
I work well on a deadline, okay? Blame my journalist mother.

My initial inspiration for the entire table was this photo I stumbled across on Pinterest:

(Original source unknown, via Pinterest)

I wanted to capture a combination of rustic and chic (y'all know I love those juxtapositions in design), and my goal was a design that was elegant, but also very simple. You see, I'm not usually a ruffles or 7-different-glasses kind of a girl and I wanted to create a table that I could see myself actually sitting at for Thanksgiving with my family. I wanted an earthy, limited palette so I chose white, colors of brown and green as an accent.

It's impossible and/or expensive to find a tablecloth for my large square table, so I ended up making one from a full-sized flat sheet I bought for $10. The burlap I bought at JoAnn, and cut to length since I really liked the way it looked as an extra-wide runner. 


 The champagne-colored chargers and faux greenery I bought at Michaels, and everything else on the table I already had, even the wood. Yet another use for scraps from the removal of three old aspen trees last month!








I love the combination of the rough burlap and bark with the crisp white cloth, satin ribbon, and shimmery chargers. Though I think the candles might be my favorite part! I think it turned out beautifully, and I'm a little sad we won't get to eat Thanksgiving here (although Mike did ask that I leave the centerpiece up because he liked it so much).

What do you think?

P.S. Fig is my cat. Ha!

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21 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I love the rustic chic :)

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  2. Your table looks fantastic. I love the mix and match of styles you used. Good work :)

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  3. It's just so sweet. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Rustic, elegant, even kid friendly (maybe using those battery operated tea lights/votives!) but absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Your table has a calming effect-so needed when you finally sit down after making a meal at the end of the day! (Now we just have to get someone else to wash the dishes!) Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and may you have a safe trip to your Thanksgiving Destination.

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  5. Love that idea and totally going to plan a dinner party just so I can use it myself - nicely done!

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  6. What a beautiful centerpiece and table. I adore your use of the wood! So inviting -- it looks wedding-worthy. (I got my chargers at Michael's, too - aren't they great to spruce things up?!)

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  8. You are AMAZING. I am jealous of your skills.

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  9. This is so stunning! I love the candles elevated on the different sized logs. Happy new year!

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  10. gorgeous table. I love the ideas you have here. Thanks!

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  11. Can't find the bark ribbon even online. Please advise where to get it. Thanks

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  12. I actually used stuff from trees that were removed from our yard this fall, but...there's also a lot of birch-y things (including actual pieces of birch stump and bark shavings) available here: http://www.save-on-crafts.com -- just search for birch. or you know, go looking for felled trees? :) good luck!

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  13. Danke für die Inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving, um Sie und Ihre Familie und haben Sie möglicherweise eine sichere Fahrt zu Ihrem Reiseziel Erntedankfest.

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  14. I just came across your table on Pinterest. It's beautiful! I love, love, love it!

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  15. So so so pretty! Thank you for sharing, your beautiful table is my inspiration for Thanksgiving!

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  16. I love love love that you didn't use any orange or pumpkins! I love the tree trunks as center pieces. Thanks for sharing with us!

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