My oldest daughter, Erica, went back to school for a degree in culinary arts. However, she ended up leaning towards event planning and really found what she loves! I’m always struggling with how to decorate my dining room table and so she decided to use her expertise and give me much needed help.
My birthday’s coming up and Erica’s really busy at work so a few weeks before my actual birthday she had a day off and told me to do my hair and dress cute and she’d pick me up in the morning. She arrived with flowers and a bottle of Prosecco with a container of strawberries. My girl knows what I like!! ? When we got into her car (I still had no idea what we were doing) she handed me a beautiful purple glass painted pumpkin. She then told me her plan. We were going to start at Michaels Craft Store and see what we could find to decorate the dining room table for the fall. I was so excited!
Well, we found so many fun pieces that we didn’t need to go anywhere else and I’ll be able to easily transition the table to Thanksgiving mode when I’m ready.
We started with the purple pumpkin. I know it’s not traditional fall colors, but it matches the colors in my dining room chairs. We then added some fake flowers (these were already arranged so it was super easy), velvet pumpkins, candles-both candlesticks with tapered candles and votive holders with fake flickering votives. We didn’t use a ton of stuff, but I love what we did use and how cute and warm the table and the room now look.
My daughter decided she wanted to create a centerpiece for our kitchen table. I love that she pulled a tablecloth I already had and went to work. Using some fake autumn colored leaves, some little pumpkins (either real or fake), and a few candles she transformed the table into such a beautiful fall setting. I actually wanted to light a fire in the fireplace because just looking at the table put me in that kind of mood-you know, relaxing by the fireplace with a good book listening to the fire crackling. But it was just too hot out so we got back to work! For another look we added a mirrored tray I already had.
Next we started playing with the Thanksgiving decorations. We found three cute wooden boxes that said blessed, thankful, grateful. We placed these on the floor by the windows in the dining room and added some candles and a little vase with a flower (from the flowers Erica brought me!) On the hutch in the dining room we displayed some candlesticks and flowers in vases in a cute little wooden box we found at Michaels. I wanted to keep the table itself simple because once the food goes on with all the turkey platters and gravy bowls I didn’t want it to be overwhelming. We used the same candles, leaves, and pumpkins as we did on the kitchen table just adding a small mirrored tray we also purchased at Michaels. I like the simplicity of it and may add some tapered candles when we sit down for dinner.
Playing around with table centerpieces is a fun and inexpensive way to change up the look of your kitchen or dining room. Choose a focal point item and use that as your inspiration or go with a seasonal theme. Whatever you choose, it’s a fun activity and a great way to beat the boredom for a few hours!
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