Creating A Tablescape
I just started to get into tablescaping. According to HGTV , tablescaping is just that fancy word for table decorating.
Growing up, I remember how my mom laid out a formal dinner table two or three times a year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter). She followed the traditional formal table layout with centerpieces, place cards, napkin rings, the whole nine yards. My dad use to spend time doing everyone's name in calligraphy and would place them in this pristine polished silver rose place card holder. My husband and I are just starting out as newlyweds and while I would love to imitate my mother's table---pfft! That's not happening this year. I've put it as one of my many goals to achieve later in life. I went to assess what we already had---and what I could get purchase reasonably (or borrow).
What I Owned: China | Glasses | Dessert Displays | Serving Plates & Dishes | Fancy Utensils | Place Cards (left-over from wedding)
What I Bought: Table Cloth | Decorative Paper Napkins | Mini- winter squash
What I Borrowed: Serving Spoons | Gravy Bowl | Casserole Dishes
After getting everything, I went to Pinterest just to get some ideas of what I could do. This was my favorite:
I really liked this idea of telling everyone that I'm grateful or thankful that they came for dinner. I took the place cards and did calligraphy of everyone's name and tied them to the squash. At first, I was going to paint each little squash, but decided not to as I felt they were already so colorful it would be a shame to take that away. I did wash the winter squash with a solution recipe I found online that would make them last longer and remove any dirt and grime.
My husband's idea was to mock plate it all first and then decide (which I did).
From doing a sample, I wanted to give the napkins a little extra "pop" because as much as I would LOVE HARVEST COLORED LINEN NAPKINS---we could not afford them this year. I kept reminding myself: we figured out two big things this year (table & china). I had leftover twine from my wedding, which I used to tie the paper napkins together. I thought it instantly made the one place sitting "spiff" up just a little bit more.
Featured is the tablescaping I did based off the ideas I found on Pinterest. I'm not worried about tablescaping past the plates. There will be so much food---that will be used to "fill" up the table. Centerpieces will come later in life.
That's how the finished table looked! I'm excited to do a Thanksgiving reflection! I hope it will all go well.