In the world of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, SnapTwit, FaceGram, NoInterest and my favorite TwitChat, it can get visually overwhelming keeping up with the Joneses.
While I appreciate (and enjoy viewing) the gorgeous, well staged dining tables I see on the interwebs, I also get a little anxious to create the perfect tablescape and centerpiece. My childhood memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas are fond, but I must admit my mother never “set the table” for the holidays, and I never missed it. We were more excited to play with our cousins, eat cookies and open gifts.
We all lined up at the kitchen island, picked up a plate from a stack and filled it with food, then found a seat at one of the folding tables scattered around the house. The kitchen table (with the real chairs) was saved for the adults, which usually included my uncle Stan. My mother is a GREAT mom and the fact that she never “dressed” a table for the holidays didn’t reduce the amount of fun we had or the memories we made.
With that said, as I grow older I wish to celebrate and honor the tradition of gathering together by creating a beautiful table to welcome my guests, but I also try to remember my mother’s example of celebrating the people and not the decorations.
So today, I’m going to share with you a few simple and transitional options for creating a centerpiece or table setting without stressing. Because let’s be real, there are more important things to concern ourselves with, like pumpkin pie and intense games of Farkle.
I’m a big fan of white dishes. They are not only classic, and elegant looking, they fit every season and are easily transitioned from event to event. When creating a new place setting for each season (or event), it can be done quickly and beautifully when using a few simple techniques.
- Neutral placemats can be used for many different seasons.
- White napkins & dishes can be used over and over each season, and even if they don’t match they still work.
- A few sets of traditional seasoned colored napkins used for a pop of color, are inexpensive and easily stored.
- Sprigs of greenery can be plucked right from your lawn and garden and used to dress up your top napkin.
- Layers add dimension and interest. Look for items that fit on a plate but aren’t necessarily meant for the table like this fall wreath and teakwood star tree ornament.
Below is an example of using the staple items like placemats, napkins and plates to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
(Note: Wreath and Corduroy Pumpkin are available at Eco Chic)
(Note: Tin house ornament, pine spray, white mug and teak star ornament can be found at Eco Chic Boutique)
Or maybe place settings are just not your thing. I get it. I’m not a fan of Pecan pie, The Kardashians or SnapChat, but others really love them. To each their own. No judging.
So how about a fun and easy centerpiece, using one simple item SIX different ways for different seasons and occasions. I know….we are getting all “crazy up in here.”
The six hole (there is a pattern here) Magnolia Sugar Mold is a classic and transitional piece of decor that is not only functional but also beautiful. Any of these options would make for a fun and simple centerpiece no matter the season.
Hello Craft Room.
How you do’in?….hello romantic evening.
Dinner’s ready….serve yourself. (I’m over here eating pumpkin pie)
I know what you are thinking…”Maria, those are great for rectangular shaped tables, but what if I have a round table?” No worries, I got you covered. Let’s take a look at a couple of great options for centerpieces for a circular world.
You might notice a theme here as well…
I’m nothing if not predictable. Keeping it simple and transitional.
By using the same candle and round bread board, you can transition your table by simply changing out the wreath. Then, when your wreath is tired of just laying around, you can hang it on your front door too.
(Note: Wreaths, Candle Holder & Breadboard available at Eco Chic Boutique)
When all of this decorating stuff is said and done, it is really just a way to say “I Love You” or “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Merry Christmas” or “Good to See You” or “I’ve Missed You”…because if it wasn’t about others joining you in your home to gather and love on one another, we would skip all of it and just sit around eating our favorite pie in our stretchy pants watching Hallmark movies. (If you’re into that kind of thing).
Let’s face it, we don’t decorate for us, we decorate for you (for them). We want you to feel welcome in our home. So from us to you, we….
for the blessings of the season. We are thankful for you and your support of Eco Chic.
Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Eco Chic Crew!!
Time for some pie,