This year my parents are hosting a day-after-Thanksgiving lunch for my brother’s in-laws. My mother is happily fretting about things such as tablecloths and centerpieces, and every week when we go shopping together we consider more possibilities.
Today I thought to look online, and I found a lot of stuff like this:
Harvest Blessings Autumn Centerpiece by FTD (photo from FTD.com). It’s pretty, and I like the way it’s nice and low (a lot of floral centerpieces are tall enough to block people from seeing each other), but it’s FIFTY clams, and that’s not including the shipping or the handling or whatever other fees there might be (the last time I ordered flowers from another flower place, there was a $6.95 “florist fee,” in addition to the delivery fee of $9.95, which brings the price up to $17 before I’ve ordered a single flower). And the storage would be a pain.
And looking at it, it occurs to me that this is a wreath on its side with a jar candle in the middle. And I’m pretty sure my mom has autumnal wreaths and jar candles. If YOU have an autumnal wreath and a jar candle, this is a centerpiece you can make easily (and FREE), and then you can put the pieces back wherever they were afterward.
Or, go back in time and collect a bunch of autumn leaves when they’re at their peak color, and press them in the dictionary (or other heavy book). Then when setting the table, scatter the leaves carelessly (i.e., fuss over them for an hour to make them look careless) and put some acorns on top. Maybe some pine cones if you’ve got them. Maybe a small branch with leaves still on it. This would look even more on-purpose if you had a table runner, something like this one:
Cotton Jacquard Table Runner in Greens (photo from Amazon.com). I’d choose green or gold so I could use it for Christmas, too. And then a couple of candles and DONE.
Or, skip the leaf-pressing and fretful-leaf-arranging and get a leaf runner.
Crate & Barrel Foley Table Runner (photo from CrateAndBarrel.com).
Pier 1 Imports Beaded Leaf Table Runner (photo from Pier1.com).
Or this would be pretty, wouldn’t it?:
Pier 1 Jeweled Flower 5-Votive/Tealight Holder (photo from Pier1.com). Maybe scatter a few acorns around THAT.
What kinds of centerpieces do you like? I’ve never Done a Dinner so this is new territory for me.