Do Up Your Home for Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving is mainly about giving thanks and…. eating!  You’ve probably been more than busy with meal planning, grocery shopping and seating arrangements than giving thought to decorating…but wait!  Holiday decorating can be fun as well as simple…let’s look at some ideas for your home this holiday season!

When you’re enhancing your home during the Fall holiday season, nothing looks crisper than dried botanicals…notably when they’ve been treated to a splash of elegant color.  Run over to your local craft store where you’ll find a bevy of sprigs, flowers, pods and wreaths that will offer your home that seasonal flair you’ve been seeking…

Speaking of wreaths, try this for a stunning look.   Wire small single-color grass and wheat sprigs onto a circular wire form.  Start at the bottom of the form and work your way to the top.  Try to use light colored sprigs at the bottom gradually turning darker as you approach to top.  Festoon with small pinecones or ornamental seasonal fruits.  Finish with a wisp of a ribbon in an appropriate color.

Recently, my women’s networking group (WIN) got together and under the tutelage of Bev Raymond, Owner of Petal Works, created beautiful centerpieces using pumpkins or gourds and fresh flowers.  They were amazing!  Here’s another idea.  Get down to the dollar store and look for some large ceramic bottles or jars.  Better yet, start saving glass bottles of various sizes.  Purchase spray-paint in a light neutral color and give each vessel a ‘once over’ with the paint making them all uniform.  A quick trip back to the craft store for some tall, thin grasses (think wheat, seedpods, Ostrich fern or cat tails).  Cut them down to appropriate size and place into your newly painted bottles.  Voila!  Use same-size bottles for your table decorating.  Regal designing at a bargain price…who could ask for anything more?

Don’t forget candles.  Always appropriate and always elegant.  Matched with simple holders you can never go wrong.

We recently came across these meaningful words describing Thanksgiving.  We thought we’d share them with you….Thanksgiving – To prepare the heart – In gratitude, we humbly reflect upon all the gifts (family, friends, health) that saturate our lives. By “giving-thanks” we choose to extend ourselves and give to others less fortunate. Out of the abundance of our hearts, we are able to offer our resources to help others.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!