Friday, November 06, 2009

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays. I love the whole idea behind having a holiday that is based on a virtuous principle -- that of gratitude. There is something wonderful about gathering family and friends together to celebrate our appreciation for blessings received. In comparison to other holidays, I think Thanksgiving has, for the most part, been unsullied by commercialism. That's a point in its favor as well!

I've been trying to come up with a simple centerpiece for Thanksgiving this year. I usually buy a fresh floral arrangement, but this year I was perusing my blog list and came upon this idea from "Deck the Halls of Home with Joy." I loved how Brenda took an idea and made it her own. I had seen some silver and gold holiday serving trays like the one she used on sale at Target in their holiday section, so I decided to give her idea a shot. When I got to Target I ended up buying a dark wooden serving tray instead. I thought it might be more practical for year-round use. I also bought some bags of small gourds and mini-pumpkins while I was there. Then I went over to Hobby Lobby to buy some candles and hurricane lamps. Even at 50% off, I didn't want to spend as much as it would have cost for three tall candles and three hurricane lamps, so I ended up buying one very large candle and a small floral urn to put it in -- both at 50% off -- and about half the price of the other.

It was time to put it all together... I've never had mad skilz when it comes to floral arranging. I always hand that chore off to someone else, rather than do it myself. Unfortunately my husband was hard at work, so I couldn't pawn the task off on him, and none of my daughters live at home anymore. It was up to me. Mores the pity. I took comfort in the fact that placing gourds in a tray shouldn't be that hard. I grabbed some twigs and leaves from my at home stash and went to work...

I like the fact that I can reuse this idea year after year and reuse the different items -- tray, vase, candle -- throughout the year. Plus, all said and done, it cost about as much as I would normally spend on a fresh floral arrangement. All in all a pretty sweet little score.

6 comments:

Joyful Quilter said...

Very sweet score! and very pretty arrangement! I'm having Thanksgiving at my house this year, you have just given me a couple of decorating ideas - I hope I can find deals like you did.

C-ingspots said...

It's beautiful!! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well. May yours be a blessing.

Renee said...

Very nice!

Becky said...

Very festive centerpeice, maybe you should branch out with arrangements! I love this time of year too. It starts with the cooler weather, which we haven't had much of lately here in Florida, but the past few days have been great. Turned off the AC even and opened the windows. I love the fall colors, the decorating and the food.

Laurie and Chris said...

Love it!!

Judy said...

I love it, Suzanne! You have such a knack for the artistic.