Happy Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. Food, family, fun and football!
Your Thanksgiving dinner table is the perfect occasion for using picture frames as place mats or chargers. Rustic, earthy tableware complements a big, hearty meal. If your celebration is anything like ours, your meal is big and filling. It’s gotta be big so we have the yummy left-overs!
I’m using the same frames from my Halloween dinner for my Freeze Frame series.
This time I painted them a warm copper color. Spray paint is the only way to go if you can find a color you like.
I removed the black felt and inserted a shimmery copper and gold fabric. You can use whatever you have on hand or coordinate with your table or dishes.
I am also using the same white dinner plates. Once you invest in white, you can supplement your collection with colors and patterns that suit your theme or holiday décor.
Rings of grapevine add an organic texture to the setting. It tones down the formal look of copper and gold. I will probably remove the vine before dishing out food to make eating easier. Enjoy the wow factor when your guests come into the dining room.
Instead of investing in a salad plate in earth tones, I “made” my own. Arrange a trio of oak leaves (these are preserved, but you can collect pretty leaves from your yard).
Place a clear salad plate on top. Voila! Instant new dinnerware! I am not a fan of clear dishes. For some reason I just cannot drink coffee from a clear cup. Weird. But clear salad plates are OK. They are also very versatile. They will go with any place setting, casual or formal.
I painted the little rectangle frames I used for my Halloween table the same color as the frame place mat. I folded the black napkin and was thrilled when it looked like a pilgrim shoe or hat buckle! How perfect for the day.
My Halloween table also used frame place cards. You can reuse the idea for Thanksgiving (painting them first of course) or have your family write what they are thankful for this year.
Place them on the table or on the plate.
For the centerpiece, I painted a wood candelabra and added tall off-white tapers. Add more grapevines and reuse the same gourds and pumpkins from Halloween for a rustic, earthy table.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s time to celebrate your good fortune, health and abundance. Remember, life is short, hug your kids and to enjoy the day.