Until a few days ago, my work table was overflowing with a mish-mash of flowers, seasonal pics, feathers and pumpkins. All this in an effort for me to come up with a decent centerpiece for my Floral and Feathers Thanksgiving Tablescape. This year I am head over heels in love with neutrals for the fall season. In seasons past I’ve relied heavily on the traditional color palette and I feel the need for a change. Hubby loves the reds and earth tones so I will work that color scheme into my next table.
I store linens and “other stuff” in our guest room and often try out different tablecloth, napkin and charger combos on the bed. It’s also by the backdoor so when I come in from window shopping (ahem), I store a few things in the closet. You know how sometimes you wear something new and the hubs says, “when did you get that?”. This old thing? I’ve had it for a long time. LOL!!!
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve mixed and matched countless times. Finally, I came up with the pieces that fit the idea I had in mind along with the centerpiece that brought it all together.
A Labor of Love Indeed
The most challenging part was finding a table cover. My two ivory cloths would require putting in an extra leaf in the table and I’m not ready to drag that out yet. I used and ivory sheet for the base along with a muslin table cover, overlaid with a sparkly taupe fabric remnant.
This overlay was perfect for the glittery placemats I got from Big Lots. The dinnerware is also a mash up of two sets. The salad plate with the floral pattern and the feather motif in the napkins work very well together. I scored the napkins at World Market when I went to Atlanta.
An Easier Way to Clean Silver
The silverware is a quirky blend. One fork/knife combo also came from World Market and I love the vintage feel. Several months ago, I picked up more vintage cutlery from the thrift store but couldn’t find dinner forks. I found some at a different store this weekend and they were a hot mess. Sticky and tarnished to no end but at .30 each I had to give them a try. I like polishing silver as much as I like going to the dentist so I did a bit of research and found a quicker method.
I lined a baking dish with foil and then added baking soda, vinegar, salt and hot water. Per the instructions, the key is to make sure the silver stays in contact with the aluminum foil. This solution removed most of the tarnish and after a light buffing with a baking soda paste they were looking good. One thing I was sure about from the beginning is the orchid stemware that I wanted to use. Again, something non-traditional was the end goal.
At Long Last the Centerpiece
Putting together this centerpiece gave me lots of anxiety. This is so not my thing but I had to give it a try. The galvanized container is also a thrift purchase. I lined it with floral foam, and tried to channel my inner Chloe Crabtree. Thankfully my faux pas are too visible from a distance. To round out this piece I added mixed metal pillar holders and a few pumpkins from previous tables.
You know how at the end of baking/cooking competitions when the time is up the contestants must back away and put their hands up? That’s how I felt, it’s over girl leave it alone!!! Thank you for visiting and reading along, I appreciate you being here.
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