Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Creating simple and nature inspired tables for Thanksgiving is easy to do, given the time of year. Fall harvests provide plenty of wonderful and beautiful raw materials to work with. A simple nature hike can yield a great bounty of supplies.
Acorn candleholder. Take a round clear glass candle holder. Insert a votive candle. Around the candle place a handful of acorns. Voila! It couldn't be any easier or lovelier!
Seasonal display. Head out to your local farmer's market and snatch up that last pumpkins and gourds. Find a table to highlight them. Place a nice linen or silk table cloth under them to give some contrast. Rearrange them in a way that's pleasing to you. Intersperse pine cones, autumn leaves, berries, nuts, and twigs.
Pressed fall leaves. Collect some newly fallen colorful leaves. Stay away from the really dry and crunchy ones. Take the leaves and place them in some heavy books for a few days. Once they are flat you can dip them in melted beeswax to preserve them. Use these leaves on your nature display. Alternatively, you could attach string to them and hang them from a lovely fall branch.
Turnip candleholders. Again, at your farmer's market, buy some small sized turnips. Hollow them out, while leaving the bottom. Insert a tea light. A lit turnip candleholder gives off a wonderful glow.
Fall leave decoupage candleholder. Blow up a balloon. Using decoupage, glue on some fall leaves and tissue paper, only go half way up. Let the balloon fully dry. Pop the balloon and carefully peel the balloon off. You will be left with a delicate yet beautiful candle holder. Insert a small battery operated candle. Again, you will be amazed by the beautiful glow.
Pumpkin vases. Hollow out pumpkins of all sizes to create natural vases. Use freshly cut mums and berries as fillers. When you are done with the vase and flowers, the whole arrangement is compostable.
Grateful tree. Find a sturdy good-sized branch that you can insert in a large vase or flower tin. Anchor it with floral foam. Beside the tree place tags and a pen. Ask everyone to write what they are thankful for and place them on the tree. At Thanksgiving dinner, read them aloud. It is a heart warming experience.
Harvest potpourri. To complete the whole sensory experience of autumn, simmer some natural potpourri on your stovetop. Apples, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg simmering in a bit of water on low will make your house smell dreamy.
Setting the scene for a lovely Thanksgiving is not that difficult. Use what nature has to offer and highlight its beauty. The beauty of autumn decorating is that each year it's new and fresh. Mother Nature shows us something new and beautiful each year.