It's been two years since I hosted Thanksgiving and I am very excited that I get to have my family at #BKAptstory this year. Perhaps this is unsurprising, but decorating the table is definitely my favorite part of getting ready for any dinner party and Thanksgiving is no exception. I feel like the tablescape at my last few dinner parties hasn't been that inventive, so I was excited to try something I have never done before and use live greenery as table decor.
Here are the steps I used to get this look:
STEP ONE: Make your centerpiece. I went with three bouquets from Trader Joe's and combined them in a vintage brass vase that I love. My grandfather served in the Peace Corps in India for many years and this is one of the pieces that my mom brought back from a trip to visit him there. I think the only real tip I have for flower arranging is to lay everything out on the counter and put flowers in one at a time. If you drop the whole bouquet right into the vase, I find it never looks as good. It's funny that for a "natural" arrangement...I really have to do a lot of arranging.
STEP TWO: Pick your plates, napkins, candlesticks, and silverware. Instead of using placemats or chargers this year, I decided to go with my large West Elm stoneware plates as pieces to protect the table with some vintage china as the main dining plate. The silverware is just my everyday flatware to keep things simple and dishwasher friendly, since the vintage plates will need to be washed by hand. For candles, I used two unscented black candles from my Target Hearth and Hand haul (how good is that line??) to accent the other black decor on the table. The napkins are also from Target and are simple white cotton.
STEP THREE: Get those greens! It isn't secret that I LOVE the greenery at Trader Joe's. It's fresh, cheap, and overall a great way to update your home in an easy way. For this table, I decided to get silver dollar eucalyptus for the runner. When I was back from the store, the first step was to pull out all of the long branches of eucalyptus and separate those from the short pieces.
STEP FOUR: Add a runner to table along with your centerpiece and have the long eucalyptus branches point away from the centerpiece on either side. The runner shown here is just a simple linen one form Target. Here's how you arrange the branches:
STEP FIVE: Arrange the smaller eucalyptus pieces around the centerpiece in a wreath shape:
And that's it! Add some glasses and any other serving pieces you want to use on the table and you're done. Not too bad, right?
I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!