Seasonal Dining Design

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in Dining Spaces, Holiday Style


Simple things you can do to repurpose your seasonal table decorations from Halloween to Thanksgiving 

I love Fall for so many reasons, but most of all it’s the time spent with family and friends. Setting everyday life aside to reconnect, encourage and just hang out! While I love to look at beautiful photographs of perfectly laid tables mine are usually far more simple than that.

DINING ROOM Typically, our “formal” dining table is full of activity that does not include eating.  On any given day, it might be a lego building center, game table, craft center, sewing center, or conference table.  During the holidays especially, I like to have a seasonal centerpiece that is simple, easy to move and fairly unbreakable.  This fall I decided to do this with a cheetah print square of fabric, real pumpkins and gourds on my tiered serving stand and my all-time favorite scripture dishes.  Layers make such an impact on a table so I started with the cheetah print fabric.  This has been at Ballard Designs for years and I still love it!  I read somewhere that it is considered a neutral and I think that is so true.  It goes with everything and every season!  In the centerpiece the pumpkins and gourds are from Central Market, and the tiered pewter serving stand is from Sample House.   My scripture dishes are from The Source Bookstore and they are truly my favorite dishes!  I love how they bring God’s promises to every place setting, no matter what the occasion!  For Thanksgiving dinner I will set the table and add the pumpkins to the center of the plate!  Easy peasy!

KITCHEN Our kitchen table is also a hub of activity!  This is where we eat day to day as a family – from breakfast to homework to dinner it is being well used and loved .  On this table, I chose a piece of burlap from Hobby Lobby that we have frayed the edges on.  I say we because while I originally frayed it to look cute, and the kids will from time to time find a strand that is hanging out and “help” by pulling on it.  I incorporated another tiered serving stand with some great basic plates from Pottery Barn, glittered pumpkins from the $2.50 section at Target and I made the glittered “spooky” letters.  This week I am working on “thanks”.   I will then add those in and the kitchen table will be ready for Thanksgiving.  All in all, simple, cost effective and always easy to move if it needs to.

Sometimes it’s funny to write about what you have used in your home because you see it from a different perspective.  In the short time that I have been blogging I see how I am drawn to home decorating items that are multi purpose.  I love that everything I used on these tables were repurposed, except for the pumpkins and gourds.  That I can quickly and simply switch from Halloween to Thanksgiving – allowing me to enjoy the season with my family!

TRADITIONS During the holidays when we were kids, my mom would put out a large puzzle for everyone to work on as they wanted.  It was so much fun to watch the puzzle develop as friends and family would come and go.  As our kids are getting bigger, so are the puzzles and I love that it’s a simple, inexpensive way to spend time together!

LINK PARTY Today’s post has been linked to “Frugal Friday” at The Shabby Nest.

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