So I decided to have Thanksgiving in the new house, but the funny thing is that I have absolutely no dining room furniture. Not a stitch.
I did have these pine cones adorning the mantle across the room. I found them at a yard sale a few months back. Too bad you can’t sit on or eat off of them.
With less than a week before Thanksgiving, I had to put on my thinking cap.
My solution was not unlike glamping.
Actually glamping might be more glamorous.
Thank you to Costco and Ikea, I am the proud owner of a “dining set” for under $100. Coincidentally, I am now equipped for tailgating. I’m loving this versatile furniture.
Because I planned to serve slightly more elegant food than hotdogs and chips, I figured I might want to dress (hide) the table.
I found just the thing at Wal-mart: tone-on-tone ticking stripe fabric by the yard that I would transform into a tablecloth. Minor detail: Did I mention that I don’t sew?
Ta-da! With some creative cutting and folding, I successfully hid the evidence that my table was anything but solid mahogany.
I advised my guests not to lean too hard on my “delicate” table and explained that I was going for a more eclectic look with my “retro” chairs.
A little metallic never hurt anyone, so I started the tabletop with gold chargers and an actual vintage piece, a candelabra that my grandmother had given my great Aunt Anna before she passed. It was nice to have a reminder of her at the table. She was a great cook and an elegant lady. I think she would have been proud of my efforts.
Glassware and plates instantly made the table look fuller and shinier.
The table was beginning to look legitimate.
Then came some tinted glass bowls to add color and continue with the vintage theme. My mom and I made a last minute dash to Pier 1 for some golden yellow cloth napkins. I put together two low floral arrangements with my flowers from Costco. I love a show-stopping floral centerpiece, but I actually wanted to be able to see the other people at the table so I divided and conquered. I also added some burlap ribbon to my fancy chairs to complete my unique look.
I was pretty pleased with myself, especially since this set-up cost me less than the groceries for the meal.
Consider this my submission for the design on a dime challenge.
This is my favorite angle.
Eugene took this fab picture with her phone. I think it’s worthy of Martha Stewart Living.
This certainly wasn’t a traditional Thanksgiving set-up, but we all got to sit together around the table and have a good laugh. I’ll give thanks for that.
Stay tuned for the meal. It was not without its challenges.
Y’all keep it classy,