November 25th, 2013
People can spend weeks planning their Thanksgiving menu, but their holiday table often gets overlooked.A warm and inviting table setting can make even the most well-planned meals even more memorable. Since it’s the time to be thankful for what we already have, we always encourage folks to think sustainably. Here are a few fun and eco-friendly ways to make your holiday table a festive place for friends and family to gather.
Bring your garden indoors. Take stock of your soon-to-be yard debris and consider what can be used for a center piece or in a wreath. Late season hydrangeas, rose hips, grass plumes and evergreen shrub clippings can be combined to make a striking centerpiece.
Pick up nature’s discards. Create a natural runner from fallen leaves, dropped branches and acorns intermixed with candles or twinkle lights. Leaves can be dried flat in a book for a few days then put out the morning that your guests will arrive. Have your guests fill out cards with things they're thankful for this year and attach them to the branches.
Fill up your jars. Empty mason or canning jars can be used as candle holders to create a warm and rustic table setting. Keep the lid liners on to create continuity among different shapes and sizes.
Mix and match candle holders. Mix similar styled or colored candle holders with woody herbs from your yard to create an eclectic, glowing display. Rosemary and thyme work great and add a savory scent to the table. For something more elegant, twirl golden holiday ribbons throughout all the candle holders and allow the glow of the candlelight to reflect off the glistening ribbon.
Save your spice jars. Reuse empty glass spice jars to create individual vases at each place setting. Tie each jar with raffia and a cinnamon stick or add an individual name tag. Want an even more memorable vase? Hollow out a used light bulb and glue it to a tea light candle base. (Cutest vase, ever!) Try it yourself!
Oh my gourd! Place small squash, ornamental gourds, tiny pumpkins and decorative Indian corn on a cake platter with a candle to create a modern cornucopia.
Tetra Flower Power. Short on vases? No worries. Wash out your used Pacific tetra packs and cover them with wrapping paper, paper bags, ribbons and raffia. Viola.
The holidays only come just once a year. With a little forethought and some attention to detail, your holiday table will be a festive place to linger, long after the last pie plate is cleared.