Last month, I shared a guest post over at Yellow Bliss Road with my never-gonna-happen-in-this-lifetime-unless-I-move dream of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner outdoors. It is already very chilly here in Western, NY, so we will be spending the day indoors, but I wanted to share the post here anyways, in case it might inspire some of you who live in a warmer climate than I!
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I have always dreamed of hosting Thanksgiving dinner outdoors, but since I live in Western New York, it is typically far too cold. This year, I decided to create a Thanksgiving themed table setting, on our back patio, to use while the weather is nice. And who knows? Maybe Thanksgiving will be an unusually warm day around here and we can enjoy it outside! These simple tablescape ideas can be done indoors or out, so I hope you find some inspiration here whether you live in a warm or cool climate.
I started with a basic plastic folding table and covered it with a large piece of dark orange fabric that I purchased at a thrift store (similar to this). The edges were unhemmed, but I was going for a rustic look anyways. I used white burlap fabric on top.
This tablescape is not formal, so I used our everyday dishes and silverware. I tied the silverware in yellow raffia for an extra touch. I love adding little details like that, especially when I am hosting a holiday dinner.
Keeping with the informal theme, I chose to use canning jars for glasses and gave them some simple bows, with the raffia, as well.
Each plate at the table was adorned with a small pumpkin or gourd and Indian corn. The dishes were actually the ones I registered for over eight years ago when my husband and I were getting married. They were from Target then, but now you can find them here.
I purchased various pumpkins, gourds and squash at local farmer’s markets this year. I love using them all throughout my home during the season, but especially on the table. For an easy centerpiece for this table, I simply arranged them down the middle.
To decorate the end of the table, I attached some Indian corn with a safety pin. Easy as that!
My family loves it out here too, especially with the hanging patio lights. My kids love those! I am sure we will enjoy some meals out here before Thanksgiving.
The giant corn stalks came from the farmer’s market too. I have never decorated with them before and could’t believe how huge they are! They definitely create a statement for fall.
This post originally appeared at Yellow Bliss Road on October 8th, 2014.
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