This is the third year in a row we have hosted Steve's parents and brothers and it's always fun for me to set a more formal table. We are a super casual family, but it's fun to dress up the dining room when we have guests. I thought I would try something "fall-like", but a little less traditional. Cue the leopard print!!
I think there are certainly ways to make a statement on a table without breaking the bank and without going over the top. For me, it's about flowers and pattern and color.
I busted out the china from our wedding again this year. Do people still even register for this anymore? We got married when we were babies, a long time ago, and I'm sure the trend has changed. We, however, still like the china we picked out, and for that we are grateful!
I used paper napkins (told you we are casual) with pinks and golds, and simply wrote everyone's name in gold paint pen on a green apple. I tied a gold ribbon around the silverware for a little added touch. I like the pop of the green against the leopard and pink.
I had the fabric pieces cut at Hobby Lobby and I no-sew hemmed them to make a little table runner. The fabric cost me about $8 in total (the leopard was in a clearance rack and the pink is the cheapest fabric you can buy, but I knew I would be throwing it out afterwards!).
The flower arrangement consists of $3 eucalyptus and $5 roses from Trader Joes. I also purchased some feathers at Hobby Lobby to add a little more "fall" to the centerpiece. This might be my favorite arrangement to date, and yet so, so simple.
The gold candlesticks are from various thrift stores I have collected over the years and the apples are just faux apples from Homegoods that I have had forever.
Even if you are hosting mostly guys, like I do, I think everyone still appreciates a decorated table to sit down together for a nice meal. It's the thought and the time and the love that goes into it that really counts. I'm sure Steve's single brothers could have done without the leopard print, but they are always very gracious! :)
Our guest are out shopping, and I stayed back to clean things up and put away the china and tidy up the house. I'm not a huge Black Friday shopper, probably because I rarely full pay price for anything throughout the year anyway. I am, however, anxious to start sifting through the Christmas bins. We are warming up for a few days in Kansas City, which means Clark Griswold will be getting on his ladder to add some Christmas bling to the outside of our house. I love this time of year!
I will be participating in a Holiday Traditions Tour as well as a Holiday Home Tour in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for that! I also wanted to extend a huge thank you for stopping by this little blog when you can, and for all the comments, likes, and pins. I'm happy and blessed to have this little space in the blogging world and so thankful for all of your support!
You can see last year's DIY place cards here.
You can see last year's table setting here.