I've spent the last three days trying to come up with two tablescapes for Thanksgiving, one for my formal dining room, and one for the informal one that is situated in the kitchen.
I love pretty table decorations. I firmly believe when company is coming for dinner, it is important to give your guests a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach. Unfortunately, I always encounter two problems when deep in the throes of planning a tablescape. One is a severe lack of creativity. The other is a lack of funds. I can splurge on food and drink, OR I can splurge on table decor, but I can't do both.
To combat the first problem, I turned to Pinterest (slogan: See the same picture pinned 687 times!). Then I Googled several versions of 'Thanksgiving table decorations'.
Anyway, after two hours of Internet scrolling, an afternoon spent at Garden Ridge, 30 minutes at the grocery store, then back home to drag out every blessed thing I own that could possibly be used for decorative purposes (and arranging and rearranging and arranging again), I finally came up with my two tablescapes. The formal dining room will have a Thanksgiving theme; the informal one will herald the start of the Christmas season. I will post photos of the finished tables in Construction Zone in a couple of weeks.
Now, about the napkin rings.
I already had napkin rings that were a perfect a match for my Thanksgiving table. What I lacked was something for the Christmassy one. I went to Target thinking I could find something there, but amazingly, Target, always my 'go to' store, didn't have napkin rings. I was about to head to Bed Bath and Beyond when my eyes lighted on a package of clear plastic shower curtain rings and inspiration struck. Why not use these and then simply hot glue a pretty little bauble from a crafts store on them? Conveniently, there was a Michaels next door to Target.
Originally, I thought about gluing large rhinestones to the rings. Then I got distracted with the pretty beads in the jewelry section. Ultimately, however, I opted for a simple glittery snowflake in keeping with the Christmas theme. The rings cost $1.24 for an even dozen. The snowflakes were $1.99 for 10. Total cost per ring? A measly 54 cents. For this price, you could make napkin rings for every holiday and celebration out there. You could even make personalized place cards out of them using heavy card stock and a pretty font.
When assembling the rings, lock the ends together before gluing on your chosen bauble.
Fancy table: http://materialgirlsblog.com/dallas/2012/11/21/the-art-of-the-thanksgiving-table/
Minimalist table: http://marryingthenavy.blogspot.com/search/label/Thanksgiving
grew a beard after our kids left the house. He decided a mid-life hirsute pursuit was cheaper than a new car, and certainly less hazardous to his health than an affair. If he can have a mid-life crisis, then so can I.