Is there anything more gorgeous than a fully decorated Thanksgiving table? It may be gorgeous, but it can be expensive to host a dinner and wow your guests with the decor. This DIY project is a quick and inexpensive way to dress up your Thanksgiving table.
Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays to decorate a table for. I love a decorated dinner table, I don’t know what it is but they are just so delightful to look at. Whether it is the colors, the glow or knowing it is going to hold quality time with family and friends, I look forward to dressing up the table every year.
A few weeks back my husband and I took a walk through the park and the trees were right in the middle of shedding their leaves. They were beautifully scattered across the ground and I couldn’t help but start collecting them. I thought how beautiful they would be on top of a dinner plate and how inexpensive they would be to make. Any way I can create a beautiful seasonal table on a dime, I am in! I chose to turn the leaves into “I am thankful for” cards. In addition to looking beautiful, it gives guests a fun way to share what they are thankful for.
What you will need:
- Recently fallen leaves
- Chalk marker or a paint marker
- Heavy books or flat boards to press leaves
I love a DIY project that starts with “take a walk in the park” but seriously, take a nice long walk in the park and collect large flat leaves. Collect a couple more than the number of guests you have coming to your dinner. It’s always good to have a couple extra for practice. Once home, pat leaves dry and place in the pages of a heavy book or under a few flat boards. Make sure the entire leaf is covered and it is being pressed firmly, you want to get them as flat as possible. Allow the leaves to press until you are ready to use them, this will prevent them from drying out too much.
Letter the leaves a couple days before your dinner. Use a pencil to lightly sketch out “I am thankful” on the top part of the leaf. The pencil will not show up dramatically, but it will give you a guide. Using the chalk pen draw over the pencil; add a line under it for your guests to write in their answers. If you are like me and not so confident in your cursive, I suggest searching Pinterest for some handwriting fonts to refer to. I chose to use the white as it showed up better and gold to give my guests. Don’t forget to provide your guests with pens at dinner time. You can use the pen at part of the decor; put it in their napkin ring, or place it with the silverware.
If you aren’t into the ‘I am thankful’ leaf, don’t worry the possibilities for this project are endless! You could write your menu on the leaf, or autumn quotes and use them as decor.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about it in the comments