November 19, 2012
Thanksgiving Inspiration and Fall Decor Discounts
Posted by Darcy Miller
I made these little pumpkins festive with gold Martha Stewart Craft Paint. Attach a paper banner to turn them into place cards.
Last week I appeared on Good Morning America with some easy and affordable ideas for Thanskgiving entertaining. Although it wasn't "wedding focused," I kept thinking how well most of these ideas would translate for a fall wedding so I wanted to share them with you.
For the adults' table, I stuck with three main materials: paper, paint, and branches. By using a Martha Stewart Crafts punch (get 50 percent off here) on a selection of my favorite papers from Paper Source, then adding gold Martha Stewart Craft paint (another 50 percent off here) plus some branches, the table was done. All the decorations were actually made with just one sheet of paper! To brighten up your tablescape, add Colonial Candle ivory pillar candles (get 50 percent off here).
For the kids' table, one of my favorite ideas I came up with was taking a gold strip of paper, punching it with the Martha punch, then placing it around a battery-pack votive to create a safe "candle-lit" glow. I know so many weddings have kids' tables so this is a perfect idea, and in fact, many wedding locations do not allow candles at all so look twice at this idea for even grown-up tables.
Lastly, since I know you all are big fans of candy buffets and sweets at weddings (and who's kidding... I am, too!), we included a glossary of some autumnal candies from Groovy Candies and chocolate turkeys and pumpkins from Godiva.
Hope you get some inspiration from these ideas! And if you are not having a fall wedding, pin them on Pinterest because, before you know it, you will be hosting your first Thanksgiving! Take a look through these photos taken by the talented Charlotte Jenks Lewis who has been shooting weddings for ten years.
1 Remind everyone at your table what this holiday is about with a "Thankful Tree." Start by picking branches from the yard -- curly willow branches will last for weeks -- then adorn them with paper leaves. (Paper leaves: Etsy Courtney McFarland, http://www.etsy.com/listing/114093668/30-fall-colors-cut-paper-leaves-wedding)
2 Then ask each guest to write what they are thankful for on a leaf.
3 This little Semikolon classic bound book makes a great memory keeper. After you take your branches down, place them in the clear scrapbook sleeves, and your family will have so much fun looking at them next year.
4 Gorgeous cylinders from Save-on-Crafts.com create simple decor for your table. Punch your paper and place around each cylinder. You can also attach your punched paper to pillar candles with a piece of double stick tape. (Gold paper for cylinders, napkin rings, and votive wraps from http://www.paper-source.com/)
5 Chocolate Turkeys & Chocolate pumpkin truffles from Godiva http://www.godiva.com/. The plates are from Mikasa, www.mikasa.com.
6 I love this glossary of some autumnal candies which we got from Groovy Candies, http://www.groovycandies.com/.
7 Assorted autumn mix candies help bring a little something sweet to your table! Left to right, malted milk balls, gumballs, (both from Groovy Candies), caramel-filled chocolate apples from Madelaine Chocolate, chocolate corn, autumn mixed M&M’s from Groovy Candies, and candy corn from Dots.
8 This paper squirrel from Paper Source makes for cute table decor -- you can use as placecards. For the place cards I created, I took Paper Source paper and folder into tented cards, then added a few Martha Craft stickers to make hem more special. The MS Collection Figural Pumpkin collection is perfect for this Holiday!
9 Get clip art for my menu cards here: http://www.marthastewart.com/951490/darcy-millers-thanksgiving-ideas. Simply print and write out your menu.
10 It's always nice to write not only what the menu is, but add a few personal details, too, like if a recipe came from a certain relative.
11 Our sail clip art added a fun touch to this pie. Get it here: http://www.marthastewart.com/951490/darcy-millers-thanksgiving-ideas.
12 For the kids' table, I used brown craft paper as a tablecloth. Kids can decorate the paper with supplies such as crayons, stickers, or rubber stamps. I used flameless candles (the battery-pack ones) wrapped with the extra strips of gold-punched paper to create a "candlelit” table that’s safe for the kids.
13 These paper cups, www.amscan.com, are embellished with Martha Stewart Craft glitter leaf stickers, www.michaels.com/Martha-Stewart, an activity for the kids to work on before or during the meal.
14 This paper turkey shape from Paper Source, www.paper-source.com, makes for a creative place card. Lay it flat or cut a slit in the bottom and stand it up with a folded paper napkin.
15 I used orange paper with a punched edge as a festive and easy runner the kids could also decorate. (Fine paper from Paper Source, and Melissa and Doug coloring crayons, www.melissaanddoug.com)
16 Kids placemats with my artwork are great for kids to color in. You can laminate and use them as placemats afterwards, or put them in your scrapbook. Get the clip art here: http://www.marthastewart.com/951490/darcy-millers-thanksgiving-ideas. (Ikea wood table with chairs,
Drawings by Darcy Miller/Designs by Cheree Berry)
17 Cups filled with candy and popcorn become ships when adorned with my Pilgrims artwork and Mayflower template. Get the clip art here: http://www.marthastewart.com/951490/darcy-millers-thanksgiving-ideas.
18 Dress up your glass of apple cider with Oriental Trading, www.orientaltrading.com, Thanksgiving stickers. Get your kids involved and have them help you decorate!
19 These cupcakes are decorated with my Thanksgiving artwork. Download them here: http://www.marthastewart.com/951490/darcy-millers-thanksgiving-ideas, then simply cut them out and tape them to toothpicks.
20 These bite-sized apple pie cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, www.bakedbymelissa.com, are a huge hit with kids and adults. Style them on a cake stand easily decorated with punched gold paper.
21 Thanksgiving themed cake pops from NYCake Pops, www.nycakepops.com. presented in a vessel filled with candy make will be a huge hit with your kids
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