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I wanted to make some fun, easy additions to a Thanksgiving table to dress it up a bit. On Thanksgiving, I like to use our everyday plates (which our family and friends generously bought for us at our wedding) as well as my Grandmother’s old silverware for a mix of old and new things that remind me of special times with my family (I’m cleaning it up a bit, so her set didn’t make it into these pictures). I have a post coming up detailing all of the plates, chargers, etc. that will be on the FTD blog soon- I can’t wait to share all of the details with you!
But as far as the rest of the table decor- I like to mix natural elements with hints of glamor- embellished glasses, fresh flowers in mason jars, a seagrass throw- and glitter! These fun and easy paper touches you can add to any table scape to dress it up, or come back for details on how I designed mine.
The gold and glitter elements I am showing how to make are easy, quick, and work with just about any decor style you have. And they add a simple, elegant touch without spending a ton of money or time!
Of course, you don’t want to get glitter all over the table you’re eating on. That would be catastrophic! So I love the Die Cuts With A View Glitter Bright Paper Stack. It is full of beautiful, shimmery and incredibly shiny glittered papers. It is sturdy, but a medium weight- so it can be used for all sorts of projects. I love it for decorating tables, since it allows for perfectly glittered areas with no mess!
I then punched out a bunch of circles out of the glitter paper to add as “confetti” around the table. It helped bring the look together! I love the Nesting Paper Punch-Scallop Circle 1.5″ because it doesn’t jam, it folds down when not in use, and its a great size for decorations!
I also used the glitter paper to cut out a little detail for my dining room table. I created a “give thanks” image in photoshop, and then used my Cricut Explore to cut the design quickly. You can grab the Cricut Explore Holiday Bundle from Joann Fabric And Crafts for an awesome deal! Its great for making quick decor like this, as well as all other sorts of awesome things!
It’s also helpful to have the Cricut Spatula&Scraper- on hand, since the cricut mats can sometimes be a bit sticky for the glitter paper. Use the spatula to carefully lift your design without tearing and the scraper to clean off your mat!
To help mark each spot at the table, I used DCWV A2 Box of cards and envelopes: Kraft cards with gold foil accents as name tags. Simply draw your guest’s name on the front, and write out a quick note why you’re thankful they are with you for Thanksgiving on the inside of the card. It’s a quick and beautiful way to make your guests feel welcome! You could also jot out some fun conversation starters in the cards, too!
They go perfectly with the quick and beautiful silverware holders I made.
To make these, you’ll need:
Kraft Wrapping Paper (found in the Joann Fabrics and Crafts paper aisles). There were a few designs in stock, but I loved the gold polka dots because it fit my party decor perfectly.
First, measure the width of paper you’ll need to fit your silverware. I laid out the forks and knives I’d be using on the paper and trimmed a long section that was just taller than the pieces. I then cut strips that had about 1/2″ on each side around the fork and knife.
Cut a thinner strip of paper, about 2″ thick and with 1″ extra on each side.
With a glue stick add glue to the sides of your smaller strip. Lay it over the tall strip of paper, and fold the sides with glue around the back of the tall strip. Adhere it to the back and let fully dry, overnight.
Slide silverware into the pouch you’ve made, and set on the table to display!