We had 20 people for Thanksgiving dinner. My dining room seats 8 people comfortably (.... 10 people uncomfortably). We needed to move things out to the patio.
Since we live in Southern California, this is usually a safe move. However, our patio just isn't the warm and welcoming place I envision for Thanksgiving dinner.
With a self-imposed tiny budget and a lot of elbow grease, I turned thisinto this.
I draped the edges of our patio cover with fabric from the clearance bin at our home decor fabric store and sheer panels on clearance at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I used dowels and cup hooks instead of curtain rods. Total for fabric and hardware was about $70. I love it that I will be able to use this fabric for many Thanksgivings to come.
There were 2 panels I wanted to hang at angles to keep people from falling into a flower bed, and the only way we could think of to suspend them from the top of the patio cover was to use wire. Specifically, wire hangers from Handsome Hubby's dry-cleaning.
Not the look I was going for. While I tried to figure out how to camouflage the wire hangers, I worked on the "centerpiece."
Over the summer, I had purchased small Japanese lanterns on clearance. I didn't know what I would do with them at the time, but it was $20 for 30 lanterns and I have a hard time passing up such deals.
Last month I came across several boxes of "scatter" on clearance at Kohl's. (Apparently scatter is big beads or marbles for throwing on tables or filling vases to help hold flowers. Who knew?) Each box was originally $13 and was marked down to about $2.50. The discount was significant enough for me to stand there in the clearance aisle for a good 10 minutes with my brain clicking away, going through options as to why I might find this handy later and therefore, shouldn't pass it up now.
When I noticed that these big beads had a hole and could potentially be strung together, I remembered my Japanese lanterns and the idea for my Thanksgiving centerpiece came up off the table and hung from the ceiling instead.
I thought it was pretty cool for $40. (Although Grant couldn't understand why I was taking all of the fishing line from his Scooby Doo fishing pole to string my beads and suspend the lanterns...)
I can't explain how, but the beads hanging from the patio cover sparked the idea to spray paint leaves in the yard.
$12 in copper spray paint took care of all the leaves and chargers that I already had. I love how they turned out.
They covered the wire hangers very nicely, and leftover leaves were used along the length of the table.
I thought it was pretty, and the fact that this "room" cost less than $200 to pull together was even better. (The fact that the cost of the fabric will be sort of amortized over the next few Thanksgivings justifies the purchase in my head...)
Thanksgiving would be great if we ate frozen dinners on TV trays and card tables... as long as we are surrounded by our loved ones. However, this kind of thing makes me happy. There is soooooooo much in my life that is "have to." This kind of thing is completely unnecessary and frivolous, but it brings me joy to do it.
I'm Thankful that there are a couple of times a year that I get to do it.
Tomorrow I start on Christmas decor at my friend's house and this coming weekend, at my own house. (And in between, I am participating in a holiday boutique and have to make a ton of ornaments...)
This is my favorite time of year, and I am so excited I'm about to jump out of my skin! Or perhaps it is adrenaline and too much sugar. Time will tell.