My dining room is too small to fit the 15 to 20 people that come over for Thanksgiving dinner, so I always host it outside on our patio. Living in Southern California, it's usually safe to do this. However, this year there were cold temperatures (62 degrees. brrr!) and a threat of rain. (Yes, yes, all you Mid-Westerners and East-Coasters are laughing at our interpretation of "cold"..)
In any event, my visions of an outdoor room, with drop-cloth and burlap walls and surrounded by colorful fall trees and candles will have to wait until next Thanksgiving. (click here to see what I did last year.) This year, all 17 of us squeezed into the house for a sit-down dinner.
I still did what I could to decorate with all my fall leaves and sticks though. I added them to my dining room chandelier for the evening. I just tucked them into the chain. I just kind of poked the dried leaves into place in between the sticks and they stayed just fine.
shades got a quick burlap and fabric leaf treatment.
Because we ended up with everyone inside, we had to shove all of our living room furniture to one end of the room and clear out our entry way. Why? Because I needed a second table for dinner.
All of my table decor was either from my mom's downed tree, or from the landscape guys that I mugged before I knew it was going to rain... In other words: Free.
Someone was asking me how I got the fall leaves under the cloche. It seemed obvious to me, but OK. It's pretty easy.
Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
(ps: it never did rain. Darn weather man!)