Fall decorations

Fall decorations

Josh and I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year. We normally go to my parents’ house, but now we have a big enough house and we wanted to host everyone. But I quickly realized that a LOT of work goes into hosting Thanksgiving. In addition to FOOD, you have to think about where everyone is going to stay, make sure they have sheets and towels and make sure all the breakables are out of reach of a curious toddler. But you also have to decorate if you’re going to do it right.

Everything looks cuter in a mason jar.

Everything looks cuter in a mason jar.

I have a new appreciation for the beautiful centerpieces my mom puts together for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. And I had to do the same. Instead of going out and spending a bunch of money on decorations, I looked on Pinterest to get ideas for what other people were doing to decorate. This is what I came up with.

IMG_8490We already had almost all of that stuff lying around–either in our house or our yard. I got the pine cones last year when they were cinnamon-scented and I kept them. But you can also find pine cones in your yard. We have a holly bush outside with those red-beaded leaves. My mom used that wooden box to put flowers in at my sister’s wedding. The flowers in the mason jar were five dollars at the grocery store. And I got the white candles at Walmart for a dollar or so. Of course, not everyone is going to have the same stuff lying around. But you can always look through what you have, throw in some natural stuff and make it look pretty. We also collect old mason jars whenever we can and those make excellent decorations.
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And when I started cooking the winter squash and pumpkin for a winter squash casserole (instead of sweet potato) and pumpkin pie, I realized that the tops of the vegetables would make a beautiful decoration. Whole pecans are in season now and I got these at the local farmers’ market. Thanksgiving was a great success and we had a really nice time just lounging in front of our wood-burning stove. The only hiccup was that the sailboat we just bought sank (!) in the Chesapeake Bay with Josh and our brother-in-law on it. I’ll be writing about that little adventure soon–and the adventure-to-come when we fix it up again.