Big dinners and holiday parties is one of the reasons why I love this time of year. But we all know hosting friends and family can also be super stressful. Last year Mark and I hosted Thanksgiving at our new house and I definitely was stressed. We had just moved into our new home, had a new baby, and were hosting family from out of town. I was having major mom brain/sleep deprivation thanks ot my adorable 2 month old, so I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but no real plan.
And when I started laying out my generic plan of what I was planning to do, my sister-in-law Beth just stared at me. She could tell I was a little overwhelmed and started telling me about her Thanksgiving meal spreadsheet (yes, you read that correctly, spreadsheet). I therefore quickly put her in charge (I mean, she had a whole spreadsheet!). And thanks goodness for her because we had everything prepared on time and literally the most delicious turkey and stuffing EVER (my mom was very upset when she learned Beth and Matt would not be returning for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner).
In addition to all the meal planning, prepping, and cooking, Beth also helped me put together these super simple & festive tablescapes (that were also conveniently super cheap!).
If you’re hosting family, friends or both for the holidays, here’s a quick and easy DIY festive tablescape that can be used for Thanksgiving, holiday parties, or Christmas dinner!
I bought the garland from Trader Joes for a whopping $6.99 (PS it’s back guys! I just bought it again today!!). You can also use branches from Christmas trees (head to your local tree lot and ask if you can have some of the ones they cut off of trees!). Since it was Thanksgiving, we also used cuties and mini pumpkins to add some color, along with some candles that I had lying around the house. I had Matt, my brother-in-law, hike up the hill in the backyard and cut the eucalyptus leaves to add to the greenery (thanks Matt!). And for the place mats, I cut up old Trader Joe’s grocery bags and flipped them over (so sneaky!)!
I loved how everything turned out and I received so many compliments. And it seriously was a simple and inexpensive DIY project that anyone can pull off. So if you’re playing the hostess with the mostest this season, we’ve got your tablescape covered!
Tanisha at LL805