Saturday, November 28, 2009

Big Table, Little Money

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m still full.  I thought that shopping for 10 hours today would take care of that.  It certainly lightened my bank account, but not so much my belly. I officially have 5 Christmas presents wrapped, but I thought I’d show the table.  I did say I would…

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I bought these accent plates a while back, and I’m in love with them.  I had planned to take my table in a different direction, but my mom was pretty excited to use this fruit arrangement that she had seen.  That got me thinking, “save money”.

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I made it my goal to only use things that I could find at the grocery store when I went to pick up the turkey.  Here’s the breakdown of my cheapness.IMG_8432

I went to buy a white tablecloth (who doesn’t have a white tablecloth??), but it was $20.00!!  So, I bought a twin size sheet set.  It was only $9.00 AND it’s a back up for my daughter’s room.  Hopefully, there’s no cranberry sauce stains! :)

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The runner is a painter’s drop cloth that I brought up from the basement (don’t worry—never been opened), and the greenery is just fresh parsley from the produce section.

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It’s certainly more color than this neutral girl is used to, but it turned out nice.  Tomorrow begins preparation for another holiday for me.  We’re off to cut down the Christmas tree.  And hang the garland.  And find the outdoor lights.  And bring the bins down from the garage…

31 comments:

Jessica said...

I LOVE the orange...to die for! Have a great weekend.

{ L } said...

I LOVE the idea of the parsley in the vases!!! Am I really going to have to copy you again? :-/ But where is all the food girl?

Mommy said...

Your turkey accent plates are lovely! Your table looks very very nice. I would have never thought of parsley....great ideas!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Chris, Your turkey plates are so perfect! The table looks gorgeous. I just sat a candle in the center of the table. How boring is that? Thanks for sharing your lovely expensive look! Great job...
Sharon

jociegal said...

I love it! It looks so great!!!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Perfectly lovely girl! Love those plates...

Tammy said...

Gorgeous table and I absolutely love the dishes! Your table looks so pretty and inviting. I hope you enjoy your day. I am jealous. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday and we are out of state. I want to get a tree as soon as we get back.
Have a fun time,
Tammy

Carla said...

Very nice, Chris! I love using "thrifty" things for centerpieces. The fruit vase and parsley bouquets are perfect (wish I would have thought of that!). The use of the sheet and drop cloth were great too. As a matter of fact, that was one of my table covers - drop cloth and a couple "runners" of fall fabric cut for color.

I do love those plates. I should really find some nice T'giving-theme dinner plates. Thanks so much for sharing.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Looks beautiful Chris. I love the orange in the glass.

4littlepilgrims said...

Very nice! I love the beaded plates the best, where did you find them?

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

It is really lovely. I may have to save this idea for next year. :)

Courtney said...

The table looks incredible. Happy decorating!

The Girl Creative said...

Your decorations are genius. Love the parsley! :)

Kristy said...

LOVE those plates. I do not have a dining room and this just made my so called "dining room table ovaries" ache. HA!

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Carmen said...

I think it's beautiful. So simple but stunning. :) I love those turkey plates.

MaryRC said...

i love that you did such a great table on a tight budget..

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

super gorgeous!!

Tricia Anne said...

What a beautiful setting!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Tammy@InStitches said...

It looks great ! I love your turkey plates.

Mom's Place said...

Oh I'm in love with it! I'm such a neutral girl too!

Andrea said...

Really nice. Simple ,colorful and cost effective. love it!

Paige said...

Beautiful table! Love the fruit.

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks for stopping by to see my dining room. Your table turned out amazing! Especially for just finding things around the house. Love the sheet idea. I once made my pillow cases because a twin flat sheet cost less than a pack of 2 pillow cases.
Anyway, I got that curtain fabric from my source at the flea market.
($4.00 per yard for everything) The woman never has the same thing twice, so I grab it when it's there. It's by P Kaufman. The print is sort of "sketched" like a toile, but it's a floral. The colors are light blue/aqua with the flowers being a warmer natural linen color. I have extra if that's what you're looking for. I'll send it to you.
Kelly

Teresa said...

Well I am adoring your table!
The sheet...fabulous idea!
I need a PLAIN white tablecloth!
And the parsley...OH I love that dark green! What a great idea!
XXOOXX

Carri said...

I LOVE the look of your table. The accent plates are great as well. I love the splash of color in your neutral world.

jaybird said...

what a fantastic table!! its soo pretty!

Melanie said...

Very nice table setting. I like the plates and what a great idea about the white sheet. I love cheaper solutions:)

Mary said...

White really highlights how amazing the plates are. Gorgeous!

2sisters said...

It looks gorgeous!!!

debra said...

Beautiful table. Love your plates!

All Things Creative said...

I love your tablescape. Very fresh.

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