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Our Thanksgiving Table + No-Sew DIY Stencil Napkins

Dress your Thanksgiving table to wow in vibrant seasonal tones set against glimmery rose gold, accented by DIY no-sew stencil napkins you can customize (directions included!).

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Hi Friends! In our family, we feast on two Thanksgiving dinners! Thanksgiving Day we spend at a fun family gathering with 30+ of my in-laws. But, first, we have dinner at home, dubbed Ca-merican Thanksgiving – Canadian and American – since we have some of each! Sometimes, it’s a bigger affair, but this year, it’s our family of 7+.

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I’m excited to be joining Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate and a talented group of bloggers for a Thanksgiving Table Blog Hop – the perfect excuse to decorate early! Be sure to scroll down to see other Thanksgiving Tablescapes and check back every day for new settings!

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I love DIY elements on my tables.. this year it’s customized, n0-sew stencil napkins – scroll down for instructions. I’ve also added these two adorable “Give Thanks” Thanksgiving printables to my Goodies area. Click HERE and subscribe to my mailing list to get them!

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Our Thanksgiving Table + DIY Cloth Napkins (No Sew!)

Our DIY dining table seats twelve. We use it twice/year – once being Thanksgiving.  The dining room is a favorite area in my home, and I enjoy dressing it up with an eclectic style for the holidays.

The Table Runner

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Hatch Table Runner | Stencil Napkins |

I’ve been crushing on this Hatch Table Runner from Target forever and finally added it to my collection. With lovely rose gold glimmer, it comes in two sizes – extra-long being perfect for our dining table. I love how striking my new stencil napkins look against metallic dots!

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The Centerpiece

Clipped Loropetalum stems surround faux wheat stalks. Faux peonies and mums in oranges and rusts add color while heather and wisteria spikes add interest and contrast. Eucalyptus is a great sub for Loropetalum.

The Table Setting

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Our good china is stacked on orange napkins from my Halloween table, and topped with preserved oak leaves and ripe Bartlett pears – why should pumpkins have all the fun?

You’ll find this Rosegold Silverware set on my Christmas list. Until Santa visits, I used a disposable set; the same look for a fraction of cost.

DIY Stencil Napkins

diy stenciled napkins

These DIY stencil napkins are very special to me, despite being new, as the fabric to make them was my mothers. I like the idea of a piece of my mom sharing Thanksgiving with us, from heaven.

What You’ll Need:

  • 18″ length of fabric per napkin
  • Stitch Witchery
  • Stencil
  • Tape
  • Pounce brush
  • Acrylic Paint

What You’ll Do:

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  1. For each napkin, cut a square of fabric to 18″x18″ square.
  2. Fold over fabric edges 1/4″ then again 1/2″. Press a deep crease.
  3. Cut a piece of Stitch Witchery the napkin side length and lay it under the folds – press to secure.
  4. Tape stencil to your fabric.
  5. Apply your stencil with a “pounce” brush and a thin layer of craft paint (too much will cause bleeding).
  6. Peel back the stencil. Dry.
  7. Set the paint with a hot iron.

Mini Bar

thanksgiving table mini bar

An uncomplicated drink station nearby ensures we’ll be celebrating all the things we’re thankful for, while DIY personalized wine glasses add family tradition.

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Even with my new/old stencil napkins, I’ve still things to do…  DIY Holiday Crackers and of course, cooking but, I’ve made good progress! How about you? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? How do you decorate your holiday table? I’d love to hear!

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Oh! Don’t forget to visit the other Thanksgiving table settings and grab your free printables before you go!

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Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas – Plus 19 more!

Posted in Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts, HOLIDAYS, TABLE SETTINGS
on October 22, 2018

Black and white Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas provide an elegant Halloween style with the perfect amount of glamour while adding just enough creepy Halloween for spine-tingling fun!

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Happy Halloween! I’ve got another last-minute post full of DIY Halloween Home Decor ideas – this time for Glam Gothic Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Decorations. 

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Lucky me (and you) I’m joining Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate in her Halloween Table Decorations Hop, so, if Gothic Glam Halloween is not your style, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the other 19 Halloween themed tablescapes! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get the links – but don’t leave without grabbing this freebie Halloween printable though!

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Oh! And, check back often – New Halloween tabletop settings are popping up every day, ALL week! 

 

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DIY Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas

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Dandelion Print

With just a touch of ghoulish glam, classic black-and-white is a frighteningly fabulous color combo for Gothic Halloween Party Decor.  Gothic accents can be found everywhere at this time of year. Dressing up goth pieces in glitter, lace, and inky colors ups both their glam factor as well as their scare potential. It is elegance with just the right amount of terrifying fun! I set out to create a Glamorous Halloween Decor Tablescape full of ghastly goodness, and, to add to the entertainment, I’m giving away these free printable (and customizable) Halloween Seating Labels to subscribers to my mailing list. You can get them HERE! Now on to the fun stuff!

GOTHIC GLAM HALLOWEEN CENTERPIECE

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Sparkly and glass-blown skulls, partnered with pumpkins, all balanced on tiered dessert platters give the table a spooky feel while still feeling glamorous! This temporary Halloween centerpiece borrows accents from another centerpiece from a few years back. Seasonal flowers in orange and chartreuse, with added sparks of purple, stand out against the black and white background. Bits of spongey reindeer moss in chartreuse add to the texture and overall creepy look of the Halloween centerpiece.

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FLORAL CHANDELIER WREATH

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Ideally placed for a floral chandelier wreath, the pendant light above our table, with its graceful arms and dark shade, is a smooth transition item for a glam Halloween tablescape, especially when draped in a garland with dramatic inky flowers and greenery with peculiar leaves and textures! I love how the wreath sits just below the shade of the pendant light, letting a little light peek out between, highlighting the blooms and greenery, allowing peeks of the sinister inhabitants hiding within.

I borrowed the blooms and greenery from our floral chandelier wreath that we used both at Easter and for our Derby party but added eerie elements just for Halloween. Creepy crawlies are hiding throughout, and while looking for them, don’t be surprised if you find something menacing looking back at you!

diy halloween floral chandelier

Making a floral wreath is such an easy project that makes a significant impact on any table setting.  Click HERE for instructions on how to make your own. The floral chandelier, coupled with the Halloween centerpiece, ensures the center of your table is chic enough to take center stage at your next ghostly gathering!

 

THE TABLE DRESSINGS AND SETTING

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Once your Halloween centerpiece display is complete, it’s time to set the table for a sophisticated sit-down dinner! A jet-black cloth veils over a pooled white colored fabric.  A length of black and white baroque patterned paper snakes a chilling path down the center of the table.

 

A Halloween centerpiece is the star of the table, but chargers take center stage in a place setting! Generally reserved for formal affairs, chargers placed beneath plates can be used anytime! I love to use a charger to add color, texture and themed elements to my setting. I’ve DIY’d chargers in the past (and plates, too!), but this time I wanted something particular to go with our Gothic-Glam Halloween Table Decorations. The Dollar store had this black and white floral shelf-liner that was perfect, especially paired with 10″ cake circles (the cardboard circles you place a cake on)!
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If you have fine china, a Gothic Glam Halloween theme is a great time to use it. Otherwise, plain white can look just as ghoulishly gorgeous. I pulled out the good china in the Lenox Solitaire pattern but paired it with inexpensive Halloween themed dessert plates and faux silver serving trays from the dollar store.

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The napkins, in a fiery orange, add that touch of color I love and coordinate perfectly with the Halloween centerpiece.

FOOD SERVING IDEAS

Typically, our Halloween Party menu consists of Hearty Chili and Mummy Dogs, but no ghoulish feast is complete without treats. These caramel cupcakes are store bought then drizzled with extra caramel sauce. They’re dressed up with black and white eyelet cupcake liners and vintage style toppers.

inexpensive halloween decorations

Thrifted silver pieces, especially with some tarnish are fabulous serving vessels for Gothic Glam Halloween Decorations theme. In this case, vintage sterling silver dresses up various holiday tricks and treats!

cheap halloween table decorations

I had so much fun putting this table setting together – the Halloween centerpiece and Halloween floral chandelier will be perfect for our upcoming Halloween party!

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Speaking of ghoulish feasts, what are your Halloween plans this year? I’d love to hear about them! No matter what they are, be sure to stop by and take a peek at the other 19 sinister Halloween table settings as well, cor Halloween centerpiece and tabletop ideas galore!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

CHECK OUT THESE OTHER TABLESCAPE IDEAS

Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop 2018

Monday

Home is Where the Boat Is Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Knock it Off Kim | Stately Home Lane

Tuesday

Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge 
Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Loveland Lodge 

Wednesday


Me and My Captain |Debbee’s Buzz 
Sweet Sensations |The Painted Apron

Thursday

Camelot Art Creations | The Little Yellow Corner Store
Zucchini Sisters | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

Red Cottage Chronicles | My French Twist 
Blue Sky at Home

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How to decorate for Fall: Oodles of Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas

These fast and easy fall-inspired fireplace mantel decor ideas are a simple way to bring the bright colors and textures of the season into your home. fireplace mantel decor

 

With the craziness of school drop-offs, after-school activities, and packed social calendars (not mine, my kids’!), it can be difficult to get dinner on the table not alone decorate my home for the seasons. Like you, I’m strapped for time and energy, and I’m making a tremendous effort to be more mindful of this. I just can’t put forth hours and hours of decorating time like I once did and still keep all the balls in the air.

However, I love the feeling I get when I take a few minutes to add some cozy elements and quintessential fireplace mantel decor into our great room. As a result, I count on less decor making a more significant impact but still giving me the same comfy, cozy, homey feeling that I crave at this time of year. Fireplace mantel decor is a great place to put my efforts – it’s a small area, and it’s a focal point. A few minutes spent here is doable!

To spark your creativity, I’m joining my friend Amy of My Life from Home, and a great group of (equally busy) ladies, in sharing our favorite fall fireplace mantel decor ideas and inspiration. No mantel? No worries! Use these ideas in any corner or gathering spot in your home that can use a bit of fall love.

SIMPLE FIREPLACE MANTEL DECOR IDEAS FOR FALL

COLOR

When thinking of fireplace mantel decor, color is an excellent place to start. There are the typical fall colors – rich plums, reds, yellows, oranges, caramels, and browns. However, they aren’t the ONLY colors of the season.

fall fireplace decor ideas

fireplace mantel decoration ideas for fall

Begin by looking at the elements and colors you’re already using in your home, then add in complimentary fall colors. For example, I like to leave the bold fuschias, teals, navy, and bits of red, of my room and work in caramels, deep browns, and bright oranges. This cuts down on decorating time (I don’t have to redecorate) and also gives the room a unique twist that is entirely my style.

SHOPPING AT HOME

Use anything from around the house – items that work well at this time of year include textured baskets, soft pillows, thick, heavy blankets, and home accents in the colors of the season – think rustic wood and warm metals such as copper, burnished brass or antique gold.

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Once you’ve decided on a color theme, it’s easy to go on a gathering spree – Put away your summer linens and bring out your warm, chunkier knit, faux fur, or microfleece throws and pillows.  Look to the outdoors, too – leaves, acorns, grasses and signs of the harvest, like pumpkins and gourds.

ARTWORK

Artwork is one of the first things I change when redecorating. If the center of your fireplace is home to a TV,  lean art on either side or flank each side with a large print that reminds you of the season.

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If you are the lucky ones who’s fireplace is entirely dedicated to fireplace mantel decor, first, A) I’m SO jealous and B) this opens up SO many possibilities for easy decorating. Layer art pieces of different sizes as a fun focal point or hang a round mirror for an up-to-the-minute look.

I found colorful, digital download prints on Etsy that I loved. Mounted on white poster board, leaving lots of negative space keeps the saturated colors and bold patterns from being overwhelming. Inexpensive poster frames in 16″x20″ make this a cheap, super-easy project with big impact. I like how the large picture-frames balance the larger accents objects on the mantel but aren’t overpowering. And, I love the burst of vibrant color! These are the specific images I used.

Autumn Abstract Print by Momo Digital

Fall Tree from LottiOMara Art

 

ADD LIFE  

mantelpiece decor

An easy way to add a touch of the season to any space is with seasonal plants. This bright and lively fuschia Aster proves that fall colors don’t always come in oranges, yellows, and browns!

fireplace mantel decorating ideas

When I styled this mantel, pumpkins weren’t quite readily available, so, I used various faux and glass pumpkins in different textures and materials. You might remember the bold and bright orange pumpkin from last year! The easy tutorial to make your own can be found here.

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In past mantels, I’ve used other fruits such as apples, pears, dried beans and corn and even kiwis for their fuzzy brown skin. Be creative and again, work with your home’s color scheme. And, hey, if you get hungry, you’ll know where to find your next snack – win=win.

SCALE AND BALANCE

Be mindful of size. It is better to have one or two large items rather than ten small items. The former looks chic, while the latter seems cluttered and disarrayed. The large lantern first anchors the space then acts as a vessel for seasonal items. Multi-purpose items are always helpful!

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Balance doesn’t always mean having identical items on each side of your fireplace mantel.  Although that is fine, ensuring you have things with a similar scale (height and width) on either side and varied heights of side-by-side items, you can use unmatched items as well. I find an unmatched look to be more exciting and unexpected.

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Geometric Candle Holders

In this vignette, the eye travels from the highest object and moves down to the smaller one. It flows -and flow is good.

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To recap, there are a billion and a half ways to decorate with fireplace mantel decor. There are neutral themes, pumpkin themes, all white themes, minimalist themes, and traditional themes to go with any decorating style.  As you gather ideas for your fireplace mantel decor, considering these things will maximize your decorating endeavors inexpensively and effortlessly – you might even be able to fit it in before your next activity!

Check out all of these beautiful mantels and see if any inspire you-you’ll be sure to find something in every style and theme!


 

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