November is the time for harvesting cotton fields here in the South. This is about as close as we get to a “blanket of white” covering the ground. In all my years growing up in Georgia, I had never touched a plant until a couple of weeks ago. Imagine that.
That was when I got the bright idea to use it in my Thanksgiving decorations around the house. I had said in one of my Weekend Wandering posts, October gets all the orange and yellow, but November calls for brown. One of the readers in Karen’s blog, Garden Home and Party, said that she didn’t like decorating for fall because it seemed to be all “dead and brown stuff.” I laughed when I read it, but now that November is here, I think I am guilty of doing that very thing. Dead brown stuff + cotton. See, I used it here on the porch table.
There are branches of cotton and dead brown berries from crape myrtle trees in small arrangments in a couple of pottery mugs. I am a big believer in keeping table arrangements low so that people can see over them. I hand lettered a little piece of khaki cardstock and tied it with twine to the silverware. The turkey is one my husband picked up for me at the Pottery Barn outlet, but Williams Sonoma has it too.
I like our porch table because it is so rustic and casual, but I decided to do a more fancy place setting at the dining room table. Thanksgiving for us usually involves two BIG meals in one day since both our parents and in-laws live here - within 5 minutes of us. We normally don’t serve it here but instead, take food to both of our parents’ gatherings. Still, I have always wanted to set a fancy schmancy table for the holiday. Here is my attempt at what I call Southern fancy (again dead brown stuff + cotton.)
Yes, that is a tall arrangment, but for this meal, the centerpiece is moved off the table so that the food can take center stage.
When I tied the silver on the porch with twine, it was easy to arrange it all on the plate, but when I used the ribbon on it for the dining room, it was a pain! I finally gave up, tied just the knife and the card with the ribbon, and placed it on top of the fork and spoon. It still looks the same, but it is easier to set and easier for guests to remove it.
After doing the dining room Thanksgiving arrangement, I decided the fireplace in the great room would like one too. So onward went the invasion of brown dead stuff and cotton.
This is my favorite seat in the house when the weather turns cold, and we have a fire in the fireplace. It is hard to move away from it once you are seated there (especially if you are as cold natured as I am.)
Here is a little closer look at the cotton and berries in the pottery pitcher.
And after the cotton invaded the great room, it invaded the master bath and filled the large basket that sits atop the cupboard. It just seemed a very November-ish thing to do. I did stop there with it, and I haven’t been able to get decent lighting for a photo of it in there. So no more cotton and dead brown stuff for you to see. I know you are sad.
My porch table is still my favorite of the Thanksgiving decorations.
So do you decorate for Thanksgiving, or have you already started your Christmas decorating?
(This is what the holly trees surrounding the deck look like now!)
I’d love to hear from you.