Happy Weekend and welcome back for a little more Thanksgiving at our house! I think I am doing this tour all wrong. We should have come in the front door – the proper way to enter – and gone through the foyer and all, but since you came in the side door and went straight to the dining room and kitchen in part 1 (like family members do 🙂 ) then I suppose we can just keep on doing it this way and head out to…
the back porch.
Have I told you how much I really really like decorating the porch? It simply is a fun space to add seasonal touches, and it is so easy to do. I just pick a color scheme (like green and brown) and change out the pillows and the throw on the swing.
And then choose what I want to do over the desk..usually it is just an ordinary plant in a basket.
But I decided to do something a little different for Thanksgiving this year.
(And I think it turned out pretty interesting!)
(Please ignore the sad looking floor there. Remember it rained here for 40 days and nights. Wait..that was in the Bible. Well it did rain here for many many days!)
I had an image in my head to use garden tools on that wall. I thought for sure I would find some broken ones in our outside closet, but no luck. So I checked with my dad. He had quite an extensive collection of post-hole diggers out in his shed but no rakes or shovels. So I went to Home Depot…all their tools were too large and red. I finally found what I needed at Lowes…children’s garden tools. They wore assorted colors of purple and yellow and red, so I gave them a quick coat of brown spray paint, and they were perfect for what I needed.
A few nails in that wall and some wire hold them and the basket in place. I foraged the woods for magnolia leaves, popped them in a bucket of water inside the basket, and stood back to look…it needed something more…a little brighter color. That was when I got the bright idea to add the Mr. Turkey plates to the arrangement. I used old plate holders to secure them to the wall, and then it was finished. Not my normal style, but I like how it turned out. 🙂
Now let’s go to the other end of the porch with the skirted antique table.
Because this is usually used for serving food, this table almost always has a beverage dispenser on it.
I also like to have a plant at the other end of that table to balance the “weight” of the lamp, and then I fill in with small seasonal things. More magnolia branches came from the woods behind our house. I stuck them in another piece of pottery like those in the dining room and kitchen. When I was planning floral arrangements for this Thanksgiving, I was originally going to use cotton mixed in with magnolia, but I ended up liking the mass of the green without anything else with it. So goodbye to the cotton idea.
You know the chalkboard always has a message for the season as well. This was actually the second one I did for this board. When I put the first one up there, it just looked too busy. So I toned it down to this simple message…which is all we really need to remember anyway. Right?
And now to the table. Everything else on the porch is pretty easy to change out and decorate for the seasons, but the table is different. I really have to give it some thought and creativity. I normally know which salad plates I will be using, but I have to try them out with different dinner plates and assorted napkins. In this case, I knew I would be using the green Mr. Turkey ones from my mother.
I looked high and low for brown and white gingham napkins (not buffalo checks.) Brown gingham napkins would have been perfect. Unfortunately there were none to be found in any store in person or online (at least by me.) I would have even made them if I had been able to find fabric. No luck there either. So if you see any brown gingham napkins anywhere, please let me know.
Plan B for the napkins then became to mix all the green plaids and checks together. I wanted to do something to bring in a touch of brown with the place setting, so I rolled up the napkins and tied them with some brown ribbon. In choosing the runner, I tried out several different fabrics that I had in my workroom closet, but in the end, the kraft paper fit the feel of the decor better than anything else. So I went with it down the center.
I always like to add lettering of some form to the table…whether it is on the table runner or on a stand alone place card or even tied to the silverware, napkin, or a glass. In this case, I simply wrote “thankful for you” on a kraft ring tag and tied the ribbon through it.
And now that brings us to the thing that most challenges me when decorating…the centerpiece. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are sooo difficult for me to pull together. (Especially Christmas ones!) I had planned to use a simple centerpiece of magnolia branches in another piece of pottery with a few small pumpkins around it, but when I put it on the table it just didn’t work. You couldn’t see over it, and it looked like part of the Incredible Hulk there in the middle of the table. So goodbye Hulk…hello candle-standing-in-acorns.
I ran the baby pumpkins down the table with a mix of pine cones, nuts, and camellia leaves from the yard. (Their smaller scale worked better than the magnolia leaves on the narrow table.) A few votive candles in mason jars, and the centerpiece was complete. Hallelujah!
And that brings us to the end of part 2 of the tour. (I am saving the front porch for later.) I hope you have had fun checking out the Thanksgiving decor and following along as I have tried to explain my crazy thought process in decorating the space. For most of the year the porch is a very comfortable place to be (except during the extreme heat of the summer.) We have had our Thanksgiving dinner and a couple of Christmas parties out there from time to time because the fall and winter weather can be so mild here in Georgia. But not today! It is in the low 40’s this morning, so I won’t be having my breakfast out there. (I’ll have it beside the fire in the family room. 🙂 )
I hope this fall weekend is full of good things for you and your family. I am working on a major painting/decorating project this weekend, so I need to let you know that although I will read all of your comments, I won’t be able to reply to any this weekend. (So sorry!) I’ve got a deadline to meet.
Take care. Be thankful for the people in your life you hold dear today, and say a prayer for the people of France. I hope you will be back here Monday when I have something really wonderful to share with you. 🙂 Oh, and there will be a part 3 of the Thanksgiving tour later next week!
Until next time…