Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

At the busy holiday season, it’s nice to have some simple elegance. I’m sharing how to put together a gorgeous and easy Thanksgiving tablescape with the help of Oriental Trading Company who provided some of the items for my table decor. AD #ThanksgivingTablescape

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

Helping to make the busy holidays easy and beautiful

 

There is no escape. You can’t turn back now. The holidays are upon us. So, let Oriental Trading help you make this busy season simple and elegant, fun and easy, or whatever sparks your fancy. There is something for every decor style, craft idea, or DIY project.

This year, my Thanksgiving tablescape style is simple elegance with a rustic touch. Autumn is such a lovely season full of fall colors, delicious flavors, cozy moments, and family memories. Let’s celebrate!

The first thing I did was gather my supplies:

  • Ceramic White Pumpkin
  • 1 – Wood Large Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • 1 – Wood Medium Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • Silk Fall Leaves
  • Fall Burlap Pumpkins
  • 2 – Battery-Operated Round Flameless Candles
  • Raffia Ribbon
  • Tape

Prep the Candles:

Candles

  1. Lay individual leaves in a line, right side up. Make the line of leaves long enough to go around the candle.
  2. Place a strip of Tape across the line of leaves to hold them in position.
  3. Wrap the leaves around the candle and secure with an additional piece of tape.
  4. Tie Raffia Ribbon around the leaves. I used two pieces of raffia ribbon for each candle.
  5. Carefully remove the tape.

Building the centerpiece:

  1. Stack the two Wood Slices (large and medium) in the center of the table. I turned mine so they didn’t lay exactly the same.
  2. Then tuck some of the Fall Leaves under the edges of the wood slices. Add extra leaves to spill out across the table as desired.
  3. Place the Burlap Pumpkins around the wood slices.
  4. The showcase of my centerpiece is the gorgeous Ceramic White Pumpkin. It has a white glaze and a little gold detailing to make this pumpkin absolutely stunning. Place it on the wood slices.
  5. Set the Candles on opposite sides of the centerpiece.

Tie your place settings in with your centerpiece:

Napkins

  1. Fold napkins however you wish.
  2. Lay a couple of leaves on the napkin.
  3. Tie with raffia ribbon.

Water Goblets or Wine Glasses

  1. Tie raffia ribbon to the glass stem.

So, what do you think of my Thanksgiving tablescape? It’s simple and elegant, right? And it certainly was quick and easy to create.

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out Oriental Trading for all your everyday and holiday needs.

Looking for an easy DIY project to spruce up your home before the holidays? Check out our Mantel Makeover!

 

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12 Pastry Recipes Perfect For Mother’s Day Brunch

Sweet or savory pastries are perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime. Check out this Pastry Recipes roundup for some delicious and easy brunch ideas.

12 Pastry Recipes

Sweet and Savory – Perfect for Mother’s Day or Anytime

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so do something special for the mom’s in your life. How about hosting a brunch? When celebrating you want things to be delicious, impressive, and tasty. Believe me, when I say not only do these amazing pastry recipes deliver, they are quick and easy too!

So, take your pick from among these sweet or savory pastries, or even go with a combination. Everyone will love your brunch.

Sweet Pastry Recipes

Chocolate Croissants in 20 minutes from Kat and Melinda @ Home Made Interest

A flaky golden outside and a melted chocolate inside make this easy Chocolate Croissant recipe one of my favorites!”

30 Minute Orange Knots from Amy @ Little Dairy On The Prairie

30 Minute Orange Knotts – semi-homemade orange rolls are a favorite no fuss morning pastry that always impresses guests! They are pretty, bursting with orange flavor, and quick!”

Puff Pastry Nutella Apple Roses from Kathleen @ Hapa Nom Nom

Super flaky puff pastry, rich and creamy Nutella, and sweet apples rolled into beautiful rose-shapes. They’re deceptively easy to make and totally delicious!”

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts from Marion @ Life Tastes Good

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts make an impressive dessert perfect for special occasions, such as Mother’s Day. The cutest little pastry puff encases my incredibly easy-to-make Luscious Lemon Curd topped off with a sweet and juicy blackberry.”

Mom’s Cream Horn (Trubochki) Recipe from Natasha @ Natasha’s Kitchen

You don’t have to wait for a party to make these puff pastry cream horns. They are easy and super impressive.”

Lemon Chiffon Roulade from Shirl @ Baker Sweet Maker

…I made a home-y version of Lemon Chiffon Roulade. Made with a filling of Lemon Mascarpone Mousse and served with a mix of berries, it makes a great combination for Mother’s Day, but also for anytime.”

Raspberry Almond Scones from Maria and Josh @ Two Peas & Their Pod

Raspberry Almond Scones – a sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day!”

French Apricot Tart Recipe from Tina @ Fusion Craftiness

French tart dough is a great start to building those skills and that is why I love French tarts!  I even succeeded on the first try!”

Savory Pastry Recipes

Mini Puff Pastry Quiche from Georgia @ The Comfort Of Cooking

Bake a batch of mini puff pastry quiche for Mother’s Day, or for a special spring brunch any weekend!”

Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid from Manali @ Cook With Manali

Wow your guests at your next party with this easy Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid! Super easy to make with minimal ingredients and prep time but high on flavor!”

Easy Asparagus Tart from Erin @ Well Plated

One of my favorite writers describes the wait for spring as, ‘waiting for asparagus.’ I’d like to update her portrayal to, ‘waiting for Easy Asparagus Tart.'”

Easy Puff Pastry Ham and Cheese Quiche from Ashley @ The Recipe Rebel

Puff pastry makes this Ham and Cheese Quiche so easy! No dough to prep, just press into the pan, fill and bake — perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any holiday brunch!”

 

I hope you have enjoyed this pastry recipes roundup and found some inspiration for hosting your own celebration. But remember, these pastries are not just for special occasions, they are for anytime!

 

If you like these recipes, you may also try this Easy Creme Brulee Recipe!

 

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Gift Ideas Using 5 DIY Natural Products

Check out these handmade gift ideas using natural products to make bath and beauty gifts everyone will love. These quick and easy gifts are great last-minute ideas.

5 Natural Products That Make Great Gifts

Perfect Last-Minute Gift Ideas

 

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? The holidays are here and so is the season of giving. It’s time to trim the tree, and ponder your gifts for friends and family. If you haven’t finished your list yet, have no fear. There’s still plenty of time to fill the stockings.

Instead of hitting the stores for a shopping spree, consider making gifts. Natural beauty products are great for your friends and family. Who doesn’t love handmade gifts? Here are five of the best.

 

  1. Shampoo

 

Shampoo is beauty product that is often full of chemicals and harmful ingredients. You can actually make natural shampoos for healthy hair growth. There are great shampoo recipes that contain only natural ingredients and keep hair soft and silky, especially during the holiday season.

 

Consider adding vitamin E oil to the recipe for extra shine. Coconut oil and green tea are also great ingredients to make any type of hair more smooth. Give your friends and family natural shampoo and healthy hair goodness this year. A good hair day is a wonderful gift!

 

  1. Foot Scrub

 

Along with the holidays come long days of being on your feet. Whether it’s long walks in the snow or cocktail parties spent in high heels, feet get extra sore this time of year. Homemade foot scrub is a fun gift for friends and family.

 

A peppermint foot scrub is perfect for the holiday season. The herbs and other ingredients provide great moisture and therapy for achy feet. Peppermint essential oil is also an item you’ll love to have in your home during the winter for use for other natural remedies. Your friends and family will thank you for this scrub. Plus, the peppermint scent is a holiday must.

 

  1. Exfoliating Scrubs

 

Consider making exfoliating scrubs for the people on your list. Many commercial brands contain harsh chemicals and are bad for the skin. In all exfoliating scrubs, plastic microbeads have been banned due to their harm to the environment. Ecomyx Beads are an all-natural alternative to plastic microbeads and make a great exfoliator.

 

Give your friends and family homemade exfoliating scrubs with all natural ingredients. The scrubs are easy to personalize based. This gift helps skin look radiant all winter long!

 

  1. Bath Bombs

 

There’s nothing quite like a hot soak in a bathtub when the weather turns cold and bitter. You can find great recipes for natural bath bombs that everyone will love this Christmas. They’re basically homemade happiness in a bubble bath.

 

You can add natural herbs like mint leaves or lavender seeds, and once the bath bomb dissolves, the herbs release and coat the water. The gift of bath bombs gives a reason to take time and relax. Everyone deserves some rest and relaxation during the holidays!

  1. Lotion Bars

 

All natural lotion bars are a great handmade gift. Silky, smooth skin remedies are a luxury during winter when the cold and wind can easily dry and crack skin. With just a few ingredients, you can make natural lotion bars for anyone. They’re an ideal, last-minute gift if you’re in a hurry and need something quick — but still want it to be homemade and amazing.

Everyone loves a handmade gift for the holidays. Natural beauty gifts are a great way to give healthy, happy gifts to your friends and family. Show you care this Christmas and give the gift of handmade love. Christmas is just around the corner, so get your craft on and start making these recipes!

 

~Megan

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