Those who have been reading my blog for a while are familiar with me mentioning writing articles for HGTV. I have been writing for them now for almost 10 years and have written over 200 articles and tutorials. It’s an amazing part of my job that came out of simply sharing my work online. An editor reached out to me to write a few articles for her and coached me through the process. I still write for that same editor and have written for several others over the years. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I wanted to share a couple of my most recent Thanksgiving articles (and a couple of my favorites!)
how to create a florist-worthy fall arrangement for Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving floral arrangement was designed to be simple, but to look classic and formal. Grocery store flowers are combined with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and even some artificial greens to fill out this impressive arrangement. You can get all of the step-by-step details HERE.
One thing I like about this Thanksgiving arrangement is it has a hint of Christmas/winter with the faux evergreens, but still celebrates the colors of fall. It’s a nice transitional arrangement for a holiday that straddles two seasons and sometimes gets a little lost in the shuffle.
This arrangement is also when I fell in love with persimmons! I had never used them in an arrangement or decorating before, but I set up a bunch of still life scenes with them to paint when I have the time. They are just begging to be painting.
how to set a formal (but totally doable) dining table
This tutorial was so fun because I love setting a fancy table and it really doesn’t have to be fussy. I think some people are afraid to set a formal table because they might get something just slightly wrong…a fork is in the wrong place or the knife is facing the wrong way. What a shame that the potential of a slap on the wrist from etiquette nannies can make someone feel like they shouldn’t use their grandmother’s china or pull out all of the oddly-shaped utensils. This tutorial simplifies the formal table setting and also takes a few shortcuts to combine what’s accepted today with what was proper in the past.
I also used very simple decorations and place cards to make sure this look could be easily replicated for the reader’s Thanksgiving (or holiday) table.
I used my mom’s wedding china, silver from my mom, Oma, and great-grandmothers, vintage brass chargers from Etsy, a thrifted linen tablecloth, my MIL’s linen wedding napkins, and inexpensive water goblets. Formal doesn’t have to mean expensive. It’s just a combination of things that are beautiful and meaningful to you. THIS tutorial walks you through how to arrange them all for a pretty & practical table.