The Fabric Maverick says--- This is a frugal way to create a holiday mood!
November 18, 2009
The star of Thanksgiving is the food! . If you have a large family and group of friends, everyone will bring a dish. You are already ahead. You are halfway to being successful!
The # 1 tip is to eliminate all clutter. This will give you a clean palette to work with. Thoroughly dust everywhere and give the bathrooms a guest fresh look. This is all free!
Consider using white dishes to set the table. It does not have to be expensive China. White dishes with the right accessories can be used for almost every holiday! For Thanksgiving, combine white with autumnal colors- pumpkin orange, amber, gold, maple reds. Go through your fabric stash for autumn fabrics. If you do not have time to sew a table runner, layer the fabrics one over the other hiding the raw edges and tie ends with jute or twine tucking raw edges under. Go to the backyard and pick up pinecones, acorns and berries. Scatter them across your runner.You get the idea! For Christmas, combine white dishes with red and green accessories. For a different Christmas look- combine aqua, teal and natural elements. For New Year's- white, blue and silver. See how easy this is!
Lighting- to create a holiday mood turn down the lights and bring out the candles. For Thanksgiving, gold/brass colored candlesticks are perfect. Don't have anything but white candles? Do not despair. Wrap them with cinnamon sticks and pretty ribbons.
For holidays smells, let your cooking speak for you. Nothing smells better than a roast turkey and pumpkin pie.
I bet when you figure the cost for decorating, you will find you have spent almost nothing!
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