This set was inspired by our love for all things Kraft Paper, and the awesomeness that is the Chevron pattern.
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We use kraft paper it in so many ways. I think it makes the best gift wrap, a really neat table runner or even a backdrop or cover for an entire table. And super cool bonus, using it to cover your table does provide an extra easy clean-up after the meal + entertainment for the kiddies if you provide crayons! We recently purchased a few rolls we found at the Dollar Tree that have a pre-printed gold star pattern on them, and plan to use it for our Christmas wrap this year! We also incorporated the steadfast popular chevron design that you see everywhere these days. Ours is a bit of a twist however with the addition of a hand-painted stroke, instead of completely uniform lines. It almost lends a more tribal feel to the design, but we’ll let you be the judge!
Design Details & Decorations
Now, onto the fabulous details of how everything came together!
We chose a wooden tabletop to provide a dark contrast and warm tone to our very bright and metallic color palate. We enlisted the help of Carmen from The Flair Exchange who was kind enough to donate a fabulous tissue tassel garland to display as our backdrop. (Enter to win it HERE) We also used a dark plum colored plate set that we found at Big Lots, really inexpensive and the perfect purple, in conjunction with a few paper cutouts in solid coordinating colors.
For this particular shoot we used it as our backdrop, and hand painted the chevron pattern onto it with some craft paint in the coordinating colors of turquoise, slate, plum and wine.
We purchase inexpensive faux leaves from Michaels and did some more hand painting to make them match our theme. Of course you can’t find a turquoise leaf in nature, so we improvised!
We purchased several wooden candlestick in varying heights to provide dimension and interest in our display. Then we hand painted them with the same 4 colors we used for the backdrop and leaves. The original idea was to have actual candles in them, however we could not find silver candles anywhere!(Keep in mind we do not aim to break the bank on little details, so we limited ourselves to the discount stores) Since that didn’t work out, we instead used them as props for your fall fruit, serving pieces and printables.
We purchased very inexpensive Styrofoam fruit from the Dollar Tree and decided that it need to be spray painted in a Gun-metal Metallic. This added a bit of bling and shine while also providing a sizable element to the color palate that was neutral. We really loved how shiny and sophisticated our dollar fruits wee after a coat of primer and paint!
Sweets & Treats
So now that you know how to pull all the design elements together, it’s time to talk turkey. Well not turkey actually, but food yes. You will be dismayed (maybe) or ecstatic (hopefully?) to know that every bit of food was store bought. Our original intention was to make some stellar gourmet chocolates to feature, utilizing the awesome jewel shaped chocolate molds we founds at Sur La Table. Alas, I am not a gifted chocolatier however, not even close. We even tried to gather a few volunteers from the Party Food world to feature on the table, but with the impending holidays it was just too hectic to ask more of their already crazy schedules. So we improvised. And by improvise I mean, we bought a lots of chocolate and cookies from the store. (Don’t hate us please!) We would have loved to also be able to get some hand made chocolates here in town from a candy shop or similar, but guess what? Our tiny town has no such shop, and we were forced to rely on the likes of mass produced chocolates and tins of cookies. The good new is though, if you are a budget savvy being, the foods were inexpensive.
You could really go in a few directions for your own event, depending on what you plan to serve of course:
- Buy chocolate and cookies from a online artisan on Etsy.com, our first choice.
- Find a local retailer who makes them, they will certainly appreciate your business.
- The all-else fails method: Russel-Stover and Whitmans for everyone.
We are keeping this one short and sweet this go-round because we know you are all busy little bees, planning your Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends!
We hope your holiday is filled with good food and excellent company, Happy Thanksgiving!
Don’t forget to enter to win the Tassel Garland HERE.
And for your prize… download FREE the entire printable set HERE for your Thanksgiving celebration!
The set includes:
- 5×7” Signs
- 8×10” Signs
- Straw Flags
- Tent Cards (for food labeling or place settings)
- 2” Party Circles
- Napkin Rings / Bottle Wraps