Thanksgiving dinner was an unusually small affair for us this year. In addition to an extra-large pan of stuffing, The Freshman, home from college for her first holiday, had requested an extra-small guest list. A small table required a small centerpiece.
This being me, it only made sense that the centerpiece would have some element that’s been reused!
What could be better than recycling this succulent, which was part of my centerpiece for the Junk Bonanza team brunch here…on Sept. 22!
Yes, Sept. 22! Here they were, studded onto a bed of reindeer moss inside this vintage stove top! That was then…
…and this was Thursday, two months later! The succulents have been sitting around on a console table, adding a spot of green to the house, without the benefit of water!
Before being repurposed as the T-day centerpiece, one sat here, between the vintage seltzer bottle and the candlesticks!
Thankful for their longevity, I started the centerpiece off by creating height: a small glittery brown pedestal cake plate is on the bottom, a small cast-iron, oval-shaped urn on top.
Seeded eucalyptus, reindeer moss a– a staple of my workroom “pantry” — and some peacock feathers provided just the right amount of texture and color.
Five feathers did the trick!
They offered a spot of color for the napkins, too!This dinner was the first outing for the faux bois plates designed by uber-talented pal Ross Sveback! (Sitting atop my 1980 wedding china and silver chargers!)
The dusty colors of the eucalyptus leaves and seeds made the perfect foil for the dusky succulent leaves.
A little shine and some candlelight make it special! (The silver spray for the gourds was automotive spray paint, much shinier than a standard silver.)
The small, elevated centerpiece has serious presence, but isn’t so high that it couldn’t be easily talked over!
All that’s missing here? The family (and the little chocolate turkey placeholders, forgotten in the refrigerator while these photos were snapped!)
I am thankful for many things, Including, it must be said, that the gravy turned out well enough to merit its tablescape!