By Stephanie May of MayDae.com
I’m so excited to be a guest blogger for the ARC this week! I absolutely love thrifting, and on most weekends, you can find me at the ARC with a coffee in hand, grabbing treasures as fast as I can. With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m thinking about Thanksgiving decorations just as much as I’m thinking about the food. A beautiful table makes any party or event feel fancy and special, and it doesn’t take a lot to achieve it.
Before I went to the thrift store to pick out my supplies, I first came up with my color palette. I chose black, white, brown, and metallic for my theme and set off looking through the store.I started thinking about a tablecloth, and I knew I wanted to do something non-traditional. I headed over to the stationary and office supply aisle (one of my favorite sections of the store) and found black paper, brown mailing paper, a roll of wallpaper, and a really cool black and white calligraphy practice pad.
To make the table cloth, I used the back of the wallpaper as a base on the table, and then taped it on the bottom where the seam is. I cut up the paper into squares and triangles (small, medium, and large pieces) and used plain glue to adhere them to the wallpaper. I did some of the pieces side by side, and some of them overlapping. This takes a little while to glue them all down, but if you have a helper or two (this is a great project for kids!) it will go very fast. I wanted the pattern of the table to be unique and different from something that you could just buy at the store and I really like how it turned out!
For the rest of the table, I was also able to thrift some black ribbon, white candle holders, dried white flowers, a black vase, beads and gold jewelry, black and white fabric to make napkins, and a metallic fluted pan. I used the ribbon around the base of my wood crate, and for napkin rings. The gold jewelry and beads were also used on the napkin rings, and I used the fluted pan and black vase to create height in the center for the dried flowers.
I hope that my table has given you some inspiration of how to use thrift store finds to decorate for the holidays! I love that you can easily choose different colors and textures, and get a totally different feel and look. I really enjoyed putting this together – thanks so much to the ARC for having me as a guest blogger! 🙂