A Golden Thanksgiving Table

Gobble Gobble!

Gobble Gobble!

I don’t particularly appreciate being rushed from Holiday to Holiday… Sure, I like to think ahead, but seeing Christmas decor and candy being put on the shelves while I’m still shopping for Halloween just freaks me out. Now that Halloween craziness is over, I’m super excited to move on to Thanksgiving and, more importantly, setting our Thanksgiving table.

"Gooseneck Gourds" doing their thing on Halloween with our Eye On You Hug Monster

“Gooseneck Gourds” doing their thing on Halloween with our Eye On You Hug Monster

I did think ahead this year in one sense when it came to my Thanksgiving table decor. Every year pumpkin picking turns out to be one of my favorite days… The farm we go to, Eastmont Orchards, has a huge selection of gourds and I can spend hours sifting through them. This year I stocked up on small “gooseneck gourds” knowing that I’d use them for Halloween and then later transform them for Thanksgiving…

Technically "goosenecks" refer to the bigger green gourd variety but these smaller ones also fit the bill shape wise. We will be using both to craft with in Novemeber.

Technically “goosenecks” refer to the bigger green gourd variety but these smaller ones also fit the bill shape wise. We will be using both to craft with in November…

Armed with a jar of gold tinsel glitter and a few other craft items I transformed my natural gourds into these golden turkey friends!

Well hello there!

Well hello there!

 See all the DIY steps to how I made these Golden Gourd table accent turkeys here at SheKnows.com 

Since the glitter sheds, I also spray painted a few of the gourds to use as place card holders. As much as I love glitter, I don’t like getting it on the plates we will be eating from.

So pretty!

So pretty! 

Setting a table with place cards helps avoid that awkward "where do we sit" moment before a meal. Plus its a fun way to add extra decor to your table!

Setting a table with place cards helps avoid that awkward “where do we sit” moment before a meal. Plus its a fun way to add extra decor to your table!

While I was out shopping for spray paint, I was reminded of a fun mason jar project I pinned on PinterestMason jars have been trending for a while but I don’t see any signs of that stopping!

I love the glow created by using flaoting candles in these mini mason jar candle holders. That glow and sparkle lights up your table and guests faces and is quite beautiful.

We used a mix of tealights and floating candles in these mini mason jars. I have always loved the extra shimmer created by using floating candles. That glow and sparkle will light up your table and guests faces and is quite beautiful.

I changed the original idea up a bit using the smaller jars and adding glitter at the rim. See the DIY details on how to make these golden glittery tealights here on SheKnows.com 

With my craft projects complete I was ready to set the table…

Golden Gourds, Golden Glitter Turkey Gourds and Golden Tealight Holders

Golden Gourds, Golden Glitter Turkey Gourds and Golden Tealight Holders

I love the way the two textures of gold look together on our set table! I used brown a gift tags for place cards and used a white pencil to write the names on them.

I love the way the all the mixed textures of gold work together to create an overall warm and welcoming feel.

For setting the table I used a huge piece of ivory burlap instead of a traditional tablecloth. I love how the ivory makes it a bit more dressy than basic burlap (which I also love) but still adds a slight bit of rustic feel. I love to add “sprinkles” to all of my table designs. “Sprinkles” can be anything from rose petals, to confetti, to feathers and they just add an extra dimension of festiveness to the overall look. In this case the white feather “sprinkles” enhance our turkey gourd mascots and give a little preview to our upcoming dessert cookie platter.

Happy November! If you are out and about and haven’t already, pick up a variety of small gooseneck gourds as well as a larger one if you can find it (Local farm stands or whole foods are your best bets). In the weeks ahead we are going to show you how to make a larger version of these golden gourd turkeys for the center of your table.  For now, we will enjoy these guys…

Life is Sweet! Gobble Gobble!

Life is Sweet! Gobble Gobble!

Happy DIY crafting! Xo Dani