Thanksgiving Table Decor: Apples + Rosemary Theme

When sickness hits your family the week before Thanksgiving, the week of Thanksgiving, and then you yourself get taken down, it makes Thanksgiving overwhelming. I tend to over think table decorations and Thanksgiving is one of the times of year I don’t mind spending a little money on some fresh flowers to make the table pop. This year I couldn’t even contemplate some fancy tablescape, and in the end I really I think it turned out to be a good thing. Isn’t it funny how that works?

This year I decided to go with a simple more earthy theme and wanted something relatively inexpensive to create. The best thing is that I think it’s one of favorite tablescape due to its simplicity and minimalism. And as much as I’m a sucker for pulling out the china, I didn’t this year. White plates are clean, classy and simple and who wants to wash all that china by hand? Not me. Not anyone.

After searching for ideas on Pinterest I find some simple ideas I merged together to created this “Rosemary + Apples” theme. Best part of all, is that you could probably get most of these things in your yard or from your local grocery store (sans the white plates, and crystal of course).

Here’s how it turned out!




The mason jars contain Rosemary at the bottom, followed by oranges, and fresh cranberries. Just add water and a tea light for a beautiful  DIY candle.



I tied the jute in the back and slipped fresh rosemary in the napkin for a pop of color.


I have to point out that these gorgeous forms, knives and spoons say “Fork,” “Spoon” or “Knife” on the handle in the event anyone forgets which-is-which. Spiked punch will do that!



The main things you need to replicate this look include the following items:

  • Apples (Pick a size that goes with the dimensions of your table. My table has the smaller organic ones that cost $2.99 for a bag at Raley’s).
  • Greenery (I cut these from my yard. I hate storing things).
  • Burlap for the runner (I purchased at Michael’s for several dollars).
  • Mason Jars (I already had some, but I picked up a few more at Michael’s for @2.99-$3.99. Pick a jar size that goes with the dimensions of the table. Too big will seem bulky and overwhelming unless you have a huge table).
  • Cranberries (for candles)
  • Rosemary (for candles and napkins)
  • Oranges (for candles)
  • Tea light candles (to go in mason jars)
  • Jute
  • Silver charges
  • White plates
  • Stemware

Now that I’m obssessed with Rosemary I can’t wait to find a wait to incorporate it into Christmas. But for now, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Pottery Barn’s Guide to Decorating a Christmas Tree

Do you ever wonder why all the Christmas trees in the stores look far more beautiful than the one in your own house? It’s not just that professionals have decorated those trees, or that the ornaments on those trees are exquisite, made of fine glass, and sell for $10 or more. There’s actually more to it. Turns out there is a science on how to decorate a tree down to the placement of the ornaments. People with OCD will revel learning of this guide as it creates proper order from all the boxes of ornaments brought in from the garage year after year. People with OCD will also grow to hate learning about this guide because now they will know if the tree is lacking in the appropriate number of lights, or if the ornaments are not hung in a way to maximize depth according to “the rules.”

Thanks to Pottery Barn’s guide (which I have kept in my possession since 2010 because I KNEW there was something wrong with my tree the last 20-something years), you can now enjoy the most magnificent tree you’ve ever had . This of course assumes that you also don’t have young children “helping” you decorate.

So my question to you–Do you think it’s worth having the most beautiful intricate tree a person can have? Or did the Grinch find another way to try and steal Christmas?


“Stringing Lights

Use 100 lights for every foot of tree, use more if your tree is fuller than average. Give the tree even more sparkle with 150 lights per foot.
White lights create a bright backdrop and draw attention to ornaments. Mixed colors create a festive tree. Test light strands before stringing.

Wrapping Garland

Place garland on the tree after the light, but before the ornaments. Start from the top of the tree and work down and around the tree in circles.
Garland can be strings of tinsel material, beads, paper banners, bells, wire ribbon, or natural materials such as strung popcorn, pinecones, or raffia.
Let beaded garlands droop from branch to branch creating a swag look.
For a wintery twist, layer glass icicles and faux snow on branches.

Displaying Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for trees – display ornaments in a glass vessel to create a festive moment in any room. Group multiple vessels for a stunning display on a console or as a centerpiece.

Hanging Ornaments

In addition to traditional ornaments, cards, ribbons, frames and bells are all great decor for the tree. Natural elements such as dried flowers, nests, feathers and pinecones also add an inspired touch.
Hang ornaments at the end of branches and inside the tree to give it depth.
Vary the sizes and shapes of ornaments as you hang them. Start with the largest ornaments — layering them evenly throughout the tree, then continue on with increasingly smaller ornaments. Large or heavy ornaments can be secured to the tree with thin wire.
Add filler ornaments to the tree by placing solid colors and basic shapes one at the top of the tree and work down in a zig zag.
Place the tree topper after all of the ornaments have been hung. Traditional toppers include stars and angels, but also consider unexpected toppers such as a cluster of themed ornaments, a toy, a santa hat or a large statement piece that follows your theme. A simple, over-sized bow can top off a tree with style, and bring in an accent color or texture to complement your holiday decor.
Drape a tree skirt around the tree stand for its final, finished look.”