Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Fall Centerpiece

It's September, and regardless of the fact that Autumn doesn't officially start until September 23 this year, I consider September 1 the beginning of my Fall season! Therefore, my house needed a little overhaul. 

Prior to creating this centerpiece and table setting, my table was piled high with clean laundry, wrappers, old pamphlets from church, and a bunch of important things we plan to hang on the wall someday. 

It was time to clean up, throw away, and put this table to good use! You see, soon my husband's job situation will change and he will be home with us at night. We will finally be able to sit down to family dinners every night. I'm a full believer in the notion that dinners unify families when they are able to unplug and have old fashioned conversation. 

On to the Fall Centerpiece Tutorial...
I headed to my neighborhood Hobby Lobby and picked up a bunch of Fall decor for 40% off. Christmas is 40% off too and I maaaaay have looked at every single item on display! 

First, I selected some faux flowers for a centerpiece arrangement. The large flowers are separate from the "field brush" and I simply attached the two bouquets with flower tape. 

Next, I bought 2 bags of natural pinecones from the Christmas section (near the cinnamon sticks, if you're a regular shopper). They were selling canisters of pine cones in the Fall decor for double the price, but I'm savvy so you know I can't help but search for the best deal. The outer vase is actually a food canister I had at home. The flowers are in a separate inner vase which is actually meant for 1 or 2 roses and probably wouldn't have supported the heavy arrangement on its own. I nestled the small vase in the canister and dropped the pinecones all around it until there were no gaps and the inner vase was secure. 

This way, I can just remove the flower arrangement after Thanksgiving and change it for a poinsettia bouquet or something else Christmassy! The pinecones will stay in place and with the right bouquet could work for many seasons. 

The faux leaves are from a 95 cent pack at Kroger Marketplace. 

Next I purchased some napkins and plates with this message from Psalm 69:30 printed on them, "I will praise God's Name in song and Glorify Him with Thanksgiving." It's nice to have a visual reminder of the Word laying right there on the table. We pass by it about 100 times per day, so it's a win-win!

Accenting the napkin holder stands 2 bottles of Sparkling Cider in flavors Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice. We plan to drink them this weekend after my husband has his last night shift and we are able to start our family dinners! (He's thrilled that I'm making meat loaf - his fave!)

It's still about 98 degrees here in Central Arkansas, but the forecast shows temperatures in the 70's this Friday and Saturday. Then, the temperature shouldn't get past 85 degrees for the rest of the month (and hopefully the rest of the year)! Interestingly, The Weather Channel shows all of the record highs and record lows for Arkansas in the month of September (High: 103, Low: 34!!) Maybe you find that to be as interesting as I do! It's already snowing in Calgary, Canada this week (up to 8 inches in some places!) with freezing temps predicted in the Northern U.S. as well. 

I am so excited! The Fall weather is my favorite and all of my favorite things happen between September and New Years. Therefore, I am super pumped to be heading into the next few months. 

I'm so over summer and am welcoming Fall with open arms! Tell me some of the fun Fall activities you enjoy in the comments!

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