I'm not saying that I've changed my mind about the subjugation of Native Americans and the whole Black Friday/Gray Thursday/Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza, but as I've gotten older (a statement which makes me sound super, super old), I've come to appreciate the whole sit-down dinner/thankfulness/spending time with family bit...sort of...mostly.
Since our Thanksgivings have been vegetarian for quite a few years, there's no turkey at the center of our table. It's all veggie side dishes. So, I decided I'd make a table centerpiece from some foraged greenery (and brownery).
I especially love the dead ferns. They're just so curly and interesting...like tentacles. And they wrap around things, things like pumpkins, in a really satisfying way.
I used a cake platter (picked up several years ago at Pier 1 Imports for $9.00), a leftover Halloween pumpkin (still firm and going strong!), juniper branches, dead ferns, pyracantha, and some frosty unidentified ground cover. I just browsed around in the bushes for plants I liked the looks of. Easy peasy!
Hmm, I really like this assortment of greenery. Might be time to make another foraged wreath!
P.S. I do hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving. And I won't judge at all if you shop-it-up on Black Friday. Unless you trample people over a television. That will make me judge you a lot.