Last year, in an attempt to start my own holiday tradition, I had my folks come to my home for Thanksgiving. I was excited about it, as it meant I got a chance to do things the way I always had wanted...little booties on the turkey and all.
One problem however, was my just-a-touch-too-modern dining table with a glass top. I wanted to warm things up, so I went to JoAnn Fabric and purchased a swath of silver satin material to lay over top. For decorations, I simply bought a few branches of curly willow and some McIntosh apples — with their beautiful red and green coloring.
I arranged those items organically across the center then set out several small glass votives to set the mood. For the finishing touch I then sprinkled a few leftover holiday herbs used to prepare some of the dishes...rosemary,basil, and (my favorite) sage.
• Silver satin material (about 2 yards for my table) - $10
• 6 to 8 McIntosh apples - $5
• Curly willow branches - $8
• Leftover herbs - $0
• Glass votives and candles (I had some lying around but these will do) - $7
Total: $30 or less
Another idea if you don't have glass votives is to get a small tea light candle cutter like this one. Simply cut out the center of each apple (it takes some muscle) and place a tea light inside.
Bring on the roasted potatoes!