My mom and I were chatting the other day about the blog (naturally) and she asked “why don’t you do a post on fall decor”? to which I simply replied “I don’t think that’s my thing”. But that got me to thinking: how could I, queen of home decor and lover of arts and crafts, not be into kitschy home accents? For some reason, I can’t seem to get on board with tablescapes and vases filled with candy corn and fall chotchkies. Don’t get me wrong, they look fabulous and I admire anyone who can throw together a smattering of objects and make it look like a masterpiece. So what can I add to the fall decor world, if I don’t have anything to draw from?
Enter, my wedding. It’s the one (awesome) event that I actually had a part in planning and luckily for you, it was a fall extravaganza. My mom (along with my somewhat helpful suggestions) pulled together this rocking fall centerpiece that can easily be whipped up for your fall tablescape in an afternoon. Maybe I’ll even pull a Martha and make some seasonal centerpieces for my home after this post. Just maybe.
These wheat and ribbon centerpieces were the perfect addition to our wedding reception, but they could easily be incorporated into your own home. Heck, my aunt-in-law swiped the leftovers from our wedding and still uses them as decoration to this day. My mom whipped these up with a few simple items: a woven charger, a small terra cotta pot, a dowel, some floral wire, dried wheat, hot glue and some ribbon. Basically, we knew the wheat would need a good base to stand up to the elements during our outdoor reception, so we used the terra cotta pot (turned upside down) with a dowel through the middle and attached these with floral wire to the center of the woven charger (getting the picture?). This essentially created a triangle shape (smaller at the top and larger at the bottom) for our wheat to be attached to. We (meaning my uber creative Mom) then arranged the wheat in a cluster around the pot/dowel base, and used some hot glue to attached the bottoms of the wheat stalks to the terra cotta pot. After those were set, she tied a simple ribbon around the middle, and boom! a centerpiece was made.
Now, I’m sure most of you don’t have 25 dining tables to adorn with these little lovelies, but if you do happen to throw a holiday party, a few of these centerpieces will really dress up your card tables to give the whole room some fall goodness. Plus, this centerpiece is simple and understated, and will leave lots of room on your table for the most important part of entertaining – food. Yumm. Any easy fall decorations you’re dying to share? Obviously I need some ideas!