This gold Thanksgiving table has quite the story behind it!
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas:
A Golden Thanksgiving table Story
I have been wanting to do a Thanksgiving table with pampas grass for a few years now. There’s something about the golden feather-like stalks that I just love! I decided this year was it. I had a vision in my head and I was ready to execute it.
My friend found some pampas grass that grew wild near her and brought me 2 armfuls of it. We created this gorgeous centerpiece in a rectangular box. The perfect centerpiece and right in line with my vision.
I put out my favorite Thanksgiving turkey plates and used my mom’s vintage glasses. I wanted the overall look to be elevated neutral. A golden Thanksgiving table that would really wow your guests!
To add to the golden glow, I knew I needed candles. This part made me nervous. See, the pampas grass is extremely dry and I knew it had to be flammable. But, I set to lighting a few tea lights and taking my pictures.
About 20 or shots into my session, I was standing on the table trying to get an overhead shot of the golden Thanksgiving table. I moved the centerpiece closer to the plate in order to get the grass hanging over the plate.
A Golden Thanksgiving Table up in flames
All at once, the centerpiece caught on fire! I freaked out, started swatting it with my hands and arms, desperately trying to get the flames out! And it seemed that once I got one piece out, another caught on fire due to my blowing and fanning the flames with my hands.
At one point, I thought to myself, “Ok, you need to go get the fire extinguisher!”. But it was in the garage and I was afraid to leave the scene of the crime. My 6 year old daughter was standing in the doorway watching me with horror on her face. She thought the house was definitely going to burn down!
After what seemed like ages, I finally got the fire out. I stood there on the chair that I was atop of in shock. My centerpiece and gold Thanksgiving table that I had envisioned in my head for months had literally gone up in flames! The table was covered in ash and soot. My hands were black and I had burned off some of the ends of my hair in the process!
Never Give Up!
I took the burned up centerpiece into the backyard and said to myself, “Ok, time to clean up and start all over again”. I had a 45 minute window of beautiful afternoon light in which to take pictures. So, I cleaned off all the plates, napkins, chair covers and vacuumed the entire area and set it all up again.
You see, I am not a quitter. I don’t let things easily discourage me. And I used it as an example to my daughter. I told her, we don’t quit when things get in our way. We adapt and move forward! I had a second arrangement that I had made for my bar cart and used that as the centerpiece instead.
Later, while editing my photos, I was fortunate enough to have captured most of the pictures of this gold Thanksgiving table before the fire. While I didn’t get every picture I may have wanted, I am happy with how it turned out. And I so thankful that our house is still standing, relatively unharmed from this mishap.
I hope you get some inspiration from this post, but if you do recreate this, please use flameless candles!
Now be sure to visit all my friends that are joining me this month in sharing their Thanksgiving decorating ideas!
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