By Kathleen Neafsey
How can November be nearly over? It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two days away! This past month has certainly been a roller coaster of activities and emotions. There was no Fabri-Kate on November 6 due to Hurricane Sandy. I had no power or phone service or internet; minor inconveniences, really, in comparison to the devastating losses suffered by so many. You may have heard of my hometown, Tottenville, in the news over the past few weeks — it’s a small town in the “forgotten borough” of Staten Island. Just a few short blocks away from me there were homes swept away, lives lost, and families shattered. I could post photos that were taken the next day – of empty foundations where loving homes once stood – I can qualify them as loving homes because I know the people that lived there, friends, former students and co-workers. Photos, however, couldn’t possibly express the heartbreak and disbelief that I felt that day, and today. If nothing else, I hope that hurricane Sandy taught us perspective: focus on the things in our lives that aren’t “things” at all — our families, our relationships and friendships — at the end of the day, those are what matter.
All that being said, here are some quick and easy things I’m using to set my Thanksgiving table. I know it’s short notice, but I promise they’re simple enough to do overnight. Instead of a lovely, traditional, Autumn-hued tablecloth I’m using a white paper tablecloth.
This can be bought in most dollar stores or party supply stores. If you can’t find one, you can get a roll of white craft paper in the craft store — it looks like a large roll of white wrapping paper. I bought a few boxes of crayons at the dollar store and some raffia to tie them up.
I’m setting out bundles of crayons for children and adults, as well. I’ve never done this before, and don’t know what made me think to do it this year, but I think now more than ever, we all need a way to express ourselves and it provides a fun, colorful way to set our holiday table. (I refuse to use the word “tablescape.” I’ve heard it on cooking shows, even seen it on Pinterest, but I’m curious when it even become part of our vernacular? Sorry, I digress.)
This also eliminates the need for place cards — just write right on the tablecloth!
I had bought these hollow foam pumpkins, flowers and ribbons to do a Halloween craft; instead, they will be put to use as centerpieces on the Thanksgiving table. You can probably still find these in a craft or dollar store for 50 percent off. Just trim the flowers from their stems and they easily pop through the foam – or you can glue them if you can’t find the hollow pumpkins.
There you have it: quick and easy ideas for setting your Thanksgiving table. This year, when you sit down for dinner, please take a moment to remember those who no longer have a table or a family with whom to share their meal. Be thankful for your family and friends; for the fact that you have a roof over your head and a bed to climb into at night. These are the things that I, for one, took for granted. To all my family and friends, thank you for making a difference each day. Happy Thanksgiving!
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.