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we like it wild: thanksgiving at the cabin

by StudioChoo

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is pretty high on our list. With the day fast approaching, we jumped at the opportunity to plan decorations for a cabin party. What do you really need besides some family and friends gathered gratefully around a homemade meal? Some simple and affordable decorations make the scene all the more inviting. As you can see from a recent post of ours, a walk through your own backyard or a stroll through the farmers’ market is all it takes to set the stage for a cozy and colorful Thanksgiving scene. — Studio Choo

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What better way to welcome friends and family to your new home than with an autumn meal on your rustic front porch? When Alethea recently moved in to this amazing cabin, we knew she needed an inaugural celebration worthy of both her and her new home. The little cedar-sided cabin provided us with instant inspiration. We started with an unfussy welcome swag above our buffet made by bunching persimmons on the branch, privet berry, rust amaranthus and plum branches.

Local farmers’ markets are filled with fruits and vegetables right now that are as colorful as they are delectable: root vegetables, eggplants and persimmons provided a dark purple and rust palette that looks amazing against the wooden backdrop. These fruits and veggies look as lovely sitting on a table as they do on your plate (or in your belly!). The rest of the decorations were scavenged, simple and sweet. Foraging in her mum’s backyard, we found fallen branches perfect for a wreath and some weathered wood for our vases. We had Mr. Rizzo cut the wood into different sized blocks and put large holes in them with a paddle bit. You may want to seal the wood if you have a nice tablecloth and use a liner or water tubes to prevent leakage.

Instead of hanging our wreath on a door or wall, we turned it into an overgrown chandelier and wove in some plum branches and peonies to complement the grayed oak. A chandelier like this makes a great focal piece and can replace a centerpiece, saving valuable real estate on your table for something more important: food! You can make the wreath from scratch by wiring branches together or buy a pre-made frame and add in some wild pieces. You can use a few small water tubes for the flowers you add in to make sure they look good all day.

We thought these woodlandy charms would be the prefect way to personalize our place settings. Just tie a different one onto each person’s napkin or glass with a bit of twine.

To keep things interesting, we like to add little details in more unusual places, such as a driftwood log on the front porch with bits of purple and rust nestled inside. We used some hydrangea, plum and buck-eye to continue our theme from the table.

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