Recently, we decided to keep the leaf in our dining room table permanently to accommodate our growing family. It’s made the room a little tighter, but given me another spot to decorate. After hearing other moms talk about using the center of the table for seasonal and liturgical displays, I’ve been itching to have the table space to do the same for my family.
Typically, I like to keep a candle in the center of the table which we try to remember to light at dinner. I do try to use a candle that corresponds to wherever we are in the liturgical year, though decorating for the season sometimes takes precedence.
To expand my centerpiece, I set out earthenware bowl given to us by one of my brothers-in-law. I’ve always loved this piece, but I’ve had a hard time finding a permanent spot for it because of its size and weight. I put in some autumn leaves along with some tomatoes. I tried putting in a few pine cones from my pine collection, but they were too big. I’m going to look for them in my neighborhood and see if we can collect enough to do a pine cone garland at Christmas time, too.
When the time is closer to Halloween and Thanksgiving, I’ll stick a few items in the bowl for those holidays. I already have a few miniature turkeys. It would be fun to make up clothespin ghosts and witches for Halloween.
I’m already looking forward to creating my Advent and Christmas centerpieces!