Last year I started a tradition of decorating our Thanksgiving table using "green" elements. For this year's tablecentre, I incorporated a lot more eco-friendly items and came up with a simple modern-rustic setting using glass, wood, pine cones and greens. We did the typical fall color scheme last year, so I thought it would be fun and fresh to do a lush and contemporary design in green this year.
I used an unfinished wood plank (recycled from a piece of furniture) as the runner on our glass dining table. Then, I created boxed arrangements of green succulents, pine cones, and greens from our garden. Succulents are a great "green" floral alternative since they are hardy and can go a long time without water. I spread candles throughout and included some recycled glass bottles as votives. I simply cut the bottoms off (big experiment I had months ago for one of my weddings) and had an instant new candle holder.
For the place card holders, I used CB2's Whirly Candleholder, and filled it with more pine cones and dried fruits. We like to start decorating for Christmas the day after thanksgiving, so I thought it would make a fun gift for each family member to take home and use to decorate their tree.
What's great is that this set-up can transition into the Holidays by adding some sparkle, berries or fruits, and more seasonal flowers and foliage!