DailyBuzz Moms 9×9: Thanksgiving Gratitude Tree

by Cate on November 19, 2011

Gratitude Tree
When the folks at DailyBuzz Moms mentioned that they were doing a round-up of Thanksgiving table decor and centerpiece ideas, I knew exactly what idea to pitch them. We started using this Gratitude Tree as our Thanksgiving table centerpiece two years ago, and I love it. It’s super simple to make, a nice understated but powerful centerpiece that involves everyone, and one that you can add to every year. And the bonus? You can likely put this together using supplies you already have on hand.

I happened to find glittered bendable branches at Pier 1 in 2009, so lucked out in that respect. If you can’t find them, Target has something similar. And the best method? Forage in your backyard for long branches, clean off, spray paint, or dust with glitter.

I used a clear glass vase and colored stones to anchor the branches.

Every year, Thanksgiving guests add a leaf to the tree, writing what they are thankful for that year. It’s fun to look back and see some of the highlights from previous years. You can make your leaves using scrapbook paper, construction paper, even pages from an old book. Simply tie a little string on it and you’re set. After the holiday, I put all the previous years’ leaves in a sealable bag and store it all together.
I am grateful for...

Madeline is grateful for...

Madeline is Thankful for...

For more Thanksgiving centerpiece and decor ideas, DailyBuzz Moms will be doing a round-up of 8 other bloggers’ inspiration on Tuesday, so stay tuned. And Monday, I’ll be sharing some of our favorite tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes for those that are still knee-deep in menu planning.

If you missed yesterday’s post, you can check it out right here, and enter to win Stonefire bread. Go get ‘em!

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Joanie from CLBB November 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Aaaawww, “juice”–it’s the little things, ain’t it? Wee Maddie kept it nice and simple and honest in 09. Thanks for the smile!
Terrific idea, great reminder as to the purpose of the holiday, thanks for the inspiration. I swear, Cate, you clever crafty girl, I vote we christen you as the “Martha Stewartish icon” for the everyman/woman (I don’t know how you feel about MS, folks seem to either love her or hate her, have only seen her a handful of times and/or read Real Simple maybe 2x/year, but you seem so much more realistic and personable ;-) and I mean this in a totally complimentary way). Stay warm (I’m thankful for fleece and silk underwear right now)!

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Cate O'Malley November 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks, Joanie, your comment totally made my day, and detractors or not, it is definitely a complement to have MS in the same sentence. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Joanne November 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

This is such a cute idea and really gets you to focus on what we’re really celebrating at thanksgiving and not just the food!

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patsy November 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

ok, this is too cute not to do this year! I’ll be working on it this week… fabulous idea!

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Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog November 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I love all the things that the children are grateful for :-) This is such a good idea. We haven’t made one yet, but I think that’s our project for today – thanks for the inspiration!

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