This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the FIRST TIME EVER.  As you can imagine I am a little bit nervous and extremely busy putting the house in perfect order.

Decorating the dining room is a top priority so I was really thankful when Plaid Crafts sent me a box full of crafty goodness!  The box contained a ton of fun holiday paints, stencils and tools from the Martha Stewart craft lineby Plaid.   Here’s what I came up with to decorate the dining room!

To create my “Gather” banner I used fabric & ribbon from my stash, satin Martha Stewart paint in chestnut brown and the Fancy Script alphabet stencils.  The convenient thing about Martha’s craft paint is that it’s multi-surface.  I didn’t need to use fabric paint to stencil my banner and I can use the same paint on glass, wood, ceramic or any other surface.

I haven’t had good luck with stencils in the past, but the letters for the banner came out beautifully.  The foam pouncer made it really easy to control the amount of paint so that paint didn’t leak under the stencil.  I couldn’t wait for the letters to dry so I could put the whole banner together!

But I’m not finished yet!  I also used the metallic copper paint to dress up some faux pears for place cards.

I’m loving how the light coat of metallic copper gives the pears a subtle sheen.  I think it brings the Spring-y green color into Autumn.  I printed out my guests’ names on card stock and attached them to the pear stem with a tiny bit of glue.