Grateful, Thankful, Blessed, Redeemed.
Hello friends~ I feel blessed to be sharing our Give Thanks tablescape with you today. If you are a last-minute decorator in need of some ideas, you might find something here you like. After all, we still have 3 days left to pull it together. You can do it!
Several years ago we started a tradition with another couple. As close to Thanksgiving as we can schedule, we share a meal at our house. We have managed 4 times in the last 5 years which is an accomplishment really because they are a very busy couple with a large family that includes grandchildren. In other words, family get-togethers and obligations keep them running. I feel like we sort of started the now popular Friendsgiving trend. The practice of giving thanks should be ongoing anyway, and not limited to a Thursday in November. So last night we shared a delicious meal around our table, and gave thanks for our friendship. Is it OK for the cook to say that the food was delicious?
Welcome to our table. The sign anchoring the tablescape was hand painted by me for our inaugural Friendsgiving. It reads Give Thanks. I know it’s a bit obscured by my decor this year, but you can get the idea I think. I love my fleur de lis dishes because the color is so understated yet softly elegant. And the dishes pair so well with the neutrals and naturals that I love.
Now that you’ve scrolled my photo blitz, let me describe the materials I’ve used. I started with a burlap table runner. This is delightfully easy to create because the burlap is from Walmart at a reasonable price. You will find it in the fabric section. It actually is a roll of burlap that has white lace bonded to it. Although I don’t like the lace, (wedding appropriate?) the backside was perfect and so the backside became the right side. I simply cut the burlap to length and and fringed the cut end slightly by unraveling it.
Next I layered some Better Homes and Gardens (Walmart) square, woven place mats and rattan chargers that happen to be vintage Pottery Barn. I like all the texture. Do you?
And another easy and inexpensive decor trick is to buy jar candles at Dollar Tree and embellish them with a loosely constructed ribbon. I don’t even care that they are raveled and stringy. In the knot on each candle I tucked a thistle that I have bleached white (so easy!).
Once again I have used champagne glasses to add height to the table, but this year I put a dried hydrangea blossom in each to suggest bubbly or maybe even sorbet.
The mini-vases work well on the table too. Each has a thistle with a tag attached. The tags express Thanksgiving sentiment.
And lastly, the little lanterns are also a Dollar Tree find. I dropped a tea light in each one. Last night at dinner we had all of the candles glowing and they really created the perfect ambiance.
As you know already, we live with an amazing view of the water for which I am endlessly thankful. I think the view accounts for my predominantly soft, sandy palette and minimal color scheme. We’re not beachy up here in the same way we were in Southern California. In other words, bold blues and bright yellow are out of place in my opinion. I like to collect natural things from the surrounding landscape and use them in our decor as much as possible.
Larry and I don’t have any family to celebrate with on Thursday. My mom lives here in our cottage but she is away right now I’m just cooking for two. We managed to find some turkey legs and thighs and we will have the traditional side dishes. But an entire turkey is just too much for us because we only love turkey one day a year. Thanksgiving has always, always been my mom’s holiday and so I’m not actually an accomplished turkey chef. We’ll see how I do with a few pieces. Or we could always just have dessert and call it good. Pumpkin pie~ bring it on!
Blessings on your holiday. Thank you for reading~
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Linking to these lovely parties~