This Year’s Thanksgiving Tablescape

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving, everyone!

How on earth we have arrived at the very end of 2017 is beyond me but I look forward to tomorrow all year long.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  There is something about quality time with family, the gorgeous foliage outside transitioning to fall colors and of course, the amazing feast that awaits.  We are lucky enough to be able to host both of our families each year which definitely helps create a truly special atmosphere for David, the kids and myself.  We have everything down to a science after several years of celebrating together in our home.  Each family member has their roll…whether that be whipping up traditional favorites or entertaining the kids.  It’s great because it allows for the day to run fairly seamlessly.  Speaking of food, the dish that I look most forward to the entire year?  My mom’s stuffing.  Despite the fact that she and I make it together each year, I will always consider it “her” recipe.  We make it from scratch by toasting what seems like 895 slices of bread.  Because I don’t eat red meat, we always create a separate little container free of sausage.  Okay, so “little” is not the appropriate word.  I make a MASSIVE amount for myself because I love to indulge for several days afterwards.  What is the dish that you most look forward to each Thanksgiving?

One of my favorite parts of hosting Thanksgiving each year is the opportunity to create the tablescape.  I try my best to switch it up a bit each year using the same main elements but incorportating some new decorative details.  It’s a great way to make the table feel different but not spend a fortune doing so.  At this point, I have several items packed up that I can bring out and just put them together differently than I have previously.  I always use our Pottery Barn dishes and silverware that we received when David and I were married.  This year, I opted to order some faux lamb’s ear to add some greenery to the table in lieu of the pinecones that I typically spread out along the table.  A friend of mine owns an adorable boutique, Molly + Kate, located near Buffalo, New York.  She posted a picture on her shop’s Instagram account of adorable little concrete pears and amazing melamine chargers that look like wood.  They “had to” become part of our Thanksgiving table so she shipped them down to me and, honestly, they helped create my favorite table yet.

Here are some images of our dining room and the final tablescape…

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Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving!  As always, I am so incredibly thankful for all of you!






Our Thanksgiving Tablescape

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!  It is nearly impossible to believe that we have officially entered the holiday season.  Now begins the time of year when we maniacally decorate, take down decorations and re-decorate in our household.  Let me explain a bit.  David and I host Thanksgiving every year for both of our families.  The house is decorated for the holiday but the week after is Ryan’s birthday.  Last year we held his party at our house and we are doing the same this year so down come the pinecones and turkeys and out come the birthday decorations.  Because Ryan’s birthday is in December (on the 3rd), we try to wait until after his birthday before we pull out the Christmas decorations.  We agree that his birthday doesn’t need to be overshadowed by the upcoming holiday so then his party decorations are put away and up goes the Christmas tree and out comes the sparkle.

As I have mentioned before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love every single thing about the day.  It is so nice to have all of our family under one roof…and being surrounded by the aroma of delicious food filling the air isn’t so bad.

Each year, I try and switch up the Thanksgiving tablescape.  While I use many of the same main pieces like our plates and chargers, I often switch up the napkins and the items that I use for the centerpiece.  It’s amazing how those simple changes can create an entirely new look.  My favorite item to use for decorating at this time of year is pinecones.  Not only are they adorable but they are quite possibly the least expensive way to make a home feel like the holidays.  You can head outside and scoop up dozens or pop into your local craft store and buy  couple of bags for next to nothing.  The best part is that they are seasonally appropriate throughout the rest of the year.

This year, I purchased these gorgeous brass lanterns from Crate and Barrel.  While I don’t typically splurge that much for the tablescape, I was able to justify the purchase because they will also be used as the centerpiece for Christmas as well.  In fact, they will likely remain on the dining room table permanently.  Crate and Barrel had massive pinecone candles in store so I grabbed several of those to put inside the glass.  The pinecones by themselves looked cute but needed a little something else so I took some pieces of faux greenery from Michael’s.  (I buy the long branches and just slide off the smaller pieces.)  It helped make the lanterns look more autumnal.  For Christmas, I play on using fake snow inside the lanterns and create little scenes with small figurines.  Hopefully it turns out as well as I imagine it in my head.  I’ll be sure to share that project as well.  I had ordered little cards that say, “I am thankful for…” from The Paper Source and simple tucked those into the pinecones that had been placed on each place setting.  The last step was tossing some more pinecones and greenery along the burlap table runner.

Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving table…
















Wishing you all a beautiful week filled with love and laughter!



Thanksgiving Tablescape

I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving all year long.  David and I have hosted both of our families at our house for the last five years.  Once we were engaged, we knew that we wanted to brig together both families and it has been that way ever since.  My parents live locally as do my brother, sister-in-law and our nieces.  David’s parents live two hours away in Virginia and his sister and her husband live here in Raleigh.  We are very aware that being able to all celebrate together is an absolute blessing.

Seeing as this was our fifth year doing this, we seem to have a nice routine down.  Everyone knows what to do, what to bring, and how to help.  It made for an extremely stress-free day.  I always joke that we provide the house but our moms run the show.

One of my favorite things to do is figure out the Thanksgiving tablescape.  I use the same main tableware items each year (i.e. chargers and plates) but I like to switch up the way the rest of the table looks.  This year, I decided to purchase new napkins thanks to Threshold for Target and to order a couple of flower arrangements.  The flowers were provided by local florist, The English Garden.  (They were responsible for these amazing arrangements found here in this post for my baby shower.)  I provided an inspiration picture and the final product blew me away.  Truly.  The idea was to depart from the traditional fall color palette and use more of a muted, monochromatic palette of whites and creams.  They absolutely nailed the vision.  The flowers allowed me to worry less about the remaining details this year which was helpful seeing as I had an almost one year old on my heels.   For the remaining touches, I simply placed a single pinecone at each table setting and then sprinkles some around in between the floral arrangements.  I also used (fake) sprigs from Michael’s to add a bit more detail.

Our nieces, Alex and Cameron, are incredibly special to the two of us.  It is important to me to always try and make their place settings a bit fun.  I had personalized plates made a few years ago and this year I added some utensils and adorable turkey pouches that attach to the back of their chairs.  I filled them with little activities that they could work on throughout the day.

Here is how everything turned out…



Plates: Pottery Barn | Chargers: Pottery Barn




Napkins: Threshold for Target | Napkin Ring: Pottery Barn





Personalized Children’s Plates: Sarah + Abraham



Kid’s Turkey Pouches: Pottery Barn Kids (on sale now)


Hope that you all had a Thanksgiving Day filled with love and laughter!