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Here is how I turned all of those goodies above into a table setting for our little family.
I have it easier this year.
Not emotionally, we will be missing family, but hosting is easier.
For the past 7 years I have hosted thanksgiving at our Utah home with my family and friends who didn’t have family close. There was always at least 25-30 people.
I would clear out my entire basement and set up nice tables, chairs and all white dishes that I had been collecting over the years with Thanksgiving in mind.
This year we are living away from family in CT. I have been touched by how many have invited us to their thanksgiving, close friends and people that we are not super close to.
I love how thoughtful others can be and that know one wants anyone to be alone. It makes me realize that I need to reach out and always make sure those I meet have somewhere to go for the Holidays.
We decided that we are going to go into NYC, since it is only an hour away and see the parade and go out to dinner. Doing something different might be a good distraction.
But I still plan on making a nice dinner for our family of four, and this is where it will be held, in our little cape.
We have a tradition of everyone writing on an anonymous leaf what they are thankful for. We have a rule that it can’t be a general answer, we all know you are thankful for your family. We put the “thankful leaves” in a bowl and pass it around the table while we eat. You draw one out and before you read it you first say your favorite part of the meal you have eaten. I personally love that part because last year my sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts had the most votes (I might be slightly competitive). Then you read the leaf you drew out. We all guess who said each “thankful leaf.”
It is really fun and sets the tone for thanksgiving.
We will carry on that same tradition. It doesn’t matter if I have four or twenty four guests. The effort we put into creating a beautiful setting shows that we love those who make the time to be with us. It shows that we love them by how we serve them.
This is how I show my love and these are the details…
I love the light that reflects off of this mirror garland
You can find it HERE these are custom made-
The felt ball garland is one of my favorites and will stay up through the winter
You an find it HERE
I wrote on black card stock with a chalk pen for our name tags
You can find them HERE
I found this copper bowl at a second hand store. I planted lettuce in it that I found at Home Depot.
I tried to keep my center piece low so everyone can see over it to talk to the person across the table and something that looks good from all angles.
These arrows were my inspiration for my table setting. Fun simple way to play tribute to the first thanksgiving
You can find them HERE Plain Jane Home
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I don’t have a problem with mixing gold, silver and pewter. I actually think it is an eclectic, not forced look. I like the pop of gold the napkins add with my silver utensils I found at Target a few years ago.
You can find my napkins HERE
I didn’t use place mats because rectangle doesn’t fit best with a round table. I like the texture of my marble table so I didn’t want to cover it up.
I went with round cutting boards I picked up at Home Goods.
I had the white dinner plates you can find similar HERE
The gold trim plates are from a second hand store.
The scallop plates can be found HERE
“Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Find this pillow HERE Plain Jane Home
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Set up a little table as guests walk in with leaves, pens and a bowl.
Write on a chalkboard instructions so friends and family can help themselves while you finish your last minute details.
We all know those last ten minutes are crazy as everything comes out of the oven.
Download my “thankful leaves” here Leaf PDF
Recipe and instructions for flower pot bread HERE
Thank you for stopping by for a glimpse into our thanksgiving.
Make sure to go to Craftberry Bush next, you can thank me later!
You can read more about my kitchen remodel HERE