Happy Thanksgiving week! We are actually leaving town today and won’t be sharing a Thanksgiving Day meal at home, but we still wanted to set a pretty table to enjoy.
I kept it relatively simple. I started with some of the things that were already on the table from Halloween. I took away the black glittery candlesticks, dead “spooky” branches, and spiders and kept the pinecones, Joseph’s gourds, and the mercury glass pumpkins.
I brought over the bronze-colored glittery pumpkins that were on a chest in the living room and added little felt colored leaves that are actually coasters. I piled it all up down the middle, then set the table.
Perhaps I’ve mentioned on here before my thing for pinecones. We had a lot of pine trees in our yard in Sandersville, so the kids and I would collect pretty ones to decorate with. The three really big ones I found at Scott Antique Market. As silly as I felt buying pinecones when I’m surrounded by pine trees, I could not pass up these huge beautiful ones. I wish I would have bought more!
The table runner was our anniversary gift from my mom.
Brief tangent… We do the traditional anniversary gift thing, or try to, every year. Starting with paper on our first, and continuing on through cotton, leather, wood, copper, tin, etc. (I’ve skipped some in there if you’re keeping track), we like to do the themed gifts. This year was linen, and we actually did not buy a linen gift. But my mom did; she delights in buying us a themed gift every year and we love it. Enter the runner, embroidered with our wedding date…
Back on topic now.
The plates are part of our Georgia plate collection. Georgia Historical plates are special to us as they come from our old home, Sandersville, and were either bought or given to us as gifts during our time there. A complete set consists of 12 plates with different scenes or subjects, all surrounded by a beautiful border of traditional Georgia elements including peaches, cotton, long leaf pine and Cherokee roses. We love them! They come in pink and blue and are produced by the Transylvania Club of Sandersville (more info on their website here). They can be purchased at small retailers throughout the state.
The gold chargers were wedding gifts and came from Macy’s. The napkins are simple hemstitch linen from Pottery Barn. I can’t remember where the napkin rings came from. We’ve had them forever. Our silver pattern is Towle, French Provincial, and the crystal is Waterford, Ballyshannon. We love any reason to use our “fancy” stuff, so we try to bring it out often. It’s such a waste to only use the good things on special occasions. Life is too short, right?
Nothing was new; I just mixed what I already had, changing it up a bit from last year.
Mostly, we kept the table cleared except for the decorations down the center, and those pinecones toppled over from time to time when something was passed across or when hands were held for the blessing. Can’t stay looking just right for very long at our house! Real life, right?
All our fall decor is now packed up and we have brought down our Christmas boxes and totes from the attic. The house is quite a wreck right now with stuff EVERYWHERE but that’s all part of the fun. Ok, fun might be a stretch. But the mess is definitely part of it and it’s always worth it. Christmas is my favorite and the decorating will be in full force by the weekend!
I hope you have a great week. Set a pretty table. Use what you already have. Let your kids help. Have fun. Make memories. Hold hands. Count your blessings.