It was Thanksgiving in Canada last weekend and we were lucky enough to host our family dinner this year. I really love Thanksgiving:, the food, the family, the reminder to be grateful for everything you have. It’s a wonderful day to sit back and appreciate everything good in life. I love being able to host too and to entertain all our family in our home. I’ll be honest, I don’t do much of the cooking around here. My hubby is just a really good cook so I let him tackle that while I tackle the decorating. For the decor, I wanted to make a really pretty table setting this year, something elegant yet still modern.
The first thing I like to do when planning a tablescape is to shop around my house for things I already own that could work. There is no need to go out and buy everything new. The eucalyptus branches I laid on the table I grabbed from a vase in my living room, the larger white plates are our everyday dinnerware and the wood stump and turkey candles I’ve had for years, same with the pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. Even the woven chargers I use regularly just for family dinners.
I did purchase a few items but I made sure that the items I did purchase were things I knew I would use year after year for Thanksgiving or for other holidays or dinners. I’d been on the hunt for gold candlesticks for a while and I found these gorgeous ones at Crate & Barrel and just knew they’d be perfect. I plan to use them for every dinner party ever because I love them so much. I also found the thankful plates there as well… literally the day before our dinner (and on major clearance! yahoo!). They’re pretty holiday specific but for the price I paid it was worth it. Lastly the gingham napkins are from here, they’re another item I knew I’d use over and over. I also snagged wine glasses that say thankful as well…from Walmart of all places. So although they are Thanksgiving specific as well… they were cheap! Finally, I added in a few tiny white pumpkins from the grocery store for $3 and I was done. I really love how it all came together.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. Now excuse me while I go eat my second.. okay third piece of leftover pie for the day. 🙂