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Despite that fact that I’m not a big fan of turkey, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love all the pomp and circumstance that goes in the preparing food and setting the table so everyone can gather around and celebrate togetherness.

  If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to get a jump on your holiday planning, decorating and entertaining. So, today I’m outlining a few tips for setting your Thanksgiving table along with some inspiring table decor ideas that I rounded up online.  Thanksgiving is just 30 days away so let the planning begin…

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 >  Layer the table to create lushness.  From linens to china and glassware to decor, layering  the elements on the table will give your tablescape a warm and robust feel. Use pumpkins in different sizes and incorporate varying shades within a single color story to add visual interest.

>  Use what you have around the house to decorate.  Creating a unique tablescape doesn’t have to cost a lot if you shop your house.  Gather  grouping of candlesticks to use as your centerpiece, use decorative urns as flower vases or pull out some ribbon and use it to drape the table.  Some of the best design ideas come from creativity.

>  Texturized your table.  Decorate your Thanksgiving table with elements that add texture like pinecones, foliage, nuts or textured charger plates.

>  Take your centerpiece to new heights.  When you build your centerpiece, make sure to add elements that add height which will give your tablescape dimension.  Use different size candlesticks to create height or use pedestals, books or cake stands to elevate decorative objects.

>  Let your table shine. Add a few simple items in metallic finishes to add a touch of shine and sparkle to your table.

>  Do something unexpected.  When entertaining, you should always look to add a personal touch to your tablescape so get creative by personalizing your place cards, the backs of your chairs or even with the materials you use as linens.

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The beauty of this centerpiece is the layers created with foliage, candle holders and an assortment of pumpkins.  If you won’t be using the ends of your table for setting, create a centerpiece that runs the full length of the table and let a few tendrils of greenery drape over the edge.

Thanksgiving Table via PotteryBarn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids

This tablescape uses overlapping burlap ribbon as a table runner.  Burlap provides texture but still keeps the color palette neutral so the centerpiece stands out.  You can shop my favorite source for burlap ribbon here.

Thanksgiving Table via HGTV


Amy over at the blog Homey Oh My is one of my favorite craft and diy bloggers.   While all of her projects are simple to make, they are always super chic.  She incorporated some of her diy crafts into they beautiful fall tablescape using gold craft tape, glass jars and small pumpkins.  This goes to show you that a little creativity can make a powerful statement.  You can read the how-to’s behind this table setting here.

Thanksgiving Table via Homey Oh My

Homey Oh My

I love the idea of rustic touches mixes with more refined elements on a table.  I single plank of wood as a runner is a great way to get that rough luxe look and it couldn’t be any easier to set up.

Thanksgiving Table via AttaGirlSays


Whenever you can incorporate greenery into your table decor, go for it.  Greens (which you can clip for free from your yard) layered under a wood slice charger creates a really dynamic look for a fall table.

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My girl KariAnne over at Thistlewood Farms is a genius when it comes to creative decor.  Here she uses a grapevine wreath as the foundation to a beautiful Thanksgiving place setting.  She’s got even more inspiration you’ll want to check out here (I’m so stealing the clipboard ideas).

Thanksgiving Table via Thistlewood Farms

Thistlewood Farms

From the use what you have files, the idea of using a kraft mailing tag as a decorative name card at the table is a fantastic one.  So simple, chic and inexpensive.

Fall Place Setting via Collin Cowie

Collin Cowie Weddings

Here’s another idea using scraps of ribbon you might have lying around the house.  Use a metallic sharpie to personalize ribbon and tie it onto a pumpkin stem to create a unique name marker for your Thanksgiving table.

Fall Place Setting via Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

I hope these tips and inspirational ideas will help you get ready for the holiday ahead.


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Yesterday, while I was out running some errands I found myself taking a moment to stop and reflect on all that I have to be thankful for.  This year has been filled with lots of wonderful things…new adventures, new challenges, new lessons and new opportunities.  For all this I am grateful and thankful.


I am thankful for my husband who makes me feel like a princess every day and carries my purse when we’re at the mall! {that’s some kind of love}

Although I won’t be spending Thanksgiving with my mom, I am thankful that she will be cozy and warm in her home and will know that I love her dearly.  {I can’t wait to hug her at Christmas!}

I am thankful for Mary and my brother, their  love and the fact that my brother is always there to help me solve my computer issues. 

I am thankful that my nephew has grown up to be a smart, strong and compassionate young man in a world filled of challenges. 

I am thankful for a circle of family and friends, near, far and departed that fill my heart with love & joy. 

I am thankful for my health, my strength, my talents and for the things I’ve accomplished in my life.  {Thank you God for these blessings}

I am thankful for all of the business and blogging relationships I have developed and the  amazing opportunities they have provided. 

I am thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to travel and experience new places this year.  Every adventure has inspired me beyond measure!

And, I am thankful for all of  YOU, that stop by this blog each day and find inspiration in what I share.  You fuel my passion to live a creative life and share it with others.

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If you’re looking for a creative way to share what you’re thankful for, this Thankful Chain is stylish and a fun way to get the whole family involved {and provide decorations for Christmas)!

You can download the free printable links here!

Gratitude Chain


Stop back tomorrow for an easy holiday craft project to get the Christmas season started in style!

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Thanksgiving Table 2014

I mentioned last week that the hubby and I will be spending Thanksgiving day with good friends.  Since we won’t be preparing dinner at our house I thought we’d plan a special Thanksgiving Eve meal, which of course meant I had to create a pretty Thanksgiving tablescape.

Using items I already owned, here’s the Table for 2 that I pulled together!~


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Spiced Pumpkin Punch

Earlier this year I started a series here on the blog called Anatomy of…

The goal of these blog post is to share the ins and outs, the details and tips and techniques for decorating different areas of your home.

Just in time for Thanksgiving and because the dinner table it such an important part of the holiday, I thought I’d share the Anatomy of a Place Setting!

Here’s a look at the components that make for the most beautiful dining table settings.



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Grateful Paper Wreath

The other day I popped into Paper Source to pick up some of the wood leaves they sell for a gift wrapping project.  As I usually do when I go to Paper Source, I spent some time wandering around checking out all the cool stuff they have.

Most of you probably think of Paper Source as  just a gift wrapping and packaging supply store but I’m here to tell you they have so many other cool items.

As I wandered around the store I kept coming across items I thought would work great as part of a Thanksgiving table setting.  I was so inspired I decided to pull together an inspiration board showing you how I’d use gift wrap, gift items and crafting supplies to set a table.



Paper Source inspired  Thanksgiving table setting:
 I love using wrapping paper as a table runner and this Multi Stem Flower Wrapping Paper is the perfect color and pattern for a festive Thanksgiving table.
This Burlap Wreath Kit will make a pretty centerpiece and you’ll get to do a little crafting when you make it. Add a glass hurricane in the center to great a beautiful candle centerpiece. 
I fell in love with these Wooden Fall Leaves when I saw them on-line and after seeing them in person I think they’d make great coasters for your fall table.  Coat each leave with Mod Podge to seal the surface.
Every beautiful table needs pretty candle holders.  The Peony and Rose Vanilla Candle in this chic gold chevron glass jar will add an elegant touch to your table.
Another great use for wrapping paper is to cut it into squares and use it as a place mat alternative.  This Thick Cherry Wood Paper is ideal to use on the table and adds a rustic touch to the decor.
Taking a color cue from the paper runner, these Mint Patterned Napkins are the perfect color and pattern accent against the gold and brown elements on the table.
To make a simple napkin ring for your table just wrap one of these Thanksgiving Scallop Oval Stickers around each rolled napkins on the table.
So what do you think of this fun tablescape?   Paper Source has a ton of great product so the next time you’re in the store take a look around and see what you can create.
this is not a sponsored post, just sharing  products I love and how my crazy creative brain works


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I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging to enjoy life and to gear up for a full week decorating for clients.  I’ll see you back her on Monday.


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Hello there,

Come Thursday I for one am going to be ready for a cocktail.  If you’re feeling the same way, here are a few Thanksgiving Cocktails I think you should take time to enjoy!


Bourbon Maple Apple Cider Makes 2
6 ounces Bourbon 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 4-6 teaspoons pure maple syrup to taste 1 cup spiced apple cider apple slices for garnish ice
Directions: 1. Fill glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. To shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously. 2. Strain into glasses and garnish each with a slice of apple. 


Here’s what you’ll need for one martini: 3 ounces apple cider 2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce vodka Lemon wedge 1 ounce sparkling white wine or champagne Fresh apple, sliced
In a shaker filled with ice, add apple cider, orange juice, vodka, and the juice from one lemon wedge. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass, leaving room at the top for a splash of sparkling white wine. Float an apple slice or two in the martini as a garnish.


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Happy Monday!  Sorry I’ve been MIA the last few days but my schedule kept me away from my desk which meant little time to sit down and write blog post.  I’ve got a couple of super busy weeks ahead with lots of client Christmas decorating projects on the books, so before the Christmas madness takes over, I thought I bring you a round-up of my Favorite Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas. 



Mini pumpkins and gourds used as candleholders.



A fall themed bar cart is a fabulous idea in my book (and so is a hot chocolate bar)!



A Thankful Tree is a great way to remember and recognize all that you have to be thankful for.



A pumpkin vase beats a glass vase anytime for a Thanksgiving tablescape.



Mother nature has given us so many wonderful things to decorate with for Thanksgiving.  Evergreens, pinecones and oranges = simple sophistication.



The perfect way to personalized your table for fall is with real leaf name cards.



Before you indulge take a moment to give thanks.  This is a great way for the family to connect and creative way to decorate the table.

There are so many creative ways to decorate for Thanksgiving so this year have fun with your décor and….



I’ve got lots of holiday inspiration coming this week so stay tuned.

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