It’s still fall, y’all.
Doesn’t look much like it outside, what with the white stuff covering the ground (already. Again. So soon after it went away. Sniffle). But seriously, it’s still fall. That’s what the calendar says, anyway.
You can’t really tell from the store displays, either, or from the TV commercials and Hallmark movies and the Hallmark Christmas station on my XM radio. But seriously, we still have four days till Thanksgiving. Seriously. Still fall.
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I love it. It’s like a Farewell to Fall event- the opportunity to get together with family and sit around the table and just be thankful, before the full-blown chaos of the Christmas season sets in.
Fall decorations are my favorite. The colors, the natural elements; you can decorate your home for fall almost exclusively from nature. The changing leaves, the bare twigs, the pinecones, the assortment of squashes: pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash.. you can make a centerpiece from all of these things for super cheap!
My grandmother had the prettiest Thanksgiving dishes. We used them every year, and seeing them even today makes me think of our family gatherings when she and my grandfather were still alive:
Since we don’t typically host Thanksgiving, I don’t have holiday-specific dishes. However, I do have enough versatility in my collection that I was able to round up a few ideas for you, in case you’re looking for simple ideas to set your table beautifully enough to keep your kinfolk gathered round (while the men do the dishes, amiright?)
Disclaimer: my decorating style is a little quirky. I love mixing up different styles to add elegance to simplicity, a dash of modern to the traditional, or some country to the urban. I guess that’s just me- a juxtaposition of contradicting ideas and styles. Obviously, any of the ideas here could be changed around to include what you already have and to suit your own style and the mood of your gathering. Play with it. Have fun. SHOP YOUR HOME! (or, as previously mentioned, your backyard. Or your pantry. Or your neighbor’s…with permission, of course).
I guess I should also add that in our home, almost everything has a story. The plates in this setting, for example, are locally crafted near our town. The candle holders are place card holders- leftover favors from our wedding. And the turkey centerpieces and pumpkin napkin rings are ceramics my mom painted for us. The glasses with the spiral design are vintage Libby glassware, inherited from the attic of a family friend.
This setting makes me think, “urban rustic,” with a more formal place setting (a discontinued pattern from Pier One, my favorite dishes), made modern with my favorite wine glasses- a prekids purchase from Crate & Barrel. The absence of a tablecloth softens the formality of the dishes and brings a bit more rustic to the table. The tall candlesticks are also from Pier One, and those leaf candles were from the head table at our wedding. The centerpiece is a collection of random items I collected from around our house- the candles, again, are from our wedding (a decade ago), and the plate was a gift that I’m too afraid to serve food from in a houseful of boys. Under the candles and ribbon I’ve buried potpourri; this centerpiece is often on my dining room buffet.
I tend to think of this last setting as being more “traditional,” with the plain, solid color dishes and traditional stemware. Mixing the styles of the plates- the round with the square- adds just a subtle enough twist to make it fun. The pumpkin and napkin rings, again, are ones my mom painted for me.
There are so many ways to make your table inviting and pretty without purchasing special…everything. Do any of these speak to you?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May your holiday be full of food and love.