Entries in Thanksgiving (10)


getting ready for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days!!!  I'm not quite sure which I'm more excited about - eating my weight in turkey and fixings or setting my table.  This year I'm keeping it simple on both counts; the older I get the more I crave simplicity in every aspect of my life and that most certainly includes entertaining!  I had high hopes of sharing links to everything I'm using to host much earlier than now, but it rained every single day last week, making it impossible to get decent pictures! 

Over the years I've accumulated a great mix of basic dinner and serveware that I use on a daily basis that can also easily be dressed up for holidays and special occasions.  Add some fresh greenery in a gorgeous ice bucket and some beautiful linen napkins and I'm set!

This year I really wanted to add deep, dark indigo and I found it in these navy napkins (they're currently buy one, get one half off; thank you for the tip, Tessa!) I think they'll be the perfect compliment to my rattan chargers, bamboo flatware and French wine glasses (which are on sale!).  These bamboo servers are a budget-friendly alternative to buying all new flatware and look amazing paired with a simple white salad bowl (HomeGoods always has some beautiful, inexpensive options!) and no matter what I end up doing for a centerpiece, I always add a few unscented white votives to really up the cozy factor.  I love this set from Amazon but I also found sets of two at the dollar store and grabbed about a hundred of them, so I'm pretty much set for the next decade! 

Whenever I'm buying something for entertaining, I try to be mindful of my storage space and make sure what I'm considering purchasing is super versatile.  These woven glasses add a beachy vibe in the summer but add just the right amount of texture to a fall table, too, and I have a weakness for beautiful ice buckets because you can also use them as makeshift vases - the same goes for wine coolers!  I love this marble option and at $25, the price can't be beat! 

Greenery can be as easy as a few snips from a bush or tree in your yard or a simple maiden hair fern or topiary, if you're lucky enough to find them near you.  One year I snipped some purple sweet potato vine from the pots on our front porch and put them in vintage glass mini bottles down the tables.  The contrast was gorgeous against my gray/green Cinderella pumpkins and it didn't cost me a thing!

So, that's pretty much it for us this year.  How are you guys setting the table for Turkey Day?


entertaining essentials for the holiday season

The only thing that excites me as much as eating dinner on Thanksgiving is how I'm going to set my table for the big day!  Some of my favorite holiday memories are centered around the table and how much more special is it when that table is decked out to the nines?  Lydia has even gotten into picking fresh flowers and which cloth napkins she wants with which plates - it's so much fun having a little one to share in the fun!  With only two days until the big day, I've got my favorite entertaining basics on hand and ready to go - pieces I use all year long and then dress up for the holidays with beautiful linens, flowers and a little favor at each plate.  Here are a few of my favorite entertaining staples that are the jumping off point for a beautiful Thanksgiving table and that will last throughout the entire holiday season, just in case you're in need of some inspiration (and the best part is that almost all of this can be found at your nearest mall or HomeGoods!)

Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Rattan wrapped tumblers / Tortoise ice bucket

Simple white platters / Bamboo flatware / Unscented votive candles / Marble and brass tray


simple, classic entertaining essentials for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is going to be small and intimate for us this year, but I still plan on going all out on the food and, of course, the table setting!  I'm all about keeping things simple, as much for keeping my sanity while trying to cook and prepare everything, but also because I think decor-wise, simple can be so stunning.  Over the years I've amassed quite a collection of every day dining essentials that, when paired with a few key pieces, can make any gathering chic and festive.  I always fall back on classics - simple white dinner plates, serving bowls and platters, beautiful glassware, woven chargers, linen napkins - and then add some greenery and something festive like mini pumpkin taper candle holders (see how I made mine a few years ago here) or a bowl of clementines.  Trays can double as makeshift bar setups (for those of us who STILL don't have a bar cart); gold accents are not only chic, but can transition through Christmas, and handfuls of unscented, clear glass votives are a great alternative for an over-the-top centerpiece!  Here are a few entertaining essentials that are simple and classic without going overboard with all the kitsch.  What are your entertaining must-haves for the holidays?

Soup tureen / Rattan charger / Extra large gold ice bucket / Marble + brass serving tray

Gold flatware set / Raffia runner / Horn salad servers / French wine glass / Set of 72 glass votives

Horn bottle opener / White pitcher / Gold paisley napkins / Dauville gold bowl


holiday decorations you can keep up all winter long!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As much as I love the holiday, I was thrilled to have packed up all my fall decor and brought out the Christmas decorations! If I had my way, this year I'd have pulled everything out the day after Halloween.  It's a whole new ballgame now that we have a little one and I'm more than ready to share the excitement of the Christmas season with her, even if she is too young to remember it.  The hubby, on the other hand, is of the not-until-after-Thanksgiving school of thought (the only good thing about him being deployed during Thanksgiving and Christmas two years ago was that I bought my freshly cut tree the first week in November!). 

The Christmas season is so short that it seems kind of silly to spend hoards of cash on decorations and even more, it's always super depressing when you take it all down once the holiday is over.  So, I have been slowly but surely buying items over the years that I can use for the Christmas season and then keep up throughout the rest of the winter that don't exactly scream the holidays. You can never go wrong with a mix of silver, gold, fresh greens, some texture and fur throws.  I think the more, the merrier! Here are a few picks I'm loving lately that would look amazing up through the spring:

Myrtle wreath / Nordic log basket / Rens sheepskin throw / Plated glass votives

Hide pillow cover / Dauville bowl / Preserved myrtle box / Gold stripe taper candles

Gold paisley napkins / Preserved myrtle box / Snow leopard throw


get the look: stunning thanksgiving table

With Thanksgiving a day away, I'm sure you already have your menu set and your shopping done and are ready to get your cook on, but if you're still looking for ideas on how to set your table, have I got some jawdropping inspiration for you!  This Thanksgiving table setting by Claiborne and Lime took my breath away the moment I saw it.  Not only is the table setting utter perfection, from the olive leaf garland and French bistro chairs to the vintage wedgwood plates and cobalt and persimmon color palette, but the backdrop is just as stunning! I love how something so simple as draping throws over the backs of dining chairs ups the cozy factor by 100% and those butcher block charger plates would be an incredibly easy DIY (just need a kreg jig, some 2x4's and walnut stain!).  The watercolor dinner menu is the perfect finishing touch.

Clearly, it's a tad late to try recreating this look (unless you own that gorgeous Juliska country estate dinnerware, in which case, I'm coming to your house for Turkey Day and taking my plate my favor), but we can all drool over these gorgeous pictures!  And if you're feeling extra adventurous, check out my picks for getting the look at the end:

Here are my picks for getting the lookof this simple yet absolutely stunning table setting:

Olive leaf wreath / Plated glass votives / Juliska country estate dinner plate

Walnut cutting board / Silver candlesticksFrench wine glass / Linen satin stitch napkins

Constance side chair / Throw / Raffia runner / Lennox vintage jewel silverware

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!