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5 Tips for Styling a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

5 Tips for Styling a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table


Five tips to help you set an interesting Thanksgiving table using what you already have.



Five basic tips to help you set an interesting Thanksgiving table using what you already have.  | www.andersonandgrant.com



Thanksgiving is one of the times of the year when it is worth putting extra effort into setting a beautiful table.  You likely have family and friends joining you for the holiday and will be cooking a more elaborate meal than normal.


It isn't necessary to go out an purchase anything fancy, though.  You likely have everything you need to mix and match a tablescape your guests will enjoy.  And it isn't as difficult as you might think.
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti and 15 More Christmas Cookie Recipes

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti and 15 More Christmas Cookie Recipes


A simple and delicious Christmas cookie recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti plus over 15 more holiday baking recipes.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Even if you don't consider yourself an avid baker, the Christmas season likely gets you into the kitchen to make a few batches of holiday cookies.  There is something magical about the countertops being lightly dusted with flour, dough on your hands, and the smell of treats baking in the oven.


Today the Tastes of the Season blog hop continues with each of us sharing a favorite Christmas cookie recipe.  (Catch up on all the previous posts and recipes.)   I always love finding a few different cookie recipes and trying different techniques during the holidays that I can make in addition to my traditional favorites.  You can find links to what everyone has shared after my recipe in today's post.
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Hand Painted Santa Gift Tag Ornament |  More than 25 Printables for Your Christmas Home

Hand Painted Santa Gift Tag Ornament | More than 25 Printables for Your Christmas Home


Download and print this hand painted Santa ornament to use as a gift tag on your Christmas gifts, place card for your holiday table, or to decorate your own tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Wrapping presents for friends and family has always been one of my favorite activities during the Christmas season.  While some cheerful holiday music plays in the background, I find myself getting more into the holiday spirit surrounded by gifts, wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows.


There are people who are perfectly happy just getting the gift into a box and throwing a random piece of paper on it, but I'm not one of them.  There is something relaxing about taking the time to neatly crease the corners of my special gift wrap and tape everything down securely before adding a beautiful ribbon and embellishments to the box.
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Using Nature to Create a Centerpiece for Your Fall Table

Using Nature to Create a Centerpiece for Your Fall Table


Learn to layer pieces of nature gathered outdoors to create a simple yet stylish centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving dinner table.



Learn to layer pieces of nature gathered outdoors to create a simple yet stylish centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving dinner table.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Whether it is created for your everyday decor, a casual lunch, or Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family, the centerpiece on your fall table can be the star of the show.  That doesn't mean it has to cost a lot of money or involve special decorating skills to create, though.  It is something that anyone can (and should) spend a little time putting together this season.
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Bacon Green Beans and 12 More Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Bacon Green Beans and 12 More Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes


This year, add extra flavor to your Thanksgiving side dish of green beans with bacon and onions.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Of all the holidays that we celebrate, Thanksgiving is probably the one most focused on traditions.  From the meal you enjoy to the people you have around your table and the way you spend your afternoon, practically everyone has a set plan of how the day will go.


In my family, Thanksgiving dinner has always been held at my mom's house although the guest list has changed through the years.  And as far as I can remember, the menu has always been the same.....A golden roast turkey, homemade sage stuffing according to grandma's recipe, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh squash and cranberry jello salad.
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focusing on the details when decorating for fall

focusing on the details when decorating for fall


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It is that time of the year where home tours have been popping up across blogland for the fall season.
With each one that you see, it is easy to start feeling like you've got to do more for your home to be good enough.  Everyone seems to have a house full of new decorations without a thing out of place.  Sometimes you can fall into the trap of second guessing each decorating decision that you've made or trying to replicate what you see without much success.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Don't get me wrong....I love seeing what my friends and favorite bloggers are doing in their homes each season.  But I've been trying to do my best to remember to find each as a source of inspiration rather than a source of frustration.  It is important to focus more on enjoying both what you've created as well as the process of putting it all together in whatever way makes you happy.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



When my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home asked me to join in her Fall Festival tour today, I was excited for the chance to share just one decorated area....my fireplace mantel.  Amidst all of the whole house tours, it is nice to focus in and really notice the details of a single space or display.


 All this week, some talented ladies have been sharing simple vignettes, front porches, tablescapes, and yummy fall-flavored treats.  There has really been a lot to be inspired by.  For the final day of the tour, it is all about mantels.  Links to everyone's blogs appear near the end of this post.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



As I placed touches of fall one by one onto my mantel, it dawned on me that decorating can be something you just go through the motions of doing or it can be an activity that you immerse yourself in.  Are you thoughtfully arranging treasures with meaning in your home or are you simply filling spaces just to empty your fall storage boxes?


For me, decorating is really all in the details and taking the time to reflect with each item I place.  Sure, I want to end up with something that looks pretty.  And since I'm sharing it here on my blog, I want to make it photo-worthy.  But it is those small moments in a vignette to catch your attention that make your time well-spent.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Nestled among a few white pumpkins and some burlap for texture are some of my favorite things.....


This pumpkin that I picked up a few years ago at Target reminds me of my luck at being able to find some myself after seeing them on a favorite blog.  With no Target close by, I normally miss out on these special items....but I really wanted some of these pumpkins!  (Read more about these rustic pumpkins.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



The acorns, leaves, and berries scattered across the mantel were gathered from an afternoon walk during this stretch of amazing fall weather we are seeing here in central PA.


Oak trees are my favorite as they stand tall and strong in the woods and I always seem to include acorns and oak leaves in my fall displays.  I really love how they look when they are dried.         

    

See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Because I love the symbolism so much, I also added a printed image of a watercolor oak leaf to a fancy carved frame I picked up recently.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the berry garland that is wound through the vignette makes me think of the sweet lady who owns the shop where it was purchased and how pleasurable she makes everyone's trip through her store.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



In addition to the fall touches, I like to include some of my favorite items that I decorate with all the time....


Stacks of vintage books add a little height.


An old clock adds a hint of the currently popular copper color to my display.  (Shop for a similar copper clock.)


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the tall gray lantern anchors the decor on the mantel, gives some height, and holds three candles to add light to everything in the evening.   Even though they are battery operated, the "flame" on the candles is very realistic when turned on as the sun fades.  I love seeing them flicker together and highlight all the touches of fall.  (You can buy them at Hobby Lobby.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



While I hope that today's post may have given you a little inspiration for your own fall decorating, my bigger message is to remind you that your home should be filled with the things you love displayed in a way that brings you some joy.  Really take the time to be intentional with your decor and see each piece as more than just something to fill your own mantel or tabletop.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



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The next stop on today's tour is at Personally Andrea.  She has done an incredible job at capturing the beauty of fall on her mantel and tells you exactly what you need to do to construct your own vignette!  Please take a moment to see what she has designed and visit some of the other talented ladies in this week's Fall Festival tour.






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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING TODAY.  NOW BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER INSPIRING FALL IDEAS....



Fall Festival Blog Hop with 30 bloggers featuring inspiring vignettes, porches, recipes, tablescapes, and mantels.




FALL VIGNETTES 




FRONT PORCHES 



FALL RECIPES



FALL TABLESCAPES



FALL MANTELS











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