Having a thoughtfully set table is an important part of gathering together for Thanksgiving. See how decorating simply can allow you to create a beautiful tablescape without spending a lot of time or money doing it.
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Thanksgiving and all that it entails is quickly approaching. Thoughts of oven roasted turkey and homemade pumpkin pie have already started swirling through my brain. Can you smell all that delicious food cooking in the oven?
I have the great privilege to kick off the season with some of my blogging friends. Today, we are sharing what our Thanksgiving tables will look like this year. I really love seeing how different everyone's fall tablescapes can look and am really grateful that Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe and Jenn from My Fabuless Life wanted to include me in the festivities. Links to everyone's blogs appear near the end of this post.
We all have so much to be thankful for in our lives. And sometimes we forget that the Thanksgiving holiday is there to honor that.
Between the the stress of getting dinner on the table, the family dressed and ready, and the house spic and span, we loose sight of the importance of being thankful. And for many, the holiday itself is overshadowed by the deals that may (or may not) be found in the Black Friday sales popping up later in the day. (I commend the stores who are observing the holiday and allowing their employees to spend the day with their families.)
With so much to occupy our time and our mind, I wanted to create a Thanksgiving tablescape this year that is simple. Just the right amount of seasonal touches and elegance to make the table a special place to gather without spending precious time overthinking the process. It is important for us all to save time where we can so that there is more to spend on what is truly important during the upcoming holiday seasons.
While we normally associate the holiday with the food we serve and the family with whom we share the day, having a nicely set table to gather around is also important in my book. Your guests will undoubtedly appreciate the thought you put into creating a special place for them to dine. Presentation is just about as crucial as the actual taste of the dinner you prepare.
In the past, my Thanksgiving table was set with layers of dishes, an intricate centerpiece, and an array of fall color. Even this fall when I was dining outdoors, I felt the need to go all out. But now, I'm craving simplicity and clean lines.
Rather than piling plates and decor onto the table to make everything look fancy and finished (and oftentimes, maybe overdone), I choose to just use my best dishes, glasses, and antique silverware to let my guests know that I am thankful for them and the time they've chosen to spend with me. Typically we like to save and preserve our "best"....but I can't think of a better time to actually put those treasures to use.
The centerpiece is made of a berry garland folded in half and tucked around a few pumpkins.
Candles and pine cones are scattered down the table.
The neutral colored table runner adds just the right amount of texture and breaks up the dark wood of the dining table. I made it recently using a similar process as my burlap table runner.
Nothing is overwhelming or interferes with conversation across the table. And there is plenty of room for food to sit and be passed in case anyone wants to fill their plate a second (or third!) time.
It is the laughter across the table, the fond memories shared, and the warm atmosphere that you create that will make the day memorable. The most important part of the Thanksgiving meal is being able to spend time with those that mean the most to you and focusing on the gratitude that you have for all the good in your life.
It really does not matter what you serve for your holiday dinner or what you consider your "best" when setting the table. It truly is the thought that counts.
Unfortunately, none of us knows where we will be by next Thanksgiving and I urge you to savor the moments and spend your time focusing on what (and who) really matters during this holiday season. Make things pretty and put your best foot forward, but not at the expense of having the time and clear mind to enjoy it all.
I hope today's post has inspired you to think simply this fall and create more memories that can be shared and laughed about next year.
What are your favorite ways to focus on the true meaning behind Thanksgiving?
CREATE A SIMPLE LOOK FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE
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Now, I'd really appreciate it if you could spend some time checking out all the other incredible ideas my friends are sharing for setting your fall or Thanksgiving table.
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