Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Table

We have lived far away from our families the majority of our adult life, so we have never hosted a holiday.  Many holidays were spent just me and Steve, or the four of us after the kids were born.  Now that we live a little closer, we are hosting Steve’s family for Thanksgiving.  I cook, but I have never done a turkey and never made so many items at one time!  Wish.Me.Luck!  I have also never had a formal dining room in my adult life, so I wanted to set a nice table!


It isn’t that nice and I don’t know a thing about tablescapes, but this will have to do!   I used paper napkins and kraft paper, but, I did bust out the china! 


The table liner is kraft paper from Dollar Tree.  The silver chargers are also from Dollar Tree.  The gold candlesticks were a $10 find at an antique store in Des Moines.  The striped candles are from Homegoods.  The napkins are Ikea.  Clearly I have an affinity for stripes.

Our table is quite narrow, so I didn’t want to junk it up too much.  My sister gave me the idea to “dip” pine cones and use as place cards.


I used pinecones from my Christmas stash and painted the tips with cheap craft paint and a paint brush.  Simply cut a name card from cardstock and insert in the pinecone. 

The kids will be added to the ends of the table with large plastic bags over the chairs.  They are the exact reason I was so scared to purchase upholstered chairs!  We must, however, live in our home, so, I’m going to let it go and let the kids sit at the nice table. :)

Everyone else was asleep last night, so I enjoyed getting the china out and setting the table and doing a little crafting.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I will be signing off for a few days to enjoy all of the things I am most thankful for.  ♥

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  1. I love the paper napkins with the china, great mix! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    xoxo, Tanya

  2. Love all the stripes and the touches of blue and gold! Such a pretty table!!


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