Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving?
Usually we gather with friends and family we rarely see and enjoy those foods we only eat at Thanksgiving.
If I’m hosting the meal, I put almost as much effort into creating a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape as I do the meal.
I have to admit, for me it isn’t all about the food. Though I have shared a few recipes that would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu. My Far East Celery is crunchy and light and makes a perfect accompaniment to turkey and stuffing. Or a true fall dish that you can enjoy as a salad or dessert, Crunchy Grape Salad.
For me… it’s about setting a beautiful table.
Unless it snows this year, I’m going to be on the road for this annual celebration, so I thought it would be fun to put together my version of a Thanksgiving tablescape for four. If you want to see what I created for my actual Thanksgiving dinner last year, you can see it here.
Since I’m living “in between” I’m using things that aren’t mine and I’m not purchasing anything either. These days I’m blessed to have an upstairs sitting room that I pretty much have to myself. On top of one of the bookcases is a beautiful wood duck that has been taxidermied. As I was working through what I would do for a centerpiece, it dawned on me that pheasants are often used for Thanksgiving tablescapes, why not a duck? Why not.
So down came the duck. The two fat plumes around the duck are part of his normal display, along with some drift wood and leaves and pine cones. To create the centerpiece I added pampas grass plumes and grasses, oak leaves I picked up on my walk, a few trimmings of cedar, and fresh bittersweet we discovered on a drive, and pine cones. I’m pretty pleased the way it came together.
Maybe you remember my early fall tablescape with sunflower napkins, bistro chair napkin rings, and placemats I’d received for my birthday? You might also recall that the rust-colored plates came from the Dollar Tree. I purchased them to create that fall table setting and gift the friend I’m living with for her birthday; which she loves, and has enjoyed for all those wonderful fall comfort meals she cooks.
These same placemats came out again for this Thanksgiving tablescape to make the Dollar Tree plates look as if they are sitting on chargers. The golden water goblets add to the color of the season, and for fun my friend purchased the clear champagne glasses to add to each table setting. You just might see those make a second appearance for Christmas with a little embellishment. [wink]
The napkins were wrapped with simple napkins rings I made from burlap to which I added the acorn ribbon ties that my friend created. I think they are so cute. And that reminds me, where are all the acorns? I guess we decided too late to look for them this year. A bit of bittersweet and a small silk leaf complete the burlap napkin ring.
The colors of the wood duck are so beautiful. He really makes for an eye-catching centerpiece along with all the beautiful fall colors in berry and foliage.
So what do you think of my Thanksgiving tablescape? Wouldn’t you like to come and enjoy a meal with me around this table?
Now for my caveat.
Thanksgiving really is all about taking time to give thanks.
Not creating a stunning tablescape.
We don’t need a big meal to do that either. In fact, many people go without or eat alone and still are grateful for their meager portion. Maybe even more so than those with a bountiful table. I know that my desire to set a beautiful table comes from my creative bent. And I believe that to exercise our creativity is to worship God.
Setting a beautiful table may not be practical for those hosting large gatherings. My friend will host her husband’s large family this year…create beautiful centerpieces….but use disposable dinnerware because it simply is easier for her. What matters most is that she is extending hospitality and loving on family….many who do not follow the Giver of all Perfect Gifts….and helping them to see Jesus in her and her thankful heart.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1 NIV
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