Thanksgiving Table Recap



Hello my friends!
I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving
 had a lovely holiday.
We certainly did here!
My husband and daughter love doing all the cooking
which means
 my time goes into creating 
the tablescape!


Last Christmas  I started doing holiday recaps
 as notes to myself 
and a way to share
 what worked for the holiday
and
notes on what I wanted to do different next year.

So in continuing that tradition
I'm sharing my Thanksgiving table recap!


I was so happy with not only the outcome of my table
but the process to get there as well!

I first reviewed my last few Thanksgiving tables
to remind myself of what worked and what I have done before.

Then I visited some wonderful blogs
for inspiration
as well as a quick jaunt through Pinterest.

When I had decided on the feeling I wanted this year
I then just started pulling pieces from my collections that conveyed the vibe I was after.

I decided with our unseasonably warm weather
(even for SoCal)
I wanted to celebrate the sunny weather
with a big nod to our SoCal area.

The best way to do that …

using  tiny citrus from my garden!

I also knew I wanted to keep the table feeling fresh 
and
uncluttered.


Candles are always a must on my tablescapes.
So I chose to put together a couple of rustic holders
in which I used small canning jars as votes.

To add a little quirk to the arrangement
I simply swapped out one candle 
for a lovely sculptural succulent.

My center was clean, simple and dramatic
just exactly the feeling I was after!


I worked in  kumquats to each place setting
by juxtaposing 
this natural element and twine
with washed 'silk' feel napkins
that I made out of remnant material from the fabric store.

I made the table cloth the same way.
I wanted to work in some fresh 
natural stripe
to pull in the color of the citrus leaves
and dress up our farm table for the occasion.

I just love the playing off  of rustic and the glam of the napkin's sheen
mixed with a big punch of citrus!

Using my slate tiles as placemats
was something I just loved from my last year's table!

I love the texture and the grounding effect of the stone tile.


Especially seeing the composition repeated 
for each pacesetting.


I loved the whimsy the different salt and pepper sets brought to the table.

I also once again used my repurposed milk bottles
at every other  place setting 
to have extra water on the table.
I hate breaking up good conversations to get up for waters.

My easel collection
with tiny chalk board place cards
also made a  lovely reappearance this year.


My favorite new addition this year

Take home boxes for leftovers!
I searched high and low for craft colored boxes
on Tuesday.
I never found any.
But I did find some white bakery boxes at Surfas
and
simply folded them inside out 
for the perfect boxes I was looking for!

I finished them off with Thanksgiving stickers 
from Cost Plus.

I will definitely be repeating this idea next year!
It's one of those ideas that 
I can't believe we never did before!
The boxes were a huge hit
and
there was no more mad scramble to package up
leftovers.

Next year I think I will finish off the boxes
by tying them with twine and slipping in the citrus from the places settings

That way I will be sending home the people I love
with a beautifully wrapped gift
filled with the gift of a meal shared!



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life










13 comments:

  1. Oh Tamera, what an absolutely lovely and inviting scene! You have such an eye for detail and texture. I love the fun salt & peppers!

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  2. you have done a good job on table setting. I like the glasses beside other little things where you paid a lot of personal attention and the idea with the take home boxes are brilliant.

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  3. Tamera, Gorgeous! First let me say I love, love, love the dishes and how you mixed them, the votives in small jars, the stripe tablecloth, the slates, and the tiny citrus. All together look so California, fresh and pretty! I have to get to Cost Plus to find more of those cute stickers. The boxes must have been nice to send home. No tupperware to return and all that.. I hope you got to enjoy the day and relax a little today after it all. I know I did! Thank you again for all your kind words about my table. xo Kim

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  4. How beautiful.
    Your Thanksgiving table sings love, gratitude and charm.
    Tamera, I have been in love with your rustic candelabras since the first moment I landed in your world.
    Did someone make them for you?
    Our decorating styles are quite similar...I soar when I visit you.
    Thank you...thank you.
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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  5. Lovely.
    Great idea on the take out boxes!!!

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  6. JOB WELL DONE!
    Off to the next P A R T Y........which is coming UP soon!!!!!!!!You have a busy month............XO

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  7. So pretty and heartfelt! I especially love the different sets of salt and pepper shakers :)

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  8. Stylin' up a storm!
    Love the little kumquats with the silky serviettes.

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  9. Hello dear Tamera, I know for a fact that for many of you my Amerrican friends Thanksgiving is even more important than Christmas.
    Wonderful table setting
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  10. Great ideas and table styling! Everything looked wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. love all the great ideas I get from you. I feel like I`m cheating :)

    Becky

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  12. You are such a talented designer. I love the unexpected surprises on this Thanksgiving table! Wow! Great job and thanks for sharing it with us, it is truly beautiful. XO, Jill

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  13. How did I miss this post? I love what you did with your table setting, absolutely gorgeous! Love the creamy colored linens with the slate and chalkboard placecards--and those boxes are a great idea. So charming with the stickers. You're such an original Tamera!

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