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
my time goes into creating
Last Christmas I started doing holiday recaps
as notes to myself
and a way to share
what worked for the holiday
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
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
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
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
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
I never found any.
But I did find some white bakery boxes at Surfas
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
there was no more mad scramble to package up
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