Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape & My Thoughts....

Though I've opted to start Christmas crafting early, it doesn't mean I am going to skip Thanksgiving.  No way!  I love Thanksgiving!  It's probably the only time of the year that has continued to be the same for going on 15+ years.  We always have lunch, or dinner, depending on when the turkey is done, at my aunt's house.  She's always been excited about holidays, so when you enter her house, you are greeted with the smell of the season, good food, a wholesome warm feeling, and an amazing amount of seasonal décor.  Even with all of the changes in our family, having people move away, pass away, or just not able to attend, it somehow always feels the same to me.  That may be the one thing I'm most thankful for about Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, itself.  
I figure one day, as my family grows, we may host Thanksgiving at our house, but that's one day, when my aunt is too tired to host herself anymore.  In the mean time I am practicing my table scaping skills to be sure that I'm prepared.  Oh, and it's a lot of fun too, so maybe that's another reason. 
I've found that as I get further into this thing called parenthood, I seem to be very nostalgic, and I want to make sure my son is growing up with experiences that will stay with him throughout his lifetime as well.  I think it's made me stray from my very simple, very minimalist ways of before, and has catapulted me into this comfortable, warm, fuzzy world of decorating.  I'm not going to lie, sometimes, I get scared of how much I love this stuff, but I am enjoying it so much, and I really think God has sent me on this journey for a reason, so I'm going with it. 
The following shots are taken at different parts of the day.  Some are taken during dreary stormy weather, and others when the sun was out.  Also, because I just wasn't satisfied with all my shots, I went back this afternoon and took more.  It's amazing the mood the lighting sets.  I think I just might want to eat Thanksgiving dinner from now on, instead of Thanksgiving lunch, after seeing the pictures I took. 
So enough of my blabbering on about me and my thoughts.  Here is what you came for....PICTURES!


I had been eyeing the beautiful decorative fruit, Target is offering, for a while, so when they went on sale for less than $4 each, I just had to get some.  I think it was meant to be, don't you?
I forgot to mention that we got new chairs, for the dining room, a few weeks ago.  I have been wanting some larger chairs to set on each end of the table, and I've always wanted them to be lighter in color.  That was the dilemma we had to overcome.  We decided to take our chances, and took advantage of World Market's sale, and purchased both for well under what we ever expected.  We are not disappointed!  We LOVE them!  Oh, and they have proven easy to clean, if needed.  Between the three of us, it's definitely needed.  LOL! 
We found our flatware, and wine glasses at HomeGoods.  Somehow, we have managed to keep old bent flatware from our younger years, around, but now, they are on their way out to the trash.  These new babies, are beautiful!

HomeGoods offers such a wonderful variety of napkins, that it was easy to find the perfect ones for this setting.
See that pear?  $2.50, from Hobby Lobby!  Hello!  I had to have two!  Well, an apple, and a pear.

When I see this photo all I hear in my head is, Love, Love, Love! (Imagine the Beatles singing all you need is love.)
The lighting just screams Autumn to me, and I am so happy to have captured it.
When John's grandparents passed away, we inherited a beautiful set of salt and pepper shakers.  They are always displayed in our dining room, and I felt they were perfect for this setting.
Our plates and bowls are all from Marshalls.  I love classic white dishes, and I got them all on sale, so basically at a discounted, discount price.  Can't beat that!
 I was surprised to find the perfect placemats at Walmart of all places!  Their Better Homes & Gardens line is A-MAZING!  Be sure to check it out, if you haven't already.

So there it is in all its glory!  My first ever, Thanksgiving table scape.  I hope you enjoyed it! 
Oh, and come back soon for more Christmas/Holiday crafts!


  1. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

  2. So beautiful Iris!! I love how you did the napkins! My husband always loves doing a fancy design :) Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kendra @

    1. Thank you so much, Kendra! I found a tutorial online for the napkins, and once I attempted it and found I could do it, the idea of placing the fruit inside came to me.