I adore Thanksgiving. It’s such a simple holiday based on a powerful premise: to take time to reflect and give thanks. We can stay snug indoors, surrounded by people we love, while enjoying delicious food. And we don’t need to buy a zillion presents, spend way more money than we should, or spend weeks preparing.
But if we aren’t careful, it can easily turn into a pre-Christmas, and oh so often Thanksgiving is rushed over and forgotten in the shadows of the bigger December holiday. It’s expensive to feed a crowd/ Plus, we get lured into the latest trends or seasonal dishes that come out just once a year. It can quickly spin out of control. And we haven’t even talked about stress; feeding a crowd on a day when they expect to eat lots of yummy food is quite a weight. Trying to put it all together for that magical dinner time is the cherry on top.
So I’ve collaborated with my sister Hallie at birdieandevie.com for a Thanksgiving Series to bring you some simple, budget-friendly decorating ideas, as well as tips to pull it all together while kicking stress to the curb. Today Hallie will be sharing our dressed up table.
I love traditions. For me, they string together so many memories from my childhood, especially those around the holidays.
Even as a child I loved the traditions and on Thanksgiving Day it was to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then run around frantically to help my mom on the commercial breaks (you had to get your work done too or Mom would turn off the TV!).
I love to make things feel special for the holidays and a pretty table is one way to do that. But of course, when you’re hosting, you want to minimize the stress and expense. Everything we used on the table you can find at the grocery store, farmer’s market, around your house, and even the back yard.
The color scheme with shades of green and brown is unexpected for Thanksgiving but still feels like fall. Greens and vase filler create the base for the centerpiece. Pine cones would be a great replacement for the vase filler.
Blue green pumpkins command full attention in the center. A low cake plate adds a little height for the middle pumpkin. Artichokes and dried limelight hydrangeas add texture.
Sprigs of lavender, rosemary, and sage tucked into the napkin look beautiful and smell wonderful too.
Source List of items we used or similar ones
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