Monday, November 25, 2013

the easiest Thanksgiving centerpiece ever…



That’s what I’m in the mood for lately. After all this work getting the house ready to sell, this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape is all about ease. Hmm…let’s see….

a few pumpkins collected from around the house. Check.

a runner already on the table. Check.

sticks and leaves from a walk. Check.

Ok, do you see where I’m going with this post? In case you’re interested in a quick, easy centerpiece too… here’s what my table ended up looking like:


Placecards are made from two twigs and a leaf


fresh Eucalyptus from a vase in my kitchen


is laid down the center of the table


over a piece of paisley and gold flecked burlap


Creamy white pumpkins, fresh pomegranates, gilded pinecones, dried artichokes, and berries from the ground are piled around the leaves


mason jars that I sprinkled with gold glitter hold candles with blessings tied around them


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plain  grapevine wreaths around white napkins



and my inexpensive dishes from TJ Maxx look more special next to gold chargers




See how easy this centerpiece is?

You can use orange pumpkins if you like those better… I just didn’t have any around.

and you can exchange the pinecones with gourds



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By the way, if you’re looking for a new dessert recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner I recently made this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan- Praline topping and it was absolutely delicious!

Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake

In the meantime, I’m wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.



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And if you have college kids traveling the roads ( as I do) I know we will all breathe a sigh of relief gratitude when they walk in the door safe and sound.

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Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I love your table setting. Very nice. And the dessert looks amazing

michele said...

just gorgeous, leslie. i love the simplicity and natural goodness of it all. wishing your family a blessed holiday and meaningful time together.

the whole family is together now in arizona, and we have beautiful weather--our first thanksgiving in such a different setting.

best to you as you prepare for the big day.


Art and Sand said...

Everything is perfect!

I am in the process of making a tablecloth, table runner and napkins for Thursday. I just finished all the napkins, the runner is done except for a tiny bit of hand sewing and as soon as I stop reading blogs, I will start the tablecloth.

It is nice to see a beautiful table setting to remind me why I am doing this.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a beautiful tablescape...I love all of the natural elements with little personal touches! The glittered mason jars are just fun! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, Leslie!

Custom Comforts said...

Beautiful table Leslie. Just gorgeous and so inviting. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and your children safe travel. Hope it's not snowing where you are.

Unknown said...

It looks amazing!! It doesn't look "easy and quick" at all. Nature gives us so many fabulous gifts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your table is so beautiful and natural Leslie. Perfect for a family gathering - enjoy!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Beautiful table setting! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Leena

Cathi said...

Such a simple and beautiful centerpiece, Leslie. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family. I have my daughter driving home tomorrow and I can't wait until she gets here. I am needing lots of hugs from her right now! Much love to you! xxoo

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Lovely table setting Leslie! That pumpkin cheesecake made me drool...seriously!! That is on my list for the upcoming Christmas season holiday. I will give you credit as they all thank me.
Happy Thanksgiving my American friend! We have about 6 inches of fresh snow on top of what we already had. :)

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Nature truly is the best decorator (with a little help from a fabulous blogger such as yourself). I adore your table. The dishes from TJ's look anything BUT inexpensive.

That cheesecake looks so amazing Leslie, there's NO WAY I'm going to make it! lol now I'll go read your post about our bodies...

Happy Thanksgiving!

chillcat said...

We don't do Thanksgiving in Italy but you're making me feel like inviting around the clan and cooking up a storm. Starting with that delightful cheesecake. Che bomba!! Xcat

Calypso In The Country said...

Your tablescape is stunning! Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheers! - Shelley

Lori said...

Gorgeous table Leslie ~ you are a pro at that for sure! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are enjoying the weekend. xo

Unknown said...

Very elegant, Leslie...wishing you and your family a very happy thanksgiving xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Wow! I love your table! Well done my dear ... perfectly executed! i so appreciate your beautiful mix of natural materials and luxe dishes. I do believe your place cards are the perfect exclamation to your table scape!

Hope your family time was all you were hoping it to be!

Sending the best of holiday wishes to you and yours!

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