Monday, November 30, 2015

our Thanksgiving table 2015 …tips on how I did this



Our Thanksgiving Table

I just got back into town late last night and I thought I’d take a moment to share some photos of our Thanksgiving table setting with you (this is for you Kim).

Hopefully you can use something from this post as possible inspiration for your own holiday tables.

As I mentioned before, this year my Mom wanted to use miniature white pumpkins for the place cards, but we soon discovered that white pumpkins of any size—were no where to be found in her area. We went everywhere before finally locating enough of some battered, discolored ones at a grocery store.

Even though my Mom was discouraged by the looks of them I knew that a can of white spray paint would fix all the imperfections.

Here’s a Before and After shot:



discolored, bruised pumpkins




a can of white spray paint

*even though I prefer the creamy color of a real pumpkin, once they were all sprayed they looked fine on the plates.





She had a pack of miniature orange pumpkins that she didn’t know what to do with and while we were shopping she found these gold tealights which we decided to use on her coffee station.

My Dad brought out his wood cutting set and we sat together and cut holes in the pumpkins for the candles. All you do is trace the outline of the candle onto to pumpkin and then cut inside the lines so the candles fit snug into the hole. You’ll need to scoop out the insides to fit the candles.





Remember all those old brass candlesticks we found at the thrifts stores?  Well, they added the perfect touch of gold to our tables.

We also got lucky and found all our glass vases at the same local Goodwill store too.

I think we paid less than five bucks for them all, so cheap and the perfect height too. I always prefer to use low sitting vases so we can keep the flowers on the tables while we eat.


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My parents don’t have a dining room so they move their furniture out and set up the tables and chairs in their living room. It goes to show you that you don’t need a big house to entertain. Every year Mom likes to rent the tables, chairs and linens from the same place where the owners know her.

This year we had white tablecloths and black napkins.

All the china, glassware, silverware and chargers belong to Mom.



The flowers couldn’t  have been simpler to arrange. Even though I had big plans to add a variety of red and orange hued flowers they were all picked over by the time we got to our favorite floral vendor. So roses it was.

We added the baby’s breath later for a filler.

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To avoid the hassle of cutting green foam I decided to use little plastic cups inside the white pumpkins and it worked fine. Although it bugged me that I could see the white rim. In a perfect world I would have loved to tuck green moss around the edges to hid that rim.



This year we did something different. I really wanted to emphasize our theme of gratitude, so at the last minute we decided to forgo the name tags and instead, we placed the word “Gratitude” at each setting. Then at dinner time we went around the table and asked everyone to say one thing they were grateful for….

Honestly, we weren’t sure how it would go, but it ended up being the best part of the whole night. Everyone ended up being surprisingly open and really thoughtful about what they said. It was one of those little risks that ended up adding so much to the dinner.




In the center of the table that’s a piece of white felt peeking out from the centerpiece. We did this to protect the linens from candle wax. It’s something to use if you’re renting linens (that charge for wax damage) or have a family heirloom on the table.



Before the candles were lit…





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the sign in my parent’s kitchen.


In case you’re wondering why we like to fix such a special table for Thanksgiving, it’s because we always celebrate my parent’s anniversary which is the following day.



This year marks their 56th year of marriage.



Whew, that’s a whole lot of blessings to be thankful for.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and thank you so much for stopping by,

I’m off to get unpacked and settled in again. One of these days I’m going to get caught up around here. I can’t believe Christmas is around the corner, I haven’t done one single thing for it yet.

peace and love to you,




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Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents! I'm always fuzzy inside when I hear of long enduring marriages!! And your mother and father were such a big help in making your Thanksgiving table extraordinary. I knew those little pumpkins were hard to carve and now I know---use a drill! And the idea for roses in a cup is great, maybe a plastic shot glass would have been shorter? But I never would have noticed if you hadn't mentioned.

I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing your beautiful table!

Jane xx

Art and Sand said...

That table is beyond gorgeous! I pinned the pumpkin idea to use next year. I have seen them, but had no idea how they were done. We didn't host this year so I did no table decorations. But, today begins December and I set a different festive table every night we are home. That won't be many because of lots of company and eating out this week and we leave for Kauai in just 16 days!

Kim said...

Thank you for sharing this! I love the way the little things that went wrong, like not finding nice little white pumpkins and having to use roses because the florist was out of your first choice for flowers, ended in one of the most beautiful tables I've ever seen. Inspiring. And I LOVE the pictures of your parents. So CUTE!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It was all lovely!

Congrats to your folks for 56 years together.


Karen said...

What a lovely table. The red roses with the orange really add pop to the table. Simple is always so pretty. Great inspiration for the season.
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our family. I too haven't done one thing towards Christmas as the kids just flew out this morning. I plan to keep it "simple" this year so getting a late start will facilitate that nicely. :-)

cindy hattersley design said...

Leslie your tables are absolutely gorgeous. It is so nice that you take the time to create a beautiful tablescape in your parents honor. 56 years is pretty darn incredible!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So pretty, Leslie...and I love the "gratitude" tag idea! Happy Anniversary to your sweet parents! Our anniversary (Nov 25th) often falls on Thanksgiving, too...

Carla from The River said...

I agree with Jane, when I hear of long enduring marriages it makes me smile and smile and smile.
Lovely table and Thanksgiving.

Janet said...

Just gorgeous Leslie!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Wow! Your table should be featured in Martha Stewart's magazine! I love everything you did, but adding the word "Thoughtful" to your place cards is the my favorite part. Happy Belated Anniversary to your parents, Leslie!

Stonecropsister said...

aw, this was beautiful Leslie! The table settings, and the pumpkins, and then the pics of your mom and dad. This time of year just blows my mind. It just creates this awareness of all the good stuff, the beauty everywhere, the friends and family, eating together, visiting, eating again!! I never want to go out on weekends anymore because home is such a great place to be, right? xx Nancy

Unknown said...

Love the inspiration here, Leslie! The white pumpkins turned out beautifully. What a blessing to have your mom and dad to celebrate with each year. Congrats to them on their anniversary. My mom always loves to set a beautiful table and Flora Fresh is a favorite of ours in Sacramento. You are so right, there are so many things to be grateful for this season.
xx, Heather

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Wow!!! Your tablescapes are always SO beautiful. I so want to do the same but not sure I can get the small pumpkins here in the UK :-(
I have table envy right now. Hope you are well lovely lady xx

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