Every year, Colleen and I are put in charge of setting our family’s Thanksgiving table. This arrangement is fine with us as it is a task we very much enjoy. Between decorating and cooking/coordinating a meal for 15, I will take the decorating any day of the week. Last year, we did a lovely neutral table mockup and actual Thanksgiving tablescape that we still quite enjoy, but this year we thought it would be fun to add some color. What better color to add than one of the most lovely colors (in our opinion)? Our actual tablescape will not look quite exactly like this because we are far too cheap to actually go out and buy all of this stuff. But it sure is fun to pretend, isn’t it?
1. Lotus Dinnerware- I actually have some dinnerware myself that looks very similar to this and I love it. It looks great with everything.
2. Gradient dinner plate- This friend is just lovely and is on sale. Maybe we can consider buying him?
3. Corsage dessert plate- My you are good lookin. This is one of those things that gets prettier the longer you look at it. I wasn’t blown away at first sight but have slowly fallen completely in love.
4. Dervish Stemware- So what if half of this stuff is from Anthropologie. Can you blame me?
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6. Etched Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkin- We may not put these exact pumpkins on the table but I assure you there will be some. It almost just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without them. Thanksgiving is my last great hurrah with pumpkins for the year. Until January.
7. Rose Gold Flatware Set- Good grief. I have been lusting after this since first seeing it. I am not entirely sure it goes with the rest of this stuff but by George I was gonna make it go.
8. Metal taper candle holder
9. Yummi candles in sage- This website has some pretty great options for colored candles.
What do you guys have planned for your Thanksgiving table?
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We don’t typically do a lot of Easter decorating around here and to be honest with you, I am not really sure why. Something about all the pastels together in one place has never really appealed to me I suppose. The super dumbest thing about my lack of Easter decorating is that I LOVE bunnies. Really I have an obsession and taking me to the bunny house at the state fair is never a good idea. I want desperately to have them ALL. That’s neither here nor there though. The reason I have really gathered you all here today is not feed my need for bunnies but to discuss quickie Easter tablescapes. Lots of families get together for Easter and it is always nice to have something a little bit special to decorate the table with. If you, like us, don’t have a lot of Easter paraphernalia (Can you believe that word has an “r” in it? I would never have guessed) but want to fluff your table a little, here are a few simple ideas for doing it.
Obviously if you ever want to make anything look good, just copy most anything Martha does and this is no exception. Hop over to Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store and buy several cheap bunches of flowers and place each type in their own vase just like Martha did. Repeating types is good too. Obviously not this many unless you want to be empty in your bank account.
Use some simple stuff you already have and invest in one new item that seems like an Easter table super star such as some crazy good lookin napkins or this platter that is pretty much to die for. Actually at some point this week, Cassandra from Coco + Kelley will be sharing how she dyed these napkins to look like angels herself. So you can also buy some cheapy white napkins and stalk her blog until you can DIY those suckers.
Cut some greens from outside and stick some babies breath in it just like I did for the rehearsal dinner I helped plan. Bonus points for sparkly chevron tablecloths.
Stick a little egg at everyone’s place with some babies breath tucked under it. Is it just me or does babies breath make everything better?
Another little gem from Cassandra’s Easter table of beauty. Dye or gold leaf some fancy eggs and stick them in the middle of the table with some candles or something else simple and call it a day. Eggs this pretty can stand on their own, I think.
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As I mentioned last week, one of my best friends got married this weekend and I was honored to be asked by his mother to help her plan and coordinate the rehearsal dinner. The wedding had an Irish theme because both Sarah and Pete come from Irish families so a wedding on the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day seemed like the obvious choice. Susan (Pete’s mother) and I decided we should try to stay with an Irish feel as well to fit in with the wedding weekend. As I showed you guys in my mood board last week, I wanted it to feel Irish by using greens and natural elements but for it to be subtle and elegant. I got some pictures of the decorations before the dinner started but was so scattered that I forgot to get pictures of any people (SO dumb) and only got one picture once the candles were lit. This, my dears, is why I need Colleen with me any time I am supposed to document something. She is so much better of a photographer and always remembers to get pictures of the important things.
I collected greens and made a garland for a statement piece on the fireplace. I purchased some flowers to add in so that it would be more springy.
I also used greens in the centerpiece with the addition of babies breath. Colleen was a doll and helped me design the table numbers and placecards. She also (very patiently) put all of the guests name into each placecard and sent them to me so I could print them out. Seriously could not have done it without her.
I used a few vessels I had that I thought would work and arranged some flowers in them for the buffet table.
We decided to use a Celtic knot design on the placecards and it was Susan’s idea to use a Celtic font. I also tied little sprigs of dried lavender together for each place. It is an Irish wedding tradition to incorporate lavender for love and luck.
Here is a picture of the bride and groom that I stole from Facebook of the wedding day. I didn’t carry my camera on the wedding day since I was in the bridal party so I didn’t take any of my own pictures. Aren’t they a beautiful couple? I have known Pete for half of my life and I have never seen him more emotional and open with his feelings than he was during his vows. It was really very touching and most everyone in the room had tears in their eyes. In fact, most of the bridal party had to have their makeup touched up after the ceremony. It was really a very special moment and made me very proud of him.
Here is sweet picture of beautiful Sarah and her adorable son that I just had to share. So precious.
Also, big shout out to my assistants and loyal Wednesday dinner dates Caitlin and Roo who were crazy helpful.
Love you Pete and Sarah!
Link to Free Printables of Placecards and Table numbers
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