A Casually Elegant Thanksgiving
Sorry for the radio silence, but it’s been crazy around here and I’ve had exactly 3,472 projects going on at one time AND… I’m starting a new job!!! More on that later, hopefully… Anywho, I know this is a little passé since Thanksgiving has already come and gone, but I wanted to share this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape!! I promise more Christmas posts to come, but for now let me reminisce….
Thanksgiving at mom’s is always an event. We usually have about thirty people gathering around to give thanks and it makes my heart so full to have the people I love so dearly in the same place at the same time. And. The. Foooooood. Get outta town. In.creddd.iiiiible. Crab-stuffed mushrooms, green bean and corn casserole, sweet potato casserole, oyster dressing…. It rivals the finest restaurant fare. My role each year is to not only provide an appetizer and my world-famous pumpkin cheesecake, but to also create a festive tablescape and environment.
This year, I was really feeling more of a casual, relaxed theme. I’ve been loving the easy feel of linens and an eclectic, non-fussy approach to decor lately. I decided on a combination of soft blues, creams, earthy greens, and aged brass. During a recent visit to my local fabric store, I came across a washed chambray fabric that I instantly gravitated towards. I decided this would be the perfect color for this year’s napkins and would really pop off of the ivory tablecloths we already had from a previous event. I purchased enough yardage to make 16 napkins (we only had half our usual crowd this year) and two long table runners. After running a straight stitch 1/2″ from the edge, I ran the linens through the washer and dryer so the edges would fray, giving me that raw, unfinished edge I was after. I did the same with the long table runners. We had a ton of birch logs left over from the massive tree trimming we did at Shick Plantation, so Doug cut them into various heights to serve as the bases for the pillar candles. I scoured my local thrift shops (and pillaged my aunt’s house) and found an assortment of brass candlesticks to give the table some height and added dimension. Fortunately, my grandparents had a plethora of fresh ivy and dried eucalyptus I was able to layer on top of the runners to add an earthy feel to the table.
The combination of colors, textures and finishes felt easy, effortless and elegant. The biggest expense was the purchase of the fabric for the napkins and runners since we already had *almost* everything we needed already on-hand. I always enjoy “shopping” for tablescape items at my family’s houses, especially my grandparents’. You never know what treasures you will find that will fit in perfectly with your theme.
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with amazing food, laughs and precious time with family and friends!!