I love to set the table for special meals, holidays and guests. I thought I’d share some inspiration for setting your table for Thanksgiving this year. It really doesn’t matter if your Thanksgiving is totally formal or completely casual, just taking the time to add a few non-everyday items, provides a special holiday feel and will make your table warm and welcoming to your guests (Even (or maybe especially!) if it’s the same family who sits around your table every night!). I think it’s important to give a proper celebration to this special time, that we in America, come together in gratitude and thankfulness. I wrote about some of my Thanksgiving thoughts a few years ago here. We need to not to lose this holiday in the major retail push for everyone to “buy, buy, buy” for Christmas!
You can see our table from last Thanksgiving here. You’ll notice, I don’t buy new every year (or even every few years!). I like to use what I have and I love a table filled with mix-n-match glass wear.
It provides a casual elegance that says- “This is really special……but if I spill something, I think everyone will be cool with it” 😂 .
There is always too much food to fit on the dining table, so I use the center for decorating and we just have breads, different wines, still and sparkling water actually set on the table. The enormous Thanksgiving feast itself is always served buffet style at our house. I like to fill the center of the table with candles, flowers, pumpkins, greenery, pinecones, acorns…..you name it! I’ve mentioned before that I keep all of my fall decor stash in storage , so when I bring it out, I just play around with what I have until I’m happy with the result. I inevitably add a few pieces each year and then pack it all away in storage containers as I transition to Christmas.
Layering fabrics on the table or adding textures like velvet throw pillows and faux fur throws, add more casual elegance and a “not too done” vibe.
I am so excited to be spending Thanksgiving back in Virginia this year with my family! I’ve shared with y’all before that my family is highly skilled and talented at turning out a feast. Their southern hospitality really shines on the holidays and I am so grateful to be able to be going back home to enjoy it with them. Have I ever told you that my parents still live on the huge farm that I grew up on? They do. When I go home I actually sleep in my old bedroom (it’s not lavender anymore…but still…pretty special.)
Like everyone else, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs so I’m very thankful to be able to be going home this year! What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Is your meal more of a casual affair or formal?
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