I love this time of year and even though I’m often crazy busy I try to savor each moment. I am amazed that Thanksgiving is only a week away but so looking forward to it. This year’s holiday will be extra special since we will be celebrating with all of J’s family. It will be the first time that every member of his immediate family will be gathered around one table on Thanksgiving Day in many years. I’m hoping it will be a new tradition!
Family traditions are extremely important to me. I think it stems from having a very close knit family where holidays were filled with cooking and baking old family recipes, cozy nights snuggling around the television watching old movies and lots of laughter. Those traditions inspired a collection we designed last year. This year I was inspired to create a tablescape that mixed new and old traditions. Here’s a lil’ bit about our collection and the tablescape I designed…
The Thanksgiving Heritage Collection includes a Fill-In Invitation and Welcome Sign. We mixed a traditional cross stitch pattern with a rustic modern frame. Each feather of our traditional turkey was individually hand painted by J, our illustrator. The turkey is stunning!
I reused the “Happy Thanksgiving” banner from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. I found the best way to store banners you plan on reusing is to fold the panels back-to-back, wrap the ribbon ends around the panels and place in a reclosable bag. Then store them in a box or filing cabinet in a dry and even-temperatured room.
I wanted to keep the tablescape very simple and easy to recreate. I asked J to pick up three loaves of rustic bread which are affordable since they can be used for turkey sandwiches later in the day. I love edible centerpieces!
I displayed the bread on torn lunch sacks and wooden boxes. I’ve had these boxes for years but you can purchase them at your local arts and crafts store. The bread display would also look great if you used paper mache boxes or covered shoe boxes.
At each end of the bread display, I added two clear glass vessels filled with water, whole cranberries and floating candles. These are one of my favorite go-to items when I need to add candlelight to any holiday event. Depending on the glass vessel you use, you can create a rustic or modern version. For this display I mixed both styles.
Each placesetting consisted of a white dinner plate, brown cloth napkin, white salad-n-soup bowl, silverware and goblet. An apple was accented with a “Give Thanks” Cake Stake inserted into a bamboo food pick.
Each guest’s name was added to a folded “Create-Your-Own” Party Card using Adobe Reader. I used a corner punch to give a unique shape to a standard tent card.
“I am thankful for…” was added to flat Party Cards and tucked under the silverware. Each guest can write down their thoughts as they savor the different courses.
Turkey Cake Stakes were tied to the stem of each goblet with rustic twine. Harvest salt and pepper shakers finished off the table top. A vintage-inspired crocheted tablecloth layered on a chocolate satin cloth were the foundation pieces for the tablescape.
Additional pieces in the collection include a “Create-Your-Own” Menu, Favor Bag Toppers and Cross Stitch Paper.
Here are a few of my favorite artsy shots…
I hope your inspired to create a Thanksgiving table that reflects your family’s traditions.