Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Table 2012

It's almost here, folks! Can you believe Thanksgiving is just days away?

Here at the Roost, we don't have a large family Thanksgiving dinner because we always travel to Kentucky to spend the Holidays with our families (which are quite large!). However, that doesn't keep me from setting a pretty table and inviting a few friends over for a 'pre-Thanksgiving' or an in between Holiday meal.

I love decorating the table for Thanksgiving--it is such an important, symbolic meal where we can gather and reflect on all that we are grateful for. If you missed my Thanksgiving table from last year, you can see it here.

This year, I used the same brown transferware, but layered it on top of our good china. I placed napkins with the world "thankful" embroidered on them on top of the plates, and then spray-painted the mini pumpkins we grew in our garden silver for some sparkle and a little take-home favor.

In the center of the table I placed a breadboard that was made from the side of an old Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel, and topped it with an heirloom white pumpkin, an artichoke and another silver mini pumpkin. Since I was sort of on a silver theme with the pumpkins, I pulled our our silver julep cups and placed artichokes in them. I was just playing around with the candlesticks and the artichokes--and realized they actually could work as a candle holder. Pull apart the center leaves, burrow the candlestick down in the artichoke, and you're done! So simple.

And remember that chocolate brown and cream traditional overshot coverlet I bought from the Appalachian Craft Guild shop while in Asheville? Well, I used that as a festive tablecloth, and added a burlap table runner down the center.

An few ears of Indian corn hang from my china cabinet for a festive fall touch. I think I'm going to add another maybe on the window and one hanging from the fireplace.

The best part of all was that I didn't have to buy anything additional that won't get used up or isn't functional in some way. I literally had everything I used for the decor already here in my house except for the tall candles, silver spray paint, and the artichokes (which will get eaten one night this week).

I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving this week. Despite the hard year my husband and I have had, I am extremely grateful for SO many things. I'm especially thankful for complete healing of my broken leg (tibia fracture) without needing surgery, due to a car accident that occurred almost exactly one year ago. Those were long, dark days full of anxiety, trauma, and thoughts of whether I would ever walk normally again.....but I am happy to report that with patience and persistence I have resumed all my normal (even high impact) physical activities :) God IS faithful!

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  1. Lovely! I love the use of artichokes!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Everything looks wonderful! I love your farmhouse table and the wains coating. Also, I'm sooo jealous of the fireplace! :)

  3. Wow, the table is just gorgeous! I love how you used the coverlet and burlap runner. Really festive and the colors are perfect. The fireplace completes it perfectly! What a cozy place to enjoy a meal :)

    I'm happy to hear your leg is totally healed! That's amazing!

  4. Really nice table! The soft color added by the artichokes is really lovely. I have some of that same china. It's really beautiful. Do you have a big chandelier? I can see the reflection of a lot of sparkle in a few of the photos.

    On a note of thankfulness, I think as we get age we become more thankful for things we took for granted as younger people. Important things. It's a nice feeling to be grateful for what we have.

  5. What a beautiful tablescape! Love the runner on top of the tablecloth and the silver pumpkins.

  6. Beautiful! I especially like the coverlet as tablecloth. Also so glad to hear that your leg is back to 100%...sometimes it's really hard to maintain a positive outlook in the face of unexpected difficulties, so bravo for that as well :)

  7. Thanks for the comment today! I accidentally hit delete instead of publish…OOPS!! Anyway, have a wonderful holiday week!