Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tis the Season... well, almost...

The holidays are fast approaching...
  • 7 days until Halloween
  • 32 days until Thanksgiving
  • 62 days until Christmas
  • and 69 days until my Birthday... ok well, New Year's Day for everyone else.

I've mentioned before that I'm a bit more into the "seasonal" decor for Halloween and Thanksgiving than actual ghosts, cauldrons, spiders, and turkeys.  I find right now this is a bit "two birds one stone" and a tad easier on the wallet.  So pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns it is!   I know one day our home will be covered with fake cobwebs and maybe even some glitter skulls, but it just doesn't seem worth the effort when no one is here to see it.  

However, the Fall Harvest-ish theme will be enjoyed, since once again we are hosting Thanksgiving.  This is our second year (of hopefully many more) to invite family over to our home and this year we have a few more guests than last.

While our house is pretty large for 2 people at just under 2,000 sq ft, we don't have a formal dining room to easily feed 10 people without some rearranging.  The joys of townhomes.

Last year there was 7 of us, so we added a folding table and chairs and made like Tim Gunn and "made it work".    I was pretty wrapped up in making my first Turkey, that I decorated as an afterthought. 

(yay! my first bird! - and no one got sick)
This year we will have 3 more guests, so it's time to make some less makeshift maneuvers and think with the future in mind - we plan to continue to host for years!  So our dinner table that currently seats four... will now comfortably seat six.

I was inspired by Amy to mix and match our seating... (and it's going to save us some dough, instead of buying more from our current set!)

Beige Microfiber Parsons Chair with Merlot Legs - Bed Bath & Beyond $99.99

And this year I'm going to make an effort to really 'set' the table.  A daughter/sister in law needs to show off, right?  I swung by Crate & Barrel this afternoon and in addition to grabbing a few more dinner and salad plates for our dinnerware set, I grabbed some great items to decorate the table(s).

First, I picked up this gorgeous table cloth.  I think it will be perfect for Thanksgiving and is also neutral enough to leave on the table through the remaining holidays.  The acorn branch print matches my go to fall favorites and the gold branches are enough glam to bring us through the New Year.  It'll also be perfect to coordinate with our second table, which is getting our white table cloth and a metallic gold table runner.

I picked up 10 pumpkin colored napkins to place at both tables to keep things cohesive.  Also the deep orange color looks great with the candles and pumpkins already scattered throughout the great room.

Then, for the main table the napkins will have these blingy little napkin rings.  Again, these are sparkly enough to be used through December, I'll just swap out the orange napkins for our green ones.  Or maybe go really classy and just use white with some other metallic accents.

I still need to grab 4 more napkin rings for the second table, but I think I'll go with something cheaper different.  I like having fun mixing and matching, and hopefully it'll be something I can reuse for another season if need be.

We still have a few more things to pick up before the big day sneaks up, but I thought this was a great start and really got me excited for the holidays.

Do you host Thanksgiving?  Do you have something that is a table top must?


  1. I'm excited for you hosting turkey day with all the fam - especially with all the planning you are putting into it! I hope you take and share some pics of your meal and table settings!

  2. Sounds really exciting! I hosted Christmas for the first time last year and really had fun decorating and preparing for everything! Can't wait to hear how everything goes. :)

  3. how exciting! I love home decor :)

  4. Lisa - I will definitely take pictures. I think I took pictures last year, but ended up deleting them because it was that pathetic haha

    Kristen - I love decorating for the holidays, but like it more when I can show it off... otherwise it just seems like work haha

    Sammie - thanks! me too

  5. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who likes countdowns (: (149 days until my birthday!). I've never actually had traditional Thanksgiving dinner, my family doesn't really celebrate. This year might be my first one! Can't wait to see pictures of the actual event!

  6. Cindy -I hope you enjoy your 1st thanksgiving... it's definitely my favorite holiday of the year (with st.pattys close behind)... how can you not love a holiday that's sole purpose is to eat!! (ahh, the american way! LOL)


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