Yay for the Holidays. Every year is the same for me, I am always super excited to pull all of my Christmas decorations out, start weeding through and getting started. I have thought about it all year, literally. After the previous holiday season ends, and I have purchased a few new items on sale, as we all do. I make a note of them in my planner, so I know what I have new and what I need to add by the next year to execute any new ideas I may have. Throughout the year, I start adding in non specific items like mercury glass and table linens, risers, and domes, the kind of things you can use all year, but then work as layers for the holidays. I love to pack the house full especially for Christmas, then I pull back in January for a more sparse clean look. For now its all about layers, upon layers. The holiday table is one place I love to play. With very few items you can make a very huge impact. For some of you, you may be able to set the dining room table and leave it. If you have a kitchen table. Once the table is set to the nines, I think the room looks magical. So I leave it as long as I can.
I do love to set a pretty table any time of the year, I even enjoy the planning, and collecting of all the pretty little things I plan to use. Nothing beats setting a Holiday table, and The Thanksgiving Table takes the cake. Though Christmas wins for me as far as decorating the house, table decorating goes to Thanksgiving. I love the layers of seeded eucalyptus and braided raffia, layers of fresh pumpkins, and time to bring out my Mercury Glass Collection. Starting with this beautiful wheat wreath I found at Homegoods, I begin to add in the layers upon layers of texture, slowly filling up the table. Think bounty. First the basic traditional look, which would work all fall, for everyday, or if you are having a dinner party, maybe a fall brunch with girlfriends.
The basics. I started by layering a table cloth and an extra large runner at an angle for some interest. A wreath, center stage, that I would use as a base for a simple pumpkin. Then the table setting, one wicker charger from World Market, dinner plate and salad plate from Pottery Barn, napkin, small 6inch Boxwood wreath and a tiny white pumpkin. I added one piece of braided raffia to each side of the table, and kind of wound it around, instead of just laying it in a straight line. Then I added in some mercury glass votive holders from The Arrows Nest and some mercury glass pumpkins for some sparkle. I placed the shiny glass pumpkins on wood wedges for some more contrast. I added just a few serving pieces, one to hold nuts and one to hold cheese.
Now for some fun, my granddaughter touched one thing on this table during a recent visit, and I immediately knew this was a hit. This sweet, stuffed, turkey, place card holder, adds a little whimsy and turns this everyday fall table into a Thanksgiving Day celebration, and all of the children will adore this. It could be a tradition or a little something for your guests to take away with them. You could add a name to each place or maybe a blank card at every ones seat, and that they could write something down they are thankful for.
Lastly for an even more lush look, I added in some fresh seeded Eucalyptus, which pushed this over the top. This is my favorite look by far. I simply adore all the different textures and layers upon layers of décor. All so simple to add in, but it looks like so much work.
Here without the white pumpkins.
Again without the sweet white pumpkins.
On my side board I set up a hot cider bar, with a mug rack full of mugs from Kristin Schmucker Shop.
I moved this beloved painting by my great grandmother into the dining room for the holiday season. I am on the hunt for something new for the living room wall this came from. Here this mercury glass pedestal from The Arrows Nest holds all kinds of pinecones and fall décor.
Here in the distance I added some of my favorite dishes to the wall. I adore dishes and in particular platters.
Here is the shot before the ribbon wreath, I love how everything reflects in the mirror.
……and then after.
Thanks you so much for stopping by my Thanksgiving dining room table. I pray you are surrounded by everyone you hold dear this holiday season and throughout the year. Lets count our blessings, and be a blessing to those around us, if we are able.
Antique silver pitcher-Pottery Barn
Mercury glass votive holders-The Arrows Nest
Two-tiered stand-The Arrows Nest
Glass domed wicker tray-The Arrows Nest
Mercury glass pumpkins-Homegoods
Flower pot of wheat-Marshalls years ago
Give thanks mugs-Kristin Schmucker Shop
Chandelier-Joss & Main
Paint armoire-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen, Fresh Vintage by Amy
White platter wall-TJ Maxx years ago
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Rebekah Dempsey is the Creative Director, Stylist and Editor of A Blissful Nest. A site about everything for the home from stylish entertaining to fresh interiors. She has been in the interior design field for 10 years and currently venturing into designing custom made items for the home to help other mommies live a stylish and blissful life.