Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Tablescape 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Bloggie Friends,

So what do you do when the inspiration for a vignette or a tablescape just doesn't come?  Turn to our friend Google, of course, which then leads you to Blogland and Pinterest...duh!  So, I was trying to find some inspiration for a Thanksgiving tablescape by looking at the things I had since spending tons o money was not an option.  Nothing was really coming together.  I had these light tan tablecloths which I wanted to use, so I figured maybe a relatively neutral palette would be good.  Still, nothing was really standing out as a theme.  Then I came across Debbie's amazing table at Confessions of a Plate Addict.  When I saw that she and I had the same Wal Mart faux pumpkins that we had both painted ivory, I knew I needed to explore further.  I'd like to say she INSPIRED me, but I think it would be more accurate to say that I copy catted her for the most part.  I had been wanting to make one of the ubiquitous burlap table runners, but hadn't gotten to it, so I bought some inexpensive loose weave burlap and just cut it and fringed the ends after washing it twice to make it softer.  I actually like the way it turned out very much, and you can't beat the price (about $6 and I got enough for 2 runners since the width was too wide for the runner but not long enough to go the length of the table, so I cut it in half widthwise).

The second part of my tablescape came from a source that I'm sorry to say I can't remember, but it involved putting a photo gallery of family pictures in the center of the table.  I liked the idea, but not necessarily the execution since I didn't want it to be the only focal point of my centerpiece.  So, I took some of my favorite family, pet, friend, house, and beach photos (things we are THANKFUL for, get it?), printed them in black and white, and then put them on a decorative paper and complimentary cardstock.  I interspersed them with the large pumpkins and some small ones I had left from my Halloween decor for visual interest. 

I made some little leaf name tags and just tied them around beautiful antique linen napkins that I had and put them over my parents' china.  I also used my parents' sterling silverware, one of my favorite things that I own.

Lastly, somewhere on the internet (also unknown), I had seen rolls of jute twine used as simple candlesticks.  I thought it was brilliant, so I had to recreate it, especially since I had the jute already.  I might add that for safety's sake, I will either come up with a bobeche to catch the wax or I will not light the candles.

The rest of the photos are of various other areas in my home.  I just love decorating for Thanksgiving.  Although I love Christmas, I just can't skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to my Christmas decorating.  I need to enjoy all of the seasons and holidays as they come, so I hope you are not too tired of fall because I'm sharing it one more time. 

My great aunt Ione painted this pretty pitcher.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

Sharing with:

White Wednesday
Farmhouse Friday 
Tabletop Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Tablescape Thursday 
Feathered Nest Friday
2805 Potpourri Party
The Charm of Home

Until next time,

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  1. Hi Judy,
    What lovely inspiration for the dining table. I just love what you did with your. Great idea using the burlap on your table.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Judy I feel like I haven't seen you in forever... Love your table.. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

  3. what time will the turkey be served? I would sooo love to sit around YOUR table this thanksgiving! I just love all of your touches. as always...soo much inspiration here! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! ;)

  4. Oh this is such a beautiful tablescape and buffet. I love it all. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, marty

  5. Judy,

    This is just beautiful! Your table is now going to be an inspiration for others!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  6. So pretty! My favs are the twine candle holder (ingenious), the white pottery vignette and all the brown transfer ware. You're making me want to do some puttering today, but it's hair day. The rest of the afternoon will be shot.

  7. Looks beautiful, Judy! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.


  8. Beautiful. Love that spoon! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Simply Elegant, love the picture idea!

  10. Just lovely... I love your brown transferware.... what perfectly perfect pieces for fall.

    Thanksgiving Blessings,

  11. Perfect inspiration!
    Happy Thanksgiving Judy!!

  12. Your table is beautiful! I love the name tags you created; they look fabulous with your gorgeous linens. I also enjoyed viewing your brown transferware items; they are lovely. The pitcher your great aunt painted is really nice, too.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Love the pictures in the centerpiece... It all looks beautiful.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  14. Beautiful photos of your home, love your Tablescape, and how you included your pictures! Thank you for visiting my blog, I'm now your newest follower!

  15. Such wonderful elements you've shared with us. Love your pretty table and the placecards are wonderful. How sweet to have the family photos on the table of Thanksgiving.

  16. Your tablescape is stunning! The transferware and linens are lovely and the silver and twine candlesticks create a terrific mix. Love the mirrors!

    Thank you for sharing you gorgeous Thanksgiving table at Potpourri Friday!

  17. Beautiful table. I love the candle holders!
    Enjoy the long holiday weekend...

  18. Hope your Thanksgiving was an awesome one. Love those mirrors and frames.

  19. Your blog just makes me sigh with happiness. Your tablescapes just turned out so WONDERFULLY! So inspiring.

    I wanted to let you know that YOU have WON my Celebration Giveaway ExtravaganZA! I offered it oh so long ago in August, however, time and life got the best of me. So here we are and you are the big winner. If you would email me your address

    Congrats and well done on your beautiful blog!

  20. Fantastic! I love that book Farm Ballads! What a pretty table!
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  21. So beautiful!! What a lovely post!! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  22. Oh my... those mirrors are gorgeous! Love all your decor--

  23. I'm just doing some catching up! This is a lovely post. I love seeing the detail of your beautiful things.

  24. The jute twine candlestick holders are brilliant! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!


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