It’s about this time of year that we start planning what we’re doing for Thanksgiving. As you might know firsthand, it can get complicated to try to spend time with everyone on both sides of the family on one day, but we always make it work. I have two brothers, both with significant others whose families are in town as well, and my hubby’s sister lives close and her husband’s family is also here. So, we typically do Thanksgiving at my sis-n-law’s house in the early afternoon (with her now three kiddos, her husband’s parents, and my in-laws if they’re in town) and then head to my parents in the evening to be with my siblings and their kiddos.
After pulling out two bins of Fall decor last weekend, I wasn’t really feeling it. So, I let it sit a few days until the mood felt right. When I came back to it this week, the process unfolded naturally and didn’t feel “forced”. This is the way I like to decorate. 🙂 I added the usual Fall decor suspects- pumpkins, pine cones, apples, flowering branches (real and faux), and a new “cayenne and ivory” throw blanket that I’m crazy about. I spread the Fall love throughout the house and had the best compliment from my girlfriend who came to visit from out of town.
Was the first day of Fall as gorgeous in your city as it was here?! We got to experience a significant drop in temperatures and a morning without humidity- pretty near perfect! In honor of the official start of Fall, I put together a “rustic glam” mantle. Of course, we don’t really have a true mantle, so our console table subbed in.
Year after year, as we decorate our homes for the changing seasons, we learn more about our style and perhaps ourselves. What do we want our homes to say, what feeling do we want to convey? If you’re a funky and colorful type of person, I bet your home reflects that. Are you more modern or traditional? I’m sure those elements creep into your home design too. I keep coming back to inviting and simple decor. I lean toward uncomplicated spaces with a coziness to them. I tried to accomplish that with the addition of some Fall decor in our dining room- not that we’re seeing anything near Fall temperatures here in Houston.
And the countdown to Thanksgiving beings! Over the weekend I finished up my grocery list and actually made it to the store. I “think” I have everything, so I’m hoping I don’t have to return to the store for “one more thing!” I also completed our Thanksgiving tablescape:)
This year, our Thanksgiving table was inspired by all the luxurious shiny gold I’m seeing and loving these days in fashion and home decor. The place card for the table (a spray painted pear and computer-crafted label) sparked the idea.
Now that Halloween has passed, I don’t feel so bad about getting busy planning for Thanksgiving! The recent issue of Food & Wine magazine has me giddy to get cooking! In our family, we typically visit my husband’s sister and her family in the early part of the day and then go to my parents’ house, but I always like to contribute to the meal at both get-togethers.
At my parents’ house, we have fallen into a pretty comfortable Thanksgiving menu, that I’ve listed below, and I try to add something new to the mix.
With Thanksgiving drawing near, I’ve been thinking about gathering around the table and enjoying my family and all the homemade food and dessert that Thanksgiving brings. This year, we’re still not sure who is hosting, but I would be happy to have everyone over here:) I started playing around with tablescapes this weekend and liked this simple one. I typically go for warmer colors for Thanksgiving, so this is a nice departure for me. I think I’d like to add some tall glass candlestick holders (or votives) and white candles, but I’m still looking for those. I used our wedding china (Ralph Lauren),
After Halloween passes, I immediately start thinking of Thanksgiving and even have my eye on Christmas! Okay, I don’t even wait for Halloween to pass before getting excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can you relate? Seeing these holiday catalogs in my mailbox makes me giddy! I’ve already torn out some images for future decor ideas. The holidays are my most favorite time of the year. I’m the kind of girl who always feels thankful (for family, for my healthy and happy baby, for close girlfriends, for my health, for being able to be a SAHM, for my home,