Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not about the food for me but all about the gathering with loved ones and taking time to reflect on life’s many blessings.
Today I share with you our Thanksgiving table. The inspiration was the glittered pumpkin in the center of the table which I placed on an embroidered bronze organza runner. I surrounded it with gourds, mini pumpkins, pheasant feathers, seed pods, rattan spheres, horn candleholders ,silk artichokes, bittersweet vine, mercury glass votive holders and 3 large glitter oranments in gold and bronze to pick up on the glitter of the pumpkin. The rest of the table elements were all foraged from my back yard: pine cones, dried astilbe, dried oakleaf hydrangea, dried sedum Autumn Joy and sweet gum seed pods. I heaped all these around the table to create a feeling of abundance and bring loads of texture. I made name card holders out of twigs and twine and used gold cardstock. Casual dishes in fall colors were chosen and set on rattan chargers. Gold napkins were tied in birch bark napkin rings. Amber glassware completed this harvest tablescape.
One of our family’s tradition is to set out pen and paper and invite everyone to jot down whatever they are thankful for and place their note in a pumpkin tureen. During dessert we pass the dish around the table and each read out loud the sentiments. We have fun guessing who wrote them. The more people there are, the harder the guessing! And there is no limit to how many grateful messages each person can share! To learn how to make the découpaged leaf hurricane seen above, please click
To see how I made the place card holders:
To see how I made the napkin rings, please click
Among the many blesssings I reflect upon this Thanksgiving, I am truly humbled and grateful for the wonderful friendships around the world my blog has brought into my life, this first year as a blogger. It has been a wondrous journey. Thank you.