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Sunday, November 21, 2010

{Thanksgiving} Tablescape

Happy Sunday sweet friends! I'm actually not dreading tomorrow, this Monday will be a lot easier to handle since it's a short work week and pie is just around the corner! I had so much fun today setting the table for my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I feel as if it is my gift to them, to show how much I adore them. (I become strangely overly sentimental around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Independence Day.)

First up was making placecards. It's not like they are necessary with six people, but I think it is a nice touch that makes each guest feel special. Not to mention add so much to the look of your table!

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I'm still a bit hooked on creating wordles, so I made one for each guest. Each placecard describes the traits we are grateful for in that person. The kids pitched in too in describing Gramma and Grampa, and they especially loved coming up with words for me and Mr. Sugarplum!

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(I'll have to ask why I'm 'sticky'? But they were quite pleased with calling me a 'blogster.')

It will be fun to go around the table and read them on Thanksgiving, and everyone can use it later for an 'encouraging' bookmark.

I made some adjustments to the table decor and love how it turned out!

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The glittery sticks I usually put in the Christmas tree, but placed them in a Dollar Store vase to use as a centerpiece for now. Babygirl and I found the beautiful Fall leaves used as vase filler in our front yard. It adds some nice height, and ties in with the Eddie Ross gold glittered pumpkins (Who, ohmygosh commented on both posts!!). The pinecones are in another one of my craft projects.

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After Courtney at A Thoughtful Place tipped us off to the great ribbon found at the Dollar Store, I picked up the gold gauzy ribbon used to tie the placecards and napkins. A single $1 roll was all I needed for 6 place settings.

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The china was passed down to me through my family, as was the monogrammed silver flatware. I used the plum glasses and napkins for a muted hit of color (and because it's what I've got!).

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I'm crazy about the No-Sew Trio of Runners, and love the lightness they bring to the table. The rose-colored gold chargers I picked up at Michaels when they were 2 for $3. This is my first tablescape using chargers and I don't think I'll ever skip them again!

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The acorn-filled hurricanes were too bulky for the table, so they moved to the piano top, along with the largest of my leftover Halloween pumpkins.

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I'll leave you with one last Thanksgiving craft....a practically free banner! All I needed were two sheets of scrapbook paper, a package of the cutest, smallest clothes pins ever, and a free print-out:

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$3 and 30 minutes later, I had this:

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I'm not typically a scrapbook-craft kind of gal, but having a blog makes me do crazy things! And it really is so cute. Using jute ribbon from this project helps it to look more organic...and I'm obsessed with those tiny clothespins! (I have a feeling you'll see them again in a Christmas craft!) I know the shelf-life of this banner is less than a week (seeing as how Thanksgiving is 3 days away!), but it was a fun Saturday afternoon craft with the kids, so totally worth it!

For a pdf of the free printable, click here. I printed only the banner and a Thanksgiving coloring page, but it is a full kit containing everything from invites, to menu and placecards! I'm really happy to have found the cute Paper Glitter blog, it's so easy to personalize an event with fun paper projects....and even easier when someone does it for you...and for free!

I'm trying to stay ahead of the rush this year so I can enjoy the holidays more (Don't ask me if I've started Christmas shopping though...not.one.bit. So I might be smug with Thanksgiving, but Christmas will be showing me who's boss!), and it feels great to have the table set. It really helps us all get in to the spirit too. How's it coming along in your house? Care to join us for Thanksgiving?

23 comments:

  1. Cassie,
    Okay...first, I am just now noticing you "comment line"...I cannot stop laughing about the milk duds girlfriend! Yes, call me slow...I just now noticed! I love the table setting. And, the wordle place cards are awesome!! I'd make those, except...I really do want to get along with my family this year! I kid, I kid!

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  2. Your table looks so pretty, Cass! Straight out of a magazine. You're so creative. Love it! Happy Thanksgiving almost.

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  3. it looks gorgeous!!! we are having just my parents here, so there will be 6 of us, too- i need to do something special like this!

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  4. Come on! You are killing me. It looks fantastic. I don't even know what to comment on. {thx for the ribbon shout out}. I love the runners and the placecards are so special and adorable. LOVE the banner. Never would do one either but you may have put me over the edge. Aren't chargers great. I love how the elevate the scale of the place setting. What time is dinner . . . I want to sit at that table. :)

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  5. I love this, Cassie! Everything turned out beautifully. I especially love the Wordle place cards and the chargers do add an elegant touch! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Those wordles are brilliant! What a fun touch!

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  7. Holy moly, this looks fantastic! I love everything - the plum, the chargers, the wordles!! Amazing. We already had thanksgiving in Canada, but this makes me want one more!

    Nice work, girl.

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  8. Wow, this is an amazing table! It looks like the kind of thing I'd expect to see in a magazine or on display in a store - I'm impressed you were able to create such a festive dining table in your own home! And as for the wordle placecards, I think that's such a sweet way to further personalize each guest's place at the Thanksgiving table! Thanks for sharing these great ideas and inspirations... Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. Your table looks amazing Cassie! The placecard is so cool, how you personalized it for each person- that will be fun to read during dinner:) And I'm all about "use what you have"!

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  10. Your table is stunning and so elegant! I love the plum and the gold together. Your place cards are a very nice touch and what a fun idea to personalize each one. Arent't chargers great! They add so much class to a table. A very lovely table!

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  11. Tis the season to tablescape. I tried my rugged hands at it as well. I think yours came out so rich and full! I know those dining will enjoy everything.

    http://mrgoodwillhunting.blogspot.com

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  12. I am a brand new reader, and so far... I am in heaven.

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  13. Those place cards are *brilliant*. I love that idea! So much better than making everybody sit through me blubber at the Thanksgiving table about them! (c; That is so awesome that Eddie Ross commented on your projects...they are fabulous!!!

    http://loveallthingsbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  14. Those are such great decorations!!!

    This is all so festive and pretty and awesome.

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  15. LOVELY tablescape!! Visting from Ten June (I'm sharing my own tablescape there on Wednesday!), and I'm wondering where I've been all this time not reading your blog?! So definitely a new reader here:)

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  16. I love your tablescape! I finished my table this evening for Christmas :) I love GOLD :)

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  17. Your tablescape is just beautiful. I love the idea of the personalized place cards! Such a thoughtful, pretty, and fun idea.

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  18. Wow, you are so creative. It looks great! What a good idea to put the three table runners across the table that direction. I wouldn't have thought of that. Good work.

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  19. Love the PLUM color-- its just so pretty. The placecards are so sweet, great job!

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  20. So, I knew you were creative, but I didn't know you were CREATIVE. Holy cow, this is all awesome. (This is Bill, BTW)

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  21. Where did you get the purple glasses? :)

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  22. Purple and gold are a divine combination, thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous table!
    xo
    Kate

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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