Thanksgiving Tables, Traditions, and Thoughts | BloggerStylinHomeTour

America celebrates Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.  It is a day set apart in order to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest.  As a descendant of the Mayflower, Thanksgiving is truly a time for my family to reflect on the heritage that has been passed down for generations.  Thanksgiving weekend is set aside for trimming the Christmas Tree, playing games, and watching football.

My friend, Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co, invited me to participate in her beautiful blog hop of Thanksgiving tables and traditions.  This Thanksgiving, I wanted to incorporate things around my house on our table, aka shop my house.  I am so excited to show you my tables!  Thank you, Lindsay for including me among this fabulous line up.  If you are here from the darling Dimples and Tangles blog, welcome!  Jennifer is the reigning Queen of Tablescapes.  Please stop by her blog if you haven't already!!

In my Blogger Stylin' Fall Home Tour, I showed you how I added touches of fall throughout my home.  Today, I am showing you how I will set my Autumn Thanksgiving table.


If it is an Indian Summer, we will be eating outside. Who am I kidding?  It will be cold and blustery, but the yard is so beautiful today, I just HAD to set up my table outside!! 


The sprinkling of leaves is acting like a festive confetti of red, yellow, and orange.  Such beauty in God's creation.


A simple centerpiece of gathered foliage in their stunning display!


Brown transferware, pewter, my grandmother's silver, and dishtowels used as napkins give the table a bit of English Countryside Charm.








It's all so romantic, but WHAT do you do when you want to set a pretty table without all the fuss?  You can still attain a lovely table!  Literally five minutes and I had a new table set for next to NOTHING.  And the best part?  It all goes in the trash with no dishes to wash!


Using some outdoor furniture or even a card table,
I took the scarf off my neck and transformed it into a tablecloth.



Grocery store flowers cut and plopped in a container, paper plates dug out of my "leftover" stash, plastic cups and utensils...


It isn't about the money spent on having the "right" accessories as seen on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook.  This table could be just as lovely with white paper napkins, plates, and utensils.  Utilizing a scarf, piece of fabric remnant, or fruit adds color and texture to your table.  
You can make anything lovely with a little lipstick.


One of our traditions we do as a family is write down things we are thankful for.  We start the beginning of November and allow the children (and Mommy and Daddy) to add to it whenever they recognize something they are thankful for.  On Thanksgiving Day, we reread our "thanks" and talk about the many ways God has worked in our family over the past year by looking at "thanks" from previous years.  

I utilized our school's die cut system for these cute turkeys and leaves... the benefit of volunteering 

To me, Thanksgiving isn't just about a beautiful tablescape, Thankgiving is about FAMILY.
This is our family on Thanksgiving Day last year.  Our extended family was out of town, so we made the best of it!  Turkey, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes.. 
The table was simple.  The boys each made their own placemat with craft paper and markers while my husband and I finished up dinner preparations.  



Here we used our china and crystal, but the meal wouldn't have been any less special with all paper goods!  The focus is on being together and good conversation.

How are you spending Thanksgiving this year?

Happy Thanksgiving from my table to yours!

Next up on the tour is Restless Arrow.  Amber is sure to wow you with her lovely Thanksgiving Tablescape.  Go tell her I said hello!

I would love to have follow along with me here, on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin' and Facebook!

xox,

Emily

Here is the full schedule of tours.  
You do not want to miss any of them!!









16 comments:

  1. i love this! love both settings, especially the first but love both! and i appreciate your thoughts on Thanksgiving and totally agree- it's about family and time spent with those we love, and remembering all who can't be with us (here on earth or not).

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  2. The scarf as tablecloth is so prefect and I adore the surrounding. Such a fantastic looking idea. Love it

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  3. Both settings are beautiful and I have always been a fan of those white pumpkins. Love the checks and all the silver as well!
    Shelley

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  4. Oh my, the table by the water is amazing, such a pretty view, but I think my favorite is your table from last year. Family is what really matters, and yours gathered around the table is perfect.

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  5. What a beautiful setting Emily! And I totally agree - whether you go all out or keep it simple, what really matters are the people at the table. You have a beautiful family!

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  6. You have such exquisite taste! You are in OK, aren't you? I live in Tulsa.
    Brenda

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  7. Loooooove that it's outside! How gorgeous, friend!

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  8. I want to be friends with you in real life. As in, please move next door to me. I love your heart and your encouragement to not only make a pretty home but to create a lovely life inside (or outside) that home!

    Also - the outdoor tablescapes on your lake in the fall are amazing!!!!!!!! I vote for a blogger retreat at your house :) :) :)

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  9. Every time I see your yard with that amazing view I just swoon. Seriously. It is straight out of my dreams. Beautiful tables, and I LOVE that you showed how a quickie table with paper goods can still be elegant. How fun would it be to actually be able to have Thanksgiving dinner outdoors?! That will never happen here either :)

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  10. Both tables are beautiful. I love the idea of your kids making their own placemats. Those are memories your boys will treasure. Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays and I love hosting and having our family over. We usually just use paper plates (the thick ones) but I have worked on collecting a hodge podge of transferware plates to use over the years. I think I finally have found enough plates for my collection but I don't think my house will be ready to host this year :( So, for the first time in 13 years I won't be able to host Thanksgiving. I'm a little sad but I'm trying to focus on the fact that there will be less stress this way. Anyway...sorry for the tangent...both of your tables are beautiful whichever you decide to go with. I hope you are able to eat outside...your yard is gorgeous!

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  12. Such a beautiful set up! And your backyard!!!! Oh my. :)

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  13. Outside, inside, that simple table...it's all just perfect but not in an overly fussy way. You just blow my mind every time I visit. I cannot get enough of your porch and that view!

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  14. GORGEOUS doesn't even begin to cover it, Emily! It's all fabulous without being fussy :) The mix of textures and colors and styles - perfection! No doubt I will be referencing this post for future tables and gatherings! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  15. You have the best backyard! I would definitely have my morning coffee out at that cozy plaid table! And yay for school office supplies and machines!

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  16. What a wonderful setting you have and I love all the great Fall touches you added to your table scape!

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