I’m going to tell you a little something about us. My husband grew up with a small family Thanksgiving, and I grew up with an extended family and cousins and Aunts and Uncles and grandparents Thanksgiving. His was a quiet, beautiful sit-down dinner… and mine was a loud, potluck-style, fun dinner. We still have not been able to agree on how to celebrate holidays, and usually end up doing both. But Josh has been asking me for a few years now to have a Thanksgiving (and Christmas and Easter) of our own, and I’m usually so tired that it just never happens. This year I want to do things a little differently!
I’ve never really hosted parties, since my idea of a party is sitting at home with a glass of wine and a good book. And maybe a good friend! So this whole dinner planning thing is kind of new to me. But I figured I would give it my best shot! So I dove right in and planned the food and the music for our little dinner. And now I’m planning the table setting!
Our table is a little small so it will hold decorations and place settings, and the food will go on the island (which will hopefully also look pretty). No guarantees though! Cooking is a messy art!
To dress up our white table, I pulled out a roll of burlap to use as a table runner. I’m going for a simple, country look. Nothing too fancy or over the top! Candlelight is kind of a necessity at a nice dinner (plus I love candles anyway!), so I finally indulged and bought a bunch of inexpensive pillar candles. Yay! I love how the burlap and white candles give the table a rustic, country feel.
Of course, no table would be complete without greenery, so I casually arranged some eucalyptus cuttings around the candles. I usually like to use native greenery, but mesquite just wasn’t working for this.
To add some interest and a pop of color, I sprinkled some apples and pine cones in the mix. To finish it off, I laid out our plates and glasses. The white dishes complement the simple, country look and feel of our Thanksgiving table.
My favorite part though, is the little card with a quote from the Plymouth pilgrim Edward Winslow telling about the original Thanksgiving. I think it’s important to remember why we celebrate holidays so that they don’t lose their original meaning and become just another dinner, just another opportunity to buy stuff.
Thanksgiving is special to us as Americans because it is a time set aside to give thanks to God for all the good things he has given us, especially the things that we might normally take for granted. Like rain, or a good harvest, or a beautiful and prosperous country built by those that came before us.
For the quote, I just pulled out a blank card I had lying around (size 5.5″ x 4″) since it was the perfect size! Here’s a link if you want to print one for your table:
So, tell me what you think! Do you like a lot of decorations and a big centerpiece, or are you more of a small and simple table setter like me? God bless America and Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! 🙂
If your still planning your Thanksgiving dinner, you can take a look at my previous post for some lovely menu planning printables and other goodies: