Hello friends and welcome! I am honored to be joining some incredibly talented friends as we open up our homes for Holiday Entertaining Blog Tours – Thanksgiving. A very big thank you to our host Lory at Designthusiasm!
Thanksgiving is only weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Memories of Thanksgiving surely are special and of course they involve lots and lots of food ;)…
Speaking of food, the table we always gathered around was even more memorable than the food that was served on it. For that was where we shared laughs, sweet stories and long conversations.
When thinking about a table fit for Thanksgiving I wanted to share the simple beauty of taking a few elements and mingling them together to make one magnificent statement.
I have had so much fun using pumpkins and pretty greens to decorate the table throughout the fall and this time around I wanted to show you another fun way to get your table all ready for a the big turkey day.
Using simple votives of varying sizes and shapes is an inexpensive and fanciful way to add ambiance. Even mason jars would do just perfect! I found some grey glass holders on clearance with mixed metal handles and loved how they added a modern touch to the setting.
Large wooden candlesticks (bought throughout the years thrifting) bring warmth to the table along with a rustic feel alongside the bright glass votives.
Faux or fresh branches long enough to drape the table give life to the setting. Cascading leaves make the environment elegant and appealing too. Eucalyptus has quickly become my favorite to use and this time I used faux olive branches with matching eucalyptus. Last year I used ingredients for my table decor and in general, I love to use the tastes of the season to adorn our home. As seen here with olive branches and all the olive that finds it’s way into our home cooked meals on this day.
In addition, I prefer to set our table the day before so that I can have fun with it in a relaxed way and enjoy the creative process.
Sitting behind our dining table I like to put sweet treats and savory bites that can easily be enjoyed before or after dinner. Coffee is always a must at our place so this is set next to the small bites.
As I prep for the big day I will spend the couple days before the big event preparing too. This makes for a much smoother dinner overall and less work in the end. For example, prepping our cranberry sauce and the rolls early on or the night before. That way I am only focussing on the big dish as an end result.
Ironing linens and napkins ahead a time makes it a lot easier too. Although some times you just do what works and know that everyone will care most about the time spent together…
Even this sweet guy gets in on the action and looks for the tiniest crumb to enjoy throughout every meal.
As the day or the evening meal wraps up, its always wonderful to sit together as a group with more conversation by the coffee table and lounging on the sofa. Some type of pumpkin dessert is always within reach and so is more coffee.
I hope that you enjoyed having a peek at what a day looks like in our home as we get ready to do holiday entertaining for Thanksgiving. I love getting to share my ideas with each of you and am just so very flattered you stop by to visit.
Make sure to stop by the rest of these amazing friends and their tours posted down below! There is so much inspiration here!
Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax
Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers
Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home
Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style
Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home
Sunny Side Up | Finding Home Farms | The Wood Grain Cottage
Setting for Four | Becky Cunningham
Beautiful setting in this wonderful room full of light with those windows.
Kim thank you so much and I appreciate you stopping by!
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
Annie, your dining room is one of my favorites. Love your chandelier and your pretty table setting!
Jennifer thank you so very much, what a compliment! I truly left inspired by your beautiful post yesterday and all the detail/love you put into your home!
Tamara Anka says
Annie, as always, it’s perfect! I love everything you do and your tips for prepping are fantastic! xo
Tamara thank you so much! I feel the same way about you friend! xo
Kim ~ Sand and Sisal says
I love all the fresh greenery Annie! And your view! Oh my, so beautiful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Kim thank you so much and same to you! I thought your table was stunning with all that beautiful blue!
Eleanor Campbell says
Your table looks exactly like one that I am working on now. I love the old table and your decorations are beautiful.
Eleanor how lovely and I imagine it is just so beautiful. Thank you for the sweet words!
Hello Annie. I agree with the other comments. I absolutely love your thanksgiving dining decor. Cheers, Ardith
Ardith, thank you so very much! I really appreciate you stopping by!
Lory at Designthusiasm says
Annie, your table is both warm and rustic, yet special and lovely! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. I will say after reading this post, I’m going straight for a cup of coffee and wishing I has those sweets here! Cute pup, too… 🙂 So glad you joined us for the tour!!
Lory thank you so much! I was amazed by your beautiful setting – what an inspiration! Thank you so much for having me and ha! I am enjoying coffee as we speak – those treats quickly disappeared shortly after photos too ;)…
What a cozy and beautiful and elegant space! And those olive branches are everything. You always do such a great job pulling the look together.
Taryn thank you so much! That is what I think about you and your design magic – I loved your beautiful setting! xo
I’m amazed how you can take even the most simple elements and transform them all into this elegant, stunning table! And still, it is warm and inviting! Happiest Thanksgiving! ☺️
Oh Summer you are the sweetest friend! Thank you very much – xo!
Cassandra E says
Really so lovely. Your home is so light and airy, I always love what you do. That cake stand though. Wow! New obsession.
Cassandra thank you so much and I hope you know how much I appreciate it! Glad you stopped by!
Kelley Nan says
Annie, it is so you and so gorgeous! I love each and every detail!
Annie your home is so bright and airy and welcoming! You are so talented my friend! xo
So pretty and warm and inviting! I admit that I haven’t been here before, and I’ll be pinning and sharing from your post! Janet from Shabbyfufu
What an elegant and gorgeous table! I am sharing it on my HOLIDAY GROUP Board on Pinterest. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,
kelly wilkniss says
Annie – your home is beautiful and moreover, your personal warmth makes it so inviting. I am so enjoying getting to know you better. Thank you for all the loveliness you bring to the world.
Nicki Beyale says
Beautiful! Where can I find the stemware like those? Love them!!
Merylin Garcia says
I love your dining table! May I ask where you bought such a lovely table?
Ellie Tornatore says
Where did you purchase your lighting above your dining room table ? I adore it !!!