Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Tablescape & A Surprise Birthday Party

While I am seeing Christmas decorations pop up in every store and all over blogland, my Halloween decor still sits by the back door waiting to go up to the attic. I haven't decorated much for Halloween the past couple of years, but I decided to go all out decorating this year because it was Ashton's 18th birthday and I was planning a big surprise party for her.   Little did she know that while she helped me decorate for Halloween, she was really helping me decorate for her 18th birthday party!  I'm not sure how, between her friends and family, we all kept it a secret but somehow we did and Ashton was completely taken by surprise.  About 50 people were here and it was a really special, fun night!

 Ashton is the baby, our youngest of six children, and a senior in high school.  I think I'm feeling a little sad that my children are legally adults and grown up and that my time with them being at home is drawing nearer to an end.  

Anyway,  while I am not ready for my kids to be grown up, I am also not quite ready for Thanksgiving.  Are you? 

 Last week I decided to play around with this set of Royal Staffordshire turkey plates and platter that came in a few months back.  It is so beautiful and pulls in all the traditional colors of Autumn.

I wound up just setting the whole table! 

I put the table together by first laying a loden green plaid throw draped over the center of the table.  It's just wide enough to allow the ends of the table to show, which I like.  Amber glasses, miniature acorn casseroles, antler handled knives, Majolica chargers and Spode's Woodland flatware combine for a festive, slightly rustic Thanksgiving table.  

These paisley napkins seem to go with so many of my favorite dishes, though I didn't realize it when I got them.

Rather than make a centerpiece, I just set out a few squirrel and chipmunk figurines amongst log shaped pillar candles and scattered pinecones and acorns the length of the table.

The colors of Autumn are so warm and inviting!

This set is listed in my shop but if it doesn't sell quickly I may have to do a mix and match table with these and some plain brown turkey plates for our actual Thanksgiving dinner table.  

By the way, all of my turkey plates and platters, as well as a few other hand picked pieces are 20% off. There is still time to get them by Thanksgiving!

Are you all set and ready for Thanksgiving?  How about Christmas?