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November 23, 2009

We’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year.  In fact, we won’t even be in Michigan for Thanksgiving – we’ll be on an awesome East Coast Thanksgiving Extravaganza.  But, because Kim is throwing a Dare to… Entertain party today, I set the table and pretended.  So this is what our Thanksgiving table would look like… if we were having Thanksgiving at our house.

Can you believe this is the first time I’ve gotten out the china and crystal?  It makes me really happy.  I’m going to have to get it out more often.

Jason came home as I was setting the table and was all, “Are we having a party I don’t know about?

I made this little place card holders using this idea from the November issue of Real Simple magazine.  It’s basically a bunch of twigs tied together with twine.  I slipped orange wooden berries into the bundle to continue with the twigs and berries theme.  It took 3 minutes and adds bunches of fun.

So, there you have it!  Our Thanksgiving table, if we were to have a Thanksgiving meal at our house.  To be honest, I’m super-thankful that we’re not having Thanksgiving at our house.

I’m also thankful for time spent with friends and family on our East Coast Thanksgiving Extravaganza, and I’ll be back next week to share my adventures in the big apple, talk about time spent with our nieces and nephew, and the final tally of meals eaten at Chipotle – it’s a must-have event since there are no Chipotles where we live (Jason: 3, Jen: 1).


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  1. November 23, 2009 11:49 am

    I LOVE IT! And, it’s so funny because when I saw the placecards, I thought, that looks like something from Real Simple. haha… it was! It looks so great. I love the natural touch.

    And, oh my Lord, I love your china and crystal. I’m drooling.

    I’m thankful we aren’t hosting Thanksgiving, too. =) It’s a lot of work. Thanks for joining up this week, even if it was for pretend. Hope your table makes you smile. Can you and hubby have your own dinner party tongiht?

    • November 24, 2009 9:53 am

      Good idea – I think we’re going to enjoy 3 meals at the table anyways… we’ll just rotate through the spots until we’ve used them all. 🙂

  2. November 23, 2009 12:07 pm

    We are hosting Thanksgiving, on Saturday, and I’m scared out of my mind. This entertaining stuff is scary! 🙂 Your table looks fabulous. 🙂

  3. November 23, 2009 12:08 pm

    I love those place cards so much! I’m definitely filing that idea away for future use!

  4. November 23, 2009 12:19 pm

    It looks great!

    Where did the orange berries come from? They really add a nice pop of color.

    • November 24, 2009 9:57 am

      Thanks! The orange berries are from a $1 sprig of fake wooden berries that I picked up at Michael’s and then tore apart into smaller strands.

  5. November 23, 2009 12:40 pm

    I love this! Your table looks amazing. And the twig bundles totally won me over–that must be the cutest place card idea that I have seen yet!

  6. Jess permalink
    November 23, 2009 1:26 pm

    Oh My. I am so jealous of your beautiful china and crystal. You should definately have a party 🙂
    PS. I love Chipotle! I’m so sorry there aren’t any near you. Sounds like a friendly competition you and Jason have, hope you catch up.

  7. GGG permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:08 pm

    Now all you need is some candles that smell like turkey in the oven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. November 23, 2009 3:18 pm

    Love your table! I’ve been married 3 1/2 years and haven’t ever used my china, either. I had to pick the price tags off the bottom of my stemware to use them for my table. Your picture quality is great, too!

  9. November 23, 2009 4:12 pm

    Oh! I JUST love your table! Those placecards and napkin decor you have set look so classy and rustic. Beautiful job!

  10. November 23, 2009 6:24 pm

    orange candles, berries and twigs … beautiful!

  11. Brian permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:34 am

    Did you sit down and have a tea party with your dollies after setting the table?

  12. GGG permalink
    November 24, 2009 12:24 pm

    I like the combination of antique crystal with the new! I didn’t notice that yesterday.

  13. November 24, 2009 2:16 pm

    I love this table setting! The wooden berries look just like the ones I used when I made the wreath for our front door! By the way, what type of camera do you use? Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. November 28, 2009 4:54 pm

    Your table setting looks beautiful! I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great time together 🙂 xo, KA

  15. Hannah Delaney permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:47 pm

    I have to know where you got your table linens. I host thanksgiving every year and the thing I care most about is the table setting. I start planning months before hand and your table setting is the first that I am absolutely in love with. I already know I am going to use your placecards but I have to know where your linens are from.


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