Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Playing Hostess - Thanksgiving!

All year we've been planning on spending Thanksgiving with Tarzan's family in Texas! We were sooo excited! Tarzan has a HUGE family and everyone was going to be there! The chaos of 1 grandmother, 2 parents, 6 grown kids & their spouses, 7 grandchildren and about 20 Family Friends -- it would have been a blast! But then flight school happened and the military didn't approve our leave - so we're stuck here in Pensacola at the last minute. We were sad at first - but now we're embracing it! We'll just make our own Thanksgiving traditions! We invited over some friends, did some last minute grocery shopping, house cleaning & decorating and now we're ready for Turkey Day!!!!

I decorated the table using only things I had on hand ... (yayy for being thrifty!!)

It's nothing fancy but I'm really loving the simplicity of it.

I whipped up the Burlap placemats in about 10 minutes by sewing a simple stitch about 1" in, all the way around and then pulled out the frayed edges.

I love how the green napkins add a nice pop of color with the white china & burlap!

Not your typical Thanksgiving colors - but hey, I was using what I had! :)

and who doens't love a Pear Placecard?! :)

A Burlap table runner, some neutral pumpkins & 3 Hurricanes filled with candles and oats.

Yup - just some Quaker Oatmeal from the pantry!
I love how natural it looks!
Plus - you know -- Thanksgiving, Harvest, Oats, Oatmeal. 
That was my train of thought anyway! :)

A cute little appliqued Turkey shirt for my turkey ...

and lots of recipes printed from Martha.

and now we're ready for our first Thanksgiving at home!
Wish me luck in the kitchen!
I'm definitely no martha ....



  1. Super darling tablescape! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

  2. Your little one looks so cute in his turkey. I love, love love the oatmeal idea. How fun is that. This is a gorgeous table. The placemats are wonderful and I love the pop the yellow pears give. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving

  4. I love how creative you are. The placemats and runner is great. The pears are a perfect addition. I know your family will be disappointed but your friends will be blessed. You have a good attitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Oh I meant to say.... with a cute turkey shirt and that sweet smile, you will have precious memories and time well spent with your cute little guy.

  6. look great! love your son's turkey shirt!!

  7. Aww, I'm so sorry to hear your leave wasn't approved! Happy Thanksgiving - your table looks GREAT! Love the pear placecards!

  8. Reading your post reminded me of 20 years ago when our little family was just starting out. Like you, at our holidays we "used what we had", and it was always beautiful no matter if it was "decorator" or not. Over time we've accumulated some more "stuff", but the core of our home is still family and love. I sense the same in your home!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Sorry you couldn't go to Texas to join the family. Your thrifty table is lovely.

  10. Very lovely table. I like burlap. Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov!

  11. Your table turned out super cute. I am so stealing the oatmeal thing! *nods*

    New follower from Blog Hop Thursday!

    Melissa, from Through Pain and Smiles

  12. I'm here via Weekend Blog Hop. I just thought I'd stop by and say hello. Your blog is just lovely and your kids are too cute! I'm happy to be your newest follower. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now a relaxing weekend! :)

  13. Hey there! I'm your newest follower from Hop Along Friday! Love your idea of using oats in your candle holders!!

    Hope you get a chance to visit!

  14. Great post, hope you had a lovely thanksgiving sitting at this table as it looks delightful, the pears are a nice fresh touch

  15. Following you from the blog hop. LOVE your tablescape! :)Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. I love it that you were able to "whip up" the placemats in just a few minutes. I would STILL be working on them this time next year!!! I can't sew a stitch! You did a great job!

  17. You get a gold star for coming up with such a wonderful tablescape in such a short time and without spending big bucks. The pears are perfect! Your placemats and runner are great. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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