First, let me apologize for this VERY picture heavy post. I probably should have split this into two posts. However, I am excited to show you our dining room set up for Thanksgiving. I mentioned a while back that although autumn was my favorite season, I wasn't a fan of decorating for it most of the time. I have to admit though, I had quite a bit of fun doing this and might retract that statement. As usual, I tried to use mostly natural elements. I used wheat stalks that I bought and tied together about six years ago as the centerpiece on the table and then mixed in some pumpkins and gourds. I poked the turkey feathers that I use every fall and Christmas in and around the pumpkins for some added texture and layers. Then I scooped out the inside of one of the pumpkins and placed a mason jar inside it and then just added fresh greenery, berries and feathers. I painted the pumpkin with some Valley Forge Tan that I had in the garage. I used my Emma place settings as well as silver chargers which were wedding gifts six years ago and are from Pottery Barn. The brown toile napkins are also from Pottery Barn that I got right after we got married. I basically just used all items I already had and then added in the pumpkins, gourds and greenery.
I placed one of our Pilgrim Boy pillow covers in each of the chairs at the end of the table.
Over here I used berries, feathers, pears, acorns and squash.
At each setting I placed a menu and place card. This one is from our Dark Chocolate and Caramel Pilgrim Set. After I had printed and cut my menus and food labels I used double stick tape to adhere them to chocolate colored cardstock and then layered them on top for an added touch.
(My printer was low on ink so ignore all of the faint little lines running through the pilgrims faces and on some of the leaves.)
We also have a Maple Leaf Set:
Here are the food labels:
And also a Black and Gray Pilgrim Set:
Each download set comes with a template for making these Maple Leaf cutouts. I made these last year and used them again this year. They are a fun idea, especially for kids. Each person writes something they are thankful for and adds them to the tree. If you don't want to have to cut them out yourself we also are offering them as decorative cutouts in our shop in sets of six which will be available next week. We are just waiting on a new blade and then will be offering them as well as some boy and girl pilgrim cutouts.
Here's the full dessert buffet:
I hope you all are having a lovely week! I've got two sick little munchkins now so it's been a long one here even though it's only Tuesday. =)