I started writing this post, with all the negative, funny, cynical things that families and friends go through during the holiday season...you know....the family dynamics come out in full force. There's the over-served, the under-served, the under-the-table, the competitive grandparents or deep rivalry between siblings.....But, this year I'd like to focus on the true meaning of thankfulness. Let's have a Happy Days Thanksgiving! Let's let the Cunninghams take over and have some good old fashioned "family fun". (My husband always teases me about always wanting family fun, like an old re-run on TV). Well, I'm certainly going to give it a shot, and at the very least, my table will be thankful (and our bellies).
There were a lot of beautiful ideas for Thanksgiving this year, (not like Halloween, yuck). The merchandisers had great table settings this year and nice ideas for flowers, napkins, place cards and other decorations. I decided to take a mono-chromatic color scheme.
When we moved to Charlotte, I told myself I wasn't going to unpack all of my dishes, which is really killing me. I miss my china, and some of my special plates. But I did NOT cave. I am using my everyday, Heath plates, handed down from my mom. I love them and they are the perfect color for an earthy Thanksgiving setting.
To glam it up, I am using some bronze touches here and there. I have bronze/mercury votives that I will intersperse throughout the table.
|I love using lots of votives.|
I also love the idea of the huge hurricanes, brimming with lots of beautiful fillers, pomegranates, nuts, cranberries, kumquats, you name it.
|"Is that you over there Aunt Louise???? I can't see you over the huge mound of fruit!!"|
But who can see each other over these mountains???? Inevitably, someone ends up moving the hurricane, and then my heart starts palpitating. Uh...do you know how long it took me to figure out which nut went in what place and where exactly to place the glass??? Just use the hurricanes for other areas. I usually keep it low on the table.