Gathering Around The Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

The time of year for gathering around the simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table with family and friends who are family is upon us.  The plan is to place the emphasis on the gathering, the feasting, and generating a feels like home ambiance.

 

cozy

Cozy welcomes family, friends, tradition, and style home, and is the requisite for our home for the holidays celebrations.

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In keeping with the spirit of the home for the holidays feel,  I’m suggesting these distressed metal houses as a super cute decor addition for the holiday table, sideboard, or bar cart.

 

Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized House Candle Holder Lantern

Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized House Candle Holder Lantern

 

Distressed Metal House

Holiday Time Distressed Metal House Table-Top Christmas Decoration

Battery operated candles (I source faux candles and battery operated lights with safety in mind) or a strand of LED fairy string lights placed inside illuminates holiday style and brings the look home.

batter operated string lights

Decor items that easily make the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas decoration have a longer shelf life, decoratively speaking.

Around our house, Thanksgiving day officially signals the holidays have arrived, and I believe in taking full decorating advantage of the relatively short decorating season.

For that express reason I ordered the Holiday Time Winter Frost flocked un-lit wreath from Walmart to “spruce” up the foyer for Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24"Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24″

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Peggy Upholstered Bench

Loosely wrap decorative ribbon in earthy fall tones around the wreath in an over and under pattern for a simple yet elegant effect.

 

wreath ribbon assortment

 

Dear Santa,

I’m still in the making up my mind phase of deciding which one of these upholstered benches to place on my Christmas list.

Cozy throw pillows optional.

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Toulouse Wagner Upholstered Bench
Hadrien Wood Bench
Maysonet Wood Bench

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Better Homes & Gardens Feather Filled Solid Faux Fur Decorative Throw Pillow
Better Homes & Gardens, Fringe & Textured Decorative Throw Pillow
Better Homes & Gardens Decorative Deer Throw Pillow
Down Filled Pom Pom Moroccan Throw Pillow 

Simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table ideas that are affordable, polished, and visually commanding set a lovely holiday tone and table.

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Dried Protea Flowers – Birch Roll with Jute Tie

Take a glass vase from the dollar store, wrap it in birch bark, and fill it with a bouquet of dried Protea flowers.

 

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Place groupings of small gourds or pumpkins to the left and right of the vase.

Simple.

Elegant.

Gorgeous!

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Take a glass cylinder vase, jar, or trifle bowl and fill with moss, pecans, walnuts, or sweet gum balls.

Drop in a battery operated pillar candle.

Fall leaves add fall color(s).

Easy peasy.

Serving Suggestions:

 

International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

A Target run and 19.99 + tax gets you this International Adventure 20-pc. silverware set.

Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.

Swing by Dollar Tree if your Thanksgiving table is in need of new, replacement, or extra glasses.

Tradition dictates these beverage glasses making an appearance in most every holiday table post.

Why?

  1. I own them.
  2. I love them.
  3. At $1 each, you simply can’t beat the price.

Live Edge Dakota Wooden Serving BowlLive Edge Dakota Wooden Serving Bowl

Thanksgiving feast your eyes upon the newest addition to the holiday sideboard.

Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Dave and I made a quick fall getaway trip up to Bossier City a couple of weeks ago for fun and a visit to Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale.

Among treasures found was this vintage soup tureen.  For less than the cost of two tall specialty coffees,  I secured a lovely serving piece to adorn the sideboard.

“What recipe will fill the tureen on Thanksgiving day?” you may ask.

Autumn Squash Soup (in the taste style of Panera Bread)

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

2 pounds (l large) butternut squash, peeled,  seeded, and chopped into cubes

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic (easier to use and flavor packed)

1 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)

1 teaspoon fine black pepper (or to taste)

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup apple juice

½ cup pumpkin puree

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2  Tablespoons cream cheese, softened

½ cup heavy cream (Greek yogurt or half-n-half may be substituted)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Peel squash removing seeds.  Cut peeled butternut squash into chunks and place on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over squash chunks and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Using a potato masher, mash the roasted squash cubes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or soup pot heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add chopped onions to heated oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion becomes soft and translucent.  Stir in minced garlic.

Add roasted butternut squash, pumpkin puree, broth, apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to pot and stir to incorporate.  Bring to a slight boil.  Cover and lower the heat to simmer.  Allow to simmer for 15 minutes to incorporate flavors.

Remove pot from the heat.  Add the maple syrup and softened cream cheese, stirring until cream cheese is melted.

Use a hand blender to blend mixture until smooth.  If you do not have a hand mixer, carefully transfer mixture to traditional stand blender in two batches. Puree each batch until smooth.  Transfer mixture back to the pot and adjust flavors to taste.

If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to reach desired consistency.

Roasted Pepitas Pumpkin Seed Kernels with Sea SaltRoasted Pepitas Pumpkin Seed Kernels with Sea Salt 

Garnish soup with a swirl of heavy cream, half-n-half, or dollop of Greek yogurt and roasted pepitas.

Rounding out the decorative details includes a selection of simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table items easy to find in retail stores, produce sections, and online retailers.
Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

velvet ribbon  ||  fresh seasonal fruits  ||  eucalyptus garland
friendly village salad plate  ||  rattan placemats  ||  jade dinnerware
acorn salt & pepper  ||  birch candles  ||  candle holder
ornaments  ||  charger  ||  chip & dip

So many if not all of these items will transition beautifully from Thanksgiving to Christmas decor.

Yesterday I dropped by our local Joann store to pick up two small faux cedar wreaths for a holiday project.

More on that to come.

As soon as I walked through the front doors the aroma of cinnamon filled the air.  To say the scent instantly put me in the holiday mood is an understatement.

I spied a huge display cinnamon scented pine cones, and knew those babies were coming home with me.

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Pine cones identify with fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and Christmas.

Further tie the season and holidays of cozy together by using pine cone ornaments tied with velvet ribbon as napkin rings.

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Loop ribbon in your choice of design, texture, and color through the top of an ornament ring.

Tie each ornament around individual dinner napkins, securing in a loose knot.

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Custom napkin rings made their way to the table several holidays ago by way of small oval framed pictures secured with wire ribbon and a tucked in ginkgo leaf.

Here’s the fun part.

Announce to your guests the custom made napkin ring is theirs to take home as a from me to you favor gift.

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I hope these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table decor choices lend ideas and inspiration.

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”

Wilbur D. Nesbit

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Football Season Tiger Talk: Tailgating Tablescapes Ideas

Conversations, estimations, and prognostications for the upcoming LSU Tigers football season has gone from a meow to a roar.

Norman-Catwell

Football fans- this is not a drill.  If you haven’t scouted the recipes, planned the menus, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas we’ve got something to talk about as well.  Football fans and the tailgating nation from conference to conference, division to division take their football and tailgating times serious.  Football fans here in the South surely do, and come rain, sunshine, humidity or hurricane, we let the good tailgating times roll.

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Tiger Stadium

Tailgating planning and execution is a process that rivals that of an elaborate dinner party.  The selection of a tailgating tablescapes theme and  the perfect decor accessories and tablewares can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.

LSU-tailgatingThe Local Palate

Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Tailgaters decked out in team attire and colors believe in getting the party started early in game day style.

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Dooney & Bourke NCAA LSU Handbag

The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it.  The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off in true Tiger style.  Game day chic includes both a pregame bag and a clear bag compliant with stadium policy.

 

Vince Camuto Aryna Clear Cross-Body BagVince Camuto Aryna Clear Cross-Body Bag

Team logo and tiger chic flats and sandals bring style and comfort to the look.  For the away games to college towns where fall is actually fall, gold metallic espadrille slip-on sneakers or warm lined suede boots fit the bill.

 

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NCAA Women’s Louisiana State University Tigers Purple/Gold Sandal

 

Crossband Leather Slide Sandals

Coconuts by Matisse Crossband Leather Slide Sandals

 

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Espadrille Slip-On Sneakers

 

Warm Lined Suede BootsWarm Lined Suede Boots

 

Military Anorak Safari Jacket CoatMilitary Anorak Safari Jacket Coat

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Eye of the Tiger

Tortoise Cutout Drop EarringsTortoise Cutout Drop Earrings

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Tiger Tailgating

To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason.   If real estate is all about location, location, location tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display.  Pitch your tailgating tent in a prime location, hang a focal point chandelier, and proceed to impress the crowd with your tailgating tablescapes skills and style.

Sonoma Natural Beaded Brown 8-light Chandelier

Sonoma Natural Beaded Brown 8-light Chandelier

I begin by dressing the table in whatever choice of table linens fits this weeks theme.  Burlap is the tailgating accessory that consistently tops the tailgating tablescapes must have table linens list because of its durability and inexpensive price tag.  Versatile for table covers and table runners, burlap, the on-trend farmhouse chic fabric, is a very forgiving fabric.

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Online Fabric Store

There’s no crying in football or spilled chili, dip, gumbo, cocktails, etc…

Spills happen.

If a stain should occur, cover it up with a serving tray or platter for the duration of your tailgating soiree (a hosting trick).  Between tailgating times, head over to a fabric store or online retailer to pick up or order a couple of more yards of this tailgating friendly fabric.

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Artificial Grass Table Runner

I really like this artificial grass table runner option.  Dress it up or dress it down style on the field.

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Football Field Burlap Jute 96″ Table Runner

Decorating your tailgating tablescapes with pieces in team colors, seasonal accents, and holiday du jour decor never fails to impress the crowd.  My game changer tablescape works with a casual yet elegant theme.  It brings a bit of juxtaposition to the tailgating tablescapes mix with stoneware plates paired with inexpensive faux wood chargers.

gold-faux-wood-chargerGold Faux Wood Charger

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Magnolia Leaves Wreath

Wreaths make fantastic candle rings for tailgating tablescapes, and when  football season is over you can use these for home for the holidays decorating.

STONEBRIAR COLLECTION Medium Rustic Metal Hurricane Lantern

Stonebriar Collection Rustic Metal Hurricane Lantern

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Treasure Chest

Louisiana tailgating must include several lanterns in the New Orleans architectural styles design .

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Dark Metal Lantern

Birch slab round tree slices, woven trays, and baskets make the extra point as serving pieces and decorative additions for the fall football tailgating tablescape of it all.

Birch Slab Round Tree Slices

Birch Slab Round Tree Slices

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Woven Rectangle Tray

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Woven Baskets

Natural Wheat Stacks make the starting lineup for fabulous tailgating tablescapes accessories.

Good look, great height.

Natural Wheat Stack With Ribbon

Natural Wheat Stack With Ribbon

Easy to work with centerpiece options include a team mascot figurine, collectible helmet, and a bronze poly-stone football player sculpture.

 

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collectible-helmet

football-player-statue-sculpture

Arrangements of fresh or faux flowers and plants of the season set a festive and colorful scene.  Crotons, hydrangeas, garden mums, marigolds, branches, decorative feathers, dried lotus pods, magnolia leaves and sunflowers give a festive nod to fall and transport well.

Chrysanthemums

Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Vases and containers can be as simple as a collection of empty vegetable-sauce-bean cans to dollar store metal vases with rope accents to craft pumpkins to a football cut to accommodate a can in which to house fresh flowers.  When selecting vases and containers, I keep ease of transport, the unique factor, and avoid breakage at all times in mind.

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metal-vases

Bulk Metal Vases with Rope Accents

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Natural Birch Bark Zinc Planter Pots

Boston ferns hanging baskets placed in plastic urns or simply placed tabletop add a touch of casual elegance.

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Pumpkin time is coming.   Fresh, decorative, painted, carved or football- the pumpkin is a decorative powerhouse.

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Hobby Lobby

Copper Glitter-Dipped Pumpkin

Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby

Silver Galvanized Metal Pumpkin

Hobby Lobby

Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail.  I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot.  I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.

LSU-5-gallon-bucket

Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect.  Stacked cake stands work great as serving pieces and chic displays for cheeses, fruits, crackers, breads, muffins and of course, cake.

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Marble Cake Stand

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Nordic Ware Pumpkin Wheat Loaf Pan

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Petite Ellis Stand

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Be sure to shop end of season sales and clearance sections for all your tailgating tablescapes needs.  The very fall and Halloween color choice appropriate Corin melamine serving collection in spice orange is on clearance at Crate & Barrel.

Corin Melamine Long Spice Orange Serving Platter

Corin Melamine Long Spice Orange Serving Platter

The Lodge cast iron bowl is a tailgating must have when serving chili, soup, stew or Frito chili pie.

Lodge 12-Ounce Cast Iron Mini Serving Bowl

Lodge 12-Ounce Cast Iron Mini Serving Bowl 

Vintage wares make chic tablescape pieces.

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Treasure Chest

The vintage wood crate is a tailgate tablescapes dream to work with as a flatware caddy, wrapped food holder, cocktail garnishes, or condiment holder.

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Bread Bags 

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bloody-mary-garnishes

Stainless Steel Garnish Branches

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sauces

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

These versatile and sturdy crates add just the right amount of vintage to the look and ease to tote, travel, and tablescape.

Threshold MidTone Large Milk Crate Dark TaupeThreshold MidTone Large Milk Crate Dark Taupe

Chili and chilly is a delicious tailgating combination for fall game days.

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enamel-latte-mug

Golden Rabbit Enamel Swirl Latte Mug

A woven crate basket can pull triple duty as a tailgate supply tote for a hot chocolate with all the fixings, turned upside down and used as the aforementioned fixings display, and holder of fleece throws in seasonal or team colors.

fleece-throw

I like items that pull double tableware duty.

plastic-urn

Grecian Urn – Bloem

Is it an urn for a fall foliage centerpiece or is it a stylish beverage tub?

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LSU-college-town-glasses

LSU College Town Glass

Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili, and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.

galvanized-burger-holderGalvanized Burger Basket

LSU-sauces

sugar-moldSugar Mold

A sugar mold also makes an excellent condiment holder.

whiskey-barrel-burgers

Whiskey Barrel Burgers ~ Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Regional cuisine ranks high in taste and popularity with hungry fans, and the cook friendly one pot principal scores extra points for easy.

slow-cooker

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Places In The Home Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 

Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with pork cracklin’s has Louisiana c’est si bon written all over it.

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Toups’ Cracklin’s

Ingredients

5 pounds skin-on pork belly

4 cups lard

Peanut oil, for frying

Cracklin’ Spice (recipe follows)

Directions

Place pork belly skin side up on a cutting board, and cut into 1-inch pieces.
In a large Dutch oven, place lard and pork belly.  Do not layer pork belly in more than 3 layers.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until skin blisters and turns golden brown.  Transfer pork belly to rimmed baking sheets, and refrigerate until cold.*

In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 380°.  Add pork belly in batches, and fry until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Let drain on paper towels, and liberally sprinkle or toss with Cracklin’ Spice.

Cracklin’ Spice

Ingredients

½ cup ground chile de árbol

½ cup popcorn salt*

¼ cup ground white pepper

¼ cup minced garlic

¼ cup celery salt

¼ cup sugar

Directions

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.

-Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans as featured in Louisiana Cookin’

shop-style

Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s).  Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times.  Fire up the grills and set the tailgating tablescapes, football fans.  It’s tailgating season!

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We’ll Always Have Paris French Themed Tablescape

The beauty of a French themed tablescape is found in the ooh la la factor, and this We’ll Always Have Paris French themed tablescape focuses attention on the it’s all in the details appeal of understated elegance.

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My soundtrack to French themed tablescape to.

Soft lighting, informal china and crystal, and benign neglect to formality describes the European sentiment.

Farragut 33" Table LampsFarragut 33″ Table Lamps

Cote-table

El Mueble

French decor elements bring a palette of both deep and soft blue and green, crisp white, rich brown and citrine, soft gray and deep wine red to the table.  Below are tabletop and serveware accessories and thoughtful accoutrementto illustrate the point.

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Aristocrat Brown Embossed Charger Plate

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Jay Import Set Of 4 Dinner Plates

“The service and mood should be informal, and the food, wine, and presentation extraordinary.” 

Tomas Maier

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Le Cadeaux Appetizer Plates




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Juliska Berry & Thread French Panel Stone Gray Crackle Side Plate, 7″

Vintage pieces make a wonderful contribution to tablecsapes, lending an air of distinction that exemplifies the art of classic French themed tablescape savoir faire. vintage-black-and-brown-china-plates-set-of-3

Vintage Black & Brown China Plates- Set of 3

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Restaurant De La Tour

Restaurant.

Bistro.

Home sweet home.

Ambiance is paramount to setting the scene and the table for the dining experience.  I call it an experience because dining should be exactly that- a social, sensory and scrumptious experience.  Sight (we eat first with our eyes) sound, touch, smell and taste anchor ambiance.

soup-tureen-green  French Transferware Soupiere Creil et Montereau

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Lion Head’s Bowl

Fleur+De+Lis+Square+Casserole+Platter

Fleur De Lis Square Casserole Platter

Oval+Platter

Oval Platter in Cobalt by Fiesta

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Vintage Blue & White Vegetable Bowl, KINGSTON

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French Countryside Set of 5 Stackable Bowls

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Vintage Shabby Chic Terrine With Raspberry Accents

Burano+Platter

Burano Platter by Arte Italica

Five-Piece Fleur De Lis Flatware Place Setting

Five-Piece Fleur De Lis Flatware Place Setting

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French Linen Damask Napkins

 

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DII Gray Chambray French Stripe Dinner Napkins, set of 6

 

Pitcher-Zentique

Zentique Pitcher

 

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Carrington Collection, Asparagus Salt and Pepper Set

marble-tray

Bloomingville Round Marble Tray

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Vintage French Bread Board Assortment

Brie

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Heather Bullard thoughtfully turns antique ephemera into these free printable French baguettes wraps perfect as take away party favors.

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Click on the link below to see her post and download instructions.  Merci beaucoup, Heather.

bread-wraps

FrenchBaguetteWrap

French Baguette Wrap Printable

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Wine Carafe

Wine Carafe

Libbey 719 8.5 oz. glass cocktail decanter

Libbey 8.5 oz. Cocktail Decanter 

stemmed-wine-glassStemmed Wine Glass

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La Rochere Versailles Tumblers, Set of 6

alpaca wine rack

El Mueble

The ooh la la of the French tablescape and copper accents.  Relaxed refinement is not an oxymoron.

C’est magnifique!

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Robust 3 Bottle Tabletop Wine Rack

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Williams Sonoma Vintage Etched Goblets

 

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Metal Stand with Glass Cloche Bell

 

Gien-France-Rouen-Cake-Platter

Gien France Rouen Cake Platter

French-themed-tablescape

French-place-setting

Vintage Porcelain "Le Manoir" French Dessert Plates - Set of 8Vintage Porcelain “Le Manoir” French Dessert Plates – Set of 8

 

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Vintage James Kent Ltd. Garland Blue Ironstone Transferware Creamer

jute-tableclothJute Tablecloth

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Fennco Styles Hand Hemstitched and Embroidered Swiss Dot Table Runner

 

French-themed-candle-holders

Distressed Ivory Candle Holder

faux-artichoke Resin Bloomed Artichoke Decor

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Pinterest

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Grab a free place card template printable, pop over to your photo editor of choice, add your own favorite French themed embellishments, colors and fonts and voilà!

French themed tablescape

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Frame prints or printables such as this menu écrit en français as conversation pieces.

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These wall shelf-wall sconces plucked from the clearance shelves at Hobby Lobby have served as my go-to tabletop decor accessory at shop and at home.  The decorative duo immediately caught my eye as tabletop gotta have it rather than wall decor.  When you like the details, finish and presence of a decorative piece but not in the context of its original purpose, repurpose.  This Antique Cream Half-Circle Wall Shelf from Hobby Lobby X 2 is on my French themed tablescape gotta have it list.

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Antique Cream Half-Circle Wall Shelf

Fantastique color and price pairing on the Shadwick Cafe Bistro Stacking Patio Dining Chair by Brayden Studio.

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Cafe Bistro Chair

From place setting to ambiance, destination themed tablescapes travel well.  Part III of Themed Tablescapes Table Escapes features decorative accessories and accents of Chinoiserie chic to set a Far East Fabulous tablescape.

 

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Do You Know What Your Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating Plan Is?  

It’s the 1st of November.  Do you know what your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating plan is?

Inspiration is everywhere, and we thrive on it here at Places In The Home.

Let me share with you a few of the Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating suggestions and finds in seasonal color, texture and pattern to set the holiday tone and the Thanksgiving table with the look of the season.

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Birds of gorgeous feather colors flock together among 6′ baby tear and frosted eucalyptus garlands from Hobby Lobby.  Duck hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise goes with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and this new to me find sets the scene- one very well known to the men of the Places In The Home family.

ducks-painting

Fall clearance sales are underway much to the delight of the tablescape maven.

May I also suggest checking out dollar, craft, hobby, and fabric  stores for candles, candle holders, decor, chargers, etc…  Dollar stores are inexpensive to begin with, so there’s that.

The upside to Christmas and holiday items being stocked and displayed on a store shelf near you earlier and earlier each year is the deep discounts on fall and harvest themed items shoppers see sooner and sooner in the season.

The cream craft pumpkin from Lowe’s is 50% off, and the Ashland Finial Vase from Michael’s is on clearance.  Both are calling my name.

thanksgiving tabletop

Frosted Eucalyptus Garland  ||  Cracked-Look Candle Holders  ||  Cream Craft Pumpkin  ||  Grace Dinner Plate  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote  ||  Autumn by Lenox  ||  Vintage Soup Tureen  ||  Ironstone Pitcher  ||  Transferware Vegetable Dish  ||  Copper Bowl  ||  Ashland Finials  ||  Quail Figurine

Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating

After creating the gallery I remembered Dollar Tree stocks a white stoneware dinner plate with gold rim.  You can’t go wrong with a set of  white dinner plates with gold or platinum rims.  A simple yet elegant white dinner plate makes a strong argument for the perfect foundation plate, and complements almost every china pattern known to man.

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My style preference leans traditional.  Classic tableware and vintage linens set most of my holiday tablescapes and Thanksgiving tabletop, but I do like to gift the eye a decorative surprise.

Marry a traditional china pattern to a modern and/or contemporary pattern.

Intermingle pops of bold color with the customary fall palette.

Mix seasonal buds and branches with roses and taxidermy.

I am always impressed and amazed when decor accents and accessories that normally would not be paired together come together in perfected contrast to create remarkable beauty.

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PomPom Design Dinner Napkins – set of 4  ||  White Burnout Snowflake Dinner Napkins-set of 4  ||  Godinger Dublin Goblets  || Cromwell Highball Glasses  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote

Halette+Pedestal+Cups+Cake+StandDessert compotes remind me of my grandmother- a woman who mastered the art of the holiday table with signature style and grace.

vintage-soup-tureen-and-ladleVintage Soup Tureen

One of the best pieces of Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating advice I can offer is this:  I embrace the words do small things with great love.

Incorporate pieces, finds and treasures you love into your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating.

Personal mementos and collections tell a compelling all things house that make a home story.

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In Full-On Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays Mode

Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode.

Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight.

Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating.

halloween-pumpkin-gifKitchen Ghosts on Tumblr

All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif.

A play on words World Series style.

home for the holidays mode

I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts.

Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.

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I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route.

We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.

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The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns.

Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1.

Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother.

The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not.

Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.

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Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.

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Gien Solange  ||  Threshold  ||  Ralph Lauren Carolyn  ||  Vanessa  ||  Plymouth Woodland  ||  Scarlett  ||  Tanssi  ||   Plymouth Turkey  ||  Southern Living Harvest  ||  Lenox Brian Gluckstein Collection   ||  Friendly Village  ||  Arte Italica Finezza  ||

As far as I’m concerned, the holidays have arrived.

Places In The Home is in full-on holiday mode, and with that the holiday show and tell begins.

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Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes

The return of high school, college and NFL football signals it time for Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste tailgating ideas and recipes.  The football nation is gearing up for another season of supporting the home team under Friday night lights, at stadiums filled to crowd capacity with all on eyes on the scoreboard Saturdays and NFL Sundays.

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Gathering with several thousand of your closest football fan friends for Rah! Rah! Rah! good times in roaring good taste to roast, toast, grill and gab before the game has become an event almost as exciting as the game itself.




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Strike up The Golden Band from Tigerland.  We’ve got the eye of the Tiger and the need for some pregame tailgating.

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The Golden Band From Tiger Land

Tailgating is a right of passage for students, alumni and scores of devoted fans.  Planning these ultimate pregame meet, greet and eat get togethers is part of the game day experience- a social event that counts as a prime style occasion for decoristas to seize the design and decorating opportunity to show’em what’cha got.  Tailgaters are known for bringing their A-game to the game day tailgating tablescape.

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The Grove at Ole Miss – Au Courant Floral Creation

Nothing says football like fall.  Build on the for the fall of it all theme by decorating with fall festive pine cones, pumpkins, vines, branches, gourds and flowers.

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Burlap continues to be an on-trend tailgating tablescape foundation favorite.  This almost indestructible makes great table runners, skirting and tablecloths.

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Seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or seasonal stems paired with vintage or in the style of vintage trophy or champagne bucket vases make impressive centerpiece presentations.

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County Fair Trophy- Beekman 1802 FarmHouse™

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Bargain bins, dollar and thrift stores and end of season clearance sales can be tailgating tabletop treasure troves.

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Give the attic or storage closet a once over for football themed oldies but goodies to put to decorating use.

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Now let’s look at a few Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes.

Show your football in the fall spirit with this in the spirit of fall spirit. Delish shows us this easy recipe and serving presentation idea for Apple Pie Vodka.  Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste cheers to you!

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Barbuzzo Mason Jar Shot Glasses, 4-Pack

Farmhouse style comes to Rah! Rah! Rah! times in roaring good taste tailgating cocktail time.

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Another spirited serving suggestion is the Royal Tiger Thermoform Cup from Alexa Pulitzer.

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This recipe for Cowboy Caviar from Culinary Hill is tailgating tasty and tailgating friendly.

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Fellow tailgaters invited to join in the pregame ritual of gathering together over food and drink love to bring something to the tailgating table.

salami-chips-grainy-mustard-dipSalami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip

When our Baton Rouge tailgating friends ask what can they bring my stock answer is fried chicken.  Pick up a basket, box or bucket of this tailgating food favorite and bring the delicious and the easy to the table.

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Did someone say chopped bacon?

Fresh garden tomato?

Diced red onion?

Chopped bell pepper and garlic?

Just add garden rotini cooked according to package and your favorite brand of ranch salad dressing.  Toss, chill and serve.

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I love the recipe for Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Ermine Buttercream by The Tough Cookie look- perfect for a taste of fall.  For the recipe click on the link The Tough Cookie.

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Dessert and coffee go together like football and tailgating.

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Make mine a cup of LSU Blend Special Dark Roast from Community Coffee- a Louisiana tailgating tradition.

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I hope these Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes make a touchdown with your tailgating good times.

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Lovely, Delicious and Holiday Spring Things

Busy holiday times rightfully take precedence over the keyboard this week. These lovely, delicious and holiday spring things on a Good Friday offer a glimpse into the Places In The Home Easter holiday celebration.

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Garlic Roasted Carrots.  Our Easter dinner table staple.

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Malted Coconut Cake from Country Living Magazine.

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Malted Coconut Cake for Easter from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Artificial cabbage head decorations will become place card holders.

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Seersucker napkins from Food52 make a seasonal debut into the spring tablescape rotation.

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A Shepherdess Watering Her Flock by Luigi Chialiva (1842-1914)  {{PD-US}}  is a favorite painting and a favorite subject.

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Gold-rimmed china, crystal and blooming wisteria for optimum serving, color and fragrance wow factor.  The entire dining room is filled with the sweet aroma of wisteria. The fragrance notes should settle to a light floral scent for Sunday’s Easter dinner setting.

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Dave the Builder and I hope you and yours enjoy this lovely, delicious and holiday spring things Easter weekend.

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Halloween Not So Haunted House Favorites: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Friday night lights will apply to more than high school Friday night football games this Halloween.  The flicker and glow from jack-o-lanterns, skull sconces and every tricked out decoration in-between will illuminate the evening and catch the eye of the costumed faithful.

skull-sconceSkull Wall Sconce from Moonshine Lamp on Etsy

Halloween decorating has taken on a life all its own in recent years. Decoristas leave no moss covered stone unturned, no craft store unshopped, and no Halloween Pinterest board unseen in search and shop for the ultimate Halloween decor ideas.

flying-monkey“Fly, Fly, Fly.”  Winged Monkey Costume

I’m a traditional old soul at heart when it comes to Halloween decorations. We keep the scarefest very G-rated as not to spook the little ones.  The most frightening thing at our house is the amount of calories in the bowls and bowls of candy.

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In the vein of delight over freight, this Halloween decoration diy is share worthy.

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Construction-paper eyes and mouths glued onto white tissue-paper bells and then draped with cheesecloth brings forth a ghostly ghoul gang.

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Black and orange rules the color palette, Monster Mash is the first tune on the Halloween playlist, and I’ve been known to break out an old pair of men’s cowboy boots, jeans, flannel shirt and stacks of yesterday’s news (0ld newspapers) creating a wicked good cowboy to help me pass out candy. Speaking of haunting hits- here’s a few of the Places In The Home Halloween house favorites.

If your ideas of Halloween pumpkin decorating finds you in the no carve pumpkin zone, fret or fright not.

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Invent your very own throwback Halloween hashtag #TBH and channel decoupage days of basket purses and vintage milk cans past.

Remember these purses?

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Spray painted leaves, printables, and/or old photos – all great choices to decorate a no carve pumpkin with.

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The Graphics Fairy

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The Graphics Fairy

Glitter stickers, acrylic paint and a decorative furniture or curtain finial lend a designer touch and signature style to a Halloween pumpkin.

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Stylish decorations don’t have to expensive to be impressive.  Create fab-BOO-lous Halloween centerpiece magic with a couple of dollar store feather boas, a witches hat, and a rhinestone pin.

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You can get more bang for your harvest and Thanksgiving decorating buck by not carving the pumpkin and simply surrounding it with wow factor embellishments.

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Mingle twinkle lights in and around the feather boas for mood lighting. Wrap average party paper cups in high Halloween style with ribbon in your favorite designer pattern and color.

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I like using fabric for tablecloths, table runners, and table skirting.  Velvet and lace add an elegant, creepy edge to the festivities.

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I stock up on pillar candles and dollar store glass containers and cylinder vases for my Halloween tablescapes.

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Glitter, black beans, candy corn or water dyed with food coloring make great filler choices.

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This “may I give you a hand?” serving bowl from Target would make a fun centerpiece anchor.

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Another dollar store run for Spanish moss, red apples and glow-in-the-dark insects, and you’re set.

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Battery-operated LED votive candles produce the perfect lighting for pathway luminaries.  Safety first always, and this option is a safe alternative to traditional wick candles.

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I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas offers inspiration for your Halloween haunted or not so haunted house soiree.

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