A Season of Thanks: Thanksgiving Tablescape

My Thanksgiving tablescape is rich in colors of the season, natural elements, good deals, vintage pieces, and memorable keepsakes from the past.

Thanksgiving tablescape

I stumbled upon these boxwood letters at Hobby Lobby.

At first glance I was intrigued.

decorated light fixture

After a much closer second look, I was sold by the yellow and red beauty of the clearance price tag.

T-H-A-N-K-S !


Stop me if you’ve seen this one.

A quail, a turkey, a duck and a pheasant…

This group made their first guest appearance on my casual Christmas table,  A Dash Of Louisiana “Seasoning”: A Casual Christmas Tablescape.

Thanksgiving china

Burlap sandbags continue to be my first choice for fall and Thanksgiving tablescapes.

Deep gold placemats and oatmeal goblets, heirloom vintage lace napkins, and gold resin acorns achieve the look and feel of the season.


The recipe for making the tablescape your own is simple-bring items of special meaning to the table.


Seasonal fruits and flowers along with vintage finds accentuate the casual, the simple and the elegant.


The sideboard display is a potpourri of locally grown and sold items.

The knock out roses are from a local nursery, the cotton stalks from local fields, the vegetables from local growers, and the salad plates from the local Goodwill.


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

Wilbur D. Nesbit

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Reflections: A Holiday Tablescape

For me, Christmas is the most wonderful and elegant time of the year.  It’s the time of year when new and heirloom crystal pieces find their way to the holiday tablescape.  The colors in the runners are favorites, and I practice the a touch of ebony ensures instant elegance rule.


The search for placemats started back in October.  I found a gorgeous set, but the three figure price tag dashed any hopes of a big brown truck bringing them my way.  I decided to go in a most cost efficient direction and add the embellishments myself.


My mother called me from the local dollar store to tell me she was sure she had found placemats I could work with.

I was skeptical (very skeptical), but she was right, very right.

Building the tablescape suddenly cleared another decorative hurdle.  My bright idea was to attach the napkin to the placemat with highly decorative buttons.  That idea was becoming too involved, proving it was time to go in another direction.


I found clear rhinestone buttons at a local bridal shop, selected a grosgrain ribbon in peppermint theme, and sewed the pairing to the ebony placemat.


The ribbon is loosely tied to the dinner napkin, which is folded handkerchief style.


I made the vintage style crystal prism ornaments for our open house at the shop.


They fit in perfectly with the other crystal accessories and make lovely substitutes for traditional place cards.


Oatmeal glass goblets and mirrors from Dollar Tree pair well with my heirloom Waterford salt and pepper shakers.


A deconstructed chandelier provides the prisms to fill the cut glass heart shaped dish.  Red and glass ball Christmas tree ornaments with strands of Mardi Gras pearls grace an antique cut glass bowl as the centerpiece.


I am amazed at the beauty of the crystal prism, and the pristine holiday image it creates as the light hits it just right.


Santa’s rosy cheeks and a deck the halls in red grapevine tree- it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas indeed!




Wicked Fun: Halloween Tablescape Ideas

I decided to throw my witches hat into the Halloween tablescape ideas ring for the fabulously wicked fun of it.

A trick here and a tweak there got the Halloween creative spirits alive and kicking.

The big kids (family, crew  & neighbors) love it.

It’s a real hoot!


One can of black spray paint and several magnolia leaves and Poof!

I now have a pair of bat wings for the cupcake platter.

The Noritake plates and platter are part of my parents wedding china.

I thought I’d put a Billy Idol spin on things.



Get it?


The “poisoned” apple is an homage to my favorite fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

My most memorable Halloween costume is the handmade Snow White full ensem my mother made for me.

There’s not one Halloween that goes by that I don’t think of that costume, or place a red apple on my Halloween table.


I promise you my kitchen curtains only look like bad car upholstery in this picture!


New kitchen paint color and the drapes are no more however, the deep crimson color the picture casts fits in with the theme.

The candelabra is a treasured find from an antique store in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Black Tulle fittingly adorns the candelabra for the thrill and spook of it.

Halloween tablescape

Chocolate cupcakes with orange icing & sprinkles, Kit Kats, Brach’s Autumn mix, and chocolate parfaits makes happy people happier.

Halloween cupcakes

We’ll count calories and walk an extra mile tomorrow.


I had way too much fun and way too much time on my hands while editing these pictures.

View at your own risk, and know that I promise to limit the special effects in the future.

It’s Halloween and I simply couldn’t resist.


Eerily gorgeous mood lighting.

Halloween candelabra

Dave the Builder surprised me with white roses for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

In their present state of wilted goodness, they have been repurposed as the perfect Halloween tablescape accessory.

white roses

Our Halloween pumpkin has its very own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing going on.

It is an owl on one side, and a sour half moon eyeballing a sweet Halloween cat on the other.

It’s a mad, mad, mad, Mod Podge world.

decorated pumpkin

I do love frogs, and this one has been in our family longer than I have.

A family friend purchased the frog in 1952 while in Tokyo, Japan as a gift for my maternal grandmother.

It’s so ugly that it’s absolutely beautiful.


decorative frog

Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”

 —Author Unknown


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