Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Confession

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. I should be chopping celery, peeling potatoes, basting a turkey, which, I'm not even sure what that means but I know my dear friend Martha (of the Martha Stewart franchise) will assist in helping me figure out exactly what basting entails.

I have two Thanksgivings to attend, one with my side of the family and one tomorrow evening with M's family. I love Thanksgiving and everything about the holidays. Cooking, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it,) is not one of my talents. In fact, the few times I've heated apple cider on the stove I've managed to burn it. So, except for my unique ability to burn liquid, because really, who does that, I have NO food preparation talent.

Presentation, however, is something I LOVE, and like to think I excel at.  I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year but if I were I would be buried in cans of metallic gold spray paint, globs of hot glue, pine cones, and squash and pumpkins galore in an attempt to create the perfect centerpiece and tablescape. I would of course incorporate some decorative paper and glitter somehow as well. Because I can't share photos of my Thanksgiving table, I've included pictures that combine Fall elements with fun, whimsical and/or rustic design that represent my ideal Autumnal/Thanksgiving celebration  

This creative Thanksgiving table is super trendy but still simple and very DIY friendly. All of the paper products from the napkin rings to the wine charms to the decorative paper embellishments on the centerpiece are free printables designed by Jen from Hostess with the Mostess. For a tutorial on creating the centerpiece, which incorporates wooden dowels, paper punch outs and glass balls, jump on over to HWTM's blog.

Hostess with the Mostess
This table is SO me. What gets me really excited is the bright shades of orange and golden hues are enhanced simply by adding a few votive candles into the mix. I like modern, but not too over-the-top contemporary, and I love that this table incorporates a modern vibe by using bright colors accented by metallic gray menus, but incorporates traditional elemEnts such as leaves, squash, pumpkings and vases filled with Fall flowers along the runner.

Apartment Therapy
Restoration Hardware
LOVE LOVE LOVE. I know I said the orange and gray table was so me, but so is this. I have a weakness for metallic paint and lots of gold and candles. Pretty much everything in this photo makes me weak in the knees.

On another note, this is the first year M and I will celebrate Thanksgiving as a co-habituating couple which truly makes this holiday even more special for me.  He loves the holidays too, but not quite to the same extent that I do. He has been incredibly accommodating of my need to start decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween and supportive yet practical when I suggested we get our Christmas tree. In mid-November. So, in the weeks to come, I hope to share new ideas, experiment with old ones, and post lots and lots of photos. Happy Thanksgiving!

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