Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

I am glad you have joined me and a myriad of other talented tablescapers for a Thanksgiving blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate. A complete list of posts you will want to visit can be found at the end of this post.

Welcome to our home for a simple, almost plain family Thanksgiving dinner tablescape. The dishes and cutlery I chose all go in the dishwasher for ease and more family time. There are ten of us so that's important and they will be here for several days. I usually fuss with fresh flowers, which I love, but this time a fresh real pumpkin graces our table for a centerpiece with a touch of southern cotton, faux bittersweet and fall leaves with a few smaller pumpkins added in.
This year, I chose to use a simple burlap runner and let the burled grain of my table show. I usually use a tablecloth which does photograph better but decided to change it up this time.  Rattan chargers add an organic feel juxtaposed with the crystal goblets and crystal candle holders that add a touch of glam. The candle holders are special to me as they graced my beloved mother-in-law's table for years. I get emotional just thinking of the many family dinners at her home.

Now, the scripture on this paper napkin sums it all up to me. Thanksgiving is about being thankful to our Creator for all our blessings. 

You can view last year's Thanksgiving blog hop table here. It was more dramatic and also included a family tradition of using a set of Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.  I forgot them this time. A prior typical Thanksgiving breakfast can be viewed here. I usually do a full breakfast in the kitchen and then a late lunch in the dining room. We are all ready for a long walk after the big meal. 

Here's my casual table for ten and you can see my little nest where I blog in the other room complete with clutter and the lamp on, that I didn't notice until now. 
I couldn't resist including some shots of our food from last year. That is my son, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Now, how did I get that old? Where did the years go?

Well now you know, I have been preparing this tablescape all year for viewing in 2018. This a real Thanksgiving table that was curated and photographed for you in 2017. As you can see we had finished eating when I realized I didn't get a picture of the food. So, I quickly served another plate just for you! (No time for styling!)

Turkey and cornbread dressing with gravy
Green beans
Roasted Butternut squash
Fresh Cranberry sauce
Lady Finger Peas
Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

It is so much fun to see all the different tablescapes for an occasion like Thanksgiving. Thank you, Chloe, for organizing the blog hops.
They can be formal or casual, simple or elaborate but they reflect the personality and mood of the designer on a given day. That's why I like blogging and tablescaping and blog-hopping.
 I enjoy the challenge of using what I have in a different way and seeing my other blogging friends doing the same thing with their creations.

Speaking of blogging friends- Do you ever reread your comments from old posts? They grab my heart. Bloggers are so encouraging and kind. I'd like the world to be so kind.

Have a wonderful day. If it is your first time reading Living With Thanksgiving I hope you will come again. Please enjoy reading the other bloggers posts listed below.

Living Thankfully,






Thursday, November 1, 2018

Texas Tea Party

Do you like tea parties? Take a seat and have a cup of virtual tea and tea sandwiches with us. 
I'm two months late posting this special event. Meet Will and Elise my Texas grandchildren. They helped plan the entire party and also helped bake the cookies and make the sandwiches. 

I bought flowers for the party and arranged them in a Portmerion pitcher in anticipation of the tea party. The cookies were baked the day before and a good time was enjoyed by all which included licking the beaters and the bowl!
The day of the event, party sandwiches were made and the table was set.
Everyone was excited as you can see in the pictures. 

I adore my daughter in law's china. Isn't it beautiful?

Being a part of the planning and baking was fun for them.
Elise brought in two vintage fans that were her great grandmothers as part of her contribution to the table decorations.

Their laughter and enjoyment was music to my ears.

My daughter in law, Sarah and their granddaddy or Graddy as they call him joined in the fun too. Granddaddy's Yeti was not a planned part of our decorations. 

This note is a keeper and was so sweet.

See other tea parties over the years below. I hope to have many more! It's not perfection but memories that count.


Alabama tea parties here, here, and here.
I'm already thinking about the tea party I hope we can have for Christmas 2018!
 Sometimes all the grandchildren are together and sometimes we have to have separate parties because they live in different states. 

Living Thankfully,

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