Hello friends! Missed me? I’ve missed you, but it’s been so hectic around here that I had to take a small blogging break or start posting for the sake of posting, which is never what I wanted to do. So I took a break and it was great and it was needed. Sometimes we just need a little break from things so that we can later re-connect with renewed energy and ideas. Blogging can be so much fun and so much work but it’s incredibly rewarding and that’s why bloggers pull up to their keyboards time and time again. Thank you to my Graceful Order friends for sticking with me for the last 3 years, for all the likes and all the shares and all the sweet comments – thank you!
I actually only meant to be away for the summer as my boys were home but then August came around and then September and as I was bringing down the autumn stuff from my garage, I thought “I need to share this with my friends!” Then I started photographing and it was so much fun again! Throughout this week I will be sharing posts about Autumn. Expect lots of orange and brown and pumpkins and pie!
I will start with one of my favorite things to do which is decorating the table!
I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and I intend to leave the table set like this for the remainder of the month. No fear, I will wash the dishes so that no one is eating dusty turkey! I am using these gorgeous dishes that I picked up last year at Williams-Sonoma in their after Thanksgiving sale. I ordered some online and when they ran out, I drove to the store to pick up the rest. I did pick up a few extras just in case one breaks, the set doesn’t fall apart. By the way, should that happen, you can always set the two end place settings in a solid coordinating color.
I love having a large table. Well, usually I love it. One challenge that I have is finding a tablecloth that will fit. I have priced out getting one custom-made and they are so expensive! A quick search on Amazon led me to this tablecloth, which has the right length and width for my table – 70 x 144. In the past, even when I can find a tablecloth that is 144 in long. it was usually 60 in wide, which leaves the side of my table short on fabric. This one was perfect.
The centerpiece is a swag that is meant to hang on a wall. I just placed some gourds around it to make it feel full and bountiful – just as Thanksgiving should be.
I also placed some faux candles on the table. That way I don’t have to worry about any scents competing with the food or any candles dripping on the table. These candles are the most realistic I have found to date. I have quite a few of them throughout my home. They are perfect for mantles and hard to reach areas where it’s a pain to light a candle; they are safer, too.
As a finishing touch are the mini pumpkin bowls which I will use to serve butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving dinner. I have seen a few version of these bowls and they are all adorable. Just make sure that they are oven-safe so that you can keep soup warm in the oven, while you do last-minute things, before dinner is served.
I hope you love how the table turned out. I love that I get to enjoy it all month and not just for Thanksgiving. I would love to know how you decorate your table. What colors do you decorate your home with during the fall season? Browns, oranges or more shabby chic with white and ivory shades?
See you all in a few days when I share fall decorated living room! It’s nice to be back!