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Thanksgiving by Candlelight

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I enjoy creating tablescapes — especially for the holidays.  

I have to confess that I haven’t gone the simple route every Thanksgiving, but with each passing year, simplicity seems to be my mantra — go simple or go home!

This year, my “Thanksgiving by Candlelight” table reflects my desire for keeping things easy, yet pleasing to the eye.  And, of course, it’s in keeping with my casually elegant style. 


I just love the warm and cozy glow of candles burning in the center of the table as dinner time arrives and the sun sinks deeper under the horizon.


Normally, I love the layer plates upon plates, but this time I kept the layering to a minimum, using only a beaded gold charger and my beloved Spode Delamere dinner plates.  

I topped it off with a small picture frame used as a place card for each seat and called it done.


I love this idea because you can also give the frame as a little gift to your guests as they leave!  How fun is that?!

Although this table is simple, it subtly marries texture and color and gives a feeling of the fall harvest and the warmth of the season.



I always, always try to incorporate candles in to my tables, but have never photographed them lit before.  

I guess I was afraid the warm glow wouldn’t come through.  But today’s rainy weather provided the perfect opportunity to show you what my table actually looks like when I’m ready for my guests to arrive and dinner is about to be served.


There’s something about candle light that makes you want to linger at the table for conversation and camaraderie, doesn’t it?


You might notice that I didn’t place any napkins at this table.  That’s because this year — in keeping with my simpicity mantra — I’m using paper napkins.  And, no, I haven’t even bought them yet.  When I do, I will place them under the picture frames, or maybe just keep them in the kitchen in the buffet line.  


Today’s Thanksgiving table is part of the monthly tablescape series, “It’s All Set.”

I hope you’ll visit the links below to see more beautiful ideas from my friends!





Lilacs & Longhorns



Adding Warmth to a Thanksgiving Table with Burnished Copper | Designthusiasm.com

The Enchanted Home




Thanksgiving Tablescape 2015

The holiday count down is on and I just checked one major thing off of my list.

My dining room is finally all set and ready for our big feast tomorrow.

We are hosting my husband’s family and we will have a nice size crowd — nine adults and four kids.  The grown-ups will be in the dining room and the kids will be in the kitchen (that table won’t get set until tomorrow because we use it every day).

Thanksgiving tablescape with natural elements / Lilacs and Longhorns

I had to steal some chairs from the kitchen and we added the two leaves to extend the table so we wouldn’t be bumping elbows too much.   (more…)

Share it One More Time Link Party #5

Welcome back to another edition of the Share it One More Time Link Party!


 This week I’m the featured host for the first time! 


The days are passing by so quickly and I can hardly believe it’s almost Thanksgiving.  This week I shared two of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving recipes: 

Spode Delamere brown transferware plates Thanksgiving setting


My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Time is just moving right along and my kids startled me a little when they mentioned their Thanksgiving break is right around the corner! Right around the corner? How did that happen?!

Thanksgiving is almost here so that means I need to start grocery shopping and getting the house ready for guests! It also means getting my favorite Thanksgiving recipes ready!

Every year we host my husband’s family for the big feast. They are all local so we don’t have anyone staying with us and everyone brings food so I don’t make the entire meal. In that regard, it’s about as low-stress as it can get for the host which is so nice.

Over the years I have made the turkey several ways. I have just made a breast (when not cooking for a crowd), I have brined the entire bird, I have not brined it and made it my mother’s way and last year, I tried a method I learned from the TV show, The Chew. I didn’t follow it to the letter (I modified it slightly) and it was delicious! I blogged about it here.

Thanksgiving turkey recipe


Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas and Cookies

This is usually a busy week for me.  Both the kids and my husband are off of school and work and we are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  (Of course, we’re trying to squeeze some fun in, too!)

Since we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house again this year we are getting our house in order.  One of the nice things about blogging is that my Thanksgiving table is already set!   It’s so nice to have that done before the big day so all I have to think about  before guests arrive is cooking the turkey and baking the pies.

Today, I thought I would show you some of my past tablescapes in hopes that it might give you a little inspiration for creating a pretty and welcoming table of your own.  

Even if you don’t live in the U.S. and are not celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you might find some ideas for setting a table any time of the year.


I set this table last year.  It’s more elaborate than I usually get but I was going for a Pottery Barn-inspired look.  

I think the key to achieving their style is to have lots of layers, varying heights and a lot of texture.

fall table_4


I made my own no-sew cloth napkins for that table.  They were so easy and very inexpensive.


The table below I set up this fall for a special fall meal.  I tried something new by tying my silverware together with a little twine and placing them on top of my soup bowls.

fall tablescape_4

fall tablescape_3


The table below is set for this year’s Thankful at Home tour.  This is how our table is set for Thanksgiving this year.  

I love the layering of the plaid blanket, woven place mats, chargers and plates.  My daughter is particularly excited about the “I’m Thankful for…” printables I made.  You can download it here.

Thanksgiving tablescape


thankful printable


The following is one of my favorite tablescapes.  It’s simple, uses non-traditional fall colors and it’s easy to set up in a few minutes.

fall place settings


If you have been around here for awhile, you know I have a thing for the color blue!


You’ll notice I use a lot of the same things over and over again.  Let’s face it.  Most of us are not wealthy, nor do we have a lot of storage space to keep several sets of china and dinnerware.  For me, the key is to start with something simple like white plates so you can mix and match other patterned dishes or odds and ends that you find or already have.  

I love mixing and matching!

fall table


When it comes to making a center piece, think LOW.  You want to be able to see your guests, so keep things below eye level as much as possible.  A tall candle stick or two isn’t a big deal, but a tall floral arrangement might need to be set aside during the meal.


zinc votive holder_2



To me, it doesn’t matter whether you use cloth or paper napkins, the most important part of the table is the guests that surround it.  

fall no sew napkin


Here’s to wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful meal and day with friends and family!


Before I go, I have a special announcement…

I am joining several of my blog friends this week to bring you some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.  

Christmas cookie exchange


The tour begins today and continues through Wednesday.  Then, come back Friday to link up your own favorite recipes!  

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my cookie recipe with you.  Until then, have fun browsing through today’s blogger line-up:

Cookie Exchange

Monday 24th November

What Meegan Makes

Sweet Pea

Prodigal Pieces

Simply Fresh Vintage

Lemons and Laughs


Tuesday 25th November

Shabby Art Boutique

Lilacs and Longhorns

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Captivating Corner


Wednesday 26th November

Postcards From The Ridge

Our Southern Home

Dandelion Patina

Great Contradictions

Mrs Hines Class