Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving table and glittered acorns

Truthfully, my original plan for Thanksgiving this year, included two things:  Paper plates and turkey sandwiches.  I really haven't been "feeling it."  Everything has felt a little bit off this year, so I decided turkey sandwiches would be easy.  Then my children heard about that plan a flipped out!  They attacked with statements like, "What?!  No Turkey?! But we have to have a turkey!  That's the best part of Thanksgiving dinner!"  Or the more dramatic one of, "I look forward to that turkey all year long!" 

(Clearly these children get their dramatic side from their father.  Ahem.)

So now... I'm cooking a turkey.  (What can I say?  I cave to peer pressure.)  And setting my table.  I literally just started thinking about it last night, because I realized that I'd forgotten to buy paper plates.  I began by haphazardly pulling out dishes and dumping candles into the nearest bowl.  I had no plan! (No lie.  I don't even know who I am, anymore!)  Suddenly, I realized this bowl worked, because the color pairs perfectly with brown, and compliments my beloved turkey platter, resting on the sideboard. 
 I grabbed all of the white candles I could find, and stuffed this bowl with them.  I tucked a bunch of acorns around them, but thought it needed a little something extra.  I carefully brushed the acorns with glue, glittered them with fine bronze glitter, and sprinkled them around the bowl.   How cute are glittered acorns?  Seriously, what was I even thinking with "paper plates?"  Puh-leeeeze!  (Know thy self!)
 This is a mock-up of my table, just for you, because I was too tired to put the leaf in, and set the table for the entire group.  I'll do that tomorrow.  I began with a circle of brown wrapping paper that I cut out, using the large blue bowl as my template.  On top of that, I layered one of my everyday white plates, and a turkey plate. (I found an inexpensive box of them a few years ago, at TJ Maxx.)
 I can't set a pretty table with out place cards.  It's against my religion.  (Or something like that.) I hot glued a few of the acorns with tops that I'd glittered, right onto cardboard tags.  Then I placed them on top of the silverware.
My table came together effortlessly. (Which I needed this year.)  And yes, it's pretty and our turkey will be yummy... but when it comes to the one thing I'm most thankful for, it would have to be the fact that Jesus paid the price for my sin and I get to spend eternity with him.  Perfect love, from a perfect God.  Because of that, our family is going to try something new this year for Thanksgiving.  We are going to reflect on that, and have family communion!  My dad is going to lead us, and my kids are super excited!  I borrowed their juice glasses so everyone could have a little grape juice as we participate and say thank you for the most significant sacrifice ever given. 
Lastly, I can't leave you without sharing this photo for the grandparents and aunties and uncles.  Look at our little Pilgrim girl!  Isn't she growing up?

If you want instructions on how to make this super sweet bonnet, Martha lays it out for you, right here!

(Just think... my next post will probably be all about Christmas decorations!  Wheeeee!)

22 comments:

  1. Your table is very pretty! I just found those same plates this year at Marshalls, 8 small and 8 large and I love them! I decided it was a bit extravagent to use them just for 1 day so they came out for November-December!
    Have a blessed holiday!
    Olivia

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  2. Enjoy! I love the unexpected pop of light blue...beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  3. Oh my! What a beautiful table setting! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Your table is beautiful! And, you're way ahead of me.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    -FringeGirl

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  5. As always, your table setting is divine! I LOVE those turkey plates!!! I saw them in TJMaxx last year and so regret not buying them!!!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with for Christmas decorations.

    Happy Thanksgiving and many, many blessings to you!!!

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  6. very pretty! Just a word of warning...I brought in acorns this year too, and a few days later GRUBS came out of them. Ugh...I still feel sick just thinking about it. I dont know if you gathered your acorns outside, but if you did...check 'em for little holes!

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  7. Ah yes, Bekah... I know what you mean about the grubs. Solution: freeze for 24 hrs. and whatever is in there will be killed dead!

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  8. You are so very clever. I love the glittered acorns. I was looking for a good, cheap idea for our table this year. I knew you wouldn't let me down. :)
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your sweet family.

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  9. Looks beautiful! I love the blue bowl, it's perfect. And the glittered acorns...adorable! Happy Thanksgiving. I love the Communion idea too. :)

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  10. It looks beautiful! You are so good at stuff like that!

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  11. I LOVE your Blog!! Your Thanksgiving table is beautiful. Love the sparkly acorns, too!

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  12. Your table is so pretty! I'm not decorating for Thanksgiving b/c my table has been hijacked until after Thanksgiving, but I kick the boys out by black Friday. Then, I get to decorate for Christmas!!!! I can't wait!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. what a beautiful table!
    those lucky family & friends.
    love the glittered acorns my friend.
    ps. i have the same plates. twins!

    have a wonderful thanksgiving sasha.
    YOU are a blessing xo

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  14. What a beautiful table! I would love to know where you got your plates? I would love them for next year!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. I am having forty over for Thanksgiving (yikes) and toyed with the idea of paper plates for the 9 little ones that will be here...but like you, just couldn't do it. Thanksgiving is a special holiday and we need to do special things for it....thus no paper plates, even for little ones!

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  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new Thanksgiving tradition :)

    We have family communion when we miss it at our church and it is very special.

    His gift is the greatest thing we can be thankful for and the other stuff is just His great bounty that He has given us. We truly are a blessed people. Now it's our turn to praise and thank Him and give back! :)

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    Kind Regards,
    Nicole

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving Sasha! You're table is gorgeous!

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  18. I love your tablescape - very pretty! My hubby loves blue and I have decided that that pretty robin's egg / spa blue is something that I can live with and would harmonize in our kitchen, but I am having trouble finding pieces to start my voyage into the world of blue. May I ask where you found your beautiful bowl?

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  19. Oh, I LOVE this table! It's perfect! Love the blue bowl in the center and the glittery acorns. So, so cute.

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