Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Shared with Celebrity Guests!


Update: This post was written when we lived in Texas.



Since my family can't make the long trek to Texas for Thanksgiving dinner, 
I have invited some very special company. 
Be sure to check out the place cards. 

You may just be envious!




I just LOVE the colors of Autumn!




I also love all the wonderful goodies in the Cracker Barrels gift shop! 
That is where I got his lovely soup tureen. 

It was 1/2 off, what a bargain! 
They were out of the decorative ladle, 
so I just used one I had on hand.





I also want to point out the coordinating window panels. 
They started out as a tablecloth for one of my fall tablescapes, 
but thought that they would look great on the windows!






I am also sharing this window panel idea in today's Transformation Thursday.





The china hutch has also changed it's look a few times. 
It has been very Autumnish or Halloweenie, 
and now it is decked out for Thanksgiving.





These pies are actually candles!




They are highly scented and fill the room 
with the scent of fresh baked pies without even being lit!




The best part of all is that they are calorie free!





The dishes and napkins are from Kohl's. 
I love the soft buttery color of the dishes and the unglazed white edge. 
The soup/salad dish is great for pasta. 
The flatware is from Ross.





These little pumpkins are from Wal-Mart.





The amber glasses are from Tuesday Morning 
and the green glasses are from the Goodwill.





The table runner is from Ross 
and the Sunflower dish is from The Cracker Barrel.






The candle is from Hobby Lobby and it was a good buy at 1/2 off. 
The chargers/candle plates are metal are were 1.99 on clearance at Wal-Mart.





These Indian corn candles are over ten years old.
I don't remember where I got them 
but I have seen them in lots of stores over the the last few years.






The place card holders are just decorative picks 
that I got at Hobby Lobby for 60-70% off.

Did you notice the guest's name?
He is one of the celebrities coming to my dinner.


No silly... It is not Fred Flintstone!!!



Look closer...





I invited the Ricardo's and the Mertz's for Thanksgiving! 

I know Lucy would just mess it up and serve 
a half frozen turkey with the "innerds" left in, 
and  then she would "have some 'splainin' to do"...

 I also figured that poor Ethel needed a break.





Looks like they were happy to drive 
all the way from NYC to see us...





Here is the table with the candles lit.
After all by now it is nighttime...





Look at those cute little
Indian Corn taper candles.




All we need now is the company!


But wait!

Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete
without the KID'S TABLE!


Love that tablecloth...
a.k.a. curtains.





I got those little chairs years ago for the grand kids.
They are usually in the family room and scooted up to the outer side of the coffee table. Great for puzzles and coloring. 





The pumpkin plates, turkey gravy boat, and Turkey Shoot metal sign are from Ross. 
The bird tea light holders are from The Dollar Tree, 
and the adorable squirrel salt and pepper shakers 
are from The Cracker Barrel.





These pumpkin scarecrows are from TJ Maxx and have been up since Halloween. 
I think they are still good for Thanksgiving, don't you?





Boy, that kid's table looks smaller than it really is.




This is a better view.





The stuffed turkey (the cloth one) is something my Hubby got me years ago. 
It was one of those prizes from the "crane" game at the grocery store!




 

I just love this little melamine set for the kiddies.
Did you happen to notice these place cards?



We have invited Jack and Jill...

Hansel and Gretel already had plans at
some little gingerbread and candy cottage in the woods.

Bless their hearts...






Have a wonderful Thanksgiving
and be sure to count your blessings...






Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tablecloth Window Panels!




If you have seen any of my Fall tablescapes
you may have noticed my plaid window panels.


See how they match the
 little round table?

Well that's because they
are actually tablecloths.


Tablecloths come in  widths of 60"
and lengths up to 120" or even more.


I just took curtain rings that
 have clips and attached them
 about 4-5"from the top.

 The standard is about seven
 clips per stationary panel.

It gives a very casual relaxed look.


The size of the tablecloth you
buy  determines the amount of
 "puddle". I haven't even cut them.
Just folded them in half lengthwise.


This is a really inexpensive way to
 get LONG panels that you can
change out for the holidays.

~~~


I didn't do an actual tutorial on how
to do this because it is SO simple.
If you have questions I will gladly
answer back here in the comments.


I know that there have been a LOT
of curtains made out of dropcloths
That color just doesn't work for me.

So I came up with this idea... 'cause
I liked the colors in the plaid table-
cloth on the round accent table.

I think it looks real warm and inviting.
What do you think?


Now please go and visit Gina's Transformation Thursday over at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

 


~~~


BTW... Some of you may not have heard that I am moving back to California...

Here I am taking a picture of an area of La Quinta. This is one of the cities where we are looking to live. It is is the  Palm Spring/Palm Desert area of California.


Palm trees and mountain views on all sides of the valley. The mountains in this picture have light snow on them in the winter, but the valley stays at a moderate temperature. It is sunny about 360 days a year ( rains 3-6 ") and it does get hot in the summer!


I hope to share more info on my move.
(I have some pictures of the desert)

Just give me a few days as I will be
 very busy getting the house ready.

Once again... Hubby gets to go off first
and I will be left to tie up the loose ends.

Thank goodness for the corporate
moving package... I won't have to do
much, if any packing!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Long Window Panels... on the Cheap!




If you have seen any of my Fall
tablescapes, you may have noticed
 my plaid window panels.



See how they match the
 little round table?




Well that's because they
are actually tablecloths.




Tablecloths come in  widths of 60"
and lengths up to 120" or even more.





I just took curtain rings that
 have clips and attached them
 about 4-5"from the top.

 The standard is about seven
 clips per stationary panel.

It gives a very casual relaxed look.




The size of the tablecloth you
buy  determines the amount of
 "puddle". I haven't even cut them.
Just folded them in half lengthwise. 

This is a really inexpensive way to
 get LONG panels that you can
change out for the holidays.



I didn't do an actual tutorial on how
to do this because it is SO simple.
If you have questions I will gladly
answer back here in the comments.

I know that there have been a LOT
of curtains made out of drop cloths.

So I came up with this idea... 'cause
I liked the colors in the plaid table-
cloth on the round accent table.

I think it looks real warm and inviting.
What do you think?



~~~

Here I am taking a picture of an area of La Quinta. This is one of the cities where we are looking to live. It is is the  Palm Spring/Palm Desert area of California.


Palm trees and mountain views on all sides of the valley. 
The mountains in this picture have light snow on them in the winter, 
but the valley stays at a moderate temperature. 
It is sunny about 360 days a year ( rains 3-6 ") 
and it does get hot in the summer!


I hope to share more info on my move.
(I have some pictures of the desert)

Just give me a few days as I will be
 very busy getting the house ready.

Once again... Hubby gets to go off first
and I will be left to tie up the loose ends.

Thank goodness for the corporate
moving package... I won't have to do
much, if any packing!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall Tablescape


This is my Halloween dinner tablescape.



 I have already shared the children's tablescape... but this one was for the adults. 
I use these dishes for other meals during October and November, 
but I will use different ones for Thanksgiving Day .

~~~





These bowls were perfect for our traditional Halloween night dinner of chili.


 

 This pumpkin soup tureen was a great way to serve the Pumpkin Chili. 
This was my first year to try making chili with pumpkin added to it.




I bought this tureen and the dishes at Ross.




We also had corn bread and salad. 
This has been our family's Halloween night dinner for as long as I can remember. 
It is an easy and filling meal... and something that the kids would actually eat!




Do you have a traditional dinner that you fix for Halloween? 
I always wanted the kids to have real food in their tummies before going out 
and gorging on all that candy, and they would always eat chili!




The candle is sitting on a trivet and I placed
some potpourri around the base.




Even though all the kids are grown and we don't live by the grand kids, 
we still have this for dinner. I set the table for four... 
just for the tablescape pictures.
I thought it turned out quite festive!




I just folded the napkin and set it in the bowl. 
The little decorative pumpkins are just one more of those Halloween decorations 
that are more than 15 years old. I just can't throw anything away!




 I was lucky to see these avocado green goblets at the Goodwill. 

I grabbed them and ran... well not before filling my cart with more treasures.




Here is the complete tablescape. 
See the curtain panels peeking out at the end of the table? 
Well, I will share how I made them in next weeks Met Monday.  



Okay, I just have to show you a few pictures of me handing out the candy later that evening.


See my kid's artwork?
 Some of it is 35 years old!





I had a lot of fun!

~~~

Thanks for visiting and I hope you
enjoyed this weeks tablescape.

Now go over to Between Naps on the Porch and take a look at all the other great tablescapes for this weeks Tablescape Thursday.

please click here


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