Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Decor

We're not hosting Thanksgiving this year, which might be a shock since we bought a dining room table that seats 150 people, but I'm soooo not ready to tackle a turkey. I never bake anything so until there's a good to way to cook one on the stove or in the toaster oven (my BFF), I'm out. We'll do Christmas. That being said, I did look up some decor ideas on Pinterest anyway. These are things I would do if I had to fancy up my house this week.

First, I have quite the hoard of candles, so pairing them with assorted shrubbery (real or fake) would be an easy centerpiece. This combination would work well with a container like we see here, or just by itself on a table runner:


One of my favorite tricks is to bust out some seasonal fruits/nuts/plants and use them in a group. Apples are particularly good because you can just snack on them at the end of the day:


Pressed leaves in a picture frame are another easy option. I like these with the double-sided glass, but they would look great on contrasting scrapbook paper, too:


Finally, I'm still not used to having any outdoor space to play with (ask me how many times I've forgotten to close the garage door), but buying mums and pumpkins at the grocery store is something even I can handle:



Are you hosting the Big T-Day? How are you getting your house ready? Anybody cooking a main dish that's not turkey? One year somebody in my husband's family made a tur-duck-in. Chicken, inside a duck, inside a turkey. I wasn't there for it yet, but they STILL talk about it.

12 comments:

  1. Love the leaves in the glass!
    We're headed to my parents for Thanksgiving, so I don't have to decorate or cook...score!
    Love the tur-duck-in story :)

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  2. Oh wow, I love that center piece! Anything woodsy, with natural elements and soft lighting is right up my alley. Heck, we're building our whole interior design around that theme. :D

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  3. Super cute decor! I am not hosting Tday this year, instead going to grandparents house. But I am contributing with some of my homemade biscotti!

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  4. I love how you arranged the candles - amazing! And we laughed heartily at the tur-duck-in, me and my husband.

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  5. I love the table runner center piece. I was going to post our thanksgiving decor pics today - but didn't quite get to it. Tomorrow though.
    We're hosting and cooking the entier main meal. We've asked guest to bring apps, drinks, and dessert. I'm super excited!

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  6. We are hosting and I haven't decorated yet. Well I did the pumpkins for the outside but still need to do the dinning room table. Nice finds :)

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  7. I am a huge fan of apples as decor. Easy, simple, perfect.

    My family is pretty low key about Thanksgiving. Robbie and I stop by my dad and step mom's for a quick dinner and some hang out time, and then we end up driving around gawking at people camped out at Best Buy and other chain stores. So it's not much of a chance to decorate for me. Christmas on the other hand......

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  8. The candle decor is so beautiful! We're traveling for Thanksgiving and staying at home for Christmas. I still have some fall decor up, which we've been enjoying.

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  9. This is funny because we are hosting Thanksgiving, sort of, and we don't even have a table! I think we might be using a friend's house while they're out of town for the actual meal. We'll see. Also, definitely not making a huge turkey. Awesome decorating ideas btw. :)

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  10. Oh my...these are gorgeous! I keep saying, year after year, I'll decorate next year. But we never do! I'm just not into it- there's too much else going on, but...everyone else's houses look amazing!!! Maybe next year...lol. Enjoy your dinner!

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  11. Love the wooden box with all of the candles and shrubbery...really beautiful! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see more :)

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  12. The strange recipe you mention made me think of the Russian folk tale right away: chicken, inside a duck, inside a turkey, inside a hare, inside an iron chest...
    We just cooked chicken; not the whole bird though, that freaks me out a little bit.

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