Every year on Thanksgiving night my mother states, “I’m not doing this next year! We’re going out to dinner.” I go along with her because I know she will do it again next year.
Weeks before Thanksgiving she starts to plan and announces, “We’re keeping it simple this year.” I try to hold her to that, but it never works.
As the day approaches the menu grows with more side dishes. I try to remind her of her proclamations from previous years but, it falls on deaf ears.
I usually help her out the day before and get as much done as possible (if I’m not scheduled to work) because I love to cook and she does a heap of work .
I agree it is a tough meal to prepare and coordinate, but with help of our huge family
it always works out great!
Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday! The food is scrumptious and there is no gift stress.
My Mom does not share in my passion for this holiday.
So since I write a blog, I read a jillion (not really but, it feels like it) of other blogs and I sometimes get caught up in the DIY/creative process.
Some of the table decor ideas for Thanksgiving are heavenly and have me thinking I can do it! Me, the women who doesn’t even own a glue gun!
Then I read this article on Domaine Home about how to set your table like the French. I know, it’s not very American or Thanksgiving-y but stick with me.
It’s based on a chapter from the book Be Parisian Wherever You Are (I’m buying it). The blogosphere is always advocating or selling the newest and best thing, like having gold silverware match your gold rimmed wine glasses….blah blah blah. Do most of us actually have enough forks, let alone matching ones for the 18 people coming for dinner this Thursday?
Thats where this article on DomaineHome.com rescues us!
It says the French often collect mismatched china, wine glasses and silverware and use plain white cloth napkins. They add
a linen tablecloth for that eclectic, SIMPLE French look. Voila!
Absolutely in line with my “Keep It Simple” motto this year for all of the holidays!
Here’s a Thanksgiving table using mismatched china, glassware and linen napkins.
Ebay, One Kings Lane, and Etsy are great sources.
Start collecting dessert and coffee cups too.
Simple white pumpkins wrapped in bittersweet which can be found in your yard or local woods.
Mini pumpkins and white pillar candles.
This linen table cloth from H&M looks vintage without the worry of stains. $59.95
Vintage linens and silverware can be found at flea markets and yard sales.
Don’t worry about matching.
Mixed stemware, vintage or new. Don’t worry if it matches as long as it is all clear.
If you like colored stemware then stick with one color.
Do you like My Keep It Simple Holiday Motto?
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