A Thanksgiving to Remember

This is it friends…Thanksgiving is this week which means ready or not let the Holiday hustle begin!  I will say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites so I make a big effort to give it its glory.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m itching to get my house decorated for Christmas, but that happens the day after!

I have partnered with Oriental Trading to create this simple, but beautiful tablescape.

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This year I will be hosting dinner for 15 which makes me giddy, the more the merrier!  I am however planning to make things a little more “no-fuss”, which means I miiiiiight be buying the premade mashed potatoes from Costco because they are amazing, and I have let my guests bring their signature dishes, which leaves less time in the kitchen for me!

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Another tip is paper plates.  I know…paper plates??  Honestly though, have you seen how beautiful some of them are??  I found these pretty floral plates and napkins from Oriental Trading and loved the colors and the touch of gold.  Paired with chargers and glassware, you almost forget you can throw them away at the end of the night!

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For an easy centerpiece, I gathered up things I had around my house, like the cake stand, votive holders, and inexpensive table runner…I went to my backyard and clipped cedar branches and sprigs of fresh rosemary…and done!

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I’m the first to admit, I LOVE a pretty table, and I  love creating a tablescape that will make my guests feels special.  I also know that being present and a wonderful hostess means not fussing over the dishes, letting others help, and just enjoying the day…so that is exactly what I plan to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope your day is filled with friends and family, and this is a Thanksgiving to remember!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

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A Halloween Tablescape

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How can tomorrow already be Halloween?  I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by!  This month has done that as well, which is why I am just now getting this Spooky Floral tablescape up for you so late!  I know you will not be able to get these particular items in time for tomorrow’s festivities, but the good news is…all of the paper goods and the fabulous gold skull centerpiece are now on sale…so grab them for next year!!

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I am a huge fan of layering in my tablescapes, so using a tablecloth, Halloween netting and a table runner gave me the look I was going for.   Another place I love to “layer up” is with my plates.  So here I used a gold plate charger, a white dinner plate from my cupboard and the Spooky Floral dinner plate.  By doing this it really dresses up the paper plate!

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(Spooky Floral Dinnerware, gold plate chargers, gold flatware, table runner)

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This gold skull centerpiece is one of my new favorite pieces.  It is much larger that you realize and there are so many things you could do with him.  I chose to run to my local grocery store and picked up flowers to coordinate, popped a vase in the center and done!  The result is stunning!

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I hope my last-minute Halloween tablescape has inspired you!  Whether you’re using what you already have, or running to your local grocery store and picking up some paper plates, napkins and a bunch of flowers…you can easily create something fun for Halloween night!

*Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own.