Thanksgiving 2015 + some table setting tips

Every year my mom and her sisters switch off who has the holidays at their houses. This year happened to be the year my mom had thanksgiving. You can see two years ago when she had Christmas here. I always look forward to when my mom has a holiday- we pretty much have this deal that I can do whatever I want with little to no input from her. My mom has good taste, but we’re usually both so busy leading up to the holidays that it’s easier for me to come up with something that I know she will like. She is a very good sport about it and really does trust me to pull it all together. I do the decor and Kris cooks, which he loves to do, so it’s a win-win. Factor in the fact that there’s not a client involved which means no stress, we have a lot of fun with it.

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

We did a hot cider bar with lemon, rosemary, caramel, peppermints, and cinnamon. I don’t actually like cider, but from what I heard it all tasted great.

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

I took the photos this year on our new camera…they aren’t great, but they’re also not disgusting so I’ll take it.

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

 

The fireplace was a fun place for me to go a little wild. I did a lot of foraging to create this, which means I basically walked around in the woods and cut down branches. My mom asked me if I was going to finish the other side, to which I just laughed. I think this asymmetrical installation business had her twitching from lack of symmetry. To me it feels perfectly balanced :)

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Thanksgiving | Jennifer Laura Design

Now for a few table setting tips that I think could easily carry into a Christmas tablescape:

– create your table in layers- the linen, the plates (or chargers), the napkin and flatware, and the centerpiece. Think about which items you want to be the focus and choose those things first, then choose items that support that main focus- let those items be a bit calmer and not as busy.

– let your tablecloth be a neutral backdrop- If you have a busy pattern going on underneath everything, anything you set on top of that is going to get lost.

– candles are an easy and cheap way to take things up a notch- I buy all of my votive candles from quickcandles.com and taper candles also pack a lot of punch- I have slowly collected my brass candlesticks from thrift stores over the course of a year or so, they weren’t expensive at all.

– the dollar tree is your friend. I’m not a fan of plastic and when you have 15-20 people over for a meal sometimes it seems like it’s the only option, but we bought all of our glasses at the dollar tree for less than $20.

– you can rent. We rented all of our plates and flatware from an event rental company, typically plates are a dollar or so and the flatware is around 50 cents a piece. So not only can  you get some great things that would have cost you a fortune to purchase- you aren’t locked into the same plates and flatware each year, AND you don’t have to wash the dishes. You just throw them back in the crates to take back to the rental company. That’s a win in my book when you can spend more time with your family and less time in your kitchen doing clean up.

– forage in your backyard- large branches in vases are possibly some of the prettiest centerpieces I’ve seen, smaller clippings look good in small bud vases. Luckily, here in Texas our plants aren’t dead just yet.

So that was our thanksgiving- how was your thanksgiving?

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