“Now, on this corner of the year, the Autumn stands a moment still and wonders how it traveled here. So fast, so much against its will…It turns to grasp the threads of day, hoping yet to linger on; but finding Winter in the way, it rounds the corner and is gone.” S.H. Dewhurst
If you could see my house right now, you might wonder if we are actually going to be celebrating Thanksgiving today. Or if, perhaps, my home was suffering from a severe case of “Holiday Schizophrenia”.
The Christmas decorations are up and while the stockings aren’t quite “hung by the chimney with care” yet, to the casual observer it would seem that we are skipping right over this beloved holiday. Now, don’t go judging me quite yet! You see, my parents are with us right now. And since we will not be seeing them at Christmas, we will be celebrating a bit early. I couldn’t go and have the kids open presents from their grandparents without the proper backdrop of holiday decor now could I?
But, lest you think I am ignoring the sanctity of Thanksgiving, I will show you how I have carved (get it…carved…turkey…oh I just crack myself up sometimes!) out a space for everyone to share what they are thankful for this year.
Perhaps, this is something you could even do today as you are preparing to enjoy Thanksgiving with your own loved ones.
A simple tablecloth of burlap provides the base for my Thanksgiving table.
A vintage tool caddy is filled with seasonal goodness and mercury glass votives. As a way of linking the past to the present, I’m using glassware that was given to me by my grandmother who passed away almost one year ago. Since her daughter (my mother) will be with me I felt it was only fitting to include them at our table. The silverware belonged to my husbands grandmother and was given to us as a wedding gift.
Corn husks have always been supremely “Autumnal” in my mind and this sweet corn husk flower napkin ring was the perfect way to add that extra special touch to each place setting.
This is so easy to make and the tutorial can be found here.
And if you are looking for a way to involve the children in your life in your Thanksgiving decorating (or just looking for a way to occupy them while you’re cooking!) grab a long piece of butcher paper and lay it out on a table.
Have them trace leaves all over it and color them in.
If you happen to have a 9 year old around who wants to impress you with his cursive writing skills, have him add in a few words declaring what he is thankful for.
Place it over your tablecloth and have it serve as a “Thankful Table Runner”.
And be sure to set out some crayons for all of your guests to add their own words of thankfulness.
Thanksgiving is a sacred day. It is a time to gather…pause…reflect.
Here at FOLK, we are giving thanks today for all of you!
You invite us into your homes and allow us to share ours with you. We couldn’t do this without your support and we are truly grateful.
A very Happy Thanksgiving from the FOLK Family to you and yours!