Our Thanksgiving Table

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I know we’re all moving on to Christmas (there’s a tree in my living room and we’re attending our first Christmas party tonight!), but since Thanksgiving was barely a week ago, I think it’s okay to revisit our festivities, don’t you?

This year was full of firsts. Ethan and I hosted, which was definitely a new experience compared to showing up at mom and dad’s place, but we really enjoyed it! We just loved having a house full of people (and confirmed that we need more/better seating in our living room). Ethan was obsessed with menu-planning, but my mission was to do something nice with the table/dining room. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I rummaged through moving boxes of china (yes, we’re still in boxes over here) and grabbed a few extra items to make it a little more “festive.” Nothing too over the top, but I was pretty happy with my $30ish table.

Since there were 7 of us (Ethan, myself, both sets of parents, and my brother Ryan) we had to break out the second leaf for our table, which has never ever been used.  And I think this was the debut meal for our nice china as well – exciting stuff!

I’m not big on holiday decorating, but wanted something fall-esque for the occasion. After doing a little pinning on Thanksgiving tables and running across this spread in a local magazine, I decided burlap was a must. It was just a few bucks a yard at a local fabric store and I kept it folded in half to serve as a runner. I figured I might use it to cover the entire table at a later date, so I didn’t do any trimming to my 3 yard length. (And don’t you just love my short white table cloth? My oddly sized 42″ wide table is a little difficult to dress!) I also grabbed a couple of “pie pumpkins” at the grocery store for a few dollars a piece.

A couple years ago, I inherited some china from my grandmother when she was downsizing. It was an odd mix of patterns and quantities, but I love the idea that I can mix and match as needed. One little treasure was a handful (7 to be exact) of beaded glass dessert plates. I’d completely forgotten what they looked like until I pulled them out of the boxes, but I just love the texture they add.

On the same day that I “re-discovered” these, I was in town and popped into The Guild Shop to take a quick look around (you never know what you’ll find in that place!) I rarely walk through the china section, but for some reason I made a quick pass through and was stunned when I saw a stack of the exact same beaded glass plates! They were selling the set of 5 for a whopping $6 – SOLD! And while standing in line, I saw Martha Stewart (yes, THE Martha Stewart) doing a little thrifting of her own. Kind of a strangely eventful day!

For our centerpiece, I thought the “wildflowers” (I got them from HEB, but they look a little wild and unruly) and whole nuts were kind of fun. I’m not sure who thought of the nut idea – me or Ethan – but they were a nice touch. And in case you’re wondering, there’s a glass inside the vase full of water for the flowers. The nuts are just a thin layer between the glass and the vase.

So there’s our Thanksgiving table and my eventful trip to The Guild Shop. Of course my first celebrity siting isn’t anyone super cool – it’s Martha Stewart. Then again, I don’t do super cool things like hang out in popular bars/clubs/restaurants. I spend my free time thrifting in River Oaks. Guess Martha was right up my alley! :)

One Comment to “Our Thanksgiving Table”

  1. BEAUTIFUL! And you’re an entertaining writer :)

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