Even if you can’t be with loved ones this Thanksgiving, set your table and decorate your Fall dining room and be grateful for what you do have. (Plus, if you decorate, you can bring a smile to those you’ll be having a video dinner with over FaceTime. lol)
Think about all of the changes that 2020 has seen…
I’m not sure I could list them all there have been so many dramatic and impactful events.
The world has changed – or most of the world anyways (ahem, to my defiant US readers) – and nothing will ever be the same again.
It’s feels extra-sad right now; with Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and us not being able to see certain family members because of Covid.
I’ll miss my Dad sopping up turkey gravy with fresh bread, and my brother defending me that my potatoes AREN’T too lumpy.
I’ll miss the after-dinner meat sweats and relief that I pulled it all together once again.
BUT, and not to wallow in what isn’t happening, I decided to decorate my dining room for Fall anyways.
I may not be able to celebrate as we have in the past, but I’m certainly not going to let the feeling of Fall escape without a bit of acknowledgement.
I give you my Fall dining room – set just for the kids and I – but still a reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.
My centrepiece is this pedestal bowl of pumpkins and pine cones. The little pumpkins are from dollar store and I painted them in an off-white with gold stems to tie together with my plates and chargers.
I picked up the navy and leaf placemats at Pier One last year and have been itching to get them out and on display.
I SO miss Pier One.
I have this ginormous sideboard in my dining room – too large for the space really – but I love it with it’s ornate doors and copper handles. Usually the top of it gets covered with dishware filled with extra food so that no one has to leave the room for seconds. It’s a little sparse looking in this Fall dining room… maybe it needs a plant or something?
Have I ever told you how I ended up with this giant pear?
It was after a model home had sold and the builder was selling off all of the furniture they had used to stage it. I saw this pear and fell in LOVE! I inquired about buying it and the realtor immediately put my name on it. I couldn’t say no and save face, not even when she hit me with the INSANE price tag. (I’m such a coward)
Ex-hubby was less-than-impressed – but I still love the big guy – the pear, not the ex-husband. lol
Mainly because everyone that sees it tells me I have a nice
pair pear. I’ll take compliments in any form.
He’s huge, and he’s perfect and if you have a nice pair you’ve got to flaunt it right? (Still makes me laugh, even years later)
It’s funny how just setting the table with ALL of the utensils and dishware takes dinner from everyday to fancy.
I guess that means the extra dish-washing afterwards should be celebrated as ‘fancy’ too?
A few small touches, a candle here and there and you have a simple but elegant Fall dining room.
Set up your tablet on the buffet and have a video dinner with friends and family.
Okay kids – Zoodles tonight… but on the FANCY dishes! lol
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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