EntertainingPretty, Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape November 3, 2014 This week, I’m joining a group of some of my favorite bloggers to share our take on Thanksgiving. We’re sharing tablescapes, recipes, traditions, and thankful hearts. Come gather ’round my table and join us! I’ve been so excited about this series because Thanksgiving is one of those times that reminds me why I do what I do. I love pretty things. I love discovering style and beauty in the everyday and surrounding myself with it. It’s easy to get lost in the details. It’s easy to get lost in pretty vintage fabrics and pattern mixing. Metallics. Textures. Details. It’s so easy to forget. Easy to forget that setting a pretty table isn’t about all of these little things. It’s about the people that will gather round. It’s about the reason that we gather and share over the breaking of bread. Thanksgiving reminds me of what all gatherings should be. At Thanksgiving, we gather with a distinct purpose. Gratitude. Giving of thanks. Each person around us has meaning and each day has purpose. But oh how easy I forget. When I design a tablescape, it isn’t for the flowers and the ambiance. It’s for the people. But I always have to remind myself not to believe the lie that this purpose and this meaning is somehow above or holier than creating beauty. Recognizing the meaning in gatherings, relationships, and life doesn’t take away from our calling to create. They go hand in hand. And that’s why I do this. I create because something inside me is drawn to beauty and I can’t not create. It’s my way of giving of myself and sharing love with those that matter to me. It’s not about showing off or supporting some image of the perfect entertainer, designer, homemaker, mother, wife, or friend. It’s about opening up a home that you’ve made and welcoming others into it with hospitality and transparency. I don’t set a pretty table to say I’m perfect, but instead to say, “Come gather round. I created this because that’s who I am. And because you matter.” In the purest, deepest way, we all matter. The creators matter. The style-seekers matter. And this beauty we create MATTERS. It’s a simplistic, life-giving truth. This Thanksgiving, I want to dwell on this and live in the simple. Not a simple where pretty tablescapes and decorations don’t exist, but a simple where life is shared around the table, perfection is a four-letter word, and beauty is embraced. The beauty of a well-set table. The beauty of laughter drifting over candlelight. The beauty of lives lived well and lives about to begin. That beautiful place where vintage florals mix with sage dressing and copper mixes with clinking of glass, and we all take deep, satisfying breaths because all feels right in our worlds. Sparkle meets the rough. Hands are clasped, prayers are said, and though the sadness and loss of the past year lingers, the hope of the new fills the spaces in between. Tablescape details and sources: The vintage floral fabric was my inspiration for this entire tablescape. I had enough to stretch across as a tablecloth and love the backdrop it provides. The polka dot napkins are fabric from Joann’s cut using my 1-minute DIY napkin tutorial. The place cards are navy glitter scrapbook paper also from Joann’s. The names are written in my favorite gold paint pen: Decorator’s Touch in Gold Leaf (Joann’s). Copper Candelabra – DIY Navy Candles – Wilson’s Eucalyptus – Trader Joe’s Wood Chargers – DIY Blue Glasses – Yard sale find Brass and Copper Vases – found at thrift stores and yard sales *** This week, I hope you’ll join me and some lovely friends of mine as we share our take on creating thankful beauty for our families. The next stop on our tour is my talented friend, Shannon, at Burlap and Lace. And don’t forget to stop in at the rest of Monday’s Tours: Run to Radiance Eclectically Vintage Simple Stylings Tuesday’s Tours: Jones Design Company Brittany Makes Primitive & Proper Charming in Charlotte Wednesday’s Tours: Southern Hospitality My Fabuless Life Dwellings by Devore Rain on a Tin Roof Dimples and Tangles Thursday’s Tours: Number Fifty-three DIY Playbook Sand & Sisal This, That, & Life Friday’s Tours: Tatertots and Jello Julie Blanner Fieldstone Hill Design The Chronicles of Home Finding Home *** For more Entertaining and tablescape inspiration, click here. Check out our most popular topics: Subscribe to our daily feed to make sure you don’t miss any Daily Doses of Style!