Thanksgiving.....Round 2!

This past Saturday started with an air of excitement as I began preparing a second, much larger turkey than I had on Thanksgiving day. Thinking about what lay ahead put a quick in my tired step. My daddy and younger sister were on their way up from down south to spend the day and overnight with us. And later in the afternoon, my oldest brother and his family would be arriving in time to share a meal in which we all contributed to. Normally I set the table a day or more ahead of time, before a big dinner. We were expecting twelve to sit down all together. My nephew brings his own chair and always gets a corner spot and we fill in between the dining chairs with antique folding chairs that were my great grandparents.

This day I couldn't even begin tablescaping until my dad arrived. I had been inspired by a table I had seen on a Southern Living web page and asked my dad to help me put it together.  My inspiration table was laden with wood cut from different sized logs and gorgeous glass laterns. After trips to JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby, I came home satisfied with my finds and had a visual in my head of what I was going to do.  Dad, who has access to lovely wood and the all important chain saw, brought with him the organic elements needed to complete this table. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  Thanks Daddy for all your help!

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Dad made holes and bowl cuts in a few of the logs. Perfect for adding some water and flowers.

My sister brought all the table favors this year. Thanks Sis!

The store was out of almost all holiday flowers, but a few mums were still there to be bought, so I took advantage of this pretty mum to help complete my arrangements.

Bowls are set out for the first course of pumpkin soup.

I wanted to keep the fresh flowers in an organic mode, so I used smooth rocks to stabalize the stems.

Candles of all shapes and sizes were used to bring warmth to the table.

I love this branch candleabra. My dad is so creative!

A smaller log was perfect for a few blooms

The only cutesy thing I did with my food was to make this pumpkin shaped cheeseball.  It tasted gooooood! What's a Thanksgiving table without showing some food.  Right?

I hope you enjoyed my table. I enjoyed making it.

Thanks to Dad for all the wood.
My sister for the table favors.
My husband for these incredible pictures.
And to everyone who contributed food to make such a great meal to share!

Chargers: Target in 2009
Plates: Ikea in 2006
Dessert Bowls are Savinio purchased at Marshalls this year.
Place cards hand made by me
Table favors were my grandmothers starter pots painted by my sister and Dad
Candles, laterns and candlestands at Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics this year.
Napkins, intentionally left un-ironed for rustic effect, purchased at Pier1 years ago.

I'll be sharing my tablescape over at Susans Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday party.  Check it out!



  1. Sooooooooo pretty!!!!!!!!!! I want to come to your house for holiday’s =)

  2. Gorgeous Mindy, now you have to store all that too. My table was plain blah compared to yours.

  3. Beautiful table setting! Loved the fresh flower idea. Awesome photos. Martha Stewart beware...


  4. beautiful tablescape!!!

  5. Very very nice! I still think you could go into business doing what you love to do. I hope you have started a portfolio of your art! Love me

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for your comments and congrats to you Grandma!!! :) My Mom and Dad say grandparenting is the best! :)


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