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Around My Thanksgiving Table 2014

It’s not often that I put an extra leaf in the dining room table. We actually have two and if I were to put both in, someone would end up falling into the living room. We’ve been in our home for 34 four years and this dining room set with china cabinet is the only original furniture left in the house. It was purchased from Ethan Allen and has held up through five children, seven grandchildren and a host of special occasions.

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I was somewhat shocked to see that the cane backing was pulling away from the side of one of the chairs. Probably only noticeable to me but there nonetheless. 34 years is a long time for anything to last so I’m certainly not complaining.

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Using the extra leaf called for a longer tablecloth and luckily I had a couple to choose from. Ivory works for so many occasions and well with most colors so this was another wise purchase. A not so wise purchase over the years has been buying tableware and some linen in a set of four. Really Sandra? You and the Mr have five children. Unless they’re going to draw straws to see who gets the matching set I’m going to have to add to my stash.

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In the meantime there’s nothing like mixing and matching to make things work. I used the placemat/charger combo again to add depth to the stack. Satin taupe and beige patterned placemats are the foundation. Hurray for seven chargers faux wood chargers that match! The leaf patterns on them are a perfect match to the September Song Bristol china that we ate from. I used coordinating napkins with round wooden napkin rings and gold toned flatware. Amber and clear goblets were used for our beverages.

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Years ago I bought the large and small pumpkins from Meijer’s and they cost less than $15.00 for all three. I gave them a couple of coats of taupe metallic spray paint and they’ve graced my table every year. The large pumpkin sits on a gold cake stand. Underneath I place faux seasonal fruit and foliage. Another metallic gold pumpkin and wooden taper holders round off the centerpiece.

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I’m catching my breath, trying not to eat too many leftovers and gathering my energy and supplies for the next couple of weeks. Hope your holiday was as fantastic as mine!

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12 thoughts on “Around My Thanksgiving Table 2014

  1. Jenna

    It’s beautiful Sandra! I have had my dining room stuff about the same length of time, and the chairs especially are worn…I would love to have new furniture but would hate to loose the memories! Love your pale golden tones against the white cloth and the way you laid the napkin and set the flatware~

  2. Alycia Nichols

    That is curious that you would buy in sets of four, but wait…that’s what NORMAL people do!!! Remember, most of us in Blogland are not exactly “normal” in that sense!!! Besides, buying in sets of 4 provides a wonderful opportunity to stretch your creative legs and get some mixin’ and matchin’ going on! I know you’re good for that!

    That is super impressive that you’ve maintained that dining room furniture over the years with only one tiny flaw that only you (how do we spell anal?) can see! Ethan Allen’s stuff is all superior in quality, so you chose well.

    Your table is so pretty, and I really like the metallic paint job you did on the pumpkins. What a great idea!!! They look super fancy!

    Now go make yourself another turkey & dressing sandwich and relax!!!

  3. Ramona

    I wish we took the time to decorate our table so nicely…. We just sit around the table after piling our plates from the buffet table. My sister needs some lessons in table decorating. 😉

    1. Sandra Post author

      You should see my tables after we eat! Thank goodness I take pictures. Sometimes a buffet is the perfect set up and maybe you can take over the tablescaping duties!


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