A Thanksgiving Table and an Abundance of Things To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Winter is our chance to slow down and reflect on the year.  With the Holidays just around the corner we have so many positives to look back on and so many reasons to give thanks.  This year was full of digging our heels in, hard work, sweat, a few tears and so very many smiles and fulfilling occasions.   We are thankful for our clients, who we now consider friends, all of the wonderful vendors that we work with, our opportunity to be work in this beautiful state and the ability to own our family business.

I'm sure so many of you are rushing around getting last minute groceries and picking up items for those finishing touches.  Recently we spent an afternoon with Erica Rose Photography dressing up the beautiful farm table that her husband hand crafted for her.  Both of us share a passion for entertaining and we wanted to put our creative minds together to capture a bit of holiday inspiration to share.  Here's a few tips to help you create your very own Thanksgiving table.  Enjoy!

- Use seasonal produce as decor.  It's bright, beautiful and reusable in the days that follow.  Here I used a mixture of Persimmons, Pomegranates, Pears, Clementines and seasonal Squash.  The impact is wonderful!

- Go outside and clip greens and branches.  It's free, beautiful and they smell delicious!  Lay them directly on your table to create a green and lush runner.

- Use a simple napkin fold with a fresh piece of produce at each place setting.  It gives your table pops of color and it's unexpected.  Here I used a Persimmon as it perfectly complemented the eggplant napkins and gold napkin ring.

- Order flowers from a local florist or pick up flowers at the market and make your own arrangement!  If you're crunched on time it's so easy to pre-order and pick up an arrangement from your favorite florist.  If you're adventurous than you can do it yourself.  Use bright colors and textures.  Pick items that look fresh and if you do a little bit of research ahead of time it will help you get seasonally appropriate flowers.

- Use candles and candle light to create a warm atmosphere.  I hate matching too much so I used a mixture of pewter, brass and crystal to give the overall aesthetic more depth.

- Create a desserts table or display.  Sweets are almost always pretty and an entire table full of them is even better!  They are a decoration in and of themselves.

- Buy wines, cheeses and sweets from a local shop.  It supports our small business community and guests appreciate something tasty from their favorite store.  Ask for pairings to get the most out of your options.

- Lastly, enjoy yourself!  The holidays are about gathering together to reflect, give thanks and enjoy the moment.  Pick a few key decor items and then relax and embrace the present!