Thanksgiving Table Setting: When Three’s a Charm

Thanksgiving Table Setting: When Three’s a Charm

Today, I’m sharing not one Thanksgiving table setting, but a trio. Because three’s a charm right?

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Last year, we ended up having 16 family members for a sit down Thanksgiving meal. It was served buffet style from the kitchen island.

Up until about a week before the gathering, the final number fluctuated as high as 20. So, I had to be flexible in my Thanksgiving table setting plan.

I normally keep one extension board in my dining room table, with six chairs on two sides. On either side of the china, the host and hostess chairs are against the wall. Although the mahogany table can sit 12, that would require using all three boards. There’s just not enough space in the dining room to add even a second board. But, the table does comfortably accommodate a Thanksgiving table setting for eight.

That meant at least eight more guests needed to be seated elsewhere.

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Silly Skeleton Poses on Elegant Halloween Table

Silly Skeleton Poses on Elegant Halloween Table

Remember Stella, the silly skeleton who made quite the splash recently in my silver punchbowl? Halloween-gothic-glam-bejeweled-skeleton-spider

She commanded the spotlight as the centerpiece on my Halloween Gothic Glam Table with Skeleton Napkin Fold.

It was part of the Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop, an annual spooktacular event.

As I was styling and photographing the table setting over several days, Stella continued her antics! It was like a skeleton version of Elf on a Shelf lol.

Every time I returned to the dining room, the silly skeleton had struck a new pose! .She’s such a diva! So, I thought I’d tickle your funny bone by sharing the photos I captured.

Think of it as a Happy Halloween card from me to you — boo!

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Halloween Gothic Glam Table & Skeleton Napkin Fold

Halloween Gothic Glam Table & Skeleton Napkin Fold

For Halloween this year, I’ve created a gothic glam table full of posh and otherworldly details.

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Styled as an elegant dinner party for six, the dramatic black and white tablescape is set with fine china, crystal and silver.

But, it’s the table length centerpiece that creates the spine-tingling atmosphere. Meet a diva skeleton who literally crashed the Halloween party, landing in my punchbowl!

To tie in with the skeleton soiree theme, I’ve also adapted an easy napkin fold to resemble a skeleton-mummy.

I always look forward to participating in the annual Halloween Tablescape Hop! Hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate, 14 blogger stylists have conjured up seasonal settings. If you’ve just come from Rita’s wonderous Hallows Evening, pull up a chair and have a seat at my gothic glam table!

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Summer Jungle Table & Palm Leaf Napkin Fold

Summer Jungle Table & Palm Leaf Napkin Fold

I’ve set a waning days of summer jungle table outside, on the covered porch.

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With Labor Day not until September 7th this year, and temperatures still in the eighties to nineties, it still feels rather tropical here in Pittsburgh. How about in your neck of the woods?

Inspiration for the tablescape came from a set of plates decorated with an exotic animal print.

Yeah, I know; I need more tableware like a hole in the head lol! I had seen the plates months before, and resisted the urge to splurge. But by late August last year, they were on super duper clearance! Besides the plates are heavy-duty melamine, making them great for dining outdoors and dishwasher safe.

So come on outside on the porch with me for one last, fun jungle table of the summer season.

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Alfresco Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party Tables

Alfresco Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party Tables

Today, I’m revisiting my Unbirthday Birthday, Alice in Wonderland theme event, celebrated on the outdoor covered porch and pergola.mad-hatter-table-friends

In the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, I told you about the terrible electrical storms we had the night before. It wasn’t until 11 AM the  morning of the party, that I felt confident enough about the weather to move forward setting the tables up outside.

Previously, I’ve shared the “in case of rain,” or “Plan Bee” tables to seat 17.

Two Alice in Wonderland Tables would have been arranged in the kitchen and family room. While, bad weather would also necessitate the Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party Table bee-ing set in the dining room.

But, up until now, I’ve only shared glimpses of the actual alfresco celebration that took place on the deck. Put on your party hat and come join us outside!

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Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table

Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table

Even though we won’t be able to celebrate in church or with guests, I’m going ahead and setting an Easter table anyway. What I’ll actually serve for brunch and dinner is still to be determined.

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Who could have ever imagined a spring and Easter like this? But, under the circumstances, I think it’s important to celebrate the holiday as best we can. To cherish memories of Easters past, while being prayerful and hopeful that better days lay ahead.

With that in mind, I kept my Easter table simple; using things I had at hand. Since Pittsburgh has been under a mandatory stay at home order for quite awhile, I shopped my own home for seasonal tableware, linens, and decor.

Inspiration for the table theme comes from the rustic rabbit sculpture that anchors the centerpiece. And, I’ve used a sweet bunny napkin fold to add some whimsy to the pale yellow and pink Easter table.

Once again, I’m delighted to participate in the annual Easter Tablescape Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. I appreciate you hopping on over for a visit!

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