Today, I’m sharing not one Thanksgiving table setting, but a trio. Because three’s a charm right?
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.
Twenty-twenty will be a very quiet and low-key Fourth of July — for obvious reasons. It’s caused me to reflect on the first Independence Day. And, to honor the memory of our family’s Patriot ancestors.
Originally, I had hoped our sons would come home for a couple of weeks at the start of the holiday. We’d planned to setup offices in each of their old bedrooms. Instead, I’m crossing fingers and toes they’ll be able to come home later this summer.
So, we invited my brother-in-law and his wife to come up from Virginia. But, with the dramatic increase in cases, we’ve pushed that visit back. After all, it’s not like there will be fireworks, an outdoor concert, or any community festivities. Sistah B and her family are also postponing a trip. So, we’ll reassess in a couple of weeks. Life on pause.
That’s when I starting thinking about how hard and frightening life was during the Revolutionary War. And, I’m remembering the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today. Even if it’s muted and isolated, I’m still celebrating Independence Day.
Today, I’m my Birds of a Feather Gather Together table is part of a Thanksgiving Blog Hop. Sponsored by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home, the event includes 21 stylists. A bounty of inspiration and ideas!
If you are visiting from Paula’s Virginia Sweet Pea, welcome to Debbee’s Buzz!
My Birds of a Feather Gather Together table does homage to a colonial ancestor. Peacock was his first name. But to the British, Washington’s spy was known as The Rebel Bird.
A foul fowl in their view, with a price of 500 pounds sterling on his head! Fortunately, Peacock outwitted the Red Coats, and witnessed their surrender at Yorktown. Learn more about him at, Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day.
Family, friends and regular followers are well aware of my passion for all things peacock. They’ve seen the peacock home decor, Christmas decorations, Favorite Things Party, and an Exotic Peacock Tablescape.
Join my favorite feathered fowl at a Thanksgiving table featuring peacock transferware.
I’ve been so busy setting tables, decorating chandeliers and creating centerpieces, I haven’t had a chance to photograph my other Halloween decorations. Today, I’m finally getting around to a Halloween decor home tour.
Other than Favorite Things Parties and tablescapes, my Halloween decorations tend to be far less over-the-top or stylized.
I do have a lot of stuff (yes honey, I know), But, many of those decorations only come out if we’re entertaining, or if my sons come home for a weekend (usually coinciding with a Steeler game).
Halloween decor tend to go in the same locations every year. It is all simply arranged; there are no elaborate displays or vignettes. If you’re expecting Instragram or magazine-worthy photography, I hope you won’t be disappointed.
Come along now on my Halloween decor home tour, where a not-so-scary group of characters — mostly witches — convene every October.
Susan from Between Naps On The Porch has been hosting Tablescape Thursday for 10 years, and this week is the 500th tablescape blog link party. In honor of the anniversary, Susan asked participants to put together a collection of their favorite tablescapes.
Prior to launching Debbee’s Buzz, I followed and was inspired and motivated by many of Susan and other bloggers’ holiday, seasonal, and special occasion tablescapes. Unfortunately, that also led to my now extensive collection of tableware with the associated storage issues LOL!
Unlike the other long-time bloggers, I have only six months and 20 plus tablescapes in my post library. My tablescapes begin at Thanksgiving, with nothing yet for summer, July 4th or Halloween (oh but I have plans!).
Since the majority of Debbee’s Buzz subscribers have come on board since February, I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this look back at earlier tablescapes you might have missed. The tablescapes are in chronological order. Links go to the original posts for more pictures and details.