I know I keep jumping back and forth between Fall and Christmas…and now I’m throwing Thanksgiving into the mix! (I’m actually just trying to keep you on your toes.) Anyway, today I’m sharing my Thanksgiving tablescape as part of the Thankful At Home tour. You might remember when I told you the story of our house during Hearts At Home and my summer story during Summer At Home.
Like many of you, my Thanksgivings have changed through the years. In the early days, way back when, we ate a meal at my parent’s home followed a few hours later by a meal at my in-law’s home. Both places had lots of people, tons of food and the occasional political debate over dessert. We then transitioned into staying home and hosting the parents. Now, with my in-laws gone and my parents not able to get out, it’s going to be just us. My husband, my kids and my future daughter-in-law. I’m still hoping my daughter brings her boyfriend but I’m not sure about that.
My point in telling you all this is that even though change is almost always hard, accepting it really does make it easier. I have pep talks with myself about this all the time. You see…I hate change. Probably more than the average person. I worked hard to establish “family traditions” but with all the changes in my family, I’ve watched them go flying out the window.
So this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to try my hardest to make new traditions. I started this year by making monogrammed clay tags and using them as napkin rings. As our family grows, I’ll add to the collection and everyone will have their own place at our table.
At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is that we are together. Where we are, what we do and what we eat aren’t all that important. I know there will be years when we aren’t together and that’s all the more reason to embrace the times that we are. To say I am thankful for those times is the understatement of the year. They are, literally, what makes my heart beat.
So this Thanksgiving I’m not going to think ahead to what may or may not happen next year. This year is all that matters. Live in the moment so to speak. I hope you do the same…because no matter what stage your family is in, I can guarantee there will be changes. Be thankful for today…be thankful for your time together and be thankful at home.
Here are sources for some of the items used in my tablescape:
Placemats and tan salad plates from Pier 1
Flatware from Amazon (aff. link)
Burlap Chargers from Hobby Lobby
Wicker Tray from Decor Steals
Tutorial for the DIY No Sew Linen Napkins
**I made the clay tags but honestly, I winged it. I wanted to add them to my online shop as a way to personalize my line of stockings. I used a combination of online tutorials and I think they came out pretty good. Definitely something I enjoyed so if you want to give them a try start HERE.
**I’ve had a few questions about the initial stamp used for the clay tags. They can be found HERE.
I’d love for you to stop by a few of the other blogs on the tour. They are all amazing.
Here is the line-up:
Monday, Nov. 3
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Wednesday, Nov. 5