|My Family - Thanksgiving 2012|
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love decorating for it . . . I love getting together with family . . . I LOVE all the food . . . and I love reflecting on all I have to be thankful for . . .
For the past few years, I have hosted the Ferrell Thanksgiving at my house. It's something I absolute love and look forward to all year long! I know . . . I need to get a life! Ha!
This year, my sweet Dave had to work on actual Thanksgiving day, so I planned our Ferrell Thanksgiving for Saturday. We've done this the past two years and it's worked out great.
I pinned lots of Thanksgiving ideas on my Thankgiving board . . . HERE.
I downloaded a lot free printables for decorating, and I found one particular tablescape that I loved at amandaparkerandfamily.blogspot.com
So I bought a roll of burlap at one of the local stores and laid it out on my table with my chargers . . .
I was going to make a table runner out of the burlap but when I rolled it out and it was the same width as my table . . . I decided that I liked that look better.
But the table still needed something. I had some orange material I tried as a table runner, but it was too orange! I stopped at one of the local florists and picked up two different rolls of that wide burlap/mesh.
My plan was to try them each and pick one to use as a table runner . . . Ha! I ended up using both! I really love the way it turned out. I layered the red burlap under the wide creamy mesh . . .
I use some version of these large turkey paper plates and matching napkins every year for our family Thanksgiving meal.
I know most people bring out their china or good every day plates for Thanksgiving. I used to do that too. But one year, I went to a ladies' luncheon, and they had the tables decorated so cute . . . and the hostesses used some large turkey paper plates with some gold chargers . . . I was amazed! The table looked so good and when the hostess told me she got the paper plates from Walmart and the chargers from Dollar General . . . Well I went and bought some chargers that day! I've used these paper plates and chargers every Thanksgiving since then and when we're cleaning up . . . I'm always glad I did!
I found some cute Mayflower boats and other free printables online to decorate my tables.
I loved the centerpiece on the table from Amanda Parties To Go. She gave instructions for putting it together . . .
And I followed her instructions, but I had to make one substitution. I didn't have any miniature pumpkins and didn't want to buy any at this point in the year . . . So I gathered some pine cones from around the farm and cut some branches with turning leaves on it . . . stuck in some pheasant feathers I had on hand . . . and here's the completed centerpiece on the main dining room table:
I stuck the little turkey figures in the middle of it all -- my own little touch -- Ha! I got the turkeys and pilgrim/indian bears from the Dollar Tree a looooong time ago and use them every year.
The children's table:
I printed them out a little activity sheet to work that I got from one the free printable downloads:
I should have done one for each of the adults because none of the little children worked the puzzles . . . but some of the adults did!
The Ferrell children enjoying Thanksgiving together:
And the Ferrell "grown-ups" enjoying Thanksgiving together (and my parent's too):
Ha! The one with her back to the camera and the "peace" sign gesture is Angela. She's twenty-one. She's graduated from the children's table but she's not quite ready for the grown-up table! Ha! Dave's sister, Penny, isn't pictured because she decided to sit with the children. She's such a good aunt!
And here's Joe (Dave's brother) and his wife, Marlana sitting so sweetly at the little table.
Joe's family came on Friday and spent the night . . . which was such a blessing for me . . . because Marlana helped me cook the Thankgiving meal! More about the food in the next post!
Here are the links to the free printables:
Free Thanksgiving Printable from Amanda's Parties To Go
You have to "like" her page on Facebook to qualify for the free printable. I purchased the printables from her for Alex's camping party and loved them! These Thanksgiving freebies are just as cute!
She also has another set I downloaded for free too: Here's the link for it:
Free Thankgiving Kid's Table Printables from Amanda's Parties To Go
I got lots of cute ideas from her website for decorating. My next post will feature some of the delicious food we prepared as well as some yummy recipes!
Until then . . . there's a Christmas tree calling out to me . . . calling out to
the Ferrell boys and me!