Four Ways To Welcome Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Entry

Four Ways To Welcome Thanksgiving

I love the nostalgia of the holiday season, it gives me a chance to go through my collections and favorite finds. I appreciate items with a story, imperfections and a warm vintage look no matter what the season. Here are four ways I welcome Thanksgiving.

{One} The entry of my home sets the tone of the season. I always feature a seasonal arrangement provided by Stacey Halstead of Florissimo. If I want to change it up a bit from year-to-year, I may add a new ribbon. For fall, I like to display quail figurines and plates. I love the fact that these birds pair up and mate for life. (Which is apropos since Joe and I were married the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 25 years ago.)


Pillow Pets

{Two} For me, pillows are an easy way to transform my otherwise neutral décor. I call it the changing of the pillow guard. I have a penchant for mixing patterns, colors and textures. Buddy, the latest addition to our pack, loves this spot!

{Three} My kitchen island is the hub of our home and is where friends and family always gather. I love to change the centerpiece and often use a decorative tray to frame seasonal collections. This warm walnut tray anchors a mix of metals. I think the matte zinc finish and the shiny brass are pleasing to the eye. A piece of my mom’s Fenton carnival glass is also featured. (Yes, you see quails again…and you may spot a few feathers in the centerpiece!) This is the perfect area to keep a candy dish with seasonal treats and a scented candle.


Kitchen Island – The Hub


Setting The Stage

{Four} I enjoy sorting through my dish collections, thinking about dinners past, and family gatherings around the table. Since Zoë was five, she has helped create the tablescapes, and often hand-lettered place cards to help our guests feel welcome. These days, if she can’t be here in person, I find myself texting her options and asking her opinion.

For me, I find joy in the layering of a tablescape! All my plates are neutral in tone or are varied in pattern and scale. None of them have a pedigree, if I love the design they are welcome to join the party! Having options allows me to mix and match with lots of possibilities. I rarely set the same table twice. Which setting do you prefer – the softer tones of the vintage English floral or the bold geometric stripe?

Thank you for allowing me to share some of my traditions. BEE Thankful!

No. 110 East High Street Jefferson City, Missouri 573-659-GIFT (4438)
Southbank Gift © 2002 | All rights reserved.