This year’s Thanksgiving was bittersweet and filled with many firsts.
It’s the first year one of our children didn’t have Thanksgiving with us. Celestina was in Ireland with a family she met via volunteering. Our foreign exchange student went back to Denmark this summer….so it was the smallest gathering we’ve ever had. Only 12 family members (and a friend or two).
This year was also the first time I’ve ever prepared more than just the Thanksgiving menu ahead of time. This year I actually SET THE TABLE – early!
24 hours early!
Which means I had time to IRON the tablecloth and the napkins. With a good-old-fashioned iron. (I believe in steaming things – IF I need to “iron” anything at all – because it’s faster and easier than going the ironing board route…so using an iron is a bit of a novelty for me).
And it looked pretty fab. The next morning I added fresh rosemary from our ginormous rosemary bush in the front yard. We planted that tiny little rosemary plant 13 years ago when we moved into our home. So it feels appropriate to use it for the first time as a decor item (because usually we only use it in our food).
The candle votives are from our Roaring 20’s Anniversary party – and when it was time to serve food I totally forgot to light them! Haaa! Other than that, the food, atmosphere, and company was wonderful.
Napkins (with a hint of sparkle) – from Amazon
Gold Chargers (used the same ones from our Roaring 20’s Anniversary party)
Vintage China – found in a great local estate sale boutique
Burlap Table Runner – Amazon