Tablescapes and other thoughts on hosting my first Thanksgiving


Can you guys BELIEVE that Thanksgiving is one week away?

I can’t.  I still think it’s September most days.  I’m not ready yet, but I’m getting there.  This year I’m very excited about Thanksgiving because I’m hosting it at my house for the first time ever.


That’s kind of a big deal, y’all.

My whole life I’ve gone to other people’s houses for Thanksgiving.  Every year when I was growing up we went to my Granny’s house with all my fifty-leven aunts, uncles and cousins piled all over the place- including the beds and the floor– eating our dinner.  My granny’s house was tiny, and she only had one table that was always covered in food.  Desserts got stacked on the giant deep freezer that sat at the end of her kitchen.  Drinks went on the washer and dryer that were right beside the deep freeze.  Zero thought went into elaborate tablescapes or placecards or polishing any silver.  My granny didn’t even own silver.  My family was happy with a red Dixie cup with our name written in Magic Marker on the side, a styrofoam plate and a spork… shoveling it in while watching the Iron Bowl with the tv volume turned up loud over the din of all us grandkids running around screaming.   After lunch the uncles fell asleep while we all wandered outside to play football in the field by her house.  Later that afternoon everyone scoured The Birmingham News sales ads for Black Friday deals and then played cards until late into the night.  Those were the days!

After my Granny passed away our Thanksgivings were a little rocky for a while.  We were kind of in a state of limbo without that tradition that was so warm and familiar (and loud).  After spending a few years eating Thanksgiving meals in various restaurants (including The House of Blues in Las Vegas where we all nearly gagged on the oysters in the dressing) we brought it back home to my mom’s house.  Then I got married, and my Thanksgiving lunches were always spent at my in-laws house with a huge spread of food and not very many people to eat it all.  Leftovers for months.

So this is the year.

This is the year when I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the very first time.  It kinda makes me want to cry to think about what all that means, but I don’t want to get too sappy inside this post.  Instead, I’m going to focus on how I’m planning to decorate for Thanksgiving.  I have a little more room to spread out than my Granny did, so when all my family comes over to my house I will try to have a seat for everyone to sit at a real table instead of the floor or the bed.  Even if it’s a folding table that is better than eating on the floor, right?  I’m still not one to worry about placecards or polishing the silver, but somehow I didn’t escape an elaborate tablescape gene.  That must come from my dad’s side of the family.  So when I was contacted by Kirkland’s a few weeks back and asked to create a Thanksgiving tablescape I was all in! Perfect timing, y’all!

They offered to send me a gift card to do some shopping for my table, along with a nice gift for one of my readers!

I went to Kirkland’s and did a little bit of window shopping to get some ideas for what I wanted to do.  I found this double bowl basket that totally reminded me of a turkey in a crazy abstract way. Can you see it? Please tell me I’m not crazy.

Then I saw this pretty glass beverage dispenser on a stand that was only $29.99, and I could immediately envision where it would sit on my sidebar.


I also found this candle holder/vase that reminded me of a vintage milk jug that I knew I could work with to create something totally awesome.

I headed to Kirkland’s armed with my gift card and their Spin to Win iphone app and went shopping!

You’re going to have to come back tomorrow to see how I put it all together on my table, along with a GREAT giveaway for one of you guys to take home.   See you then, ok?

I think it will make my Granny proud.  And she would have LOVED that Spin to Win app!



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  1. April Lopez says:

    Your story made me cry. What happy memories. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I too get to host and my grown kids and daughter in law and other family members are coming over. I am so excited. And I love the items you picked out.

  2. I once spent Easter at Chi-Chi’s with my dad and sister (my mom worked nights as a nurse).

    I look back on that and think – how awful! Fried ice cream is no way to celebrate Easter.

    Since I don’t love turkey, I refused to cook one after I got married and would make roasts on Thanksgiving. My poor hubby begged and I finally relented and made my first one about 10 years ago. He said it was the best one he’s ever eaten (patting myself on back) and I’ve been cooking one up every year since.

    I’m sure your granny will be looking down and admiring your fabulous tablescape – and cheering for her favorite team!

  3. Awe, Beth…I’m crying happy nostalgic tears with you {and April. lol!} It sounds so similar to our family. I remember even eating in my aunt’s attic bedroom, swapping peas for stuffing with my cousin. haha! I haven’t thought about those days for a long time. Now my brother and sister-in-law host Thanksgiving every year. I’ve never hosted either but I’m betting that you this will be the year of a beautiful, special Thanksgiving tradition for your family. Looking forward to seeing your story unfold. 🙂

  4. So sweet, Beth! Thanksgivings at my Gramma’s house were great! Now everybody has to be here or there at certain times, so I decided a few years ago to do Thanksgiving for just us, and I love it! Can’t wait to see your decor!

  5. Love all your picks! I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time last year and it is a lot of work, but I loved it! Bonus, we keep the leftovers:0)

  6. I love Kirklands and can’t wait to see your tablescape! I have been hosting Thanksgiving since my twenties-its my favorite meal to cook! Good luck, I can’t wait to hear how it goes-I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  7. You’ll do just fine Beth and your Granny will be smiling!

  8. Thanksgiving always evokes such happy memories for me, too… We had a big family, fun of laughter and lots and lots of noise. I miss it so very, very much. We’re going home but can’t see everybody, and it’s a bit sad.

    I can’t wait to see your Tablescape. I know it’s going to be a showstopper!

  9. I am so excited for you to be hosting Thanksgiving. I too have very fond memories of Thanksgiving at my grandma’s house and am so sad those days are gone. I have hosted Thanksgiving just once and I was a little scared. I don’t normally cook and this wasn’t a meal I wanted to screw up. I can’t wait to hear how your day turns out. I am sure it will be great! 🙂

  10. Till the reveal tomorrow I have only one thing to say….. you’re not crazy.


  11. I think you would make your Granny proud in more ways than one!

  12. Oh, I am excited for you! I hope that your Thanksgiving dinner becomes a whole new tradition.

    I totally feel you when it comes to the holidays being in limbo. My grandparents died 8 years ago, and with that died the tradition.
    My mother is not the hostess type, and I have no dining table or room to put one in. I miss those days! I miss eating off of TV trays with my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins, and seeing family all in one place.
    Now I am trying to mentally prepare myself for Thanksgiving with my indoor-chain-smoking mother. God save me!
    Someday! I have hope that someday it will be different.



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