Thanksgiving 2012

I had PLANNED on writing a “Happy Thanksgiving” post this year on the actual date of Thanksgiving, however given our quick return from California that Monday and then getting ready for guests for the holiday, I didn’t get around to it. Soooo…

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope it was spent with your friends and family enjoying delicious turkey, tons of sides dishes, and of course nothing but the best deserts. šŸ™‚

We had our annual Thanksgiving with my family as well as Eric’s followed by Black Friday shopping right afterwards since all the deals started so early this year.

I took pictures of the table prior to removal for eating purposes and to avoid stains.

This year, I had a few more fall items thanks to Eric’s trips to local yard sales.

This pumpkin, although ordinary, is one of my favorite yard sale finds.

I used a bell jar that I received as a bridal shower gift to display fresh pumpkins purchased at the grocery store.

I went all out in orange this year for fall. This was in part due to my Sferra Festival napkins that I received from a Sferra representative. After they read my post raving about their Celeste Sheets, they were so gracious as to contact me and send me these lovely napkins. I adore them and plan on purchasing more in the future. You can choose from 101 colors! I’ve already got my eye on a plum color that is to die for.

This year, we displayed the food a little differently. Last year, we used the buffet behind the table. But given the space of the room, that can get a little crowded. This year, Eric purchased a football field themed beer pong table for his football parties. We found a tablecloth that fit last minute and we used the beer pong table for the food. It could not have worked more perfectly.

I expect that we will use this table for our Christmas party as well coming up soon. In fact… I don’t even think we have ever played beer pong on that table.

All in all, it was a delicious and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I always enjoy being around family and love it even more when you get two families together. I am blessed that our families get along so well. Couldn’t have asked for a better match!

How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

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Front Door Appeal

The entrance of your house is an important place toĀ decorateĀ for theĀ holidays. It’s what everyone who passes by your house will see. This year we kept it simple but next year I envision lots of lights and garland!

Bailey wanted to assist with this one as well. Of course he was distracted the whole time so not very helpful in the slightest but still cute. šŸ™‚

I love my wreath. It was another purchase from Michaels. I had to get Eric to go out and get a suction cup to put it out. I bought a wreath hanger at first but apparently it doesn’t fit on my door. šŸ˜¦ But the suction cup works just fine so I plan to use it year round.

The dog is too adorable as well. We got this dog at TJ Maxx a year or so ago. It’s supposed to be an indoor chalkboard but I thought his purpose was better served outside. The holly around his neck is actually supposed to go around a candle holder of some sort but I found it to be more appropriate for the dog to add some color on our front porch.

The shovels come from Garden Ridge another excellent place to find good holiday decorations on the cheap.

Not bad huh? Again next year we will up the ante with lots of lights and garland galore. I’m pretty excited about it.

Festive Decorating – The Family Room

This room has become my main focal point for decorating. Not just for holidays but in general. It’s the one place that all guests see. It’s also where Eric and I spend a lot of our time so its an essential room that I like to keepĀ aestheticallyĀ pleasing to the eye. At least my eyes. šŸ™‚

I used mostly decorations that I purchased last year after Christmas and picked up a few key items from Michaels.

First: The Mantle

This seems to always to be the center of focal point. I tried to keep it simple but I feel the one thing I am missing is garland. I also have my eye on some adorable stocking holders from Target for next year that totally scream my name.

This reindeer is my favorite piece. I have seriously contemplated looking for a miniature schnauzer one to keep up year round. Ā But then I got distracted from all the adorable puppy pictures that popped up instead.

These trees are supposed to be cowboy Christmas theme but I feel it also gives off a rustic feel that I can’t help but love.

Then there is the coffee table with a piece decorative accents.

Next is the kitchen. I got a matching tablecloth, kitchen towels, and pot holders from Target on sale last year.

For the simple fact that I bought all these items blindly, I have to say they went together quite well and I am happy with the turn out. Of course that doesn’t mean I won’t be back in Target this year finding even more funĀ decorativeĀ items! šŸ˜‰

How did you decorate your house for Christmas?