How is Thanksgiving next week already?! Does anyone else feel like each year flies by quicker than the last?
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I’m not much of a planner, but as my boys get older and less dependent on me for everything it gives me more time to think about holiday gatherings - and I love hosting Thanksgiving. We’ve hosted every year we’ve been in this house, which was 2 weeks after we moved in the first time. I’m nuts!
Anything that requires planning always seems to creep up on me, but each year I get a little less last minute and a little more ahead of the game. This year I planned ahead enough to get a large table for everyone to sit at together (rather than splitting it up between our two dining tables), but I didn’t get my blog post up in enough time to share the planning inspiration…
Hey, I’m a work in progress! Besides, I got everything for my modern black and white Thanksgiving tablescape from Amazon and Target, so if you’re one of my last minute sister’s from another mister then I’ve still got your back!
If you’re thinking assigned seats are something that should’ve been left to our grade school days – just hear me out. Not only is it SUPER cute and personal, it eliminates the hesitation of picking a seat.
I don’t know about you, but every year I observe the hesitation to pick a seat and hear “where should I sit?”. So this year I’m eliminating the confusion and questions by putting name tags on the place settings. There's a really good possibility that my jokester mom and sister will “reassign” the seats. You know, just to be a nuisance.
Between you and me, the joke’s on them. I don’t care if Diane is supposed to be sitting next to Tom and then ends up sitting next to John because Joanna thought it would be funny (it might even make for some interesting dinner conversation). As long as Diane, Tom and John have a name tag and know where to go after they dish their plate, then this hostess is a happy camper. ;)
This year I knew I wanted something fresh (greenery) and whimsical (candlelit + outdoor) with high contrast (black + white). From there, I started with the centerpiece using candles surrounded by greenery.
And kept the rest black and white with a pop of gold and touch of rustic.
Last year I wanted to order a folding table that would seat all of our guests at one table since we normally have to split up between two, but again, I didn’t plan in time. This year I was on it!
I ordered an 8 ft. folding table from Amazon that we’ll use for plenty of other events and gatherings throughout the year, along with a white tablecloth and black folding chairs to be the base for my modern black and white Thanksgiving theme.
I’m a little skeptical about the chairs. I like the simplicity of these, but we’ll see how durable they are. For the price, I’ll be happy if I get a handful of uses out of them. However, for the same price I kind of wish I’d have gone with these other chairs that are rated and reviewed as sturdier.
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends!