December 16, 2013

Happy Thanksukkah!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year with the focus being on family, friends and food! This year was rather a special year as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fell on the same day, an occurrence that won't happen again for another 79,000 years. So we made the most of it! In fact we only just took down our "Happy Thanksukkah" burlap banner a few days ago. 

I get really excited when it comes to holidays and decorating so this year my mom and I wanted to do something special. We weren't sure at first what we were going to to do until we saw the cutest squirrel ornaments that you ever did see. My mom and I couldn't resist them when we were in this lovely new boutique in Nashville called Cadeau. Even in my mid 20s, I still dream of having a pet squirrel (am I the only one?). 

With the squirrels in hand, we decided to go for a woodlands theme and use the tree stump slabs as our centerpiece base. For the banner, we had the burlap on hand and a friend lent me her amazing cricket machine for the stencils, which I think I'm the last to now about! I also used it for the name places. 

I was really excited to use this kraft placemat DIY from Oh my deer and really liked how they turned out and added a personal touch to each table setting. 

The rest of the accessories were luckily found at discount and local stores, I say luckily because I actually waited till the day before Thanksgiving to go shopping! Usually I wouldn't admit to procrastinating but in this case it actually paid of as I found some really good pieces at some really good prices. For instance, those gold acorns, $1.50! 

The flowers were a mix of bought and from our yard. I really have to thank my mom for keeping up with her lovely flowers and plants so that we could bring the outside in and enjoy the true bounties and beauties of nature. They really added an extra special touch to the whole centerpiece which we have been able to enjoy these past two weeks. 

All in all, it was really exciting to see it all come together so quickly. But it was even more enjoyable to sit at the table, to eat an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with my dear family and friends, sipping on delicious holiday cranberry cosmos (so delicious we had them two years in a row- see last's years here)! 

I'm truly thankful for what I have been blessed with.  

The source list:
Burlap ribbon | Michael's
Clothes pins, twine and kraft paper | Dollar General
Gold chargers, candles, small acorns, leaves, vases, moss and pine-cones | Dollar Tree
Plates | Crate & Barrel (past season)
Acorn name places, large gold acorns and orange jug (used as wine decanter) | Big Lots
Kraft paper placemats | DIY here
Wooden stumps | made by my husband 
Flowers | from local flower shop and our yard 
Squirrel ornaments | Cadeau in Nashville, TN

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