As with most of you, now that Thanksgiving has passed -- it's the mad dash to put up Christmas so there is still time to enjoy it!! (Is it my imagination, but is time flying more swiftly than usual??) This was our third year celebrating Thanksgiving here in AZ, and a little unusual at that. The first year, I think we were numb and exhausted from moving across the country (Nov. 16), and last year, Jeff's mom was able to fly out and stay with us the week of Thanksgiving (fun to have had a thrift partner & great to have family for Thanksgiving!) This year, we questioned whether or not to cook the meal because - Jeff was one of the lucky people who got to go into work on Thanksgiving. We decided not to let that spoil our meal or tradition... and although it was rushed, we made the best of it. I baked a pumpkin pie, made my moms sausage stuffing and set the table the night before - tweaking it in the morning... Jeff cooked the bird and all the trimmings, and similar to what  we did last year, we used the Fall decorated stoop to create some festive memories. By 6pm, Jeff was headed out the door to his store, and drove back home at midnight... only to turn around and be leaving at 6am for the more traditional Black Friday morning rush. Grateful for the food on our table and roof over head, here's a peek at the day...

Table set - Before food...

Table set - After Chef Jeff cooked us a delicious Thanksgiving fest!
(He LOVES to cook!) 

Since it was only us two, I set the table half as buffet and half with our place-settings. All the serving dishes were set on the table, and I helped fill them after Jeff cooked. Before we sat down, we walked the table to serve ourself, and if we wanted seconds (who doesn't on Thanksgiving?!) it was still within reach...

I haven't done as many tablescapes here in AZ as I use to do in FL (we had an actual room vs a space between kitchen & living room) but I was inspired this year by these mustard plaid napkins I got last year at Target. They worked great with the pale harvest gold chargers I also got last year - at Savers thrift...

As a table cover, I used the left-over glen plaid fabric, I had used to cover my Milo chairs with... which made me think: Everything pulling together the table was from items I already had...

Goodwill Thrift (2012)
The glen plaid fabric, buffalo check napkins, white dish in gold basket and Gorham silver pitcher

JCPenney (2007)
The turkey platter, Pyrex covered dish, and Amber (Colin Cowie) wine glasses 

FL Thrift Finds (2010)
The brass candlesticks, white bowls, dinner and dessert plates 

Target (2005 & 2012)
The mustard plaid napkins and hurricane

HomeGoods (2006-2012)
The Lenox silverware, clear stemware, birch candle, taper candles, pine cone shakers, wine container, white linen hemstitch runners

The hot plates (trivets covered with buffalo check napkin) are terracotta tiles from FL...

The last minute tweak in the morning was using two of my cuff bracelets as a napkin ring...

Thanksgiving - 2013

Thanksgiving 2010 - Our last in Florida (and with my mom)

Thanksgiving 2012 - with Jeff's mom... 

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving... 
and you didn't let anything steal your JOY!

Thanks for stopping by - Back to decorating for Christmas!


  1. What a beautiful table!!, love ypur blog

  2. You create a beautiful blog and this post is very nice. The table is very beautiful and accurate decorated. Interior design ideas

  3. Beautifully done, Lynda! Your table looked amazing and great photography :)

  4. Beautiful table! It was just us two this year also. Great photo of you -- you look like a movie star!



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