Number of years Bryan and I have been married: 4
Number of Thanksgiving dinners I have cooked for us: 1
Number of times we have had food poisoning from an undercooked Thanksgiving turkey: 1
Catch the full story in last year’s Thanksgiving table setting post – needless to say, we do not eat Thanksgiving dinner here at home!
But still each year around the end of November, I get that table-setting itch. You know, the one that makes you want to pull out some fancy china and iron a tablecloth and spend six or so hours creating the perfect holiday tablescape?
The one where you gather every single slightly-appropriately-themed décor item (and some completely oddball finds) you’ve hoarded over the years so you can arrange and rearrange it for hours. And then stalk the yard looking for anything remotely resembling fall foliage (it’s Texas: you are unsuccessful). And then you remember that a few weeks ago you found the prettiest stalks of dried grass at your parents’ house and stuck an entire bundle in the trunk of your car for later but forgot about it until now and you thank your lucky stars for the serendipity of it all in your moment of need.
And then finally you light the candles and step back and enjoy your lovely yet completely purposeless Fakesgiving table setting.
It’s a sickness. A seasonal table-setting sickness. (But let’s call it a tradition – that sounds so much more respectable.)
It all began with these glasses. These crazy tortoiseshell acrylic tumblers that came from the thrift store in a set of eight for $3. Resistance was futile. They needed to be part of a Thanksgiving table. They needed to be paired with rusts and oranges. They caught the light so beguilingly, they were not to be denied.
Then came the pumpkins. Oh those pumpkins, snuggling so perfectly in my brass banana leaf tray! The pumpkins met an old bouquet of silk flowers and it was fate. I never knew I could be so obsessed with the color combination of orange and deep purple!
I’ve been holding onto this tablecloth for years. I found it at the thrift store back when we had a small round table in our first apartment, but it was just too cool to pass up. I’ve been dying to use it and we finally have a rectangular dining table! Bryan asked me if it wasn’t just a little too busy with the leopard chairs and the oriental rug… I love it!
Some pages from an antique French dictionary made the perfect place mats, and some leftover copper plumbing strapping (from the office desk build) became napkin rings!
Into a white pitcher on the mantel went the infamous trunk-stash grass. Joined by just a few of my antique books selected for (one might even say judged by) their autumnal covers. And naturally a brass buffalo.
And there you have it – my better-late-than-never fall decorations! I’ve got to shout out the awesome Kim, Michelle, Katja & Rachel for hosting the holiday “Dare to DIY” series and inspiring me to create something for Thanksgiving! These decorations may making way for Christmas any moment, but it certainly was fun to set up my little Fakesgiving dining room and keep the tradition alive!