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Sharing My Thanksgiving Table with You!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all enjoy a beautiful day today filled with family, friends, good food, and possibly a much deserved nap for all you mamas! 😉  I was fortunate to spend my day yesterday preparing for Thanksgiving in my own home, as I hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner of the holiday last night.  I really enjoyed my day… Christmas music was on, the smell of turkey was in the air, and I felt a sense of peace and simple joy preparing our meal, setting and decorating the table, and relishing in how good it felt to just be home.  Dinner ended up being wonderful and my day of effort and preparation was well worth it as everyone seemed to enjoy the meal that brought us together around the dinner table.  Last weekend I shared a blog post on Thanksgiving Dinner Table Inspiration, and I thought it would be nice today on Thanksgiving to share my own Thanksgiving Dinner Table with you as well…I hope you enjoy taking a peek!

My Thanksgiving Dinner Table…

I had so much fun creating this look for an 8 person setting using pretty dishes I display in my hutch throughout the year, and creating a centerpiece with a gold embellished table runner, and trail of fall foliage, taper candles, ceramic pumpkins, green cloth napkins, and a stream of gold ribbon to dress the entire length of the table.  I think it created an elegant, inviting look for my family to enjoy our dinner together.

I enjoy having the opportunity to use the dishes and crystal glasses that decorate my hutch throughout the year sometime I wonder why I don’t use them more often and I’m reminded to use the pretty dishes ya’ll!  I got this set actually at TJ Maxx many years ago, and my crystal glasses as a wedding gift, and still love them as much as I did when I added them to my home.

I mainly decorated my table with pieces I already had in my home, and find that sometimes using these familiar pieces but arranging them in a new way can bring new life to a space and appreciation for the things I already have.

I like the idea of using furniture for functional purposes like a buffet for dessert, wine, tea and coffee, creating a purposeful space that can also carry on the pretty aesthetic from your table to other areas of the room.  Here I set my buffet with an apple pie and dessert wine.

I also love how a look can change a bit during different times of the day.  Here, you can see how my dining table transforms a little come evening time…the lit candles added a bit of extra cozy ambiance to the setting, helping to create a warm and inviting feel for our evening dinner.

I talked in my post last weekend, about displaying the meal with a buffet… here is my buffet area adjacent to my dining room, as it is set up before dinner and after, with dinner ready to be served.  I added some light decor to make the buffet feel more festive as everyone made their plates, and used serving dishes that are special to me… some as gifts from my wedding, and others that have been passed down to me from my mom and grandmothers.

I really hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my Thanksgiving Dinner Table and it’s given you some inspiration as you set your own dinner table today.  Enjoy these precious moments as you set your Thanksgiving Table and prepare your meal for the ones you love… Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours <3

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Happy Thanksgiving & My Dinner Tablescape

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday planned with your family and friends. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, and am enjoying the smells of turkey filling my home this morning. I snapped a few pictures of my dining room table all set for our afternoon Thanksgiving dinner, and thought I’d share with you!

I love setting a nice table, and changed up my Thanksgiving tablescape from last year’s table (see that tablescape here)… This year, I created my tablescape from a beautiful table runner I found at the Farmgirl Flea Market this Fall, then added in these beautiful blue, green, & creamy plates, with white chargers that coordinated perfectly with my runner, then added in festive fall stems, blue pumpkin picks, and coordinating pumpkins for my centerpiece, and finished off with crystal glassware to fancy up my look a bit. I really like this neutral, cooler color scheme with little touches of warmth, for a change to the traditional Thanksgiving table looks I have done in the past… and of course I always finish off with candlelight to make our space feel warm and inviting for my family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Take a closer look at more of my Thanksgiving table below…

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my Thanksgiving table today! I am so thankful for all of you who follow my Blog and support my passion here at Jaime Lyn Life by Design! Happy Holidays, friends!!

Thanksgiving Dinner Table Inspiration

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already upon us this week, and we are about to embark on another season of holiday celebrations.  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, even remembering as a child waking up to the familiar aromas of turkey and pies baking in the oven, watching the Thanksgiving day parades on television, and waiting for family to arrive to enjoy a wonderful meal at our dinner table.  People everywhere will be cherishing these same traditions this week and I like to imagine how that looks in everyone’s homes… what their dinner table looks like, what passed-down family recipes will be made, and how many old stories will be told.  The dinner table is a significant place in our homes, and Thanksgiving makes this gathering spot even more special and memorable.

“The Fondest Memories Are Made When Gathered Around the Table…”

I thought it would be nice to share some Thanksgiving Dinner Table decor inspiration with you as you create your own Thanksgiving table this year.  I’ve included some looks and ideas that inspire me…tables that invoke a sense of invitation, comfort, blessing, and family… the true essence of what Thanksgiving is all about. I hope you enjoy!

The Centerpiece

The centerpiece is the focal point of your dinner table and I like to create an arrangement that can stay in place during the entire meal, without having to remove it to make room for the meal.  I generally like to keep my dining table centerpieces lower in height so they do not obstruct conversation or line-of-site among guests, but if I do decide I want to add some height, I use narrow candlesticks or pieces that are not too large or obtrusive.  I also love the idea of decorating the entire length of the table, so all of your guests can enjoy your decor from any place they are seated.  Here are some of my favorite centerpiece decorating ideas…

This fall decor lines the entire length of the table and is very easy to achieve with subtle greens, various size pumpkins, and simple candle votives… The decor is low to the table so it does not obstruct your guests’ line of site to other guests and creates a very simple, and festive look.

 

If you follow my Blog, you know I love to decorate using trays, baskets and boxes, and this is such a pretty centerpiece with varied textures and colors, all contained neatly in one unit.

 

This look is more of a traditional “centerpiece” with the decor placed in the center of the table.. I loved the white pumpkins and natural foliage, creating an earthy feel.  This look could be achieved DIY or you could take this idea to your local floral shop to create a beautiful fresh floral arrangement for you.

The Dinnerware

I enjoy that the holidays give us the opportunity to use the special dishes…your good China, your grandmother’s passed-down pieces, or even holiday festive dishes that are perfect for the occasion, all add extra meaning to these special days.  However, don’t feel you need a special set to make your dinner table unique, as you can still achieve a very festive look using your everyday dishes, by adding in decorative pieces to your tablescape.  Here are some wonderful dinnerware ideas to give you inspiration… (& note to self… use the special dishes in your everydays’ too…for a random Thursday night dinner – use Grandma’s special serving bowl for the salad…she’d want you too!)

I found these items at HomeGoods and really liked the traditional feel of the festive turkey plates and thought the copper goblets added a bit of color and interest to the setting.

 

I put together this pretty arrangement at Pier One… the base piece is actually a place mat of fall foliage, along with a gold charger, plaid dinner plate, and a festive pumpkin salad plate creating an interesting, layered look. I could see using this as a two-person intimate table setting, or even to decorate a kitchen bar area all season long.

 

I really like the idea of using dishes that have history…special dish sets that have been passed down through the generations, or can even be found at antique shops to create a nostalgic, more traditional feel to your Thanksgiving table.

 

But seriously, don’t feel you need to go over-the-top to create beauty to your table…if you are into more simple, subtle, clean decor… look how beautiful everyday white plates can be when adorned with a pretty napkin, basket weave charger, and a little floral embellishment tied together with a simple stand of twine.. a subtle look of elegance.

The Linens

One of my favorite ways to add a festive flare to my table setting is with the use of table linens… so many options with table cloths, table runners, placemats, cloth napkins… all bringing texture, dimension, and color to your tablescape… some lovely ideas using linens for your Thanksgiving table are below…

This shows that your table linens do not have to be elaborate, expensive, or overly colorful…look how pretty this look is just using burlap tied at the ends with a neat bow? … gorgeous!

 

& Ya’ll get creative with what you have… This is a festive wool blanket used as a table cloth..I love it!.. and check out the mixed-matched pillows adding in even more varied texture and color to create a really festive feel to this cozy and comfortable table setting.

 

I wanted to show you this table setting so you could see how even using neutral linens and white dinnerware can still achieve a festive look by adding in other elements like the copper utensils and subtle seasonal decor in the table center… use what you have and add in little touches of the season to create a very gorgeous look.

 

This is a more traditional table, layering various colors and materials for a more vibrant Thanksgiving fall look.. layering a table cloth, placemats, chargers, plates, cloth napkins, and a colorful centerpiece creates a really cozy, seasonal vibe.

The Place Setting

If you’ve worked in the restaurant industry you know how to set various place settings like the back of your hand, but for some who are not quite sure the correct way to set a table I wanted to share a couple great options depending on how elaborate you want your dinner setting to be.  Here are Formal and Casual table setting examples you can use for inspiration…of course you can change things up a bit to make it your own (there are enough rules in life!)….but use these as tips as standard ideas to set your table…

The Placecards

Placards are not a necessity but they do add a little extra special touch to your table, and with a large group especially, they can be quite helpful for your guests to know where you suggest they sit.  There are endless creative ideas for place cards at your dinner table, but here are some that I really like that are also easy to achieve…

I thought this was a simple yet thoughtful way to seat your guests… these adorable little “thankful for…” silverware bands can be printed on any type of paper to accentuate your table setting.

 

Without too much stress, sometimes the most subtle touches are just the right amount.. here’s a sweet touch using a hand written place card and adding in some light festive greens to be placed directly on the dinner plate to casually seat your guests.

 

And this is a cute little touch using a small pumpkin and leaf place card tied with a trim of twine.. simple yet sweet and something even your kiddos could prepare for your table.

The Ambiance

One thing I think brings the finishing touch to a table is it’s ambiance with candle light…even if I’m not aiming to create a romantic vibe, or low-lit setting, candle light can still create a warm, cozy, inviting feel to your table.  I usually recommend using unscented candles so they do not detract from the aromas of the meal, or even opt to use battery operated lights that appear like real flames….also a great option to add a little candlelit ambiance to your table.

These votive candles add an inviting warmth to this fall arrangement creating a really pretty look.

 

Using candles in varying sizes and heights, but all in the same color, can create an interesting arrangement with a more prominent ambiance.

 

And I liked how the centerpiece of this table setting are the candles, using these clear glass hurricanes and pillar candles, and the natural elements of stones and berried branches to accentuate, creates a warm, inviting ambiance to the table.

The Pass-the-Dish Style…à la française

It may depend on the size of your table if you have the option of placing all of the food dishes right on the table, but I do like the social vibe this type of table setting invokes.. à la française, allowing your guests to socially pass the dishes around the table while making their plates… a little more lively, “enjoying the feast” type vibe to your dining experience.

In this table setting, the turkey is the centerpiece… and it looks delicious!… allowing the meal to be the main attraction of your dinner table.

 

A very elegant, old-world feel to this type of table setting.

The Buffet Style

Buffet style is more-likely what many of us use for our Thanksgiving dinners, allowing guests to make their plates at the buffet, and then have a seat at the dinner table.  Buffets can still be an extension of your dining table decor though, by coordinating the two areas and remembering to make that space festive as well… here are a couple cute ways to achieve that…

Use pretty dishes of varying heights to create a beautiful presentation of your Thanksgiving buffet.. loved the chalkboard Menu for an added special touch too.

 

I like how these white dishes are very versatile and can be used for many different holidays and events, while allowing the food and subtle decor to create the festive look for the specific occasion.

Other Creative Ideas:

Oh you guys…so many ideas, I could just go on and on and really one could create a new look each year with all the unlimited creative options for our Thanksgiving Dinner Tables.  Here are some more ideas I found inspiring that I had to share with you…many are easy to create to add that extra touch for your guests to enjoy and remember Thanksgiving in your home.

I just adored this idea of using roll paper with hand lettering to create a unique table covering for your Thanksgiving table… so unique!

 

& so cute to festively wrap your silverware with burlap and fall leaves.

 

I adored this idea of adding a little note and pencil to your dinner plates for guests to write what they are thankful for this year.. this also creates a great conversation piece to add to dinner time with your guests.

 

And how cute is this idea using paper again as your table covering…with hand lettered place cards written right on your table..so creative!

& Some of my favorite Thanksgiving Dinner Table Looks…

I love all the varying textures, colors, heights in this look.. and the subtle touches of blue really stand out among the more traditional fall colors in this table setting.

 

Sometimes I think less can be more and I really liked the fresh, clean, simple look of this table setting…look how the three plates and cloth napkin are all the same color white, but with varying designs, they create pretty texture and interest to the place settings.

 

And I truly love the comfortable, casual, dig-into-a-good-meal feel of this table.  I really like the use of purple and jewel tones for a creative spin on the traditional seasonal colors for this Thanksgiving table… imperfectly gorgeous!

 

I hope you’ve found some new ideas and inspiration for your Thanksgiving Dinner Table this year… I would love to see how you decorate yours on Thursday!  Comment below what your favorite ways to decorate your holiday table are and what your plans are for this year… I would love to hear!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, wishing you a blessed day with family and friends…around your Dinner Table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Most images found on Pinterest 🙂

 

 

 

A “Buffalo Plaid” Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is a wrap, it’s time to really get into the Christmas spirit.  I spent some time over my long weekend taking down my harvest decor, (including my Thanksgiving Table..if you missed that post check out all those details here) and began decorating for Christmas…I love this time of year!  Each year there seems to be a new or revived Christmas decor theme or look that I see is all the rage, and this year as I’ve been in the stores, browsed my favorite online shops, and scoured Pinterest, the look is definitely Buffalo Plaid!

…it’s everywhere ladies and you don’t have to live in the mountains to pull off this cozy rustic look in your home.  You can go all-out and make this the overall theme for your home’s Christmas decor this year, or simply add subtle details in with your favorite Christmas pieces of the past, to embrace this style.  Here are some ideas and examples for how you can include Buffalo Plaid decor and style into your Christmas decor this season…

The Christmas Tree

Use patterned ribbon and ornaments for a festive way to add this buffalo plaid look into your tree.  I love all the other red accents that bring the look together in these two trees below…the red lanterns, berries, and poinsettas are great accents.

How gorgeous and colorful is this tree with Buffalo Plaid ribbon, red berries and lanterns, and various other traditional ornaments…just loving how the Buffalo Plaid sets off the unique look on this Christmas tree!

 

I loved this entire look at a floral and gift shop in Alma, Michigan called Tom Billig Flowers & Gifts using Buffalo Plaid ornaments, and bows with plaid and solid black ribbons.

Your Christmas Front Door Wreath

Again, using ribbon is an effective way to add this themed pattern into your arrangements as are displayed in the wreaths below.  I like how these wreaths add other elements of interest in the florals, greens, and sign to create a unique look to welcome guests into your home.

Adorn your Christmas wreaths for your front door with buffalo plaid ribbon, red florals, greens and twigs for a pretty country look.

 

& here is another similar wreath style, but with the addition of a plaid sign in the center with the popular pattern, adding even more of this style into the wreath.

Decorate your Front Porch

Front porches are one of my favorite areas of the home to decorate because it adds curb appeal to your home and is literally the first impression for guests and passerby’s.  These front porches have embraced the buffalo plaid look with subtle touches that pop with the other decorative pieces used.

I love how the front porch rockers in this setup are accented with the buffalo plaid pillows, which really pop on the white chairs!

 

And you can achieve a nice look just by adding in subtle details with the plaid scarf and gift wrapping for a pop of color and theme to this outdoor porch decor.

Accessorize the Living Room Decor

A nice way to add touches of the season into your everyday spaces is with accent pieces… accent pillows, throw blankets, and table runners.  Choosing neutral, solid furnishings really allows you to change up your accents and overall room’s look each season.  Loved how the buffalo plaid pillows and throws work in these two settings…

This room staging was done at Pier One and I thought really captured subtle touches of the buffalo plaid using an accent pillow, throw blanket, and table runner… making a beautifully subtle impact!

 

And again..subtle touches go a long way in making an impression here with the plaid pillow and the red bulbs for a cozy look…and that moose pillow… just adorable!

The Dining Room Table

I like to stage my dining tables with seasonal decor to be visible the entire season, using a simple centerpiece or even a whole tablescape.  Don’t limit yourself to only setting or decorating your table right before a special dinner gathering, instead dress your table with a theme or seasonal look to add to your daily decor.  I loved how these tables used buffalo plaid accents so nicely to pull together the entire looks of the tables into pretty tablescapes.

How adorable to decorate an outdoor table for warmer climates with this style, here using a buffalo plaid throw blanket to dress the table.

 

And for a more dramatic look, the use of dinnerware, chair covers, and look at those unique napkin holders for a quaint Christmas setting.

Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping can be a win-win with not only giving a well-presented gift to your family and friends, but also by adding a nice decorative aesthetic underneath your tree before the gifts are given.  These are such cute, creative ways to wrap gifts below, using buffalo plaid and other complimentary looks to really add to your room’s appeal during the holiday season… and your gift recipients will love it as well!

Look at these adorable buffalo plaid touches in the gift wrap and gift tags.  Use your gifts as additional decor… wrap them pretty and place them under the tree for very functional added decor for the season!

 

Coordinate your gift wrap to go nicely together…love the use of these plaid and solid papers with twine and creative tags to make a unique look for all your gifts.

Use other Decorative Pieces to Accent your Decor

As I shopped through the stores pre-Thanksgiving, I seen so many adorable pieces in this trending buffalo plaid pattern…. some select pieces I found are below…

I loved these little reindeers and Santa using the popular pattern I found at one of the craft stores… you could place these on an entry table, on a fireplace hearth, even next to your Christmas tree, or to decorate at your front porch.

 

& and how cute is this Christmas mouse!…too bad the name is not spelled like mine or I would have bought her… cute to sit on a side table or entry bench, even to dress your bed for a touch of the season.

Dress the Part… Fashion Style!

And you will not only find buffalo plaid in home decor this season, it is all the craze with fashion as well… so many adorable ways to add this pattern into your style and I thought the following two looks were so stylish and festive…

I loved the subtle touch of this pattern in the shirt sleeves on this top…and how cute are the boots and coordinating stocking hat.. adorable look!

 

& I love this sweater throw…so pretty in this pattern with a simple pair of skinny jeans and tall boots.. stylin!

 

I hope you enjoyed some Buffalo Plaid style inspiration for your Christmas Decorating and I’ve shown you a few new ideas you can use in your own home!  Shop some of the Buffalo Plaid looks with links included below…

Shop Buffalo Plaid pieces below (click on each pic, to shop) and on my Jaime Lyn Shop Page…click here!

 

Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating, Friends!

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My Home at Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I love this time of the holiday season when everything is finally ready, and it’s time to really just take a deep breath and enjoy the next couple of days of relaxation and celebration with family.  Some of you may have completed your holiday preparations days or weeks ago, but I usually slide into Christmas like I’m late to a party… but, every single year it all comes together just in time for me to wake up early Christmas Eve morning to spend some quiet moments to reflect on the past weeks of preparation, and anticipate the coming days of excitement.  For all of you who have used your time, talents, and heart to festively prepare your homes for the holidays, to build long-lasting traditions for your families, and to create memorable moments for your loved ones… I say, cheers to you!  You made it!  Now take your own deep breath, and enjoy every moment of this Christmas!

I wanted to share a little peek into my own home decorated for Christmas…some of these photos taken during my favorite time of the day, when all is quiet and dark, lit only by Christmas light.  I hope you enjoy…Merry Christmas!

This year I decorated my own Christmas tree… I feel like such a grown up saying that…but if you have kids you know what I mean.  Our only Christmas tree for a number of years has been the kids’ tree.. filled with their own home and school-made ornaments, randomly placed wherever they choose (as I sit on my hands and remind myself that I will NOT completely redecorate it when they go to bed)… every year it turns out beautifully and just how it was meant to be in our living room.  But this year, I thought I’d decorate one of my own trees in our foyer, a spot I always thought would be the perfect place for a tree. I had fun with this snow-covered tree, and think it was a nice addition to an area that greets guests into our home.

The kids’ tree turned out so pretty… It always amazes me how an assortment of mix matched, homemade ornaments filled with memories and meaning can truly be one of the prettiest areas in our home… and is the focal point of our Christmas, as it’s the first thing my kids see when they look over the upstairs railing on Christmas morning, to see if Santa came… it’s these sights I hope they will always remember of Christmas time from their childhood.

The tree they wanted…

The tree they got…

My staircases are areas when I designed my home that I knew I would really enjoy decorating at Christmas time.  I love the ambiance and the festive feel they bring to my home at night and on early mornings during this season.  I’m always a little sad when I take this decor down after the new year, missing that extra bit of coziness it adds.

We host Christmas Dinner every year, and like my Thanksgiving Dinner Table I blogged about in November, I like our Christmas dinner to feel festive and special for the day.  My Mom bought me these Christmas dishes years ago and every year, I love pulling them out and using them for our meal.

I like adding new decorative pieces to our home each year, and really enjoy receiving special gifts for our home as well. My mother in-law made us this beautiful cocoa bar centerpiece to make some decked-out hot chocolate drinks this winter…how adorable is this!

And each year my kiddos receive a new Christmas decoration from their grandmothers to add to their collections… My mom gives my kids each a new Nutcracker and tree ornament they pick out with her on their annual trip to Bronner’s each year, and my husband’s mom gives each of my kids a new Snow Globe each year on Thanksgiving Day.  They look forward to receiving these treasures and growing their own personal collections.  My oldest daughter also decided this year to start collecting her very own Village from Department 56 and is excited to add to it each year…she is only 12 so by the time she moves out one day, she will have a beautiful collection from over the years to begin decorating her own home.  These special gifts are great keepsakes and rich in tradition that my kids really enjoy receiving.

There you have it… a few areas of my home decorated for the holidays…I hope you enjoyed taking a look around.  Merry Christmas to you and thank you for following along with me here on my blog.  I have a lot of great ideas for the coming new year, so stay tuned!  Wishing you all of the blessings of this beautiful holiday!

From my Family to Yours… Merry Christmas!