Tradition

11.04.2013

I'm so thrilled to be joining 24 other bloggers this week as we share a "Thankful At Home" tour.

I am going to share our Thanksgiving tradition as I show you the dining table I set. I don't have Thanksgiving this year because my family takes turns. I'm talking about my side of the family not Mr. Savvy's. We don't get together with his family at Thanksgiving, but we do have a huge family reunion a few weeks before Christmas with his family. See his family is quite large since he is one of ten children. My family on the other hand is quite small. I am the oldest of three siblings.

My mom, sister and brother's wife have always taken turns hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas eve. One will have Thanksgiving at their house and another will have Christmas eve. It is my turn this year to host Christmas eve. Thanksgiving is a lot more work and my mom is not able to host anymore so this year will be my daughter's first time to host it at her house.

So my table setting that I am sharing will not be used this year. I will go down to my daughter's house and help her set tables. This is the same fall centerpiece I shared a few weeks ago with some added candles and the two pheasants placed on top of candle holders for height.

My daughter is worried about her home not being large enough, but her home is actually larger than the one we lived in for twenty years so it will be just fine. It isn't about the space, but who we are spending the day with.

The person who hosts prepares the turkey and dressing and a few other things. Then each one of the others bring a couple dishes and/or drinks and desserts. This way we are all pitching in.

I'm not a formal person at all so the table I set is very casual using my Pottery Barn chicken wire chargers that I have had for about three years now.

I have two plates layered on top with this black and white one on the bottom.

I have four of these vintage plates with different birds on them that just seem to be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Most of the time the same folks make and bring the same sides. We have our traditional sides and maybe every once in awhile we will bring something different. 

I normally make a broccoli casserole which my son in law is not wild about because he says it stinks. If he would try it he might like it. :) I told my daughter he may not want me bringing it to their house and she said he will just have to deal with it because everyone else likes it.

I am also making a fruit salad and a dessert. I used these vintage white plates at the two end seats since I only have four of the bird plates.

Our other sides are normally a ham, dressing, rice and giblet gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, rolls, and sometimes deviled eggs.

I always look forward to  the holidays because even though my family lives pretty close we don't see each other as often as we should. So Thanksgiving and Christmas eve are always fun to eat and catch up with each other. I truly envy families who are able to get together more often.

I love mixing vintage silverware.

We usually gather together around 2pm or so and visit while the turkey and gravy and things are finishing up. Then we sit down and eat like we have never eaten before. I'm sure we all do that. 

Of course after all that food has time to digest some then we dig into the desserts. After we visit some more and help clean up all the dishes we waddle to our cars and go home.

I can't wait for us to gather at my daughter's this year and am so thankful for the time we get to spend together. 

I would love to hear what your Thanksgiving tradition is.

I am sharing at the following:
The Pink Pagoda Blue and White Bash
The Scoop


I also would love for you to visit all the other great gals sharing in this Thankful At Home tour.


Monday:
Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman
Tuesday:
Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Wednesday:
Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality
Thursday:
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig
Friday:
Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy


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113 comments:

  1. Your table is beautiful!

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  2. As always, Kim, your table is beautiful! There are so many wonderful details. I love those chargers and am sad I missed those at PB. Your plates are gorgeous and I adore the black and white ones especially. Everything is put together expertly and it's so cozy and welcoming.

    I'm thrilled you're part of the tour today -- can't wait to see what the other ladies are featuring! :)
    Julie

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    1. Thank you for inviting me to participate, Julie.

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  3. Oh how I loved seeing that gorgeous table.....so wonderful to learn about your family traditions...have fun at your daughter's this year!

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    1. Thanks, girl and I hope I have fun, but will be doing a lot of work, too.

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  4. I totally love that centerpiece! Our Thanksgiving is always just the three of us, and it's extra-special now that Abby is in college and we are really missing each other by the time the holidays roll around. We have a couple of things that we always make -- my Tamale Cornbread Dressing and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. I change up the turkey sometimes and this year we are frying one with spicy Cajun seasoning. But the real tradition is that we always turn our Christmas lights on for the first time that night! We make a fire out front and neighbors and friends drop by. It makes up for not seeing our families until Christmas. Off to see the tour, thanks for sharing, Kim!!

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    1. Andrea, that all sounds like so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Your table looks great! I love hearing about your Thanksgiving traditions. They sound a lot like ours! Broccoli and Rice Casserole is a favorite. I'm sure your Thanksgiving at your daughter's house will be lovely. Your right, it's all about the company.

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    1. No rice in this casserole, but it sure is good.

      thanks

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  6. What a great table, I just may have to take a break from updating my kitchen windows and do a nice table just for fun! I laughed when you talked about your SIL not liking one of the side dishes....That is sooo my hubby. He hates stuffing, which I turn into a good thing....because then all the leftovers are mine! When I host Thanksgiving, (which this will be my 1st year that my sister might host it) I always do Turkey, Ham, Dressing, and cheesy potatoes that are loaded with cream cheese and cheddar and then everything else I switch up and try a couple new recipes with cakes and pies

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    1. I think I may make him taste it this year. He is long overdue.

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  7. Your table is gorgeous Kim! I loved hearing about your traditions. It's a wonderful time of year, I know you will enjoy.

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  8. Your tablescape is gorgeous. Love the chicken wire chargers. We always have Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's home and we all bring a side. We usually do dessert and some type of salad. I typically host a brunch on Christmas. Love having family close by, too!

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  9. Gorgeous table Kim. I really love those chargers and centerpiece!

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  10. Your table is beautiful. We go to my sister in laws for Thanksgiving. This year, I host Christmas. Every year for every.single. family get together, I make Broccoli-Rice Casserole. One year my sister in law and I decided we needed to change the menu... to which I was presented by my 10 year old niece, a petition with everyone's signature to never delete the Broccoli-Rice casserole again. Somehow there was a paw print signature of a family pet too.... humm. SO I guess I know what I HAVE to bring to everything for ever and ever amen!

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    1. That is so funny with the added paw print. No rice in mine, but I like any broccoli casserole.

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  11. Kim I love your wooden box full with Autumanal colors and textures, so pretty in your home. I think our whole dinner is pretty traditional, but I always add a bit of a twist with a new appetizer and a veggie dish just to keep people guessing, LOL. We, too eat like there is no tomorrow and then we always have My Mom's apple, walnut, pecan and pumpkin pie for dessert. such a wonderful family time, Love getting together with family. Thank you for sharing your time with us.

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    1. Kathysue, those pies sound wonderful. Sometimes I like to introduce something new to the menu, too.

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  12. What a magnificent table!- love all the thoughtful details- the unique chargers, charming pinecone turkey and sweet squirrel- and the vintage plates are lovely.Dinner at your place must be a tough act to follow!
    Cheers
    Christina

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  13. Sweet Kim! I loved hearing about your Thanksgiving Traditions! I think tradition is the glue of family generations! We always eat the same thing at Thanksgiving every year too! You certainly set a beautiful table! I love those Chargers!!!! You must be so proud to have another generation of your family hosting Thanksgiving!

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  14. I think that table-scape is the prettiest one you have done...its gorgeous!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table today, Kim. I always love your style and taste. I LOVE the mixed patterned silverware! It's a fun way to express your creativity. My kids bought me a new set of matching silverware, because, they thought the silverware should match. Silly kids!!
    Thanks for sharing all of your Thanksgiving details and ideas!
    Make it a lovely day.

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  16. I'm ready to waddle home, too, Kim … love Thanksgiving! Too bad you're not hosting it this year, as your tablescape is gorgeous … love your centerpiece and dishes! I'm sure you'll help your daughter make hers just as pretty and inviting!

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    1. Thanks, Becca. Yes, I will probably be worked to death, but all worth it.

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  17. Your dining room setting looks "House Beautiful" worthy! You should throw a little dinner party and enjoy yourself. Hope your daughter enjoys the Thanksgiving prep as much as you do. I think it's at least half the fun!

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  18. Kim your table is laden with loveliness! Just perfect! How exciting that your daughter is hosting her first Thanksgiving…it will be perfect I am sure. Your post has left me wondering how I missed those pottery barn chicken wire chargers. I LOVE them! Thank you so much for kicking off our tour in such style!

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    1. I think they need to bring those chargers back because everybody wants them.

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  19. Kim your table is so perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime! I would suggest you leave it up until after Thanksgiving at your daughter's home and serve leftovers at the table the next day. Even if the leftovers are turkey sandwiches. Thank you for sharing your traditions.

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  20. What a beautiful thanksgiving table you've set Kim! Love everything about it and loved hearing about your family traditions! :-)
    Vanessa

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  21. First let me say, your table looks divine and those chicken wire chargers are to die for! But more importantly, what a wonderful family and traditions you have! Thanks for sharing. I loved hearing about it all, right down to the waddling back to your cars ;) and I'm excited for your daughter to being hosting her 1st Thanksgiving too. Enjoy your Month of Plenty;)
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

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    1. Thanks so much, Therese. Yes, lots of waddling.

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  22. Kim, you should tell these little family stories more often; so enjoyed reading about your special traditions and all the interesting tidbits about everyone's preferences and thoughts! I love your pheasant plates, they're so seasonally perfect!

    xo
    Poppy

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  23. Gorgeous! You've outdone yourself on this one!

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  24. So beautiful and I loved reading about your traditions - I am sure your daughter will do a great job!

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  25. Beautiful table! Of course, your entire home is gorgeous. It's great that you take turns hostessing and I'm sure your daughter will be fine. All the food sounds so good right now ~ I'm starving!!

    xo
    Pat

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  26. What a beautiful Thanksgiving table! Thanks for sharing your traditions and lovely decor with us!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. I really enjoyed your post.

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  27. Your squirrel shaker has caught my eye several times. It's adorable, and I hope to order it from PB today. We host Thanksgiving dinner, thirty-two yrs., but my younger sister prepares the turkey, dressing, and gravy. She the best! I'm sure your lovely daughter will be the perfect hostess following in her mother's footsteps.

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  28. OH you made me so hungry for Thanksgiving dinner and that young man should try the broccoli, lol! :)

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    1. Thanks, Deb. Yes, he needs to at least taste it.

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  29. Wow, do you set a beautiful table. I have never lived near family as an adult, so I already love the fact that all of you take turns hosting. Now, it feels like Fall.

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  30. I used to do Thanksgiving, Christmas eve AND Christmas every darn year! I am THANKFUL that now my daughter has taken over most of the holidays. I only do Christmasd Eve or Day now. I LOVED hearing about your traditions. We, too, have the same menu every year cause everyone loves it all. We eat like we have never eaten too, but it is so GOOD:):) I am anxious to see all the blogs in this party this week. Your table looks bEAUTIFUL, I love those chargers and the dishes are exquisite.

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    1. Wow, Pinky, that was a lot for just you to do. Glad you have help now.

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  31. Your son in law must love you if he feels comfortable enough to tease you about the broccoli casserole. Truly one of the family! (And there's always one like him in every clan.)
    Looks beautiful and I know you will all have a wonderful time!

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  32. Beautiful table Kim! Fun having your daughter begin hosting holidays, what a blessing to watch our girls take on more and more exciting roles in their adult lives!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. Yes, it is nice to see her take her grandmother's place. I started way younger than her.

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  33. Your table setting is great Kim. I love the vintage bird plates and mixed silver. Your traditions sound very similar to mine when I grew up and then lived near my family. Now, one of my sons comes for the weekend. We all decided last year that we are not big fans of turkey, so we are creating our own new traditions this year.

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  34. I was wondering about your new post today! It didn't show up on my blog roll. That's how I know who has posted a new post. Yours was still showing yesterday's post and I knew that you were scheduled for this party. Common Ground blog said some people's blog posts are not getting updated on blog rolls for some reason. Yours was one of them. Anyway.........that is why I'm just now seeing your post. I love your table setting! The wire chargers are so perfect with the casual centerpiece and striped napkins. I love a country style table setting.

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    1. Thanks and it still isn't updating. Not sure why. Hope it gets fixed.

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  35. I am sure your daughter will do a fabulous job this year - how exciting. Your dining room tablescape looks lovely. You are so lucky to be able to get together with family during the holidays.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  36. Your table is wonderful! And I love reading about your traditions. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I enjoy all your great plans.
    Enjoy with your family!
    Lovely vintage silverware...

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  37. Loved your post! Your table was beautiful! Also loved hearing about all of the good food you'll be enjoying! But what caught my eye was the pine cone turkey! Fabulous! Curious if you made it and how! I want one!
    Take care,
    Kara

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    1. Kara, I bought those at World Market last year.

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  38. Beautiful table, Kim! I love your chargers! Enjoy your holiday with family and have a bite of broccoli casserole for me! Love!!~~Angela

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  39. Oh... luv your family gatherings. They sound so cozy and fun.
    Alas we have a rather mundane Thanksgiving ... we were always away. We would take a villa in Orlando and do the theme park thing when the boys were younger. Then as they got older, we went on a cruise... Now my eldest is married and we need to change things up a bit. We ( Mom and dad) will be away on a previously arranged outing, but next year we will have to plan a new tradition.
    Beautiful table... WANT the chargers :-)

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  40. I love your table! Very pretty!

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  41. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Obsessed with those sweet little acorns :)

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  42. What a gorgeous thanksgiving table, I do love the chicken wire plates, I have not seen anything like this before, I am heading over to pottery barn now as I believe they ship to New Zealand now.

    Lee :)

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  43. I love all the gorgeous details, Kim! It's funny you mentioned how the same folks bring the same sides...same thing happens at our house when we host Thanksgiving! I guess that's pretty common! I am just glad our family members bring side dishes. We end up hosting around 20 each year and that's a huge crowd for just one person to cook for!
    -Shelley

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  44. What a gorgeous table setting, Kim! Loved hearing about how your family does holidays. You are so blessed to be able to create so many family holiday memories together. I'm sure this will feel extra special with your daughter hosting for the first time. I haven't been with my parents and siblings for Thanksgiving in many years, but am going to try hard to get to them at Christmas time this year. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful details of your table!

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  45. Your tablescape is so pretty & inviting! for about 7 years, I've been hosting Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve. (I'm an only child). My parents, our two sons, daughters in law, and three grandsons will join us. Our daughters-in-law both have family nearby, so the kids leave late afternoon/early evening to visit with the other sides. We celebrate on Christmas Eve, & both daughters-in-law have their celebration on Christmas Day, which works out perfectly!

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  46. Very pretty table, have a wonderful time with your Daughter.
    Sounds like fun and great memories. These are things we cherish forever.
    yvonne

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  47. Hi Kim, this is a lovely tablescape. Just gorgeous. I love all the pretty little details, they work so well together.

    The coordinated pheasant theme makes the arrangement all the more stunning. I'm glad I popped over.

    Enjoy your day!

    Lisa

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  48. I am having a very real case of chicken wire charger envy.

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  49. Your table is beautiful! I host my in-laws (all 30+!) every other year. Needless to say, we have tables set up in the family room, living room, dining room, breakfast area, and man land. The food is served buffet style. After eating, it's our tradition for everyone to head out to our back field for some pumpkin shooting! Great solution for the leftover Halloween pumpkins and the field critters get a treat :)

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  50. I've been searching around town for pheasants to no avail. This is a beautiful table and love those chargers.

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    1. Sandra Lee, I found those at Hobby Lobby a couple years ago, but I believe they carry them each year and they come in a wood color. I enhanced them with some gold guilding paste.

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  51. Oh Kim, that has to be the most fabulous table I've seen! I love every aspect of it. It makes me sad that I walked by those pheasants at my local Goodwill though. When I went back they were gone! Thank you so much for sharing your awesomeness. You are my decorating idol :)
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  52. Oh Kim, this is a gorgeous table-setting! Those chicken wire chargers are adorable, cannot keep my eyes off them!

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  53. Kim those vintage plates and the chicken wire chargers are awesome!! May have to look on eBay and see if I can find some! Your table is beautiful. And hey, I love broccoli casserole, so feel free to bring that over any day! So glad to be a part of this fun Thankful at Home series with you! :)

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  54. Beautiful centerpiece Kim~I just found out I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time in many years because my SIL can't do it this year~I am so excited and scrambling for table ideas and recipes. Your table is just the look I want, thanks for sharing it and your family stories
    Jenna

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  55. I enjoyed reading about your family traditions with the holidays, A big family reunion around Christmas sounds fun! I am sure Thanksgiving will be a lot of fun at your daughters too. I always do Christmas Eve for my family. It is much less work, sort of, then Thanksgiving. Love the addition of the pheasants to the centerpiece.

    Cynthia

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  56. I love that you have so many things to set your table with and I love that you said its not how big your home is but who you are spending your time with. so true and such a beautiful table setting

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  57. your table looks beautiful, and your thanksgiving menu sounds delish! It's true spending time with family
    is what matters.

    Kathy

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  58. Your tablescape looks fallicious and beautiful....love the mix of plates & patterns you've used! I'm sure your daughter will do just fine..I remember the first time I hosted Thanksgiving after getting married and I was a nervous wreck. Tell her to sip some wine, have music on and most of all just laugh & enjoy those that are there...that's the most important part I've learned over all these years....and always have some leftover turkey of course! LOl! Happy Fall to you all!
    hugz,
    Suzanne

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  59. I sure enjoyed hearing about your Thanksgiving dinner traditions and especially about all the yummy food. I make broccoli casserole too! I'm still crazy about your PB chicken wire chargers.

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  60. The story you told of your Thanksgiving tradition just enhanced your beautiful tablescape photos. I enjoyed hearing about who brings what, and how you share holidays. I have similar black and white dishes, and you gave me an idea to pair them with patterned dishes, rather than the plain ones I've been using. And I sure hope Pottery Barn still sells those chicken wire chargers -- I love them! Fun post, Kim!

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  61. What a beautiful table Kim. I love that it is perfectly appointed but not formal. Love all the family traditions of course...that is what makes it all so special:-)

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  62. Kim, what a fabulous tablescape! I love your china and the layers you added. Your centerpiece is gorgeous; pheasants just say, "harvest and Fall" to me. Your dining room is a perfect color to accent all the colors of Fall. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving traditions!

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  63. I so look forward to Thanksgiving which is the only holiday I still host. It's a time just to enjoy being together and appreciate our many blessings. The table setting will be simple and the food bountiful! Here's to the enjoyment of the season.

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  64. Wow Kim, it's stellar. So wish I could see your gorgeous home in person some day!!

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  65. Kim, your dining room is one of my favorites. Each detail is gorgeous! Makes me want to pull up a chair and dine at your table. Love the fall centerpiece and your tablescape.

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  66. Enjoy the day with your daughter and her family! Confession - I think broccoli stinks too - but my hubby loves it so I let it stay!!
    Kelly

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  67. Wow, this is such an incredibly beautiful dining room! You have put such attention to detail and so well put together! I love it!

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  68. Your dining room and table setting are wonderful.

    We will be home for Thanksgiving and are doing something different this year. We will actually have turkey. No one in our family likes turkey so we usually have lobster - hey our forefathers probably ate lobster at that first Thanksgiving meal. But, my daughter wants to try making a turkey and everything that goes with it. In 42 years of marriage I have never made a turkey so this will be a first.

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  69. Your table is absolutely gorgeous Kim! Love, love, love your centerpiece!

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  70. Your table looks beautiful Kim! I love those chicken wire chargers!

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  71. Thank you so much for the feature, it made my night!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  72. Just beautiful, Kim. I'm sure your daughter will do a wonderful job, as I'm positive she has inherited her mom's good taste.

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  73. Your Thanksgiving traditions sound wonderful, Kim...and your centerpiece is stunning! I'm with you...it's all about who we share the day with!

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  74. I'm sorry I didn't comment on this amazingly gorgeous table Kim, I was away since last Wed. and just got back last night! The centerpiece is stunning, wow, you are so talented, I love, love this table. I'm very traditional so I also appreciate your wonderful tradityions for Tksgiving Kim. Tablescapes are my favorite thing to do and see, as I adore china as great dishes as yours and your chargers are SWOONnnnn.... Hugs,
    FABBY

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