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Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and families heading over, we are all thinking about how to decorate the main gathering area for the holiday…the table!  Are you wanting to make it look a little more festive than pizza night on the weekend with the kids?   I’m always looking for new ideas and here are some settings that really inspire me and are easy enough that you can use things already in your house, or backyard.

I always feel under pressure to set the table right, especially when there’s guests.  If you’re like me, and still a little confused where the soup spoon goes, then check out the place setting chart below!

Love the soft gold.  Pick a main color and go with it.  The elegant placemats can go with any holiday or special occasion. So simple and elegant.

Take out the special plates and use a pear as a decor or attach a name tag around it for fun.  Berries can be used in so many different ways.  Love how they are set along the table.  Easy, quick and very pretty.

 Creative way to use candles and highlights the reason for the dinner.

Oh I just love the fall colored roses on the table.  Most of us have white plates, white linens and white serving trays.  The roses add beauty, warmth and elegance.  Classy.  Love this!

Adding white pumpkins are a pretty centerpiece, since they have a clean fresh look.  And the berries in the candle bases and wrapped around the pumpkins dress up the table.

Grab some leaves from the yard, pine cones and simple fall colored flowers and use them like a table runner.

Mixing modern and traditional.  Love the pop of color and the subtle traditional table runner.

Why not bring the cabin to the city.  Using wood decor pieces (can find in a lot of home stores), fall leaves and white accessories.  Fresh, simple, classy.

And if you want to go all out – grab some sticks, put them in a vase with rice, tie string to a few pumpkins and start decorating!!  Fun and festive!

Need a refresher on how to arrange a proper place setting?  I know, I do!  And who knows it better than Emily Post!  Click here

How do you dress up your Thanksgiving table?  Would love to hear about it.

Be Easy Sandy…

Time to hunker down for Sandy!  We are one block from the East River in NYC.  Last year Irene decided to puff a little in our direction, so we didn’t think too much of Sandy as she surfaced a couple days ago, until this morning…

When I went out for my morning stroll and coffee, things looked a little different this time around.  I tried to walk near the promenade to take a peak at the river and we were stopped in our tracks by a gust of wind!  I’m sure taking a stroll on the promenade was not the smartest idea!  I could barely hold onto Maddie.  The gust seemed to last for ever, especially since I was panicking!  Why did I bring my one year old out in an approaching hurricane!!  Stupid.  We quickly turned around and beelined for home!  I think Sandy is slowing settling in on little ol’ NYC.

I am sure we don’t have anything to worry about.  We are in a zone not required to evacuate, but close enough to the river to see and feel her effects.  As the wind starts to pick up, I think about how I wish we had one last chance to visit Central Park during the peak Fall foliage.  Will my favorite time in the park get robbed by Sandy?  Will we still get to see the leaves at their peak color change?  Will we get to enjoy one last stroll before the leaves are gone?  Will we get pictures with Maddie frolicking in CP’s fallen leaves the first year she’s walking? Sandy, please be easy, please be gentle on NYC’s treasured spot.  As I look outside our window, it’s not looking good.  The wind looks stronger than I have ever seen it…

Thank goodness a couple days ago I went with a friend to Central Park and got to see the foliage start to peak, but I am sure this upcoming weekend would have been the prime time for a visit.  At least we have these first year walking Fall foliage memories in Central Park…

Love the large mums planted around the park…

some leaves have started to fall…

having fun with park performers…

nothing I enjoy more in the park than listening to a saxophonist perform…feels like you’re in a movie…

having fun playing along Poets Walk with her buddy Leland…

 Hope to see your plants and foliage again this Fall CP!  And hope you haven’t been blown to pieces!!  Be easy Sandy…

Are you getting ready for Sandy?

Oyster Fest

Who’s in for oyster shucking?!  Well you won’t catch me doing that, but last weekend we headed to Oyster Bay, Long Island for the largest waterfront festival on the East Coast.  There was much to see and much to do, especially with oysters, from shucking contests, to oyster eating contests, to a few oyster crafts, and to anyway your palate will take them, raw, fried, sautéed, mixed, over-easy and I’m sure, if you looked hard enough, on the rocks!  There were several large boats in the bay to tour, the USCG Cutter Chinook, the Barquentine Peacemaker, and the 130-foot 1931 John J Harvey fireboat.  And lets not forget the craft tents and artwork.  We came home with a few holiday finds for ourself and the relatives, all while listening to the bands play throughout the day in the background.  There were pirate reenactments, rides for children, and those with stomachs of iron participated in the eating contests, however we chose the leisurely stroll and tasting along the waste widening food court.  Anything unhealthy was at your finger tips!  And we couldn’t pass up a walk along the gorgeous waterfront.  Oyster Bay is not only known for its Oyster Festival, but also for its charm, beauty, stunning bay and harbor, and of course, the summer home of Theodore Roosevelt on Sagamore Hill.  Anytime of year is a great time to visit Oyster Bay.

Here are just a couple photos we took while enjoying our day in, oyster filled, Oyster Bay…

Oysters and crowds galore!  Get there early ;)

Admiring the large boats and fireboat display…

Looking for seafood comfort food?  The food courts had it all!

Couldn’t get enough of the stunning bay and harbor and views of Centre Island…

Maybe next time we won’t be watching our shoe float down the bay and be able to stay a little bit longer.

A fun family day and festival.  We could have spent the whole day there if Maddie hadn’t kicked her shoe off over the railing and into the bay.  When you have a toddler who stroller planks (for those non-parents, when a child refuses to bend and sit) there’s only one thing to do, emergency shoe shop!

Do you have a Fall festival you enjoy going to each year?  I would love to hear about it.

Picture Perfect Westport, CT

 

Yesterday we wanted to take advantage of the extended weekend, so we jumped in our car and headed north.  We needed to get out of the apartment and into the crisp air.  After driving an hour north we landed in Westport, CT.  I had heard a little about the town and thought it would be a fun area to explore.  Explore we did!  Such a beautiful colonial town that sits along the Long Island Sound with the Saugatuck River running straight through it.  We walked and shopped along Main Street’s chic stores, took a drive through the historic part of town, ate at Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ - fun place, yet nowhere near healthy - and stopped off at a few pumpkin nurseries that gave a whole new meaning to the ordinary pumpkin.  I’m sure the stores living amongst Martha Stewart had to up-the-bar!  And a couple fun facts, the town was made famous by the show I Love Lucy.  It’s where Ricky and Lucy bought their new home after moving from the city, and the cost of living in Westport is 167% higher than the rest of the US.  I guess Ricky was doing pretty good!

Here’s our Columbus Day outing and what came home with us…

We drove through the historic area of downtown…

Took a turn down the residential area of traditional colonial style homes of the historic area…

Walked along the chic stores on Main Street

Randomly came across Turkey Hill Road, yet no sighting of Martha Stewart :)

Stopped at Terrain Garden Cafe.  How can anyone pass by these mums and not make a u-turn!   What a find – the unique home decor, unusual plants, a cafe and restaurant made for foodies and the vast array of special finds that not even a screaming toddler can pull a person away from!

Loved their variety of pumpkins, berries and Fall plants…

Now which pumpkin, which gourd…can we finally choose?

Looks like this is the keeper!  Found our Charlie Brown pumpkin, now bound for home!

What a day in picture perfect colonial Westport, CT!  Wish we could have checked out Compo Beach and Park, but time starts ticking in the late afternoon when your toddler hasn’t napped. See you in the Springtime Westport!

Do you have a special place where you get your pumpkins and Fall decor?  Please share.  I love to get new ideas.

Getting Fall Inspired

 

Welcome Fall!  The weather has shifted here in NY.  The air is becoming more brisk and the leaves upstate are starting to change.  Scarves are starting to come out and the flip flops have been put away.  With the feeling of Fall setting in, I’m starting to feel our apartment needs a little shift as well.  This weekend we are braving our storage unit, and the dig and hunt for the box of Autumn décor beings.  Every year I forget what we have or maybe I use selective memory to justify my purchases to relieve any guilt for buying the new autumn decorations staring me down in every window display in the city.  New York City is a shopper’s danger zone, with so many beautiful designs everywhere you turn.  It’s hard not to want everything you see!

As we get ready to decorate for the season, I thought I would browse on of my favorite websites, Pinterest, to get some new ideas.  Here’s a few favorites I found…

There’s three things I live by when decorating anything…classic, natural, simple decorations.  Why? Classic never goes out of style and always looks nice, natural decor (ex: real leaves rather then artificial) because it always looks homey, and simple because I have a toddler and decorating needs to get done in a snap.  I love this mantel display with the pumpkin and leaves against the colorful wall.  Someday when I have a mantel this is what I would love to do!

Love the simple yet meaningful setting.  A personal touch and will last for years to come.

This table display is beautiful and has sentiment, which is perfect for the season, but also looks like a fire hazard!?

I really enjoy picking out the different gourds, pumpkins and squash for decorations around the apartment.  Every year it makes for a new arrangement, since they all come in different shapes, colors and sizes.  An inexpensive and fun way to decorate.

The more berries the better!  They can last from now through the Christmas season and can be added to anything already in the house to transform an old display to new.

What a great idea to use a chalkboard to write a seasonal saying on it!  I could use this for any holiday and what a perfect holiday teaching tool for Maddie.

There are always the fun seasonal gatherings.  Love this Fall place setting.  Will never go out of style.

Love how they’ve used real food and the color of the beans and corn kernels as a candle base - so fall!  And the yarn can be used for wrapping gifts as well.  Even better, multipurpose decorations.

So many beautiful ideas on Pinterest!  Can’t wait to decorate next week!

What are some Autumn decorating ideas you enjoy using?  Would love to hear about them.

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