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Inspired Thanksgiving Decorating Vignettes

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Inspired to add some last-minute Thanksgiving decor to your home? Today we’re happy to share some beautiful decorating vignettes from Angela of Red Shoes Creative. We love the way that she’s mixed vintage finds, Pottery Barn pieces and natural elements to create a strong Thanksgiving theme.

What was your decorating scheme for Thanksgiving this year?

“I’d describe the scheme as an elegant abundance… made up of layers and layers of all sorts of things I love. The foundation to any of my decor plans always begins with my favorite Pottery Barn staples: candles, hurricanes, antique silver candlesticks and vases, acorn and fall leaves vase fillers, and of course my new favorite pieces from their mercury glass line. I’ve built on that PB foundation by adding vintage frames and books mingled with natural elements like raffia, twigs, pinecones and feathers to complete the look.”


Why is this Thanksgiving so special (I believe you mentioned it was the first one you’re celebrating as a married couple)?

“Yes… I was just recently married in June, so this is our very first Thanksgiving. We are hosting 14 people, including some family members who have never been to our home, and I wanted to make it a truly memorable occasion for everyone. We have so much to be thankful for this year, I wanted to set the scene in a fantastic way to really let people know how thankful we are for each and every one of them.”


What do you think is most important when decorating for Thanksgiving?

“I’m all about details & mixing and matching. For the table, I love the juxtaposition of mixing the brand new PB pieces we received as wedding gifts with pieces from my great grandmother’s china set that I inherited years ago. And I’ve used this same concept with the mantel decor… mixing wonderful new finds from PB with my other true love: vintage items — especially those that have a family history. In fact, the framed “Gather” print that hangs from a ribbon above our mantel is actually made of a vintage frame that was a gift to my own mother and father on their wedding day. I think it’s those sort of details that mean the most when family is gathered on a day like Thanksgiving.”


What are your tips for decorating effortlessly (or as near as that can get) for Thanksgiving?

“Decorate with things you love and have meaning to you and yours. If you put things together in a way that suits your own personal style, even it breaks all the typical decor rules. Don’t play it safe or try to mimic something that’s not ‘you’ … follow your own inspiration, that’s when it just ‘flows’.”


Why do you use Pottery Barn for Thanksgiving décor?

“What I love most about PB is the casual, cozy feeling their pieces bring to my home. It’s just welcoming… not stuffy, not too ornate or overblown, they just get it right,  every single time. And their items mix seamlessly with my favorite vintage pieces. This, to me, is what makes a house a home and welcomes everyone who joins us here.”

Source: Photos courtesy Angela Becker

Decorate Your Desserts and Other Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

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Add something special to your pies this year with this charming banner. — Oh Happy Day

Speaking of pie, learn how to make the perfect pie. — The Blender

Your house will look seasonally festive thanks to these Thanksgiving decorating ideas. — Country Living

Holiday centerpiece inspiration thanks to art from the 17th to the 21st century. — Garden Design

How to use dried foliage for decor. — Remodelista

Wishbone accents for a festive holiday. — CasaSugar

Source: Photo courtesy Oh Happy Day

Planning the Thanksgiving Menu: A Strong Finish

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While the turkey is of course the main event at the Thanksgiving meal, you can’t underestimate the importance of a delicious dessert. This year, we’re keen on the idea of serving something that’s individually sized, like these Southern Spiced Apple Pies with Crème Fraîche.(Find the recipe here — they’re actually quite easy to make.)


Individually sized desserts mean that you can eliminate squabbles over who gets the bigger piece of pie, and you can make just as many mini pies as you need for your celebration (or for the day after).

We think that this pie recipe perfectly complements our Rustic Thanksgiving party planner in both taste and aesthetic. Want to add extra style to your dessert table? Here are some suggestions to round out the look.
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How-To: Create a Custom Chalkboard Thanksgiving Menu

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If you’ve put a lot of thought into your Thanksgiving menu, it makes sense to celebrate it. Our favorite way to spread the word is by creating a large-scale menu using our Framed Chalkboard. For our menu this year, we enlisted the help of designer and calligraphy artist Diva Pyari of Linea-Carta, who created a beautiful Thanksgiving menu for us. Even if you don’t have a calligraphy artist in your circle of friends, you can get the look of Diva’s gorgeous handwriting thanks to her Calligraphy Starter Kit. Keep reading to learn the steps and get started on your own Thanksgiving menu.

 

To try this at home, Diva recommends the following:

  1. Use a t-square ruler to create straight guide lines for the menu.
  2. Then, mark the lines lightly with a pencil. You can also very lightly write in the menu items on each line.
  3. Instead of using chalk, use a chalk pen or chalk marker. Pens or markers give you more control over your writing.

 

Since the menu is the main star on this chalkboard, use florals or styling that accent but do not obscure the writing on the chalkboard. We chose a mixture of wheat and amaranth that was laid flat on two console tables. We also wrapped a pomegranate and orange winterberry swag in brown ribbon to hang from the edge of the menu.

Have you tried making your own blackboard menu before? Would you try it this year?

Special thanks to Diva Pyari for her incredible work on the menu! Make sure to check out her site and shop for more inspirational ideas.
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Mercury Pumpkins and Natural Touches Star in This Reader’s Thanksgiving Decor

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One of our readers, Pam, just sent in some lovely inspirational images from her home, featuring autumn and Thanksgiving-related decor. We hope it inspires your own table and decor this year, too!
What do you love about Thanksgiving?

“I love Thanksgiving because it brings our family together! At present, our family is spread out among three different states, and on this occasion, we are united after months of being apart! We spend the day preparing and enjoying dinner, playing board games, talking, laughing and catching up on our busy lives!”

What are your thoughts for the decor this year for your table?

“The decor this year for our dining table is bringing the outdoors in, rustic mixed with a bit of elegance! Lots of faux leaves, antlers and acorns in combination with Pottery Barn’s mercury pumpkins and natural decorative turkeys! Also, I incorporated Pottery Barn’s plaid table runner in blue, chocolate, cream and rust!”

What do you think are the most important elements for a Thanksgiving table?

“The most important elements for a Thanksgiving table or any table decorations are layering and varying heights, textures and fabrics to add interest. This gives you an opportunity to play with your table and create a ‘scene.’”

Are you hosting this year? What tips or tricks do you have for decorating and entertaining on Thanksgiving?

“I am hosting this year and have always hosted for Thanksgiving. I begin weeks ahead with decorating, which is the fun part for me! The tables are set (breakfast and dining), mantels are decorated, seasonal pillows are on the sofas and the even the front porch is decorated and ready to welcome guests. Entertaining is a family operation:  I will do all the shopping; however, the family as a whole prepares the meal, providing us another opportunity to visit and work together in the kitchen! It’s a bonding experience!”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn for this holiday?

“I shop at Pottery Barn all the time! You can walk into our home and think you are in Pottery Barn, excluding a few pieces here and there! I always joke that we should have a sign above our front door that reads, ‘Welcome to Pottery Barn’!  I’m a huge fan due to quality and the ability to mix and match fabrics and furniture, and I am always excited to see what new products are coming out next!”

Adding a Personal Touch to Name Tags

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For the Thanksgiving table this year, create place settings out of old family photos for each guest. — Sweet Paul Mag
Make the most of the Fall herb garden. — Gardenista
Prep your home for house guests. — Country Living
Learn more about one great autumn ingredient: the pomegranate. — The Blender
Console tables for every room in your home. — CasaSugar
Tour a (gorgeous!) old-fashioned farmhouse kitchen. — House Beautiful

How-To: Create Silhouette Pumpkins For Thanksgiving Decorating

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If you have some uncarved pumpkins lingering around your home, you’re probably looking for a way to transition them from spooky October holidays to more family-oriented November gatherings. Luckily, today we’re sharing a fun and easy way to decorate with them for Thanksgiving.

Silhouette pumpkins have been all the rage for the past few years, but we think this wildlife adaptation on the traditional silhouette provides a seasonal twist to the trend. You could go even more Thanksgiving-themed by using turkey silhouettes on your pumpkins, too.

This DIY project is quite simple. (So simple, in fact, that you can do this DIY in front of a favorite movie if you prefer.) To get started, here’s what you’ll need:

 Pumpkins. We used Cinderella pumpkins for their unusual coloring. Use one pumpkin per silhouette.
 Silhouette patterns.  We used the animal silhouettes from Karen’s Whimsy.
 Scissors
 Tape
 Pen
 Paint (acrylic or house paint works fine)
Paintbrushes. At least a larger brush and a very fine point brush are needed.

After you find and print the stencils you like, cut around the silhouette. Use your tape to tape the silhouette pattern onto your pumpkin, positioning it as you like best. Then, carefully trace around the pattern with your pen.

Remove the stencil, and then use your brushes and paint to fill in the silhouette. You will likely have to use two to three coats of paint to create your silhouette.

The pumpkins could easily be incorporated into a Thanksgiving centerpiece. To save room on the Thanksgiving table, try painting mini-silhouettes on miniature pumpkins. We also love the idea of using mini-pumpkin silhouettes as a placecard for Thanksgiving dinner guests. Of course, you could also feature your vignette on an entry table or console, or your fireplace mantel.
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