11.29.2010

understated holiday.


My dear friends, has Thanksgiving passed already? I feel as though I'm in a stuffing-based haze. Is it possible? Truthfully, I'm exhausted and have not yet been able to name a reason why, as I've not gone much beyond eating, lounging and simple homework. Although, that's nothing new. I had grandiose plans for this Thanksgiving's table, but quickly scrapped them when Wednesday night arrived and I'd not lifted a finger. So, I fell back on a base of polka-dot lace tablecloths, a burlap runner and a light green seersucker overlay runner.
 

 My grandmother recently passed down a twelve-person china setting from the 1930's with all the trimmings, salad, dinner and dessert plates, cups, bowls, saucers...and it made for the perfect eye candy. I picked up adorable seersucker cloth napkins at...The Dollar Store. Yes, indeed. Six dollars for twelve napkins, and they couldn't have been more perfect.
 

I opted out of napkin rings, as the things are so expensive I can't bear to purchase them. So, some simple baker's twine was a nice stand-in and pumped up the texture. Is it silly that I think it's charming when silverwear is mismatched?


All in all, it was my easiest table yet, and cost all told: Sixteen dollars. Thankfully, both burlap and pears were on sale which saved me a fortune. My sister and mom tackled the meal, and did a deliciously excellent job. I'm a lucky girl in that my mother and sister respect my inability and disinterest in cooking...perhaps that will change someday when I'm cooking for more than one. But, for now I delight in more visual pursuits. :)

Do tell: Are you the cook or the decorator during the holidays? Are you one of the lucky girls who excels at both?

6 comments:

  1. i'm the cook who has no interest in cooking for one. the decorator who wonders "why"? therefore i am content to do neither and be with the people i care about. :)

    pear, though. i'm a fan of the pear. well done.

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  2. I love decorating but I help cook too. I'm definitely the cook when my mom's not home.

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  3. It really is a gorgeous set up you had there! When it comes to celebrations I wave the poor cook flag and Christmas will be spent at my in-laws, where my mother-in-law is the MOST amazing cook. I take up the decorating side with table presents for everyone.

    xx

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  4. What an adorable table! It was just my parents and I for Thanksgiving this year so we didn't cook or decorate, just enjoyed being lazy - it was heavenly - although not nearly as beautiful of yours

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  5. that's gorgeous! i like simple :) and the price is right!
    (i am noooo cook!! but i do eat!)

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  6. your table looks gorgeous! like out of a magazine! the pears are adorable and the color scheme is pretty but calming. I like the simplicity of it all.

    as for me, I am more interested in cooking, though all I contributed this year was a pie. at my house we don't pretty up the table very much. just throw on a table cloth and take out the fancy china. it's a miracle the dining table is clear enough to eat! :) usually it's covered in mail, haha.

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