My Thanksgiving Tablescape

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With American Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to put up some pictures from our Canadian Thanksgiving that just passed!
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On a side note, I have to say that I am thankful that our 
Thanksgiving is 2 months before Christmas! 
I don’t know how all of you in the U.S. do it having 2 major holidays 
within weeks of each other!  Whew, what a lot of work!
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Anyway, as you can see I like to keep things pretty simple.  
Tablescapes are great, but there’s got to be room for food, and lots of it!
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This year I made candle holders out of gourds.
They were so simple to make, and so pretty that I will definitely be doing these again.
All you have to do is core out a little spot for a tea light with a knife, and add your candle.
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We have such a big table that I have never had a tablecloth large enough to cover it,
or even one that matched my dishes.  But this summer I found this pretty Liz Claiborne drapery fabric (at 70% off I might add), so I decided to make a tablecloth out of it.
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Total cost for my tablecloth:  $15.  Oh yeah baby!
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Why hadn’t I done this before?  It was so simple to make, I got to pick the fabric I wanted, plus I didn’t have to settle for the same old, same old polyester tablecloths that never match anything I own.  Love it!  I also love that the colours aren’t what you might expect for a fall tablescape, but I think the light purple goes nicely with all the colours of fall!
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And by some stroke of luck, on the same day I found these pretty lilac coloured beaded napkin rings at Crate & Barrel for 50% off.  Score!
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And there’s my pumpkin flower arrangement.

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Sprinkle some leaves.
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Add some friends and family.  Oh, and food.  Lots and lots of food.
Simple.  Purtay.  Yummy.
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I really wanted to get a picture of everything on the table, but you know how these things go, 
dinnertime hits, a bomb goes off in the kitchen, and pictures just don’t get taken!
This is the best I could do!
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My Thanksgiving Menu
Mashed Potatoes
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  • Reply Lisa @ Shine Your Light November 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Your table looks so cheerful, pretty and filled with delicious food! Hope you enjoyed the day. Thanks for sharing….I would love to try coring out gourds as votive holders!

  • Reply Barb November 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    What a beautiful post to see this morning! Your table was just gorgeous and your food beyond delicious! I love your last photo – so much action!

  • Reply Nancy November 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Love that pumpkin centerpiece. Love it, love it, love it!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma November 7, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Such a beautiful table setting. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you 😉

  • Reply Jennifurla November 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Sounds like perfection to me.

  • Reply Denise November 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    So beautiful! I am looking forward to the goodness! I hope you are sharing some of the recipes from your menu. Sounds delicious!

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner November 8, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Beautiful, Jo-Anna. I love paisleys, they’re soo fun. I’m going to make candle holders out of my gords too. You have the same dishes as my sister-in-law. : )

    ~ Catie

  • Reply Mackenzie November 8, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    This is lovely! I especially like the pumpkin candle holders. Very cute! Found you at Take-a-look Tuesday link up.
    -Mackenzie @

  • Reply Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma November 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Do you share the recipe for your stuffing? Sounds lovely..

  • Reply Jo's This and That November 10, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Love your table! Love the candles holders and the paisleys.Joann

  • Reply Maggie November 14, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    this is so cheerful.
    Would luv for my readers to discover your blog, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting week!

  • Reply Marilyn November 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Wow..Your set up looks amazing..Perfect turn out and soo festive for the season.. I would LOVE for you to please share it via my thanksgiving linky party pweease. – TY — wishing you an amazing start to your week..

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