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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Let The Thanksgiving Table Center Piece Begin!!

Happy One Week Until Thanksgiving Day!!!! I am sure you all are busy planning, shopping and arranging your homes for this wonderful upcoming celebration with family and friends.

I don’t know about you all, but I am really looking forward to a wonderful meal, and a good visit with my family.We will be missing part of our family this year, but they will be in our hearts.

I am one lucky girl, I get to spend next week preparing for Thanksgiving dinner with my Mom. She is a wonderful hostess and fabulous cook.
She is a master pie baker so my home will be smelling wonderful with her pies baking in the oven!!!

I am busy making my menu and getting the elements pulled together for my centerpiece.

Here is a picture I saved from last year as my inspiration…….

My color scheme will be different than the inspiration photo, since I don’t do orange in my house. Sorry!! to all of your orange lovers!!

I will be using dark lime, umber brown and cream.

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Yesterday my hubby brought in a plank of wood to measure how long I wanted the box. At first I thought I would want it to be 5 ft. long on my 8ft table. Once the plank was placed on the table I could tell it needed to be just a smidge shorter. 4’6” seems to be the perfect length. I want to allow enough space for my place settings to fit.

We wound up going to Lowes and buying the most beat up fence boards they had,since I wanted a rustic looking box. We were lucky to have a very helpful clerk that allowed us to try out some stains.
The pine boards are very  porous so I knew the stain would really soak in. I am so glad that hubby is taking over  that job!! Whew!!!

We decided on a dark walnut stain. I did not want it to have any red in the base. The walnut stain seemed to do the trick.......

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He put the box together and brought it in to see if the size was right before he finished staining the inside of the box.
The size was just right!! He finished staining the interior and the ends of the box. Now the box is doing a little sunbathing  on our deck so the smell of the stain will dissipate. I don’t think the fragrance of stain will mix well with turkey and stuffing, do you?!!

Tday table process 011

While the box is sunbathing I taped a template of the box on top of my tablecloth. By doing this I can see exactly where the box is to be placed and also I can work on figuring out the elements I will be using and how many of each element I will need.

You will have to use your imagination here. This is not exactly how it will look, but it gives me a very good idea of what I need to purchase to complete my look.

Tday table process 009
All the items will be elevated so they will vary in heights. I am not sure if I will include the birch wrapped candle holders or not. I am not sure I will need any more wood texture with the wood box. We shall see??

Tday table process 010
So far I am really pleased with the direction this is going.

Next on the agenda is to go foraging out in the park for some curly willow and various natural elements that can work with my scheme. Why buy what nature has to offer for free!!!

I will keep you all posted as I progress!! Wish me luck!!!

Kathysue is:
Enjoying the Process!” Of:

Pulling together my

Thanksgiving day


A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful box, kathysue, I know it will be wonderful when filled. can't wait to see...donna

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

What a creative lady you are, Kathysue! You put so some much thought and planning into everything you do!
Your Thanksgiving table is sure to be amazing!
~ Wendi ~ xo

Lee said...

curly willow! yes and I have one in my backyard -- did I think about incl some branches in a centerpiece? not til this very minute. DO share how you might work in a curly willow. I don't have a long box but have a pretty dough bowl as my base.

my 89 year old mom will be with us as well. She is sending me recipes on email, really wonderful cook and decorator. She's going to do our table for us with all the elements I provide. Lots of fun!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Wow! Can you loan out your husband? This is going to be such a warm and lovely table. You always do such great things. I can't wait to see how it turns out.


You are one lucky girl to have such a sweet husband......I love that and I know you will get so much use from it! I can't wait until it is all fluffed up and looking beautiful. Thanks for taking us along on the design journey with you :)

vignette design said...

Oh, your centerpiece is going to be fabulous and one of a kind too! Can't wait to see how you arrange your elements in the box that hubby built! What a guy! Since my hubby isn't handy, I may have to beg Ryan to make me one of these--for next Thanksgiving!

Amanda said...

Its going to be beautiful KathySue!! I have always wanted one of those long rustic boxes- unfortunately my hubby does not do little "handy-Tim the Tool Man" kinda things. I love yours!! cant wait to see it all done!
I STILL dont know what to do for my table- my need to get on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Victoria said...

It is looking great so far, Kathysue, and thanks to that gem of a husband of yours, the box will be a perfect container for all the goodies you plan to include.
You are so lucky to have your mom with you to share your family traditions -- and her pies.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

It is going to look wonderful. The end of your post reminded me of treks my mom used to make us go on to find moss for her centerpieces....we used to complain but really only to give her a hard time...as was our duty :)

laxsupermom said...

It's looking fantastic! Your husband is such a gem for custom building that box. Looks great! Sounds like it'll be a wonderful time in the kitchen with your mom. Thanks for sharing.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathysue, I know this table will be just gorgeous...love the color combo! I can't wait to see the end result!

Unknown said...

Love how you are doing a dry run with your decor elements and that your hubbie is so handy!!!

I can not wait to see the finished design!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is going to be so pretty...unlike mine which will probably be thrown together at the last minute. You are so wonderfully organized.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the final outcome... I know it will be beautiful. I am going to my Mom's this year and will have a bit of a break from hosting... with the pending divorce and all the changes I am looking forward to not having to do the work, (which I usually love)! xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Wow... you're actually always take this word from me, whenever I see your post! You're so creative, so talented, Kathysue!

It looked amazing last years and it will again this years. Please, enjoy every second with your mom. I wish I was w/ mine too (she lives in Brazil). Have a great time, sweetie.

Have a blessed weekend,


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Karen said...

I hope you give that husband of yours a big hug and kiss for making the star of your Thanksgiving table. I can't wait to see how it looks when the whole table is ready.

Have a great time with your mom next week!