Next week all across the country families and friends will gather to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for. Could that sound any sweeter? Though large gatherings usually also involve a little stress for the host, I know that we all love this special holiday! I think there is so much beauty in gathering around a table. I recently started following Bri McKoy and she has such a beautiful take on this. She provides so much inspiration for the impactful things that can happen when people gather around a meal. As someone who travels with Compassion she sees this even when you don’t share a language. We also see in Scripture that so many of Jesus’ teachings took place around a table with food in front of them. I am someone who loves being invited into other peoples homes! I love a good coffee shop, but sitting on a friends couch with a cup from her own coffee pot is so much sweeter! This month has been a huge reminder of the beauty of hospitality, something I want to cultivate more in my own heart and life.
With all of that said, it may seem superficial to think about the decor, yet I disagree. I think putting effort into presentation can often express a gratitude and love for the people joining you. A trait I definitely learned from my Mother, who is the master of making a home and table welcoming through it’s beauty. Today I wanted to round up a few tablescapes that are simple and inexpensive to put together! No matter what is adorning your table, it is about the people and hearts around it. But here is a little inspiration just for fun!
I love the way a simple stack of white plates pop! Whether you can layer dishes, or place a charger under the plates (or even every other plate) it just amplifies the whole look! Greenery (check Trader Joe’s for inexpensive florals!) and a few candles down the middle are all you need for a knock out centerpiece! Once the candles are lit and the food and drinks are mixed in, the whole table will feel warm and inviting! For a little pop you can tie string around the napkin, ribbon around the utensils, or lay a piece of extra greenery on the napkin! Play some soft Frank Sinatra (or Christmas music if you are like me!) in the background and no one will want to leave! If you live in a warmer climate, I love the idea of moving your table to the backyard! For us Michiganders, I think we will stick to our cozy sweaters and indoor gatherings!
No matter where your gathering is, or what your table looks like we are wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!