Friday, November 12, 2010

Modern Thanksgiving Decorating

My Grandma Jan went bonkers every holiday.  She had a separate basement storage area for all of her decorations.   I can remember pulling out Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations box, after box, after box.   What I remember most about Grandma Jan’s decorations were how literal they were.   For Christmas, there were a heck of a lot of Santa’s.   For Thanksgiving, there sure were a lot of pilgrims.    Don’t get me wrong – I love Santa’s and Pilgrims, but what I like about modern decorating is that the interpretation is less literal and people everywhere seem to be playing around with different approaches. 
Our designer Susan D’Anna seems to have a great eye for modern decorating.   Her ideas are super chic.  She created this table setting for Thanksgiving.   The colors and patterns are so up to date. 

Once again Susan created a centerpiece tree.  (Check out her Halloween one here: ).    On this one, she has acorn ornaments and PSA Hello Kitty Trick or Treat stamped ornaments dangling from the limbs.  

These modern dish top place cards are would be perfect for a small Thanksgiving party.  Use the first letter of the person’s name to indicate seating.  Susan used PSA Vanilla Peel & Stick stamps for lettering here. 

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 14 days away?

Supply Spot Light:
Hello Kitty Peel & Stick (PSA Essentials), Lower Case Letters Peel & Stick (PSA Essentials). Paper: brown constructions paper (Creatology), purple textured scrapbook paper (Bazzill Basics), 11x17 laser jet paper with pattern printed on it (Hammermill). Tools: Tape (Scotch Brand), Scalloped Stamp Punch (Fiskars). Other: Gold Glitter Glue (Colle Scintilante), brown ribbon (Spoole O’Ribbon), brown pom-poms (Creatology), glass jar (Ball), purple and brown wood shavings (manufacturer unknown), rocks and acorns and branch.


  1. Wow - what a lovely table she created! love those pleated circles!

  2. I just looooove that centerpiece tree! And the rosettes on the plates is a genius idea, I love the whole thing together!!