Tables for Turkeys

This year my husband and I have decided to open up our home to everyone who doesn't have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving. I love the idea of having people over for a holiday like that. I spent few holidays alone but the ones that I did I wish there had been somewhere to go to. I love hosting people; it is one of my favourite things.

Another thing I love is table settings. I have no idea why, but every time we had people over, as a child, my mother always got me to set the table. I'm not sure if I loved it before that or not, but I love it now. I can't imagine life without candles, so there are always plenty on the table along with whatever I have found that season that fits. This year I have to start from scratch. Without my mother's collection of candles and trinkets to help me out, I had an excuse to splurge a bit and get a few things I love.  

I shopped around a bit before choosing pieces I liked. The antler candle holder was a last year's find at The Bay. The pumpkins are from Aldor Acres and are one of the cheapest ways to decorate. Little pumpkins are anywhere from $0.25 - $3.00, so you can buy lots of them for a little. The table runner and water jugs I found at my new favourite store in Fort Langley called Living Room, and everything else is either from Urban Barn or Chapters. 

Shopping for table decor can be so fun but also overwhelming, grab a friend or your husband and have a good time with it. I suggest looking for pieces you can use for multiple seasons. The wooden placemats, from Chapters, can be used in both Fall and Winter and as decoration in Spring and Summer. Pumpkins are pretty seasonal, but they start to get mushy regardless, so it is probably for the better. Table runners can be used all seasons as well, but I would recommend a neutral colour if you plan on keeping it year round. 

The decoration aspect is important to me but having an incredible meal with the people I love is the most important. Decor with come and go but family is forever. Have fun with the decor but cherish your family and friends most. Happy Thanksgiving. 

Marika Lin

Surrey, BC, Canada