A Pink Thanksgiving

It’s that time again! Week 2 of the DIY blog party {Kim of NewlyWoodwards fame}.

Thank you for your help with Friday’s poll. 70% of you should be pleased with the direction I chose this week, the remaining 30% . . . well, I compromised. Kinda. {30% of readers seemed like an awful lot to disappoint, so I think you’ll notice a nod to my “Thanksgiving Picnic” theme.}

First, lets recap on Week #2’s mission: Dare to… entertain!

Show us your table! If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, take this opportunity to make your table look great. Bring out your dishes and napkins and set your table. I promise you that it will make you smile every time you walk by. Get creative and use new things. Or go true DIY and make something totally new.

Without further adieu, I bring you {drum roll please…….} DUN duh DUN!!!



This table was inspired by the china {Rosebud by Spode, I believe}.


Pink & yellow aren’t your usual autumnal colors but why not?


It’s been unseasonably warm here in Jersey, so I envisioned this small dinner or dessert outside in the backyard with a fire roaring nearby.


While I’m not usually a pink person, I think it’s cheery & bright. The texture of the fabric – corduroy keeps it seasonal.


The china originally belonged to my Great Uncle John before he handed it down to me. He past away 11 days ago.


I’m thankful I have these dishes to remind me what a gracious person he was.


The dishes are accented with vintage {some antique} sterling silverware. The intentional use of varied patterns was to keep things from getting overly formal.


Bread plates stayed stacked, waiting to be passed out as needed once the food hit the table.


As did the coffee cups. {Uncle John always drank coffee; every meal, no matter what time. I don’t think I ever remember him drinking water.} Cream & sugar waiting patiently as well.


Vintage pumpkin shaped goblets {from my mom’s stash} await your cold beverage of choice. White wine, perhaps?


The centerpiece ~ a bright yellow metal tree from IKEA ~ is a little wacky and a lot of fun. The cheery color pulls from the yellow in china while the branches hold messages of thankfulness.


Guests would take a leaf, write what they’re thankful for on the back, and then hang it on the tree.


Mismatched chairs in the same dark wood tone finished things off.


Don’t forget to head on over to the NewlyWoodwards and check out everyone else’s tables!

Dare to DIY

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20 Responses to A Pink Thanksgiving

  1. Shannon says:

    OK, I don’t know where to start. The colors are so unexpected and make me happy. It’s formal enough for T-giving but it’s fun and quirky and it all just works awesomely. Another amazing job!

  2. Kim says:

    I love it all. And, I love that it’s outside! So pretty. And such a great nod to someone who sounds like a wonderful and generous man. I love the pattern on the china, it’s truely gorgeous. DId oyu pick up the cord tablecloth or did you have it?

    And, loving the contrast of the yellow branch in the middle. You are a clever thing.

    Thanks for joining in again, I love seeing what you come up with. So fresh.

    • I didn’t buy a thing! One of the major deciding factors when I was pulling everything together was it had to come from our stock of stuff. Luckily I did this at my mom’s house. Her stash rivals Eddie Ross!

  3. This is gorgeous and so unexpected! Way to think outside of the traditional Thanksgiving box!

  4. Lily says:

    A fitting tribute to Uncle John – glad you went with his china!

  5. Abbey G. says:

    This is AMAZING! I love every piece and the story behind the china. What a wonderful way to remember someone special.

  6. So festive! I love the thankful tree and those goblets. Pretty pretty!

  7. Emily says:

    A pink Thanksgiving! How fun. I love the china – the floral pattern against everything else is so unexpected and pretty.

  8. Jennifer says:

    i am SO hearting that china! what a lovely reminder of your uncle – who apparently had great style as well!

  9. longbrakeliving says:

    This is so fabulously unexpected, fun, thoughtful and full of family! Even though this is “untraditional,” I think you hit the nail on the head with the feeling of this table — it incorporates everything Thanksgiving should be about!

  10. lisa says:

    Wow! An outside Thanksgiving…how fun. 🙂 This is lovely! Your dishes are so beautiful and so is your photography. That Thankful tree is my FAVORITE part though!

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  12. Christi says:

    your thankful tree is beautifully executed.

  13. Mandy says:

    I love it! the china is so pretty, the corduroy tablecloth is genius…it’s all great!

  14. jplusn says:

    what a great looking table … i really like the mix of all the pieces … also love the idea of eating dinner outside … so fun 🙂
    cheers ~n

  15. I love the pink and the yellow. What an unexpected color combination for Thanksgiving, the china is gorgeous too!

  16. stephanie says:

    looks great!! love the mismatched silverware – very unique and very you! what a great remembrance of your great uncle.

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