Friday, November 18, 2011

Stress Free Thanksgiving- Table Setting (Mini Tutorial)

I have been talking about a stress free Thanksgiving on here and what do I do? Stress the hell out! I had a moment about a week ago where I sat and bawled because I realized that I didn't have nice glasses or enough matching silverware. And I'm not just talking just a little cry, I'm talking ugly pregnant lady who can't get her craving kind of crying! I'm sure my kids were waiting for my head to start spinning around. But the strange part was that I started laughing at myself, while still crying, because I knew I was being ridiculous! Oye! So after a talk with my sister-in-law, who talked me down from the ledge, I made a plan and took care of it, as well as a few surprises along the way.

I went to Walmart and got a package of 16 glasses for $9.99. I was super stoked because they're pretty and heavy duty and I have enough for everyone to have a matching glass.
I also got these wine glasses, we aren't sure if they're supposed to be red wine or brandy glasses, but they will do and I have enough for everyone. I got two 4 packs for $5/each, also at Walmart.
Now I was going to make do with the silverware that I have, they aren't the best, but they would work. Then I got a call from my mom saying she has a gift for me. When I was a kid and my mom would entertain, she would get out her nice silverware. It was a set enough for 16, in a fancy box and they are gold plated, not my favorite, but I have so many good memories of family dinners while using the fancy stuff. She gave them to me. Seriously! They have been packed away for a good 15 years and are in great condition. I am so thrilled to have these to share with my family and continue on with the tradition.
Another thing that I realized that I didn't have was a Gravy Boat. Tragic, I know. So I went over to Goodwill's Christmas sale they had last weekend and I found this. I LOVE the detail on this. It's so pretty, very fancy and goes with my colors! I got it for $1.99.
I also was worried about small serving plates. I have the big one, the salad plate, but I wanted another smaller one so everyone could have their own butter slab so we aren't all waiting for the butter to get passed around. I got a set of six of these for $.49 a piece at Goodwill.
Now for a mini tutorial. I have never needed napkin rings before (we are a paper napkin kind of family) but I wanted something to hold the new white napkins I got. So I dug through my craft stuff and remembered that I had a set of about 37 of these basic grapevine circles. Not sure if they are supposed to be napkin rings or what but I am using them for that. Now get your favorite berry garland and snip on enough to wrap around the ring and VOILA! Festive napkin rings.
Here is the place setting of what I'm going to use. I am making a table runner, but we aren't going to have any place mats and I love how warm everything looks together!
Hope you are all having a great week! It's snowing here and I caved and let the kids start watching Christmas movies. I held out longer than I thought I would. I still have a few more recipes to share, show you my table runner, centerpiece, skirt and the kids' table!
Stay Tuned!


  1. Although I am more a fan of silver than gold I have to say, Im loving the gold plated cutlery set your mom gave you. It looks fabulous with your newly crafted napkin rings. Happy Thanksgiving! (we had ours last month as I live in Canada)



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