Goodness gracious! I should have never asked all of you what your favorite Thanksgiving food was. I got sooo hungry reading all your comments in part 2! From coconut cake to green bean casserole to cranberry salads and everything good in between, you named a bunch of delicious dishes. It was fun reading all the various things that are served around the country! 🙂
For our final stop on this Thanksgiving tour, we are coming in the side door today. (The one for family and friends. 🙂 ) A reader asked me how that wreath on the door was constructed. I am not really sure. I purchased it at Target last fall, and it looks like it has leaves made from birch bark that are glued onto a grapevine wreath. (I just added the orange ribbon and bow.)
Come on in the door, and drop off your coat if you need to.
We are going down this little hallway…
through the dining room that you saw in part 2…
and out onto the back screened in porch.
When I transitioned from Halloween to Thanksgiving decorating, I moved the pumpkin pillow from the family room sofa to the one out here.
The pumpkin plates that were on the porch table for Halloween are now in the wall arrangement.
I did this month’s chalkboard appropriately with the lyrics to a Thanksgiving hymn.
(One of my favorites for the season. 🙂 )
The drink dispenser stands waiting to serve sweet tea…
while this arrangement of mums and pumpkins balances the other end of the buffet table.
And now to the porch’s Thanksgiving table.
stole borrowed the plaid tablecloth, plaid salad plates, and candle holders from my husband’s upstairs office. You may remember these items from a hiking party we hosted around this same time last year.
Do you remember there is a set of Table Topics cards in the giveaway? Well I put one card at each place setting and the remainder of them in the centerpiece. They make for great talk around the table. 🙂
I’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up, my family had a large pecan orchard, and each November my parents, siblings, and I would pick up the pecans that fell from those trees. As I recall, our orchard was mostly of the Moneymaker variety, along with a few rows of Stuart, and a couple of random Schley trees. My father needed the nuts picked up, and it was a way for us children to earn Christmas shopping money.
So every November, I remember racing my brother, Mike and my sister, Paula to see who could fill up their bucket first and who would have the most when we would weigh in at the end of the day. As a nod to that long-ago chore, I put small bags of pecans on the table at each place setting. Raw nuts (out of their shells) would probably be more appreciated, but I used the ones in the shells because they evoke such a memory for me (and probably for my side of the family as well.)
And that brings us to the end of this year’s Thanksgiving tour. Thank you so much for coming to visit! I hope you enjoyed seeing all the orange and brown decor with its recycled Halloween pumpkins. Can you believe it is only a week until Thanksgiving??! We are still looking at temperatures in the 80’s here, so it just does not seem possible that Thanksgiving should be so close. 🙁
And finally, you have one last chance to get your name in for the Thanksgiving giveaway before it closes. To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 11/11/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 11/17/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post. I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date. (You can read more details about the items here.)
I am going to close with another question today to make it easy for you to leave a comment…
If you could have any view from your back porch, what would it be?
Can’t wait to read your answers!
(And good luck in the contest. 🙂 )