I asked the question on my Facebook page, “Do you use real plates or paper plates for Thanksgiving?” Everyone that answered said they use real.
Well, I have a somewhat large family.
I don’t have enough real china for everyone.
If you have been reading my blog long enough, you know I hate, despise, can not stand clean-up.
I don’t like clean-up. Oh, I mentioned that already!
Besides, I live in the country so why not use Country China?
What is country China, you ask?
GASP!!! Yes, I’m using paper plates.
But, that doesn’t mean my table isn’t beautiful and festive, if I do say so myself. (This post is dedicated to all of you who have large families, hate clean-up as much as I do and live in the country.)
You see, I went to my near by Dollar General and found all the Thanksgiving items for 25% off and starting that day and additional 50% was also taken off. In other words, originally $1 each pumpkin sold for .37 cents! The pumpkins came with the flowers stuck in the top of them. When I pulled the flowers out, it left a hole and I had to fill the holes with something.
The candle was made by lighting a tea candle and letting some of the wax melt. Then I stuck an emergency candle in the melted wax and held it in place a few seconds. (Emergency candles is come in a pack of 12 for $1 and are shorter.)
Here are a couple of more close-ups.
Now for my finest country china!
I gave the plates a little touch of glamour by writing “Give Thanks” with a gold marker all around the edge. (Hint: if you do this, do one side first, let it dry then come back and do the other side. It keeps you from smearing the ink before it gets a chance to dry.)
After searching Pinterest and finding nine name cards I like, I settled on the twigs. I picked the worst day to collect them; rainy and cold and windy. The berries are off the dogwood tree. No names, just another reminder to give thanks!
Yes, I kept all the baby spoons my children used.
So did you!
This display is on the hutch. The doors are from the hutch in my den. I would love to put real branches with leaves on them in the vase, but I’m afraid they will all be gone by Thanksgiving. Faux will have to do.
I thought Miss May was bringing me a Thanksgiving present!
I don’t think that what we eat off of is all that important. I think it is about who we share the meal with that is important. So, whether your family eats off of real china or uses fine country china, give thanks for the ones enjoying the meal with you.
Until next time,
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