November 23, 2019

favorite Thanksgiving table ideas

Thanksgiving is only five days away, so this is the weekend to start planning, especially if you’re hosting! We always host a group of about nine for the big day. It’s all close family, so there’s not too much pressure with décor and cooking.  

I stick to our family favorites when it comes to the menu, and we all have certain dishes we can’t do without. Mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey... not sure I can pick just one that stands out above the rest. It's all about those combined flavors on the plate for me!  

When it comes to setting the table, I usually like to combine past looks I’ve done which works out great because I mix and match from tablescapes that were most memorable. I plan on setting my table on Sunday, so I’m going through photos today for inspiration. 

I like to gather elements first and then style from there. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescape looks from the last several years for you to take a look at. What elements and tables stand out the most? 

Please stop by again next week for the final reveal of our Thanksgiving table. I do plan on using some pretty new napkin rings I received from Vagabond House and my favorite Serena & Lily napkins together as an accent on the dinner plates. From there, we’ll see... 


ciao! fabiana 

You can check it out some of my favorite tableware here, 
at Tablescaping Essentials*. 

*affiliate links used. 

November 22, 2019

a fresh and pretty thanksgiving table

Setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table is so easy with pretty tableware from Serena & Lily

I'm so in love with these chic Cove Rattan Lanterns! And also among my top picks for my fall inspired tablescape are these classic S&L Papaya Mayberry napkins and raffia placemats which are the perfect additions to this fresh table setting.

Pretty claret colored mums accented with soft peachy spray roses set the tone for this fresh and pretty fall table. 

This arrangement is simply gathered together with some seeded eucalyptus and then nestled into a vintage white pitcher. So easy to pull off!

But seriously, can we talk about those Cove Rattan Lanterns? I chose a set of two of these medium sized pagoda-shaped lanterns, and seriously…
I’m in love!

They'll make a statement any time of year, and I can’t wait to use them on my Christmas table as well.

Besides the flowers, I brought in just a touch of color with these sweet and classic Mayberry napkins in the color Papaya. They offer the perfect hue of orangey-red that I love for fall.

Over the past two years, I’ve invested in a set of eight Serena & Lily Riviera side chairs that I bought four at a time. They’ve proven to be favorites in our household. They’re quite comfortable, clean up nicely and look amazing.

Best of all, they have that classic french bistro look that is so cozy indoors and out!

Petite white pumpkins aka “Baby Boos” add a whimsical touch to this Thanksgiving table and provide the perfect reminder of my favorite holiday.

The round raffia placemats add the ideal amount of texture to this whole look. Their braided pattern works for special occasions as well as everyday family dinners. 

Tablescapes always look their best when there are varying textures to catch the eye, as subtle as it may be.    

Our kitchen nook is large enough to accommodate eight comfortably and you can’t beat the lighting in this room…

it’s perfect!

I brought out our treasured and delicate heirloom crystal glasses to add that vintage touch to the table. These were inherited from my husband’s family, and I think they're almost 100 years old.

This set of silverware was a wedding gift, and I really don’t use it often enough! It’s so classic and works well with the Serena and Lily vibe we have going here.  

Candlelight always adds the perfect amount of ambiance to a gathering, and as the day progresses into evening, this tablescape is only enhanced by the beauty of these flickering flames.

Here are my picks of favorite Serena & Lily tabletop items that I just couldn’t live without. Stay tuned next month as I style these same items for a fanciful and festive Christmas table.

 ciao! fabiana

This article originally appeared on my blog on October 28, 2018

Disclaimer:  I received some of these Serena & Lily tabletop items for free and all opinions are truly my own.

November 21, 2019

fun and affordable hostess gifts

Thanksgiving ushers in the season for family gatherings and holiday parties. As a guest, it’s always thoughtful to bring the hostess a little gift in appreciation of all the effort made in putting on a festive party. I love to stock up on beautiful hostess gifts, and today I want to share a few of my favorites with you. 

Here’s a select group of items that I just love. From candy to candles, there’s something here for everyone.  
9 Useful & Affordable Hostess Gifts  

  1. 1. CHRISTMAS TREAT TRAY - A sentimental saying on a pretty little platter. Perfect for appetizers or for holding cookies for Santa under the tree.  

2. SET OF 3 BRASS CANDLE HOLDERS – Simple in style and design, these lovely taper candle holders will look great on a table or mantel any time of the year.   

3. NEST FRAGRANCES MOROCCAN AMBER CANDLE – I received this candle for my birthday in October, and it’s been the scent of the season. One of my favorites! 

4. TABLETOPICS PARTY GAME – Get the conversation started at the dinner table with thought-provoking questions that inspire the best kinds of interaction at family gatherings and holiday parties. A great way to break the ice. 

5. SEE’S CANDIES – A gift-giving tradition in our household... a one pound box of See’s Chocolates is always a welcomed treat! My favorites are the Nuts & Chews. 

6. GLASS CLOCHE WITH TREE ORNAMENTS – A lovely set of two bottle brush trees enclosed in glass makes the perfect gift for a friend during the Christmas season. 

7. HELLO WEEKEND LARGE SHOPPING TOTE – This vintage style jute burlap tote even has an inner pocket to keep your wallet and keys contained. 

8. FARMHOUSE STRIPE LINEN TOWEL SET – Pretty as a picture and great as a kitchen towel, hand towel or guest towel.   

9. MEYER LEMON HAND SOAP & LOTION – So useful this time of the year, and this scent by Williams-Sonoma is my absolute favorite! 

I hope my suggestions for hostess gifts are helpful. As part of a bigger Holiday Gift Guide, I’m joining six of my blogging friends for more holiday gift suggestions, including gifts for the traveler, avid reader, and great gifts under $25.  

I hope my suggestions for hostess gifts are helpful. As part of a bigger Holiday Gift Guide, I’m joining six of my blogging friends for more holiday gift suggestions, including gifts for the traveler, avid reader, and great gifts under $25. 

Please stop by and check out their creative suggestions as well... 

ciao! fabiana 

You can also check out Tablescaping Essentials here.

*affiliate links used. 


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