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Setting the table for Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving holiday. Sharing a Thanksgiving meal is a family tradition and for me setting the table is like setting the stage for a great meal and conversation. This year, I was inspired to use my left over Halloween pumpkins and a quick trip to the flowermart provided some directional color scheming. I matched the color of the pumpkins to a pop of orange in some freshly picked persimmons. I dropped in some gold leafing for a touch of elegance and anchored the table with white pillar candles and white napkins.

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With two kids this year, I was looking for shortcuts when it came to a table setting. After years of dry-cleaning my placemats, I discovered paper placemats and I instantly became a fan. I use them both for the everyday dinning and special occasions. Featured on the table (above) are Confetti Paper Placemats. You can even customize them though the Paper Source for events such as birthday parties or weddings. There are so many different paper placemat options on the market now and they are great for kids who like to color! I keep a few different designs in my linen drawer for all occasions and the best part of using them – the end of the night they go in the recycling.

I love using persimmons when they are in season on my table for a beautiful pop of orange. Costco has them at a great price in bulk and they are found just about everywhere right now. They make for a great addition to a cheese plate if you get a few extra. I picked up some gold leaf trim for an added sparkle on-top of mini pumpkin centerpieces at the flowermart. You can also spray paint some gold leaf if you want to have a quick crafty solution for some added gold.

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DIY Mini Pumpkin Center Pieces:

What you will need: 3-5 small pumpkins (purchased at the grocery store) // Mellon ball scooper (remove the seeds) // Oasis // Three different types of flowers trimmed with a 4” stem //

Steps for assembly (10 minutes): Cut the top off the tops of the pumpkins and remove seeds with melon baller. Cut oasis to fit inside pumpkin and then soak in water. Clean flowers and leave 4” stem. Assemble by sticking flowers in oasis inside pumpkin. Try to cover all sides so that the flowers are spilling outside the pumpkin.

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I could not resist making a flower crown for Strawberry Blonded with the left over flowers. I can hear the bells from the kitchen as she runs down the hall wearing her crown no doubt ruling her kingdom.

From my table to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

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