At long last, Thanksgiving is upon us. And though we know it’s important to show our gratitude every day of the year, it feels especially special to have a full day dedicated to just that. So thank you, our loyal readers, for being so incredibly wonderful and supportive. We couldn’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t want to do it without each and every one of you! And to show our thanks, we’re doing it the best we know how: with a whole lot of pretty. From Ruth Eileen  and Poppy Loves Weddings, specifically. You may want to join us in the whimsical, picture-perfect, overflowing gallery.


From Maya from Poppy Love Weddings… The idea behind this shoot was of a newlywed couple’s first Thanksgiving dinner. Building new traditions together is what the holiday season is all about – gathering with family and friends, honoring the past and embracing your bright future. I was inspired by the brighter array of colors this fall and by the preppy casualness of a hunting lodge. I liked the idea of playing up the quirkiness factor by adding in animal portrait dinnerware, porcelain hedgies and hand crafted clay mushrooms atop mossy birch logs. A cedar branch table runner offered an earthy base for a delightful tablescape. The main centerpiece consisted of lovely porcelain doe & rabbit head vases and a large birch pot filled to the brim with hydrangea, dahlias, bells of Ireland thistle & brunia. A scattering of pinecones, deer antler sheds and spotted feathers provided the finishing touches.

I imagined inviting your guests to enjoy a delicious feast beside a forest pond, building a toasty bonfire complete with flannel blankets and tossed pillows, then serving up tempting seasonal treats like maple glazed donut holes (they look so pretty piled up on a cake platter!) and hot apple cider.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Event Design: Poppy Loves Weddings | Floral Design: Poppy Loves Weddings | Doe & Deer Head Vases And Porcelain Hedgehogs: Anthropologie | Forest Animal Place Card Holders : Potterybarn | Lantern Tealight Holders: Jamali Garden Supply | Table Linens, Dinnerware, And Flatware: West Elm

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