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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Some of you know that we host 30 family members in our home for Thanksgiving, so I’ve been doing a lot of preparin’ for the gatherin’, and I’m sharing some of my preparations on this post.
Table for 10 in the family room.
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Table for 8 in the sunroom.
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I love using these Fall platters as chargers/placemats.  Some of you may recall that I got them at an auction last year for $6.00 each.  When I told the auctioneer I wanted all six of them, everybody acted like I was crazy and wanted to know what I was going to do with six platters.  I hope they read my blog, because I know they will be so sorry they didn’t buy the platters.
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Table for 4 in front of the fireplace.
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Table for 3 in front of the bookshelves.
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One of the Children’s tables (the other one is identical) with edible centerpiece and tags to record what they are thankful for.
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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

ellen b. said...

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Laurie!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so pretty! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Unknown said...

I'm ashamed of myself for worring about the 9 family members I'm having when you are having 30..shame,shame,shame...I shall not be crazy and enjoy my small gathering..if Laurie can handle 30 I can go forth with 9..many blessing to you my friend..and wish you a blessed day...

Sonny G said...

If anyone can have 30 folks and do it well, you are the one Sweetie.

It all looks so beautiful and I know your guests will be amazed and busy looking at every detail..

Happy Thanksgiving to You and your Family..


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving...and it sounds like you will!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun gathering! Your tables are all lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!
hugs, Linda

Carrie said...

You've prepared such a wonderful, warm and festive setting for family and friends!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Laurie, how wonderful that you have 30 people coming for Thanksgiving! You are so blessed with family and friends, and the gift of hospitality. Everything looks so beautiful! Using the platters is a wonderful idea! Best wishes to all of you as you gather together.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG its just all so gorgeous Laurie! Each and every table is decked out so perfectly! Love your linens and all your fun turkey decor!
Your family is so blessed to have you my friend!!!!Happy Thanksgiving with hugs,


OMG! I'd lover to go to your home for Thanksgiving in either beautiful table! I love all your transfer dishes and the beautiful elements on each of your tables! Take it easy and enjoy every minute with your 30 guests, wow! Happy Thanksgiving anf God bless you all.

Debbie said...

After scrolling through this very slowly, I have chosen my seat. It's in front of the fireplace.

What? I forgot to tell you I was coming? Better make the one in front of the bookshelves seat four so you can make room.

Sarah said...

Laurie, I love the idea of these beautiful tables set about your lovely home. I want to be at the table in front of the fire place. ;-)
Glad you got those chargers. They look terrific. I know you and your family are going to enjoy this time together. You make such wonderful family memories at your home. Lucky family!
Happy Thanksgiving! ~ sarah

Helen said...

Your handiwork deserves a magazine cover ... or an entire spread!
Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is amazing. Everything looks perfect! I am happy to serve our family of six. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and take some time to enjoy your meal. Next up: Christmas

Kathleen said...

It all looks wonderful! I would love to be a guest in your home, your tables look so welcoming! I know you all will have a wonderful time. And when it comes to cleaning up, I think it would be good to have a sling "handy" for your hand, and declare it is rest time for you!

I used the pan too! I used a new pumpkin recipe, have no idea how it will taste! The worst thing that can happen is I don't get assigned dessert next year! :)
Yours came out great!

Blessings to you dear friend, enjoy that wonderful family, they are so blessed to have you!

Gloria said...

Laurie! Oh my, everything looks wonderful! I am sure that your whole family is going to love what you did for them, going all out like that. But I'm sure they know you will make everything gorgeous and are grateful for you already! I hope you and yours have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Susan Freeman said...

Fabulous as always Laurie! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Susan and Bentley

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, What a wonderful setting. You make everything very special.
Just wanted to stop by and wish you a blessed Thanksgiving.
Much love to you and yours,
Celestina Marie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how wonderful and festive -- there were 30 people thankful to be sitting at your fun tables --- and bunches more that get a "peek" on your blog!

Dawn Marie said...

how do u do it? Beautiful

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Wow, Laurie! Each table looks so beautiful. I'm sure your gathering was lovely.

And I love your idea of using those gorgeous platters s chargers/placemats! Brilliant!!