last year’s dining room, holiday plans & turkey sushi
Okay, so don’t turn me in to the blog police or anything but I’m recycling an old post.
This was our holiday dining room last year in Canada.
Since I had all of about seven followers back then, I thought I could get away with recycling.
I had a winter wonderland kind of theme going on with wood tones, burlap, white, silver and mercury glass.
I found the pinecone garland (crate&barrel) new in the package at Goodwill. I made the sheet music ornaments and the glittery ornaments came from Dollarama and Wal-Mart. I made the burlap and ticking stockings.
The cool white tool box was found at a garage sale and I stenciled 1225 for Christmas in grey and sanded it.
The basket was a garage sale find and the “gifts” are shoe boxes and cereal boxes wrapped in kraft paper and sheet music.
The bar cart below was a roadside rescue that I spray painted white.
All of the platters over the mantel (which I got for free at a garage sale and spray painted white) were thrift store finds.
Tablescapes are my favorite. That’s the only thing I miss about having a formal dining room. I had seasonal tablescapes on the dining room table year round. Well actually, we have a formal dining room but it’s been converted to a billiards room which gets much more use!
The chair back covers were made from canvas and ticking stripe fabric. The how-to is in this post, and in case you are wondering…yes it does involve a hot glue gun. 😉
Most of the cake plates came from thrift stores. The little Christmas trees on top of the china cabinet came from Goodwill!
All of the tureens and white creamers came from thrift stores.
I’m slowing things down around here for the remainder of the year. I’ll post here and there but I really want to enjoy the holidays with my family and not have the pressure of posting every day.
We are taking our first family cruise for Christmas and New Year’s so I’m keeping the decorating to a minimum. Shocker. I know. I don’t even think I’ll put our tree up. Just stockings and wreaths and such.
I’m excited for Thanksgiving this year, too. We’ve gotten gypped out of Thanksgiving living in Canada the past three years. They celebrate Thanksgiving at the beginning of October which felt waaaayyyyy too early, so we didn’t do that. But then when our Thanksgiving rolled around, that didn’t feel right either.
This year we are travelling to Ohio to Jim’s sister’s house. I can’t wait to see my niece and nephew and sister-in-law and brother-in-law who we haven’t seen in a long while!
The second best thing about the trip is that I don’t have to cook the turkey! The last time I made a turkey for Thanksgiving, let’s just say it resembled sushi more that turkey. It was a little under cooked. 😉 The rest of the food was a disaster as well. I’ll never as long as I live forget what my nephew, Walker said after that meal…”But the rolls were good, Aunt Susan.” 🙂 Yep, that was about the only saving grace from that debacle.
I have, however, volunteered to bring some desserts. So if you have any tried and true Thanksgiving dessert recipes you wouldn’t mind sharing with me, I’d be ever-so grateful! Just leave it in the comments, or shoot me an e-mail.
Well, I’ve rambled on enough here.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Check back early next week for one of my favorite finds!