So Very Grateful
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Yes, it's been a year, but gratitude is what brings us silver linings. I am so very grateful for so many things. Staying home has led to nightly family dinners, weekly bonfires, game nights, movies & popcorn by the fire--it slowed us down and brought us back together. I feared what covid would mean to Molly Hirsch Interiors, but my amazing clients were so willing to adapt and move forward. Zoom calls, delivered packages full of samples and outdoor meetings kept all of our projects on track. I'm so very grateful for my friends, family and clients because I feel the love in both aspects of my life--personal and business--and really, isn't that what it is all about?
Thanksgiving is going to look a bit different this year, but we are doing all that we can to
make it special and keep with our traditions. We've emailed recipes, we've scheduled Zoom calls, and we've set our table. My favorite part, hands down, is setting the table. I love to layer, use untraditional materials and arrange the flowers. It does not need to be complicated to be special! I use our everyday dishes, flowers from the supermarket and a fun table covering. This year, I used a piece of one of my favorite fabrics--just cut straight from the bolt, salvage and all. The under skirt is a bed spread from Ikea--bed spreads are great because they are big, you can find very inexpensive ones and they come in a wide range of colors and patterns. I've even used blankets in the past for table toppers.
The seagrass placemats, the grey plates and the napkins (actually dishtowels) are all from Ikea. The white plates are our every day dishes and I love them because they have a touch of pattern for interest, but are simple, classic and so easy to dress up.
I went with white flowers from our local grocery store (hydrangea and spider mums) and blue thistle and hypericum berries in different shades. I used old wooden candlesticks from my favorite aunt to add some warmth to the table and I always think of her when I see them. Sue was big on candles and cloth napkins in silver napkin rings for weeknight dinners. She loved to make everyday special and I love to have reminders of her throughout the house to remember to enjoy everyday. I gathered some of our beach rocks (our summer treasures) and coral votive holders (I scored those at a tag sale years ago and used them all the time) to finish it off.
I wanted to do a visual version of the "what are you thankful for" question that we ask every year. I made some tags for everyone to fill in and then we are hanging them on a branch used as decoration on the sideboard. I took the same tags and made them bigger for our place cards (yes, it will be just the 4 of us for dinner, but we can still go all out, right?).
Below, I'm putting the links to the items mentioned, the tag and place card printables and my all time favorite dessert recipe. An apple cheese torte--basically a cross between a cheesecake and an apple pie with a shortbread crust. It is so simple to make, so very delicious, but is it so beautiful they will think you went all out this year rising you to rockstar status.
I hope that you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!
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