This Fall, my husband and I purchased our first home as a married couple. Derek and I had both previously owned a home before, but this was the first one where we both signed at the dotted line and accepted the keys to our quite literal, dream home. This is of course, a whole other story, but from the moment we put those keys in the lock and I saw my son wander around the spaces where his childhood memories would be created and stored, I became…. a nut case. Not what you were expecting I’d say? Haha, well what I mean by that is I became, for lack of better word, obsessed with curating each and every space in this home. This started with our kitchen, living and dining rooms. The reason being? The holidays of course!
We’ve lived a plane ride away from our families for over 5 years and have grown accustomed to planning our holidays around trips home. But when we had Charlie, the idea of cultivating holiday memories for him in our own space became a driving force and since then, we have made a point to stay home for the holidays. However, the word home was pretty fluid as we rented two different spaces in two very different neighborhoods in that timeframe, so it never really felt right. Like we were creating memories as guests in a space that would one day be grayed and dim when recalled in our memories. This year I can already feel will be different. We are making this house ours, slowly but surely, and that makes the idea of the impending holidays that much cheerier. And for some reason is also bringing out the Susy Homemaker in me that I thought had packed up and left since the time I tried to decorate my first post-college apartment.
Get to the point, Dani, geeze! Well to start off the holiday season, Gabi and both of her Brocks are coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving. I am beyond excited to have them for the week and to get to create cousin memories with Charlie and Little B. When the Morris flights were booked I immediately began day dreaming; Gabi and I baking pies in the kitchen with the sounds of football and little boy squeals in the background, playing cards around our coffee table over harvest ciders after the boys go to bed, everyone talking at once and laughing as we pass family recipes around the table in white ceramic serving dishes… serving dishes… table… CRAP! I have absolutely 0% of the dishware/flatware/anything-ware to host a large, once-a-year dinner. This made me turn my obsessive tendencies over to table settings for the holidays. And (maybe) lucky for you, this led me to making design boards for said table settings that I thought I would share with anyone who might be like me this year; a hostess with not the mostest… not even the someest. So here you go, here are four place settings I came up with. Two are more Thanksgiving themed, while two lean more towards Christmas. A bonus: about 98% of it is from Target so all my basic B’s out there have a one-stop shop… and an excuse to roam the aisles of our sanctuary for a few hours.
FOUR HOLIDAY PLACE SETTINGS THAT WILL SET YOUR TABLE ON FIRE
Not literally… come on guys…
HOLIDAY PLACE SETTING 1
This table/place setting is full-blown Thanksgiving. Even though we have a foot of snow on the ground, the items in this design board were inspired by the colors and feelings of Fall… complete with turkey cameo. I’ve listed the items by number and linked to them below the image.
HOLIDAY PLACE SETTING 2
This place setting is what I like to call the holiday hack. It is more subtle and could definitely be pulled off for both Thanksgiving and Christmas… aka what I will probably buy.
HOLIDAY PLACE SETTING 3
Okay, this is full-on Christmas and I’m not even sorry that I’m sharing this design board on November 13th. Here’s to planning ahead. Because. It never happens here.
PLACE SETTING 4
The theme of this one is kid-friendly (K)hristmas. Okay, I tried. But seriously… this one is all plastic (you’re welcome) and still pretty adorable if I do say so myself.
There you have it. Four Holiday Place Settings that will make you look like the hostess with the mostest… even if you are only feeling like a hostess with a little bit-est. May your holidays be filled with loved ones, laughter, tradition, cheating on your keto diet, and drinks a-plenty. Happy table setting!
OH! If you have some great ideas or suggestions for table settings, or if by some miracle you decide to use one of these for inspiration for your table setting, drop a pic in the comments below or tag us: @ohboymama or #ohboymama.