Oh So Thankful!!

One of my favorite holidays is upon us.   Although the tradition has shifted a bit for me over the past few years as we now kiss chilly Chicago goodbye to visit my husbands grandparents in FL, I still appreciate {and very much miss} the harvesty, familial essence this day exudes.

Today, more than most, we reflect on what’s important.  On what we love, what we cherish.  I have so much to be thankful for this year: as always THE most important is my family, the love and friendship we share is mind blowing.  I’m also grateful for my other lovely friendships that continue to grow and strengthen as the weeks and years go by.  I adore {and miss!} our gorgeous pooch, Illiebelle.  I’m still giddy with excitement about the shift in my planning and design career with Bliss and am already obsessed with my new clients!  I’m grateful for my stylish neighbors  in the blogging community, who continue to inspire me and keep us all fresh and focused.  Gosh, I’m thankful for so many things; I could write an entry each day for a year and not even scratch the surface…

And so, while I sit poolside under a canopy of rustling palms, I share a few images that represent a more traditional Thanksgiving scene:

No floral design skills needed!  A simple basket with an abundant mound of fresh pears, winter greens and glamorous gold-painted magnolia leaves. 

There are countless tablescapes that can be arranged without the use of flowers.  I adore the varied varieties of richly hued grapes used in different containers spaced down the table.
Love the raw, worn table with the glitzy golden turkeys.
The simplicity of a crisp white tablecloth provides a fresh backdrop for simple monofloral collections of varied autumnally hued roses.

A simple vase of pheasant feathers can create an unexpectedly seasonal setting. 

I so hope you have a day filled with love and appreciation.  Happy Thanksgiving Day!!  Xx
{photo credits}  pheasant feather centerpiece from {sniff sniff} domino magazine, fall trees from digital picture zone, remaining tablescapes courtesy of martha stewart