grateful gatherings

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With Thanksgiving rounding the bend, we thought we would take a little detour from the wedding world and focus on another kind of gathering. Growing up in the south, families tend to “set the table” for special occasions, Thanksgiving being one of them! My Grandma was the best at creatively decorating the table with a little Holiday Happy that complimented the meal. So, Zena and I thought that we would share some ideas to help make ya’lls tables look a little happier this Thanksgiving. Plus, many of this decor is DIY, which can make it a little lighter on the wallet.

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This beautiful display only requires a pair of pruning shears and some hiking! And if you have foliage sprouting right in your front yard, then you won’t have to go very far to make this colorful table decor happen! Cheap, easy, and gorgeous!

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What are ya’ll thankful for? I am thankful for a whole lotta things, but I’ll spare ya’ll the details! We thought this simple brown paper place setting was just perfect for going around the table and sharing what you are thankful for! You can get this brown paper from a craft store, or even better, re-use the inside of a brown paper grocery bag!

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    This is another clever little craft for showing what you are thankful for! Go outside and grab a few twigs off the ground and cut out some leaf shapes out of fun patterned paper, punch a hole in the leaf and string them up for a fun table center piece. Then all of your family/guest can each write what they are thankful for!

 

 

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I love this because what do we ALL have left over after Halloween…that’s right Pumpkins! So let’s paint those little suckers and add them to our Thanksgiving Celebration, they are, after all the symbol for fall harvest. So get your paint brushes out ladies and start painting! If you are feeling crafty you could even paint them different colors.

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Simple things like feathers, herbs, wooden blocks, acorns or pecans can all add a naturally rustic touch to your table decor! And if you can’t find them in your yard, then your local craft store will be well stocked at this time of the Holiday season

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We love these three little images because all three are so simple, but yet warms your heart with its personable appearance. Wrapping your silverware in a festive colored ribbon adds a little flair to your table. While hollowing out mini pumpkins and gourds and adding tea lights add a little romance to your table. And wrapping cinnamon sticks around your candle will send an aroma of warmth through the air.

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We hope that you were able to take away some ways DIY ideas to spruce up your Holiday table this Thanksgiving. Always remember to give thanks. Until next time, we both wish you a… Happy Thanksgiving!

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pets on parade.

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Pets! Oh how we southern folks love our pets, whether it’s pups, cats, horses, bunnies, chickens or even pigs! We love them dearly. So why not incorporate your furry friends into your special day, after all, they are there for ya throughout the whole journey, they are pretty good listeners too! ha  ha! We want to share some images with ya’ll to help ya get a better idea as to how you can include them, and there are even a few fashion tips you can take note of for your furry friend.

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pet pup  This one is just adorable, not only is this lil pup a German Short Hair, (which I have), but I love the striped ribbon and wildflower doggie boutonniere! This lil GSP is “dressed” perfectly for the big day!

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Another idea is to create a puppy wreath for your four-legged friend to wear down the aisle, providing they will keep it on.

   

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Here is another example of a four-legged friend, a horse of course, all decked out in his wedding day roses! 

Bow ties tend to be trending now for those with a little less hair on their bodies, so why not let our furry friends join in on that fad as well?   pet dogYou can find many of these little fashion finds for pooches on Etsy, or online doggie boutiques. They come in many different colors, sizes and patterns! This makes it easier for you to match your pooch up with your theme or color scheme.

 

 

 

 

pet   We could just eat this “shot” up with a spoon! Special moments like this with your pets will last a lifetime, especially if you get your photographer to capture them.

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Every dog deserves a “happy” for being apart of your special day, these little squeaker by misi are sure to make their doggy day.

                                                                                                                                  
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You want to make sure you get plenty of photographs of your furry friend on your day, it will make memories last a lifetime.

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This little piggy did not go to market, in fact, she went to a wedding! Having a little moment with your furry friend while you’re getting ready is sure to make sweet pictures for the future! And of course it’s always a good laugh when your photographer captures your pet doing what they do best!

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I want to leave you ladies with an image that a photographer friend Casey Futrell, from Casey Futrell Photography, snapped of my sweet Cali girl. Cali will be attending my upcoming wedding as the flower “girl”. See ya’ll later!

 

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a house is not a home without a pet.