Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Any fun plans for a little leaf ogling or cider sipping?
Have you finalized all your plans for Thanksgiving? If not, you’re going to like today’s post! I’m excited to be joining in a fun Thanksgiving party put together by Laura who blogs at Top This Top That.
The other lovely ladies participating in today’s “Better Late Than Never” Thanksgiving party are Pamela with From My Front Porch to Yours, Christy from Our Southern Home, Yvonne from Stone Gable and Becca from Adventures in Decorating. I’ll be linking to all these talented Bloggers at the end of this post so be sure to check out the fabulous ideas and inspiration they have lined up for your Thanksgiving celebrations.
A Thanksgiving Porch
I turned my focus to the porch this week because if there’s one thing I’ve learned when hosting a dinner party or any kind of gathering, no matter the weather, the porch seems to have this invisible pull. It draws folks out to come sit and hang out a while.
I first learned this during a Christmas cookie party one year when it was 45 degrees out and the door from the kitchen to the porch stood open the entire party as folks headed out, back in, then back out again all throughout the afternoon and evening. I was so amazed folks wanted to be out there despite the cold temps. Maybe it had something to do with the Champagne punch I was serving. 🙂
I had a lot of fun pulling things together from around the house. I didn’t buy anything new for the porch, just decorated with things I already had. Oh, wait, I take that back. Almost forgot, I did buy a new throw for the swing, just $19 from HomeGoods.
My fall pillows are starting to fade a little from all that wonderful light that comes onto the porch this time of year as the leaves began to fall.
I’m really enjoying Susan Branch’s latest book, A Fine Romance. If you love the idea of sailing on the Queen Mary, the English countryside, Beatrix Potter, and Jane Austen, you’ll enjoy this book, too. It can be found at her site here : A Fine Romance, if they have gotten more copies in. They keep selling out as soon as they print a new batch!
Remember the wreath above the mantel in the family room?
I snagged it for the porch makeover.
The sheers on the porch were billowing out in the cool autumn breezes.
Instead of a big, red geranium, the little white chair is now filled with a fall Chrysanthemum.
Don’t you love this happy color?
Remember when I decorated this silly guy in my office for Christmas?
I took down the platter that normally lives above the hutch…
And replaced it with Mr. Deer, only this time he’s sporting a fall wreath.
Hot chocolate with peppermint sticks will keep guests warm and cozy.
Mr. Turkey has a place of honor on the porch table. I think he rather likes it out here. 🙂
Find lots of inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration at these fine blogs: