Giving Thanks

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I had a lot of fun coming up with some inexpensive decor ideas for Thanksgiving dinner at our church’s food bank. I shared the how-to for the fall branch centre pieces here, but wanted to show you how it all turned out.

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We dressed each table with simple white table cloths, the fall branch centre pieces, a sweet smelling pumpkin scented tea light, and a small pumpkin gourd. We rolled the cutlery and tied with a simple orange ribbon, and added these fun menu cards to each place setting. I used free graphics from Hostess with the Mostest’s mod thanksgiving.

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I also made some fun dessert picks with the same graphics to add to every ones slice of pie, for an extra special touch. They were created with my circle punch, and glued to wooden coffee stir sticks.

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We tried to add a fall touch to the entrance with these really simple flowers, fall mum blossoms,floating in pretty round vases.

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We were expecting some kids for dinner, so we made some simple colouring books with free colouring sheets, a joke sheet and some fun maze activities, and a pack of crayons. Always good to keep little ones busy!

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For an extra touch we added some pumpkin cinnamon hand soap and hand cream to the powder room, from Bath and Body Works. Sometimes love is in the details!

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Other decor included simple candles, and lots of pumpkins.

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Sometimes it doesn’t take much to create an atmosphere that’s warm and inviting for special guests. A special thanksgiving dinner for those less fortunate, gathered together in an atmosphere of community love, now that’s when life really is a party!

This post is linked up at Between Naps on the Porch, and Whipperberry.

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  1. I love all the decoration you used. Just lovely.


  2. What a special table for your guests! It is all about the small touches and you have included so many. I hope you have a great turn out for all your hard work!

  3. Wondefully done!!I love the sticks! stopping in to follow from the blog hop – hope you have time to visit and return the favor soon – ohh and you can enter to win a copy of my book ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Scribbler says:

    I am sure the extra love and attention you paid to all the little details were greatly appreciated by those who are in need of your generosity. The tables and the decor: outstanding.

  5. You’re right! Sometimes love is in the details! And what wonderful details you’ve attended to… I’m sure your guests will be very appreciative! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh…this really touches my heart that you would go all out like this for the folks attending the meal. I am so sure they appreciated your selfless gesture to make them feel extra special. You really did an outstanding job!

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