Thanksgiving this year was extra special because we got to host it at our new house! We decided to make it something unique by setting it up out in the barn. Being able to do this and use this space for things like this is really a dream come true, and one that I hadn't even taken into consideration when we bought this house. I have always loved throwing parties, but have not done so much in the last few years due to lack of space. I was actually studying Special Event Planning in college before I tapped out to get married and have the swooniest man on earth's babies. (A decision I will never regret. hehe)
We invited friends and family from near and far, and ended up with a perfect group of 10 for our sit-down meal. It wasn't until a couple of weeks before the big day that I remembered the fact that there are only 5 mismatched dinner plates in my cupboard and even fewer matching glasses or silverware sets. Yipes!
I found a set (of 10!) beautiful white dishes at the thrift store by my house, along with matching sets of glasses and some silverware. I went to Ross and stocked up on a set of wine glasses. After that I was able to focus on decorating and making it look cozy down there for our meal.
Chris and I went and picked up some old books from the thrift store to make some decorations out of. With the pages of a couple of books and some staples and twine, we were able to decorate the whole barn in no time! I love how everything turned out, and we had so much fun making all of our crafty projects.
On to the pics:
I gathered up some cool grasses and berries and leaves from my front yard to decorate the tables with, and made place cards for each plate with things that we are thankful for for each person who was coming.
We made this 'tree' out of branches we gathered up from the property and stuck them in an upside-down tomato plant cage that had been left down in the barn.
This was the table that held all of our delicious food. I made that pom pom out of some paper I had laying around. It's probably a good thing that I only had a little bit of paper on hand, or else I would have made about a majillion more. I did not want to stop once I started making all these fun paper do-hickies. hahaha.
It was such an amazing day, and I found myself so incredibly grateful for these people and this place that God has brought our family to. We moved here in faith, not really knowing what God had planned for us or why he'd led us all the way out here, but we have been blessed beyond measure in the few short months that we've been here. I am so very thankful.
I hope all of your Thanksgivings were full of laughter and good food too! Thank you to those of you who have contacted me and encouraged me to start writing here again over the past month or so... I find myself somewhat stuck, not knowing what to write and definitely struggling to find the time to even do so when I do have something to say... I am praying that God will give me words and time, and I'm trying to wait patiently until I feel released in those areas again. Thanks for your patience and prayers as I try to work it all out. I miss writing and I definitely miss staying up to date with all of you as well!!