Friends…I can’t even…. Styling a dessert buffet with my friend Shannon from Defining Details was like playing Barbies with your best friend when you were a little girl, lost in a beautiful fantasy land for hours. Heaven.
It all started with a few of these crates you can get at Home Depot. There are tons of options, all unfinished pine (a DIY’ers dream) and American made. I chose to stain mine because it’s so fast and I wanted rich colors for the display. They are perfect for adding height- the first rule of styling, by the way. These crates can fit file folders, you can stack them to make shelving, add wheels. I’ll probably end up with them in every room of my house because I’m all about multi-purpose, hard working storage/decor.
This Pendleton Woolen Mills Native American print blanket adds stunning texture (another must have for styling), and gorgeous fall colors. Plus it’s a nice touch for a Thanksgiving table don’t ya think?
How adorable is this invitation? Rustic, simple, and perfect! You can buy it here: Defining Details Paper Studio. Doesn’t the small crate look adorable with these caramel apples? Use twigs from a tree in your yard to make them extra special. In fact, use anything you can find from your yard for adding interest to your display: fall flowers, leaves, branches with berries. I have a ton of deer sheds so we threw one of those in as well.
I bought this beautiful “Giving Thanks” book last year and it’s my new favorite tradition (I’m big on traditions). It’s filled with beautiful quotes and prompts for guests to record what they’re grateful for, what they’ll remember most, who adds joy to their life, and what’s worth celebrating right now. There are enough pages to last for over 20 years! What a family keepsake. You can purchase here but there’s a limited quantitiy so act fast if you’re interested.
Grasses from my yard, seasonal fruits, feathers, luscious little yarn balls, acorns. Use anything around your house, yard, or the grocery store to add beauty and interest. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. The little orange and white treat bags and yarn balls are also from Defining Details Portrait & Paper Studio in Hermiston, Oregon. If you’re lucky enough to be in Eastern Oregon or Washington, stop in. If not you can purchase any of the items we used online.
The bunting and gold pinwheels can be purchased here also.
I’m no fool, this display is over the top. But you CAN recreate it in your home, just remember these rules: height, texture, natural elements, and attention to detail. If you don’t have a Pendleton blanket, use a pretty scarf. No pomegranates or oranges with leaves (who has that???) use apples, nuts, oranges, and leaves from your yard. Knock your family’s socks off this Thanksgiving, man! Now go get some crates and make it happen.
More importantly, have the best time with family and friends this Thanksgiving and heed this advice from Dolly Gnome, Gnomeo & Juliet 2001 (if you don’t know Gnomeo & Juliet you’re wrong)
“ya’ll know the rules and I don’t needa repeat ’em but I’m gonna ’cause I wanna. And here they are: No bitin’, no scratchin’, no kickin’, no burpin’, no slurpin’, no cussin’, no squalin’, no raplin’, no heein’, no hawin’, and more than anythang… NO CHEATIN’!”
I love Dolly….
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