When you've lost three of the people who were always seated at your Thanksgiving Dinner table, it gets harder to enjoy the holiday. When you have a seven year old, you have to keep going as if nobody is missing so you can create important memories and keep traditions alive. The method to my "Ruby Red Thanksgiving" madness was to do things differently enough, that some of those painful memories stayed in the background of the day for my daughter and me. I think it worked! We sure missed Papa Joe, Old Papa Jim and Old Grandma Doris ... but the day was a good one.
The Ruby Red theme started with this red satin pumpkin place mat! I found them at Ross' right before Halloween and since I already had a blue theme going for Halloween, I just set them aside! As I started remembering some red pumpkins I had in storage, I began pondering the red tablescape.
The centerpiece was compiled of lots of other things that Phoebe and I found while shopping at our favorite junk store! The red satin pumpkin, the small silver ceramic pumpkins and the cluster of red apples and berries came from "Miss Judy's shop". The glittery squash came from a box we found in our storage! The silver turkeys, metal pumpkin and silver braches studded with red gems ... all came from HL at some point! The red mercury glass was a new find!
Red Waterford crystal glasses and a red crystal beverage decanter added to the theme!
Cambridge turkey flatware has graced our table for ten years!