Yesterday someone asked me how I’m setting my table for Thanksgiving. It might be that I’m actually not, and we’re eating on paper plates, because I’ve set a thousand Thanksgiving tables in my life and I’m only 34. However, I usually cave in at the end.

From my styling archives: this is still my favorite (also currently on Stephanie Nielson’s blog header, funnily enough). To make: cut letters out of typing paper and glue them, Elmer’s style, to your squash.

I do love a creative placecard. I styled this succelent in a monogrammed teacup a few years ago. Directions here.

This is called pincushion protea, found often at Trader Joe’s.

Grapevine wreath from Michaels: totally brilliant charger.

My family Thanksgiving, 2009, styled by my mom. (Wonder where I get my plate problems? Her.)

An Arizona Thanksgiving created for the newspaper, complete with Bougainvillea centerpieces and creeping fig napkin rings:

My friend Paul’s Maple-Bourbon-Apple-Sage-Butter-Bacon Turkey recipe (I’ve heard that this is the about the best ever):

One year, I dressed my pumpkins up with glitter and Rub n’ Buff, and my photo was featured onApartment Therapy:

P.S. There’s a great centerpiece series on Design Sponge this week should you seek more tablesetting temptation. And come back later today for a peek at locally styled lovelies.