Party week! Inspiration from my archives

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.