The Thankful Table

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is so close.  As I have said before, this is the first year Yankee and I are hosting, and we have 16 wonderful people joining us.  Some are starting to arrive on Monday, and everyone will be here by Wednesday evening. (Don’t worry – many are sleeping in hotels).   Since we will have a full house for dinner on Wednesday, we decided to go casual, and since we can’t just load up everyone in the car and head to wine country, we decided to do some New York wine tasting chez nous.  Dinner will be finger foods, and we are setting up a pizza bar for everyone to assemble their own pizzas.  Then we’ll crank up the new oven and bake away.


With Wednesday night being laid back, I wanted to have a casual table and start our own Thanksgiving tradition.  It is going to be a thankful table cloth that can be used year after year. First, I bought a drop cloth and washed and dried it to make it ready.



Drop cloth

  Then I ironed it, though I will need to do it again before it is used.



Drop cloth

I used our dining room table as my craft table since it is so big.  I stretched the drop cloth onto the table and found the center.


Drop cloth

Since this will be our thankful table cloth, I decided to stencil “Give Thanks.”  I had some stencils on hand from other projects and just used them.  I bought brown fabric paint to use as my paint color.


Give Thanks

I left some space in the center so I could add a center piece.  Right now I’m using  a pitcher filled with wheat.



Give Thanks

Next up will be the fun part.  I purchased some Sharpie permanent fabric markers.  Each year we will bring out this table cloth and whoever is visiting our house for Thanksgiving will sign, date and write what they are thankful for that year.



Give Thanks

Right now I have so much to be thankful for, but I am going to wait and write it down when everyone is at our house.  I am excited about this new Thanksgiving tradition.  It will be fun to pull out this table cloth that will become part of our family history for years to come.

Thankful Table Cloth

Thankful table cloth

Do you have an special Thanksgiving traditions?


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  1. says

    Oh Jordan what a wonderful idea!! It turned out looking amazing and I know everyone will enjoy writing what they are thankful for on it.!! I really what to make us one of these also so I guess I need to head on over to Home Depot!

  2. says

    What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas! I would love for you to see my centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table 🙂 I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!