A Tale of Two Thanksgiving Tables - Part 1

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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We're hosting Thanksgiving this year and I've been thinking about all aspects of planning for the holiday. Most nights we eat dinner at our kitchen island but on Thanksgiving we always sit down at the dining room table. Naturally, the table decor has been on my mind...enter the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tablescape.  I can't take credit for this genius idea. I wish I could but I saw it on the Instagram feed of The House That Lars Built and was blown away. Of course, I had to try it. Immediately. Read below for my TAKE on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tablescape.

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Buildings

Before creating the tablescape I collected a handful of boxes from around the house and my husband wrapped all of the boxes in this wrapping paper. Trust me if I had wrapped these boxes they wouldn't look half as nice. He is an EXPERT when it comes to wrapping. I then tested out a couple of Sharpie colors on the back of the boxes but ended up using the Silver Metallic version. I then drew doors and windows in varying shapes and sizes on each box to create the buildings. I then lined them up along the edge of the table runner. The most challenging part of setting this table may just have been poking holes in the top of the boxes for the balloons. I used a sharp scissors and the firmer the box the easier it was.

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Balloons

You can find a lot of small helium balloons with sticks online but I went to a Party City store and was able to select balloons from their inventory. I knew that I wanted a Turkey and a Santa (the parade always ends with Santa Claus) and I selected the others based on what I thought our kids would like. Unfortunately, they didn't have a Turkey in stock but I had them blow up an orange balloon (brown wasn't available) and I taped on a turkey art project my son had completed earlier in the week. To ensure the balloons looked like they were floating I positioned them at various heights in the buildings.

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Street + Cars

For the street I used a table runner that I bought a few years ago at Crate & Barrel (a similar once can be found here) and added road markings by cutting down yellow construction paper and placing them in the center of the runner. Cars aren't necessary for this tablescape but I thought they would be a fun addition especially when you have littles at the table. I used this Melissa & Doug set that we had on hand but also found these amazing Hot Wheels taxi cab cars online.

All in all this was extremely easy to put together and the kids LOVE it! It just took a little planning in terms of the balloons and boxes but a short amount of time to execute once all the supplies were collected. I paired this tablescape with our everyday china and some miniature pumpkins as it would be perfect for a kids table! Stay tuned for another more traditional tablescape option coming later this week.

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Kate's Monthly Take

It's a new month and I've got a new take! Please enjoy my "Monthly Take" which highlights some of my favorite products, guilty pleasures and current obsessions etc...

Kate's Monthly Take - November 2017

Mood

  • I head back to work tomorrow after a generous maternity leave so I've got this on my mind - "Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming" - Dory

Currently Coveting

  • I will be the first to admit that I have fallen prey to the Athleisure trend. The clothes are just so comfy! I love this sweatshirt and long tank combo.

Favorite Product

  • Both my husband and I would be at a loss without these in our home. They are an excellent addition to a security system but mostly we use them to check on our kids - Nestcam Indoor Security Camera

Design Pick

  • If your looking to add some texture to a room; this vase should do the trick - Shella White Vase from Annie Selke

What I'm Reading

What We're Reading the Kids

Instagram Handle

  • Follow him for his art and for his cheeky twin boys - @drawbertson

Guilty Pleasure

I Need A Vacation

  • Ok, technically I just went on vacation but I could use an adult vacation. This will do - Esperanza, an Auberge Resort. Truly, any Auberge Resort would do just for a night or two.

Shit My Kids Will Eat

Halloween Happenings

There is something about having littles around the house that makes decorating for the holidays especially exciting. Halloween is no exception. I try not to go crazy with decorations as storing said decorations can prove challenging in our city home but I wanted to share some of my tips and favorite Halloween decor.

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Kate's Tips

  • I wait until October 1st to start decorating
  • I select items for our front door/stoop area that can easily transition into November
  • I include the kids in the task of decorating (I mean it's an activity, right?)
  • I try to introduce one new decoration each year
  • I love to have coordinating Halloween costumes for the kids but my eldest is quite opinionated so this year I've opted for two costumes:
    • One coordinating sibling costume (it's all about the photo-op)
    • One costume that each child will wear Trick-or-Treating

Halloween Decor from Left to Right:

  1. Potted Yellow Mums 2. Pumpkin Door Hanger 3. Black Crows perched on Pumpkins 4. Novelty Pumpkins a la Trader Joe's 5.  Posable Black Bats 6. Black Spiders crawling down the fireplace          7. Trick or Treat Banner (similar styles found at Target) 8. My favorite Schleich Animals adorned with Meri Meri Witch Hats

Kate's Monthly Take

I've long been a fan of Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire, Us Weekly's 25 Things You Didn't Know About Me and the now shuttered Matchbook Magazine's Questionnaire. I love to consume information in snippets. I find I retain information easier this way and more often than not, if it is in bullets I actually have the time to read it! 

In honor of these questionnaire's I'm introducing my "Monthly Take" which will highlight some of my favorite products, current obsessions etc...

Kate's Monthly Take - October 2017

Mood

  • Trying to abide by this - "It's Not Who You Are That Holds You Back, It's Who You Think Your're Not" - Denis Waitley

Currently Coveting

Favorite Product

Design Pick

Instagram Handle

Guilty Pleasure

I Need A Vacation

Shit My Kids Will Eat

 

30 Days of Eiseman

Florence Eiseman is a classic line of children's clothing based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I grew up wearing Florence Eiseman often wearing coordinating sets with my siblings. The clothing is so well made and showcases darling little details. I love to dress my three littles in the clothes. The swimsuits are my absolute favorite!

This summer the Museum of Wisconsin Art, launched an exhibit; Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century. I visited the exhibit with my mom and 2 daughters and came up with an idea. For the month of September I would dress my children in Florence Eiseman and document via my Instagram account. Thus my #30daysofeiseman challenge was born.

While some of the photos were of my children when they were younger it was fun to go back and relive so many cherished memories. Now that the month has come to a close I'm a bit sad but looking forward to spending time launching my blog and daydreaming about the Florence Eiseman warehouse sale in mid October!