Sunday, November 24, 2013

With a "Grateful" Heart. . .

Not only at Thanksgiving, but all the year through
it is with a "grateful" heart that I give thanks for my Sisters in JOY!

On Crooked Creektt recently hosted our November JOY Circle meeting!

As is custom when hosting On Crooked Creektt,
I set a "special" tablescape for my guests. . .my Sisters.

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I began with a new  creamy ivory Ralph Lauren tablecloth 
purchased for a song @ T J Maxx!

I used no cost decorating for the runner,
brown paper packaging from a recent gift purchased @ Williams~Sonoma.

Next, I removed the pole handle from the wooden box,
made by "Mr. Ed",  and placed a board in the bottom as a riser.
Draping deer sheds off to the side has set the natural rustic theme.

Before placing the large, weighty ceramic pheasants inside the wooden box,
I placed a long sprig of faux bittersweet on either side of the box.

Then, I inserted the faux Autumnal hued leaf bush.
Atop the wooden board riser, I set the male pheasant.

Not wanting him to be entirely the center of attention,
I placed his mate on the table outside of the wooden box.

To disguise the ends of the box 
and to bring a bit more color to the centerpiece,
I added three faux hedge balls.

To resemble shafts of wheat,
I tied up bundles of dried Maiden Hair grasses
and finished off with a coppery textured bow tied in a knot.

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As the sun was setting on the Prairie,
I was quited by the radiant illumination of this tablescape.

Along with providing the tableware and the drinks for our JOY Circle meeting,
I added a few alternatives from the usual dessert and nuts. . .
Havarti Dill cheese, Italian Herb Crackers, Sweet Gherkin Pickles, low sodium 
Stuffed Olives and Summer Sausage.

My co~hostess for the evening,
brought two homemade Pumpkin Rolls.
You'll have to take my word for its divinely delicious taste
and heavenly appearance. 

After a brief business meeting,
we were all delighted to share a Woman of the Bible 
as led by our program chairperson for the evening.

Before beginning our fellowship time, 
I read this poem as our prayer to my Sisters in JOY.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

We cannot thank you, God, enough
For all the gifts you give,
For life and breath, for joy and song
That fill each day we live.

With gratitude this special day
Our praise goes up to you
For loved ones whom we cherish,
For all they are and do.

Lord, than you for companionship
With those who share this meal;
The ones not gathered here with us,
Let them Thy blessing feel.

And now, oh heavenly Spirit,
Descend on us we pray;
Teach us to share the gifts we have
Today and every day.


Doris Land Mueller

I am continually blessed with each and every one of these precious Sisters!
What an amazing influence and support they are in my life,
not only at Thanksgiving, but the whole year through.

With a "grateful"heart. . .
I, too, give thanks for all of the amazing ladies in The Land of Blog
who invite me into your own homes and hearts each week.
May you, also, have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

And. . .

Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

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And. . .

Be sure to visit the above hostesses
for inspirational ideas for use in your own home decor.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

It is so nice to have fellowship and bring them into your home. Entertaining this time of year is extra joyful.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Martha said...

A very pretty table! Love the pheasants and the elements you used to have a real feel of a Kansas fall!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Pat, I love your tablescape. The leaves, pheasants and corn are all so beautiful and of course the food looks delicious too. Everything is so beautifully done. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me and I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Just love your nature inspired table, its so creative. Yummy, everything looks great too.

Visiting from Let's Dish. Happy Thanksgiving!

Marigene said...

Fabulous centerpiece to your buffet table, Pat.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane said...

What fortunate women your "sisters" are to have you in their lives. I feel quite sure they were delighted to see what you had done in their honor. Beautiful post!

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful table, Pat. I loved seeing in morph into the finished product! Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish, many blessings to you!