Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I have been reflecting on the progression of our Thanksgivings over the years. This used to be the one holiday that my entire side of the family came together. We spent several days at my mom’s house baking, taking walks through the almond orchards in her town, playing games, bike riding, watching movies, and preparing for the big feast on Thanksgiving Day. When my mom passed away, 6 years ago, everything about this beloved holiday changed. We started getting together with my family the weekend after Thanksgiving for a non traditional meal, which has still made for some really fun memories, but some years, we have found ourselves at home on Thanksgiving Day, just the 5 of us.
I love to create memories that my kids will look back on with joy when they have families of their own, so on those quiet Thanksgivings we started a new tradition. I purchased a roll of brown craft paper and used it as our table cloth. I grabbed a large bowl from the kitchen to use as a template to trace circles for each member of our family and put a bucket of markers in the middle of the table. At some point in the day, before our big feast, we all sit down and make “turkey handprints” in the circles and then write the things we are thankful for. The circles then become our dinner place settings. #CommissionsEarned
On Thanksgiving, like many families, we take some time to share what we are thankful for. This interactive table setting, provides plenty of content for a wonderful conversation about gratitude and gives each member of the family a chance to put their creativity on display.
You can even add to this activity by including some fun holiday stickers for the kids, as well as a beautiful thankful sticker to place along the center of your table. #CommissionsEarned
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I was recently given the opportunity to help with decor on an event at our church. The theme came from Ephesians 3:17-19 and I was asked to put these verses on display somewhere in the room. My wheels started turning. Someone at our church built the coolest pallet wall that had been used in previous events, so I asked if I could use it as the backdrop. Calligraphy is not one of my strong suits, but I have found that you can do just about anything with the help of a projector. Since I wasn’t able to borrow one, I decided that it was time for me to invest in my own. I have some upcoming projects where it will definitely come in handy. I found the most amazing mini projector on Amazon and it was perfect for the job. For the scrolI itself, I used a plain white roll of bulletin board paper and Sharpies worked great for the lettering.
I created my own template with some free fonts that I downloaded, and after pinning the scroll to the wall, I adjusted the letters to fit the height and width that I wanted so that the oversized scroll would fill most of the height of the pallet wall backdrop. Evening is the best time to trace letters because it’s harder to see projected details in daylight. It took me a couple of hours to outline the entire verse, and honestly, that was the most tedious part. In order to prevent the Sharpie from bleeding onto the wall, I pinned a couple of pieces of poster board in between the paper and the wall.
Once the outline was completed, I moved the scroll to my kitchen table and went to town filling in the letters. Black Sharpies are perfect for these types of projects because they are so vibrant and the black letters really pop against the white background. I spent a couple of days filling in the letters, which felt a bit like a giant coloring page.
Setting it up was easy as can be. I held it up to the right height while someone thumb tacked the top of the scroll to the back of the pallet wall so it gave the look of a scroll cascading over the top and down the front. A few hanging mason jars with battery operated fairy lights on either side of the verses added depth and ambiance. We included a coffee table, rug, chairs, plants, and a couch to create a living room vibe and the whole area made for a cozy sitting area at the event.