No Tanks

Howdy friends! My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is quickly approaching us…T-minus 6 days. I love this holiday because there is no giving of material gifts, only humbled hearts coming together over a full table spread of deliciousness to give thanks for our many blessings. Beginning with thanks to our merciful Savior. Glory, hallelujah. It can’t get much better than that!

The bummer about this holiday is that it gets overshadowed by Christmas, which makes it very difficult to decorate for. The department stores go straight from Halloween to Christmas decor.

The Thanksgiving pickings are definitely slim. My BFF bought this banner from Target and this is what she got. Her family is giving “tanks” this year. Ha!


Since proper Thanksgiving decor is at a minimal for purchase, I found this very simplistic setup over at The TomKat Studio. I’m in love with it, minus the brown satin ribbon.


 She has all the print-outs available here.  Literally, everything you will need to have the perfect Thanksgiving setup. She even has labels for your guests’ leftovers. She’s definitely my kind of girl!

Instead of two acorns, I picked up two burlap squirrels from Kohl’s. All the glass and windows in my house wouldn’t stand a chance with those nuts.


They make me happy. Plus, my nickname for Evan is “Squirrel”. I couldn’t resist.

Another simple, but festive idea, is using gold spray paint. Man oh man, do I love paint! I’m actually kind of dangerous with it; I’ve been told my spraying goes overboard.


Here’s a cute idea. Cut the bottom off of pine cones and use them as name cards.


I saw this exact table runner at TJMAXX. Beautiful!

The decorating is all fun and glamorous, but being the true nerd I am, I can’t help but take you back to the first Thanksgiving held in November 1621.


It all started in September 1620 when a small vessel, named The Mayflower, left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers. Their journey lasted over 60 days searching for the New World in hopes to begin a new life of religious freedom and desires to become land owners. After a treacherous crossing, they finally landed at the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where they began establishing a village at Plymouth.

The first winter was excruciating on the Pilgrims, nearly half of them died from malnutrition, scurvy, and other illnesses. In March 1621, the Pilgrims were visited from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto. Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, fish, and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers form an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited the Native Americans. This celebration lasted three days and is now remembered as America’s “first Thanksgiving”.

Happy Thanksgiving planning!


Your friend,

The Decorating Historian


Falling for Cotton

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween.  We surely did, with two Spidermen!


Evan is the apple of her eye and because of this, my Reese Eleanor is not a girly girl.  She wants to do {and be} everything that he is doing. She is his biggest admirer and supporter.  She will cling to every potty word that he speaks, laugh about it for days, and will then decide to repeat it to every elderly person she sees while we’re grocery shopping. The words “poo” and “pee” provide endless hours of entertainment for them.

Those words also come in handy during picture time.  Here’s a sneak peek of our Christmas photos. In this picture, “green poo” gets the best laugh award from Ree.


 Yep, that’s a cotton field and an old wooden sled. These two items together make for a great Christmas photo shoot. They are subtle enough that they still speak Christmastime in the South.

Here are a few more.

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Navy blue is always our go-to color. It works so well with my blonde hair and fair-skinned children. My dress, Tim’s sweater, and Evan’s pants all came from H&M. It’s a great one-stop shop for the family; you’ll be sure to find something for everyone!

Thank you again to the very talented Sarah Rogers at Sully & Willis Photography.

Lastly, Groupon has a steal on holiday cards through Staples. I ordered 50 cards and only paid $5.00.


If you refer at least two friends to this offer and they also purchase it, Groupon will refund you $5.00.  After I purchased mine, I shared it on Facebook and within 10 minutes I received an email from Groupon letting me know my friends bought one too.  I feel so accomplished my holiday cards are ordered!