Simple Thanksgiving Table

I just finished a years worth of photo editing so forgive me as I try to catch up on a few things!  Today I thought I would share our simple Thanksgiving table from last year. 

We had gotten invited to a friend's house for Thanksgiving last year but our son ended up getting sick so we stayed home.  Whether or not we head to someone else's home for the day, I continue to try to carry on the tradition of cooking a turkey and putting together a simple but festive meal just for our immediate little family unit. 

I love being able to continue our own traditions while still spending the day with family or friends.  Back home we would do this on Thanksgiving Eve and we will continue do so either the day of or the day before depending on our plans that year.

Besides the food, the only real decorative elements here are the place mats and napkins.  I love having a few neutral place mats or table runners that can dress up a table any time of year while still making our place settings feel a bit more special than the day to day. 

Depending on your Thanksgiving serving style, if you keep all the food on the table during the meal, you really don't need too much decor.  I love that these simple paper napkins add that Thanksgiving element with very little work.  You can find Thanksgiving napkins pretty much anywhere but I especially love shopping at T.J. Maxx or HomeGoods for pretty ones.

And here is our little family that day.  We just had snow this week so it is crazy to look back and see that this time last year, things were a lot warmer!

Looking back I am reminded that sometimes having these simple holidays together can be just as sweet as the big ones we had back home.  Of course we miss our family but these quite days together have their own special element that I am sure I will continue to look back on fondly.

Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving week however you spend it.  Whether big or small - you can still make it special for those you spend your day with!