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Fall Into The Holidays | The Dining Room

Today is the last day in the four week series with Jennifer of Dimples & TanglesShelley of Crazy Wonderful, Julie of Less Than Perfect Life Of BlissBecky of This Is Happiness, Katie of Miss Dixie, and Pam of Simple Details and today we’re all sharing some ideas for the dining room!

Thanksgiving quotes.

Stay tuned at the end of this post for a printable for your Thanksgiving table!

Today my theme should be Keeping The Holidays In Perspective…….

This week my laptop battery imploded (I’m hoping the Apple Geniuses can retrieve all my data on here!) AND our stove has decided only one burner is going to work. The week before Thanksgiving!

BUT! Life happens and what did I say about Taming The Holiday Crazy? If all else fails just order takeout and enjoy time with your friends and family!

One of the things I love about hosting the holidays are the little details, especially on a table. Setting your table, or at least pulling together what you’ll need for it, is a great thing to do well in advance so you aren’t a nutcase the day of, and can actually feel organized and together as your family and friends are walking through the door!

Whether your holiday table is fancy or casual, a few simple touches can go a long way to make it festive and special.

An outdated dining table gets a dark walnut finish.

One year I had the kids add gold glitter paint to strips of cardstock (it kept them busy while I was cooking!)

and we used them as placecards tucked into pinecones. I saved them in a baggie…….

…..and last year they were clipped to the fresh greens I foraged from the yard with mini-clothespins.

This year I created paper napkin rings with quotes for each place setting. And I made you a printable verstion too!

Thanksgiving quote paper napkin rings.

There are 18 quotes in all, and if you have more than 18 guests for Thanksgiving dinner, just print 2 copies and have a few repeats.

Quotes for each placesetting.

Just print the quotes on cardstock (4 pages), cut on the dotted lines, then wrap around a flat folded napkin and tape the ends in the back. You could even write your guests’ names on them as placecards. You can place the napkins at each place setting on your table, or put them in a basket if you’re serving a buffet.

The best part is that it takes no time at all and you can get it done well in advance!


Now stop by the the rest of the the Fall Into The Holidays posts and see what fantastic ideas these friends have for you!

Dimples & Tangles

Crazy Wonderful

Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss

This Is Happiness

Miss Dixie

Simple Details 

If you’ve ever had the swollen battery issue too, I’d love to hear how it worked out for you. Was your computer saved? Did  you replace the battery? Is it worth salvaging an old laptop? Do tell! 

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Saturday 18th of November 2017

So sorry to read about your laptop and stove. Hoping your data will be able to be retrieved too!

Love your beautiful table setting ideas. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!


Saturday 25th of November 2017

Brandi thank you, and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! xo


Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Hard week! But your decorations are fabulous! Good job!


Saturday 25th of November 2017

Thanks Riena!


Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Love these quotes Lisa! What a fun and meaningful idea. I hope you get the computer nightmare figured out - did you back up your data?


Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Thanks Jenny! I have an external hard drive but haven't backed it up in a while. Of course!

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

That is crazy about your computer!!! Ok, love all of your placecards, and the quote napkin rings are gorgeous and so perfect this time of year!


Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Thanks Shelley! Doing this series with you was so much fun! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful and smart ideas!

Calypso in the Country

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I hope your computer can be saved...ugh - not fun! These quote napkin rings are the cutest idea! I also love that you saved the place cards the kids worked on. Great ideas, Lisa! Shelley


Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Shelley, I have tons of place cards from the kids through the years that I love to use. I used to have them sit at the table and make them while I was cooking around the holidays or when we were having friends for dinner, to keep them busy and be able to have my eye on them!