Our door has been ringing at night, just after dark sets in. There's no one there when we open, just treat bags and a note :-) Do you guys do that? Boo at your friends houses for Halloween? Tonight there were freshly baked cookies in the bag..yum! I'm just so glad that this wonderful season of holidays is here again! There's so much good times we have to look forward to in the next few months. Booing, trick or treating, dinners and get togethers. And with more gatherings comes more focus on our homes, and especially our tables!
There's something I am super curious about...do you guys have holiday specific tableware? You know, like plates or glasses that you would only be able to use for a specific holiday?
Here's an example to illustrate what I mean. The 'Thankful' plate from Crate and Barrel. C&B are not the only ones that carry items like this, obviously...I've seen similar items at Target and other places too. Kind of cute I guess, I don't mind the design really as much as I just can't understand who buys a big serving plate that you would only use one day out of the year!
Here's another example. This gourd condiment set from Potterybarn. I suppose as far as gourd condiment sets go this one's all right, but let me tell you that before I got one of these I would have made a fortune and spent it all on a new kitchen (and a new house to fit it!) and I would be scratching my head all day trying to figure out how to fill all of the cabinets. In that scenario, I might consider buying this set of little gourds or something similar.
Except for that though, you know, I just can't quite understand who buys these things. Aside from the financial question of spending money on something with such limited use, what would really become the issue for myself is storage. Each and every one of those 364 days that these items are NOT appropriate to use, they still will be taking up a lot of space in my kitchen! And also, when you have an item like this that is really only meant to come out one day of the year, you really feel like you HAVE to use it that day. But what if I don't want to make 3 different dips or I really wanted to go with a different color theme one year or god forbid I get invited to someone else's house for that occasion...then what? It will be one more year until I get the next chance to use it! First world problems, I know, but these kinds of dilemmas really drive me crazy. Am I the only one who thinks like this? Am I just incredibly boring and over the top practical?
It's not that I don't love to make a pretty table that feels just right for the occasion, because I do! I just like to work with things that are flexible enough that they can be used in a lot of different ways and for a lot of different seasons and themes. I simply don't have the space to store things that are not put to use or the time or money to get them.
For Thanksgiving for example, rather than having individual dinner plates that say "Thankful" on them I might use gift tags on the napkins to write a message that's appropriate. I buy these gift tags in bags of 100 and use them instead of cards on gifts for the kids birthday parties, hang them on a bottle of wine that we bring to a friends houses and a lot of other ways. They're cheap ($5.99 for 100 on Amazon!) and cute and easy to paint and write on to give them the right look for the occasion.
Oh, and then I like to use big fabric napkins and maybe a ribbon. These black ones work for any occasion really - with white, green or pink decor for spring or the earthier rusty or maroon tones for the darker times of the year. And works great with metallics for the sparkly occasions! Not to mention that stains that won't go away in the washer are less of a problem on black, but I'd rather not think about that they might still be there :-) !
What I do love to splurge on is fresh flowers. It's totally a short term investment - I know - but at least it doesn't take up cabinet space! And it makes such a difference it's totally worth it if even just for my own joy of buying them.
Here's my table recently - makes me long for that turkey!