12.01.2014

thanksgiving and a giveaway

My Thanksgiving Day consisted of a very small gathering of close family and friends so I wanted the table setting to feel extra intimate and memorable for us. Being that most of us were East Coasters, we felt a bit sad missing out on a fresh snowfall that hit the ground in Pennsylvania just in time for the holiday. However, eating comfortably outside in November is just one of the many things I am thankful for this year. Dinner was served in my sister's little Venice Beach backyard which offered the perfect amount of space needed for all of us to draw in and catch up. Since we didn't have enough chairs to go around, I figured this was my chance to create a fun Moroccan style seating arrangement by throwing down a few pillows, sheepskins, and blanket. 

I'm sure it hasn't gone unnoticed that I'm a huge lover of Anthropologie home goods, which is where the plates and glasses came from. A handful of other pretty features throughout the setting are from smaller shops I've more recently discovered. An item I fell in love with immediately upon spotting it was the pie box. The simple design by the aptly named PieBox  allows us to easily bring our homemade pies to parties, or deliver them to friends' homes in an adorable new way. I loved how my apple pie looked in the box for our dessert display--(If you're like me and could see yourself using one of these, PieBox is currently doing a photo contest for a chance to win their products!)

The lovely handwritten name cards on our Thanksgiving table were provided by Goldpress Paper, and seemed to excite everyone as much as the food. I guess when you see your name beautifully written in front of you, it's really hard not to feel fancy! Our napkins were created and given to me by Gray Market Design. I love the simple concept and subtle color found in the napkins I chose, and can't wait to re-use them a million more times. For a cozy and rustic touch, I scattered Rudi Lanterns from Love Ding throughout the table top. The lantern's earthy design has the ability to sit next to any color, so they're a great addition for any desired table theme. I also love how fitting they are for both indoors and outdoors, making them a practical little addition to a home. Luckily, you can enter to win a Rudi Lantern for your own table! Simply follow me on instagram and facebook and then leave a comment below on why you love the lantern. The winner will be chosen at random, which I will be announcing this Friday. Good luck! 

PieBox provided courtesy of PieBox
  Winner: Hannah Kwon

Sorry, but the giveaway is limited to US readers only. I will be contacting the winner prior to announcing them on the bottom of this post. If winners do not claim after three days, a new winner will be chosen.




all photos taken by Andrew Peters

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20 comments:

Christina Wildes said...

Following you!! Would love to win the Rudi Lantern..looks beautiful! :)

amandinettepaperie said...

Val, I'm curious to know, what camera/lens are you guys using to shoot these? I'm in the market for new lenses :) Beautiful photography & set-up!

Anonymous said...

I love the Rudi Lanterns. They are simple and perfect for a pretty dinner table!

Megan said...

The Rudi Lanterns appear to have a beautiful wooden base - so unique and perfect for the daughter of a man who was in the lumber business! I appreciate that they are different than the typical hurricane lamp. So amazing!! Love your blog Valerie!!

Bronwyn said...

Love those lanterns! The base is so pretty.

Jessica Steele said...

Such a beautiful table Val! And those lanterns add the perfect rustic touch - I'd love to have one as a part of a Christmas tablescape :)

Hannah Kwon said...

love the rudi lantern! perfect for a brunch table setting!!

Unknown said...

Hey Val, what a lovely table, so beautifully highlighted by the soft glow from the lanterns. Perfect!

Claire said...

The lanterns are the perfect mix of rustic and modern :)! love them!

Kelsey Rodriguez said...

Great job Val! Love the lanterns!

alisha said...

I need more lanterns in my life during these dark winter months!

stephanie said...

Look how beautiful your table is!
Val, my mom really would like that lantern. :)

Lina said...

Beautiful stuff! Some people I recognise too :)

Manda said...

Love the rustic touch. Lovely.

dynamic dZine said...

The lanterns are simple and elegant accents for either a minimalist or decorative setting. They give a feeling of warmth. - Steph

Brianne Curtis said...

Following you on both! :) The Rudi Lantern is beautiful- we are redecorating our home more rustic (to bring us back to our Colorado roots) and this lantern would be perfect!

Katie Young Wildes said...

This table setting is stunning! And the lanterns added a beautiful element!

Allison Jones said...

Love the lanterns. Perfect for a simple or extravagant table setting!

Molly Joy Ortner said...

I love the lantern!! It's the perfect mix of rustic and modern. And honestly I love anything you'd pick out though, cus you have amazing taste!

Molly Joy Ortner said...

I just realized that me & claire said the SAME thing . haha. I swear I wasn't plagiarizing, it's just the truth!!