Hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner

My husband and I hosted our first Thanksgiving feast this past week and it was better than what we envisioned! We needed something that was simple, meaningful and in a budget. We had such an abundance of food, everyone left with plenty of leftovers! But ore importantly, the conversations that took place while sharing this meal were just as enjoyable as the food that was served. My favorite thing about setting up that morning was the table. The flower bouquets were on sale for $1.99 (originally $13.99) and we were able to prepare a few mason jar arrangements that we gave as gifts. The gold chargers were accented with the red plates and "be thankful" napkins that we got from a clearance rack at Marshall's. I wouldn't normally recommend shopping for Thanksgiving dinner the day prior to it but, there are definitely some benefits to it if you're on a budget. I'm already thinking ahead on what we will be doing next year :)

Overall, the table was the perfect backdrop for our festive dinner, thoughtful conversations and meaningful relationships. I will leave you with a quote from Shauna Niequist:
“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It's about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.”