Dressing your Thanksgiving Table



In the days of social media, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and other ways in which we share pictures of our life, it is no longer enough to put on a lovely Thanksgiving meal, but we need to worry about setting a fancy table.  Worthy for Instagram.  Worthy for all to see our beautifully set table.  They call this “tablescaping”.  But that’s just one perspective.


I say, if you are creative and you love doing this, my goodness, set that fabulous table.  If not, remember, it’s not How the table is set, or what is set On the table, but who sits At the table. Thanksgiving is about family and friends and being with people you love…and that includes our furry friends.  🙂

Christmas Card 2012 005 use this one

We are so thankful for our little Murphy…who has brought such joy to our lives.  She is our very sweet girl. <3 <3 <3

Table Setting Guide




Table Inspirations – only to inspire if you aspire to have a fancy table.  Some of these ideas are cute, clever and easy to do.

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Carolyn, one of my life-long besties, made this for Thanksgiving.  Flowers from Jewel (grocery store in Chicago) and the Ball jar…well, let’s just say that jar is from one one of the funniest night’s of 2014.  #moneyisnoobject  #ormaybeitis  #Stellainballjar…Priceless



 Stores that will Not be open on Thanksgiving Day…and they are “shaming” the ones that will.  

These are the stores that refuse to open on Thanksgiving Day…and I am grateful to these stores, allowing employees to be home with their families.  I am also thankful for ABC news, for updating this list, as the other one I had, was outdated. 🙂


American Girl

American Girl’s retail stores, as well as its corporate headquarters, will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a spokeswoman for Mattel, which purchased American Girl doll-maker Pleasant Company in 1998. The spokeswoman said it has been American Girl’s policy to be closed on Thanksgiving since its founding in 1986.

“We want our booksellers to have the opportunity to enjoy what is a family holiday,” said Barnes and Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating.



All BJ’s Clubs will open on Black Friday, November 28, at 7 a.m. all Clubs are closing at 10 p.m. For some Clubs this is an hour later than usual.

“Consistent with our company values, BJ’s Wholesale Club will, once again, remain closed on Thanksgiving Day,” said Laura Sen, President & CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “To give our team a well-deserved holiday, our home office, 206 clubs and three distribution centers will be closed, allowing our 25,000 dedicated Team Members the time they deserve to celebrate all that they are grateful for in the company of family and friends.”



Burlington, no longer Burlington Coat Factory, will remain closed on Thanksgiving, like it has over the last several years. Stores will be open from 7 a.m on Black Friday.

“All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones,” a statement from the company read. “Unlike other retailers that will be offering limited-time holiday discounts on Thanksgiving, Burlington offers designer merchandise at up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. This will allow our customers to stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends without missing out on our stylish merchandise and gifts at great prices.”



Though Costco has some additional hours in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the warehouse will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, as usual.


Crate and Barrel

The furniture and lifestyle brand has closed its doors on Thanksgiving since the company was founded in 1962.



“We have never been open on Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception,” Julie Johnson Bull Inc. director of investor relations told ABC News. “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving to allow our associates time with their families and friends.” Stores open at 8:00 am on Black Friday.



Earlier this month, the CEO of shoe retailer DSW Michael R. McDonald said in a statement, “We have decided not to follow the trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day…”



GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, the video game retailer’s spokeswoman said.

“At GameStop we often use the phrase ‘protect the family’ in reference to our business, the company said, according to Daily Finance. “A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends.”

Like every Sunday, the arts and crafts chain with 600 stores in 47 states will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Daughter Petitions Kmart So Mom Doesn’t Have to Work Thanksgiving


Home Depot

The home and building store is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.



A TJX spokeswoman Doreen Thompson told ABC News, “All of our T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and are scheduled to open on Friday morning, November 28th. We consider ourselves an Associate-friendly Company, and, we are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.”


Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Jo-Ann stores have never been open Thanksgiving Day, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.



Like other companies owned by TJX, Marshalls will be closed on Thanksgiving.



“Over the years our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving so we are able to unveil our holiday trim the following morning,” said Nordstrom spokesman Dan Evans, Jr.



Outdoor retailer Patagonia is not only staying closed on Thanksgiving, but encouraging people to invest in things they already own. On Monday, the company announced an investment in Yerdle, a company that helps people put goods back into circulation and avoid buying new things.


Pier 1 Imports

Chrissy Madison, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports said the store locations are closed on Thursday “to allow our associates to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends.”



Maria Brous, Publix spokeswoman, said, “In our 84 year history, we have never opened on Thanksgiving day. We reserve the holiday for associates to be with their families. The same is true of Christmas day and Easter Sunday.” The company will have regular hours on Friday.



Like last year, REI will be closed on Thanksgiving, a spokeswoman confirmed, with stores opening at 8 a.m. on Friday.


Sam’s Club

Unlike its namesake brand, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has one chain that will be closed on Thanksgiving. About 600 Sam’s Club locations will not be open for business on Thursday.


Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Trading Post will be closed on Thanksgiving with the other TJX companies like Marshalls.

T.J. Maxx

“Maxxinistas” can take a break from the brick and mortar store on Thanksgiving.



Happy belated to my dear friend Carol…and Happy birthday Steph!  I am thankful to have you both in my life.


Love this picture of Carol.  Wish I had a picture of she and I, together that I loved.

Ter and Steph


Cheers to the birthday gal, Stephanie!   Since today is Her actual birthday, the Song of the Day, is Stephanie’s fav song:  Human, by The Killers.  Afterall, “it’s all about the music, baby”.  SS

Are we human or are we dancer?
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I’m on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human or are we dancer?

Again, I am so very thankful to my family, family who may not be blood relatives, friends, and furry friends for everything you add to my life.

It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to it that matters and which determines who you are.


Happy Thanksgiving!




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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! xoxo


  1. Best Blog!!!! Thanks for the wishes. Also…I’m thinking Nordstrom scammed their way onto that list since their employees must be working on the ‘holiday trim’ for the unveiling. 🙂
    And, Gamestop……come on!

    • We don’t want any nay-saying back at Nordstrom… American’s retailer… I mean, Terry’s retailer, aside from Etcetera. Gamestop…yeah, right! I find them sketchy, anyway. xoxo

  2. First of all, thanks for the birthday shout out and recent pic. You had me on your first cartoon, WHATISUP with Christmas Nov.1??? Social media has taken the retailers early start to a whole new level. You’ve shown exceptional restraint hiding off your Thanksgiving post till this evening. Thank you. Also you will appreciate that my long list of to dos which included pulling old geraniums from front planters, grocery shipping, making chex mix, putting TP in guest bath and decorating dining room table…only one remained undone,the last. Which will be done tomorrow, and with your sweet laid back yet inspirational attitude, I feel great about that. Happy Thankgiving sweet gal (from the blogger within her friends blog), love, Carol.

  3. Beautiful and creative tablescapes . . . however, where do you put the food (besides on your hips!!) Hope your Thanksgiving was good, T!!

    • Exactly LAP! I guess the food goes on small salad plates, because there sure as heck isn’t room for a 10″, let along a 12″ plate! I guess these tables would be good for a house walk, or christmas walk, when No food or beverages are served. 🙂

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