Thanksgiving Inspiration

This weekend, we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving! 

I am so looking forward to visiting with family, enjoying a relaxing weekend without any sport activities {ok, who am I kidding, hockey goes on all the time around this house}, watching the leaves turn into their fall colours and eating turkey and all the trimmings! 


 To get into the fall spirit I like to decorate simply, using gourds and my daughter's squash painting.

But nothing is more inspiring than browsing through magazines and websites to get all excited for the upcoming holiday.

Here are some Thanksgiving inspiration photos courtesy of Style at Home 
{one of my favourite decor magazines}

These are so simple and can be a great DIY!

Spray paint some gourds black for a classic touch.

 Fabulous tree screen printed pillows.

Gorgeous bronze place card holders with a name written in a typewriter font.

But....Thanksgiving isn't complete with a fabulous meal.
I love a simple roasted turkey and whip up my famous stuffing.
I get requests for it all the time!

Not only do pumpkins make fabulous decor, but they are simply delicious cooked up as yummy pumpkin pie.

How do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving? 
What are your favourite Thanksgiving recipes?

XO Barbara


  1. I've done a bit of decorating! I'm happy that Thanksgiving is early in Canada so that I can soon switch over to Halloween decorations:) I love the simplicity of your mantel with your daughter's painting. Very sweet!

  2. No pumpkins here in Dubai to decorate with but I have found canned pumpkin so I'll be whipping up a pie this weekend with our turkey! Your mantel looks great xo

  3. Isn't Thanksgiving the loveliest holiday? I love that it's all about food and family and none of the stress of the Christmas season. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday Barbara.

  4. Hi Barbara,
    I love your daughter's artwork - what a lovely personal touch for your fall decor.
    Hope you'll enjoy better weather this weekend than what we're expecting here in Alberta!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~ Wendi ~

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  6. Great post, Barbara! And thank you for the shout out :) Your daughter's such a talented artist!

  7. Gorgeous inspirations! Cute card holder too. Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

  8. From this Canadian now living in the us, I wish you a very happy thanksgiving!! (your pictures are making me crave turkey!yum!)

  9. Your daughter's paintings are lovely!! I checked out her etsy shop the other day. Its no wonder, though, as the talented apple doesn't fall far from the inspirational tree!!

  10. Your daughters paintings are so ful of colour! Love them.

    Decor to me this time of year is kept simple. I love what you have chosen. Squash from the garden?

  11. Your daughters paintings are ah-mazing.. WOW!!! and I am totally going to be spray painting some gourds black. LOVE THAT!

  12. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Barbara. I agree with Karen - Thanksgiving is the best because it isn't filled with stress like Christmas. Love the squash painting!

  13. That is a beautiful mantle. I love your daughter's painting and that is a perfect and simple fall decor.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Barbara! Thank you for you!

  14. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend Barbara! I'm with you on decorating simply, and with gourds!

  15. My favorite is succotash!! Have you heard of it? It's an american dish. Polished off with a massive piece of pumpkin pie. Have a lovely thanksgiving Barbara!!

  16. Hope it was wonderful! We survived two back-toback dinners.. nothing like having the house buzzing with all your favourite people..


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