Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. – Erma Bombeck

For some, Thanksgiving is all about the football-others the food, for most it is about the joy of gathering.  For me?  It’s all about setting the table!

I know the meal is over in the blink of an eye, yet I find myself happily preparing long past the 18 hour mark.  Probably because I do things Like this-set a practice table!!

Yes, I like to kind of do a practice run if I’m trying something new-and this year I decided to try burlap to decorate my Thanksgiving table.  Since burlap is represented in every store in multiple ways, I knew I wouldn’t need to search long and hard for ideas.  First, I found the table runner.  Check.  The rest just kind of happened-Dollar Store, Michaels and Hobby Lobby all made my new burlap Thanksgiving table come together with ease.

Here are some photos of the dress rehearsal-can’t wait to see it with the gold trimmed plates and goblets.

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I love the brown/golden warmth of this burlap Thanksgiving table.

I love the brown/golden warmth of this burlap Thanksgiving table.

burlap chargers, burlap hearts tied with raffia for napkin rings, a burlap runner and few rustic burlap leaves in the centerpiece-love the texture and color

burlap chargers, burlap hearts tied with raffia for napkin rings, a burlap runner and few rustic burlap leaves in the centerpiece-love the texture and color

Do you set a “practice table?”  Have you got an idea this year on how you might do it differently-or does tradional reign supreme?