Thanksgiving is such a warm and wonderful Holiday. Families gather, hearts are grateful, and memories are shared.
Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to incorporate family heirlooms into your decor.
Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Side table display with heirloom candy dish and recipe box
I did some rearranging at my Mom's house while we were visiting a few weeks ago so I could use them for this post. I picked this particular spot because there are so many memories and heirlooms. The mirror was placed there by my Great Grandfather (by direct order of my Great Grandmother) so the kitchen could easily be seen by anyone sitting in the living room. It has only ever been moved to paint the walls.The table was also an original piece to the house. I simply added a few basic Thanksgiving decorations and included my Great Grandmother's candy dish and her recipe box. Simple, easy, and full of memories.
2. Recipe box, salt and pepper shakers, and figurines
Here is another that I displayed the recipe box from my Great Grandmother. Also, not pictured is a recipe from that box that I enlarged on our printer/copier and framed. I love the idea of taking something that is used for a specific purpose and displaying it in the house. I also added heirloom turkey figurines and salt and pepper shakers as accents.
3. Trice's Grandparent's antique goodies
Here is a display that we used in the show. These are from Patrice Wilson's (co-host) Grandparents. For family gatherings Patrice uses these items for serving. The handmade toolbox is great for silverware and the fruit crate is sturdy enough to hold the drink container on top and plates or glasses underneath. It is a beautiful way to display these items. She also uses a sewing box that she inherited from her Grandmother. Trice uses it as a candy dish. I love not using things for the original intended purpose, it makes the display a eye catcher!
** Don't have family heirlooms? It's okay! Use what you like, so your children and grandchildren will have items to cherish.
*Even if an heirloom that you have may be simple or less-than-extravagant, use it! Think of a way to use it so you can continue to keep those memories alive. By doing so you are honoring your heritage and those family members will be well represented during your Thanksgiving holiday.
Have fun digging up old treasures!!