Napa and Thoughtful Thanksgiving Table Ideas

It was fun in Napa with Cindy Hattersley.  In addition to the show house, we did a little shopping.
I bought this heavy linen apron for my brother and sister-in-law who are hosting Thanksgiving in Palm Desert, California next week.

While in Napa, we spent the night at the Napa River Inn...gotta love a place that serves a little wine while registering...

And I loved shopping at Sonoma Country Antiques...a great mix antique, vintage and new. Cindy pointed out that with this stores proximity to SF, I could even run over on a Saturday.

We had a great lunch at Cindy's Back Street Kitchen ...love the decor!

Last year, we had Thanksgiving at our cousins, Linda and Ted's house.  It was a large group with one "grown-up" table in russets and one in aqua.

Colorful flowers tied everything together.

Everyone had a place card.

Three generations here...
and a fourth generation...

Speaking of place cards, Lisa at "Shine Your Light" created these custom ones with menus.   And "instead of torturing her family" to come up with reasons aloud why they are grateful, they have quotes to read such as
"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast".
There are some cute place card settings here.

You can see how I made this tablescape here.
Say hello to my brother wearing his new apron...
see you Thursday, Jimbo and Nancy!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!


  1. What a cute post...full of beauty. SO jealous you are so close to Napa, my favorite!! I love the apron and your cousins table last year, how fun to see all the generations together, great place card ideas too. Wishing you a great and happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Mary Ann, You are so thoughtful of your family! I would love to live close to the wine country as well!! So many great places for a short getaway! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if we don't talk before then!

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  3. Love your Thanksgiving tablesetting! Sounds like the Napa tour was fab.

  4. Love your Thanksgiving tablesetting! Sounds like the Napa tour was fab.

  5. Oh I love Sonoma Country Antiques! When we were in Sonoma this fall for a wedding I went there and fell in love. Wish I could move the whole store down to Southern California! And I mentioned to Cindy that we ate at Cindy's Back Street Kitchen too! Loved that place. Sounds like we had very similar experiences!

    And I LOVE the apron! What a cute idea for a gift for someone who's a cook. Lovely tables too Mary Ann!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  6. Mary Ann how sweet of you to share my little menu place cards- thank you! Your Napa trip sounds so fun, from visiting with Cindy, to wine at check in, to the shopping adventures! Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving! XO

  7. What a wonderful time! I love NAPA ! Cindy is great you must have had such fun! xo K

  8. That apron make a lovely gift! And love seeing all the beautiful things in Napa, you ladies for sure had a blast! The table your cousin set up is so elegant and carefully thought of, I think in any get-together, it's a great start to just that! Have a happy thanksgiving!

  9. I'm happy to have "virtually" toured the Napa Show House thanks to you and Cindy.
    What a great apron/hostess gift! I love the tablescape as well.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  10. You really know how to have a great time, Mary Ann! You find the best places to eat, stay and shop! I want to hang with you! So many wonderful ideas for fall decor and our thanksgiving tables. Your cousin obviously has the same beautiful decor gene that you do...even the kids table is pretty! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    xoxo Gail


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