Traditions Thanksgiving Linky Party – Tablescapes and Maple Syrup Acorn Squash Recipe

 
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It’s time to get our Thanksgiving on!  I absolutely love Thanksgiving don’t you?  The leaves are changing colors, homes are wrapped in lovely aromas of home cooked meals and decked out with decor to celebrate this holiday of thanks!

 
 

 
Today I am so excited to kick off and to host the beginning of the Thanksgiving Traditions Linky Party!
 

This Linky party is going to be a lot of fun because we are travelling from North to South, East to West to include hostesses from Canada and the US!

Since the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is October 8th and the American Thanksgiving holiday is November 22, this party will run for 7 weeks from October 3 to November 20th.

I’m going to have so much fun joining my crafty co-hosts from At The Picket Fence, Freckled Laundry, It’s So Very Cheri, Mrs. Hine’s Class, Notes From A Cottage Industry and Three Mango Seeds!

Each week your hostess will post a delicious Thanksgiving recipe, a DIY or craft related to that week’s party theme as well as a family tradition that they share with their loved ones every Thanksgiving!


October 3 – 9: Thanksgiving Tablescapes here at Setting for Four
October 10 – 16: Printables at Notes From A Cottage Industry
October 17 – 23:  Mantel Decor at Mrs. Hine’s Class
October 24 -30: Kid’s Craft at At The Picket Fence
October 31- Nov 6: Bunting at It’s So Very Cheri
Nov 7 – 13: Centerpiece at Freckled Laundry
Nov 14 – 20: Front Door/Porch Decor at Three Mango Seeds

 
So Welcome to the :
 
 
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This is a South~East~West Linky party and today we are starting off in the North, in Canada!
 
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Traditions Thanksgiving Linky Party at Setting for Four

I love decorating for the Thanksgiving holiday!  Here is what I have come up with this year for my Thanksgiving Tablescape :

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Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
 
 Jacobean Ironstone
 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Tablescape from Setting for Four
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amber Glass Taper Candlestick – flip it over….
 
and now it’s a Pillar Candle Holder!
 
Canadian Maple Leaves:
 
I love how all the tones of orange in this Tablescape play off the whites, as well as the natural elements….

 

You can check out these items to get a similar look for your table:
 
Tablescape Sources:
 
White Dinner Plates: Pier One
White lace-edged dessert plates: Pier One
Autumn Table gems: Pier One
White Stoneware dessert plates: Goodwill
Brown Patterned Stoneware Plates: Goodwill
Silver plated candlesticks: Goodwill
Glass candlesticks: Goodwill
Amber-coloured glass pillar candle holders: Goodwill (they are actually made for taper candles, but I turned them upside down to hold the pillar candles!)
Crystal candlesticks: TJMaxx
White tablecloth: TJMaxx
Pewter napkins: TJMaxx
Mikasa cutlery set: Tuesday Morning
Libbey’s water goblets: Target
Mini- bud vases: Target
White napkins: Pottery Barn:
White taper candles, white pillar candles: Wallmart
Oak Leaves: Pressed and dried (between heavy books) from last year.
Maple leaves and orange mums: from our yard!
 
Each year we make this family favorite Thanksgiving recipe: Maple Syrup Acorn Squash Casserole.  A touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg add a bit of sweet and spice to this harvest vegetable casserole.  Click on this link to get the recipe!

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Maple Syrup Acorn Squash Recipe from Setting for Four


Our Family Thanksgiving Tradition:

After our Thanksgiving meal, our family loves to go on a long walk outdoors.  We ‘walk off’ the huge meal we have eaten as well as enjoy the beautiful fall leaves and crisp air.  It’s just a nice opportunity to spend some time together, a change from our hustle-and-bustle everyday routines.  With our son away at Royal Military College, this Thanksgiving is going to be extra special to spend some time with him and catch up with how he’s been since he left in September!

This year we will enjoy our post-dinner walk at a special place the Trans Canada Trail.  The trail is a series of recreational paths that span the whole country from west coast to east coast and is the longest network of trails in the world! 

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The Trans Canada Trail from Setting for Four


Today more than 16,800 km of trail has been developed and millions of international travelers and Canadians use the trails to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride and snowmobile.  Once completed it will stretch 23,000 km from the Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic oceans through each province and territory. It really is an amazing national treasure.


At this time of year in Canada the trees are turning red, orange and yellow.
Gorgeous fall colours:
 
Maple Tree from Setting for Four
Maple Leaves!
Canadian maple leaves from Setting for Four
Canadian maple leaves from Setting for Four


Sumac blazing red:
Fall Sumac tree from Setting for Four
Maple tree – wow!
Maple Tree turning red for Fall from Setting for Four
Lots of marshes along the trail:
Marshland from Setting for Four
 
 
Marshland from Setting for Four
Marshland from Setting for Four
Wild Asters in bloom and bees working their magic before winter:
 
Purple Aster from Setting for Four
Wildflowers from Setting for Four
 
Here’s a ‘Wooly Bear” Caterpillar.
 
Legend has it that the broader the black bands the more severe the winter ahead will be….looks like this guy is showing me that there will be a mild winter!
Wooly Bear Caterpiller from Setting for Four
The Trans Canada Trail from Setting for Four


 
So now it’s your turn to show us how you have been preparing for Thanksgiving! 
Link up any new or old Thanksgiving projects and join the linky party fun!
 


 
So tell me, what is your family Thanksgiving tradition?  What are you thankful for this year?
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Linking up to:
It’s So Very Cheri
Twigg Studios
Be Different Act Normal
Classy Clutter
I Heart Naptime
Crafty Scrappy Happy


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Comments

  1. Sharon @ mrshinesclass says

    I want to copy EVERYTHING from your tablescape! It’s simple elegance at its best. I really like the elements from nature and I just love that you incorporated white. Your Fall photos are stunning too. Great post!

    Sharon

  2. Courtenay@Creek Line House says

    I’m in heaven! I love Thanksgiving! I’m so jealous of your tradition of taking an after dinner walk. Most of my family would never go for that! I try to go out and walk beside the creek for a while after dinner by myself though, so maybe I’ll do that on Thanksgiving too! Loving this party, Heather!

  3. Janette Johanson says

    Wow, Fall is really in full effect up there. I can’t wait to see some colors like that down here in Texas. Beautiful pictures as always and a classy table… you always impress!

  4. CK Mangold says

    Heather – I love those little glass acorns and the Jacobean Ironstone…wow! A very beautiful tablescape. :) I think its a great idea for a walk after the big meal, we may have to try that this year! :)

  5. At The Picket Fence says

    Just linked up two our posts from last Thankgiving! Vanessa’s Thankful Garland and my Dining Room all decked out for Thanksgiving. So excited to be partying with all of you fabulous ladies for the party. Heather your table is absolutely gorgeous, your recipe mouth watering and your traditions so sentimental. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Heather and Vanessa

  6. Sylvia says

    Hi Heather! It’s my first time visiting your blog space and I love it. Everything you show here is inspiring! I am sharing our annual Thanksgiving trip to Algonquin Park and I hope your readers enjoy it. Thanks for having me!
    Enjoy the splendor of the season!

    • Heather SettingforFour says

      Sylvia – I used to live about a half hour from Algonquin Park! Visited and camped there many times! There are some very chubby raccoons there that stole our food a few times – haha!!! Thanks for linking up your sweet Tradition! It’s so fabulous you get to visit the park every year!

  7. Dewdrop Gardens says

    Hi Heather, I’m a fellow Canadian and have started following you. I found you via It’s So Very Cheri when she posted about this link party.
    What a gorgeous tablescape! Love the elegance of it. And your trail pictures are so beautiful. We have part of the trail in the town near us. Always a lovely hike.
    I’m sharing my centerpiece for this weekend…well, the first part, the making of it. Had to break it into two posts because it’s 2 projects.
    Debbie :)

  8. freckled laundry says

    Your tablescape is gorgeous, Heather. I do love the orange & natural elements against the white too. I love the simplicity of the leaf in the center of the napkin! What a great tradition to go for a scenic walk after a feast…and your path this year looks stunning. I can hardly get my family to move off the couch…everyone flocks to the sofa for some football! (BTW I had never heard that legend about wooly bear caterpillars! )

  9. Athena at Minervas Garden says

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape, Heather! I have fond memories of Canada–I went to school up in Alberta for four years, and celebrated several Canadian Thanksgivings, often at a roommate’s home, since I was visiting from the States. How smart to use white to show off all the lovely autumn colors, and I love your Jacobean plates. A beautiful picture of the Trans Canada Trail as well!

    • Heather SettingforFour says

      I am so glad you were able to experience a Canadian thanksgiving! That is so great that you were able to spend Thanksgiving at a roommate’s home rather than be stuck at school for the holiday! My son is at college now too and we are offering any of his friends to stay with us for holidays if they can’t get home! Thanks for all you lovely comments!

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