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Thanksgiving Blessings and Themes for your Table

Updated on November 1, 2014

Try A Different Approach to Your Thanksgiving Festivities!

We breeze right by it, sometimes, without much thought beforehand. Thanksgiving is too close to Christmas, too soon after Halloween, or whatever our excuse, it too often becomes little more than a big meal, and football game or two and Christmas shopping. We pull out the same ole (sometimes really tacky) stuff every year, and chalk up another holiday "done".

Why not think a little outside the box this year? What can you do to spruce up perhaps the most dully decorated holiday of the year?

And what are perhaps some different prayers of thanks we can say around the table?

Here are a few ideas!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your family's festivites for a fantastic Thanksgiving this year and always!

Photo by Celesteh

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Cotton
Cotton

Tropical Palms

Tropical Theme 1

It is okay to step outside traditional fall décor for a bit of a different flair this holiday season! Let's start with a look at a tropical theme. Even within the "tropics" we have several choices. We can go wildly colorful or with more subdued earthtones, depending on how the rest of your room looks. Save money by purchasing one or two new pieces and using what you already have to tie in.

No reason to stress, but have a little fun and take a few minutes to think about your theme - it can help to foster great memories that make this year's gathering unique and special!

Cotton table runner and napkins, 'Tropical Palms' (set for 4)

And for the truly theme-based hostess, a wearable piece in the same pattern!

All items on this lens are from Novica.com

Stitching Detail
Stitching Detail

Four Floral Elephants

Tropical Theme 2

I especially like these wonderful elephants, because they are earthy enough that you can use some of your more traditional decorations if you wish without a huge clashing issue.

On the other hand, you could really play it up with a whole Safari theme. Pull out stuffed animals from the kids room, or have guests bring a stuffed animal for fun and conversation pieces.

Covered with floral motifs, four elephants march across a background of dark brown cotton. Fully lined, this table runner is designed by Thanyarat Sananpanich. The pachyderms come to life with the silkscreen technique and green edging adorns the applique border.

Spice it up a bit, if you wish, with this radiant Ceramic plate "Blue Chrysanthemum"

Dreadlocks - Miss Jamaica
Dreadlocks - Miss Jamaica

A Tropical Prayer of Thanksgiving

Jamaica's National Prayer, Published 1995

Let us give thanks for all God's goodness and the wonderful heritage into which we have entered:

For Jamaica, our island home, the land of our birth -

For the majesty of our hills, the beauty of our valleys, and the flaming loveliness of our gardens –

For the warmth and brightness of our days and the calm and peace of our countryside –

For the rich heritage of our people coming for many races, and yet one in purpose, in achievement, and in destiny, and for the dignity of labour and the service given by every citizen of our land –

For freedom, just laws and our democratic way of life –

For the high privilege and responsibility of Independence and for bringing us to nationhood –

For our parents, teachers, religious and other leaders and all those who in every walk of life are helping to prepare us for responsible citizenship, and for all those who are giving voluntary service in the public interest –

For the poets, artists and thinkers and all who create in us the vision of a new and better society –

For our godly heritage, the example of Jesus Christ and the sacrifices of our fathers in the faith –

Jamaican Food - And Praise for the Land

Strength of the Ceiba - Tropical Theme 3

Expressed through geometric motifs, this beautiful table runner depicts the ceiba, the national tree of Guatemala. "Its trunk is thick and very strong so it rarely falls. That's why it is our tree, because it inspires us to find the strength to move ahead with our work," artisans of Aj Quen explain. Woven by hand, it combines the backstrap loom with a floor loom, and utilizes falser as decorative threads that run horizontally across the underlying textile. Due to the weaving process, there is a curve of about one inch (2 cm) across one end, which attests to the work of artisan hands.

For some reason this runner makes me think of Chocolate. What might be fun is to do up some simple placecards with chocolates , both in white chocolate and dark or milk chocolate. Use sprinkles, or shavings, or kisses or squares from chocolate bars to dress up a little plate with the name written in brown crayon. A simple and fun new way to be festive!

This handblown centerpiece "Magnificence" is just georgeous and perfect Autumn table compliment!

A second Ceiba piece for the wall can really enhance your theme:

Wrought iron candleholder, 'Ceiba'

Working in wrought iron, Byron Toscano captures the beauty of the mighty ceiba tree. Leaves cover the branch, which is painted in a deep copper tone. Designed to hang on the wall, the candleholder holds a single candle.

My Favorite Book of Prayers - Earth Prayers

This book brings together poems and prayers from all sorts of cultures honoring nature. There's a Navajo chant, zuni chant, hidu prayer, songs by eskimos, poetry by robert frost and emily dickenson and more and more. Four hundred pages of wonderful words for the earth. I love it!.....

review from MerryMousie

I personally loved this book so much I used my Mom's copy until the edges curled and had to buy her another.

Blue Garden

Blue Theme 1

Why not something in a bright and festive blue? Heck with tradition! Let's really brighten up the day!

Lacy petals bloom brightly on a garden of handloomed cotton. Combining red and white on blue, artisans from Thai Tribal Crafts create a delightful table runner in the style of Thailand's Lahu people. These hill tribe textiles are distinguished by patchwork applique, and in their weaving, the pattern appears only on one side of the cloth. This piece is a personal expression of the individual artisan, thus the color and motif may vary slightly from that pictured.

A Vision for Gratitude - The Vision Alignment Project

The Vision Alignment Project
The Vision Alignment Project

"We see world where our gratitude shines forth, like a beautiful, priceless gem; where we are joyful for all of the good things that come to us, and where we are equally joyful for all the adversity that presents itself because we have learned, beyond all doubt, that our challenges and problems are always accompanied by great gifts."

See the full vision and align with us!

Lagoon Wonders

Blue Theme 2

The magic of Champey Lagoon, with its natural bridge, inspire the patterns on this elegant cotton runner. They are achieved with jaspe tie-and-dye techniques over a cotton table runner. It is woven on a back strap loom by the talented women of Komon Utzil.

I really like this Axora Eggshell centerpiece with Lagoon Wonders for this theme:

Tibetan Prayer Flags
Tibetan Prayer Flags

Eastern Blue - Blue theme 3

Buddhist Prayer of thanks

From Vietnamese tradition

This food is the gift of the whole universe - the earth, the sky, and much hard work.

May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it.

May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed.

May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.

We accept this food so that we may realise the path of practice.

Rustic textures in blue cotton host bands of floral embroidery. Working in traditional Hmong needlecraft techniques, Jing creates the motifs with a fine cross stitch. Rain tree wood beads form a delightful fringe on either end.

Try 'Phoenix Rises over Pink' terracotta centerpiece with your Eastern Blue!

Fruit Cake Tin
Fruit Cake Tin

My Own Thanksgiving Blessing

Written Especially for You, Dear Readers!

In the time it takes to read this, you have spent a precious minute with me. I thank you.

For the gifts you bring to the table (and we all bring something whether we know it our not) I thank you.

For the times you gave and no one noticed, I thank you.

For the extra helping you did not take, so ones you love could have more, I thank you.

For the love you give others, whomever they may be, without expecting anything in return, I thank you.

For the ripple effect your kind gestures have bestowed on me, I thank you.

For the patience you show when it is not so easy, for the tongue you hold when it begs to be said, I thank you.

For remembering with fondness a loving memory of one no longer with you, I thank you for keeping them alive.

For prudence when you wanted to be bold, and knowing you shine anyway, I thank you.

For the example you set for the one who has always looked up to you, I thank you.

For being silly and funny and adding laughter to life, I thank you.

For the goodness you spread to make my path lighter, I thank you.

For all the gifts you have ever given (yes, even the fruitcake) I thank you.

Most of all, for being you, I thank you.

May God bless you and keep you safe, happy and warm this Thanksgiving and every day forward.

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Décor

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Make beaded lanternsLet "small food" be part of the décorAny simple decoration repeated over and over can make a bold statementLittle Penants from scraps of material strung in a line - very quaint and a great conversation starter - especially if you use scraps from old discarded clothing.A simple twist on an even simpler concept - Make it Huge!The brightest flowers from your florist - scatter petals everywhere!  what fun!  Let the kids help!Crafty?  Try something new this year!A Squash Pilgrim only a mother could love!2011 is the year of the Rabbit!  Try this for placeholders or napkins. (more photos here
Make beaded lanterns
Make beaded lanterns
Let "small food" be part of the décor
Let "small food" be part of the décor
Any simple decoration repeated over and over can make a bold statement
Any simple decoration repeated over and over can make a bold statement
Little Penants from scraps of material strung in a line - very quaint and a great conversation starter - especially if you use scraps from old discarded clothing.
Little Penants from scraps of material strung in a line - very quaint and a great conversation starter - especially if you use scraps from old discarded clothing.
A simple twist on an even simpler concept - Make it Huge!
A simple twist on an even simpler concept - Make it Huge!
The brightest flowers from your florist - scatter petals everywhere!  what fun!  Let the kids help!
The brightest flowers from your florist - scatter petals everywhere! what fun! Let the kids help!
Crafty?  Try something new this year!
Crafty? Try something new this year!
A Squash Pilgrim only a mother could love!
A Squash Pilgrim only a mother could love!
2011 is the year of the Rabbit!  Try this for placeholders or napkins. (more photos here
2011 is the year of the Rabbit! Try this for placeholders or napkins. (more photos here

New Zealand Prayers of Thanks

Bright colors and entertaining images recall the endearing artistry of childhood. Rosa Maria Larrabure paints a different scene on each handcrafted placemat and coaster, which renders this set spectacularly unique.

The possibilities are endless! You know that folder full of your child or grandchild's artwork that you just can't throw away? Get crackin! Laminate, posterate, hand create - you got it, use it!

Pueblo Blessing

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you."

~Pueblo Blessing ~

Iroquois Prayer, adapted

Crescent Moon Magic - Earth, Moon and Stars Theme 1

Crescent moons glow magical and colorful on an emerald green table runner. Designers Suli and Tari embroider the lunar motifs by hand on this captivating cotton table runner.

Goes really nicely with "Autumn Leaf" art glass centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Table!

Beautiful Visions of Gratitude - Accompanied by Ed Harris

Earth
Earth

Earth Legends

Earth, Moon and Stars Theme 2

Wool table runner, 'Earth Legends'

Like a mysterious scroll of ancient scriptures, this table runner holds images of Inca iconography. Rendered in warm hues of dark and light brown, Cerapio Vallejo's table runner honors the "strong earth" lakka in the Aymara dialect. An inspired piece that bears witness to Peru's longstanding weaving tradition.

This really interesting zigzag basket would be a great compliment to your Earth Legends table

Colorful Constellations - Earth, Moon and Stars Theme 3

Colorful constellations reveal a mystical code to summon the artistry of India's textile legacy. Presented by UMBVS Desert Weavers of India, the runner is woven of cotton on a traditional loom featuring orange, indigo, green and red constellations over a black background.

I love this handblown Murano centerpiece 'Red Fire' to compliment Colorful Constellations

We love to hear from you - Let us know what you think!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Better late than never.... finally compiled my SquidAngel Lens from my 'angel flight' back in the Fall of 2010 :-) So.... returning to tell you that this lens has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @Michey LM: Ooh thank you Michey! I'm so grateful! You are so kind!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Nobody likes traditions more then me... and Thanksgiving is a unique holiday, so I spread my wings ans Bless your lens.

      Regards

      Michey

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations for being included on the Best of Lists, 75 Lenses You Shouldn't Miss This Thanksgiving by SquidTeam, and Happy Thanksgiving! - Kathy

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for all the info.

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! I appreciate you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely AWESOME lens! I really appreciated Your Thanksgiving Blessing,it's beautiful!

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @ICanCook: Thank you so much! Bless you my dear!

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      I think the Vision Alignment Project is a good idea. Also, the mix of blessings and gratitude that you have assembled warms my heart. Thank you.

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @kateloving: Thank you Kate! You are a blessing!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Congratulations on the Purple Star and the Prayer!!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Such a variety of beautiful designs and prayers. Wonderful!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What lovely themes for Thanksgiving, and even for other holidays or special dinner parties. And I especially like the "Pueblo Blessing". Speaking of 'blessings', I'm also leaving a ~~SquidAngel Blessing~~ here.

      PS: Am lensrolling to my 'Thanksgiving Themes from Kitchen to Table' lens.

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @Wednesday-Elf: Wow! Thank you so much Wednesday! Blessings to you!

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @rwoman: Yep we gotta have that cornbread stuffin' - nothing like it? But my poor hubby's from Michigan and always wants mincemeat pie at Thanksgiving - we can never find it down here in Mississippi!

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      Cool! It is interesting how different places celebrate differently. When we moved south I discovered cornbread stuffing and corn pudding. Love it!

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @giacombs-ramirez: Thank you very much! I am partial to the blue myself for some reason. Let's brighten things up this year! Nothing says joy in gratitude like bright, festive colors!

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      What a great idea for a lens....loved the "blue" themes. Blessed by angel.

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @emmaklarkins: Thanks Emma. That is exactly the message I was trying to get across. Why have keep a "tradition" if something else would be a lot more fun (and memorable!)

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      A truly wonderful lens! I think it's great to think about stirring up some traditions. It's funny, sometimes we stick with things because we've always done them that way, even if another way would be better. Favorited!

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      Karen Kay 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @jptanabe: lol! That would be kinda fun! Tropical "snow" theme! Thanks for the compliment!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      You have some beautiful pieces displayed here. Not sure I'm quite ready for a tropical themed Thanksgiving though, at the rate we're going we'll have a snow-covered one!