Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Thanksgiving Traditions

Celebrating Thanksgiving is a much loved family tradition with my family. Whether traveling to grandmother’s house as we did when our son was young or entertaining family or friends the celebration is always the same. Decorating with autumn colors using simple bounty is what I enjoy. Making a grapevine wreath with burlap ribbon for the front door, adding color with mums from the garden shop and it’s all done quickly during this busy season allowing more time in the kitchen for preparing the “feast"!

Ornamental cabbage and mums added to flower beds for seasonal color.

Candles for easy and welcoming vignettes

And, as crisp cool days turn cold seasonal color arrives just in time for Thanksgiving! 

Only to swept away with the big storm that swept across our country this week.

My Narcissus “Paperwhites” are coming up right on schedule for Christmas and are covered with autumn leaves.

Thanksgiving traditions, being with family or friends, a traditional meal of turkey and dressing (southern for stuffing), taking afternoon walks hearing the crunch of fallen leaves, these are many of my memories and traditions. 
We began our family time celebrating Thanksgiving this past weekend. We continue through this holiday weekend, enjoying the blessing of being together. I’m thankful for all God’s blessings and in recent years I add to my “Thankful List” my newfound friends from blogging. Wishing everyone a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

A newfound garden shop

I want to share a few snaps with you from a charming little garden shop I discovered a few weeks ago. You are welcomed with a ceramic dressed gardner, surrounded by seasonal flowers and plants. Ivy covered walls invite you inside to a lovely selection of plants and gifts for every season. On my next visit I’m sure I will find an abundance of inspiration for my holiday decorating!

A ceramic dressed gardner 

Cherubs already dressed in “Christmas Finery"

A sweet vignette with lambs

As always, thank you for your visit. I would love for you to let me know you were here and leave a comment. Tell me your Thanksgiving traditions. 



  1. Awesome photos, Emily!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. What beautiful, colorful Fall pictures, Emily. I'm especially loving the gardening decor and the garden lady dressed in her mosaic finery. Happy Thanksgiving blessings to you.

  3. Such gorgeous pictures - wow.

    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  4. Love all of your beautiful photographs! Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  5. Emily, your fall photos are lovely. Yes, that storm pushed right through here and headed your way. '-) It's gorgeous here today with bright sunshine and cold temps. Perfect Thanksgiving weather! Enjoy your time with your son and his family. Being with family and friends to share in thanksgiving of our many blessings is what this holiday is about.
    I'm counting our friendship as one of my blessings. What a joy it is to share your friendship across the miles and through our blogs. ~ Sarah

  6. I'm always inspired by the photos you share here! I love your autumn home, those trees are amazing! And what a great garden store--that would be a fun place to visit.

  7. Beautiful, Emily -- and I do love your new shop! Isn't burlap ribbon the best? I use it from fall through New Year's! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us, Emily. Love every image, esp your burlap ribbon and the ceramic dress gardener.
    It's just four at our home, and I miss my dad more every year esp at holiday tables, so I decided to make it buffet vs sit down this year...and I think I will do that from now on.
    Thankful for you, blogging friend.

  9. Just gorgeous! Hope you are having a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Emily! I can't wait until the Iron Bowl…..are y'all going to Auburn?

    Your vignettes are so pretty! And thanks for sharing the garden shop with us…is it in Tuscaloosa???


  11. Your pictures are beautiful. I love those cherubs and the lambs and am swooning over that painting behind the lambs, too. Happy Thanksgiving to you. XOXO

  12. I love your autumn pictures; both the ones of your vignettes and the ones of those gorgeous trees. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  13. Such lovely photo's and love the lambs! I'm so happy I found your blog. You certainly have a new follower now. I'd love for you to drop by my blog sometime to see what we do!
    Tania from FARRAGOZ

  14. Beautiful post on Thanksgiving Traditions and the beauty of Autumn. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Beautiful post and beautiful traditions, Emily. Your trees are gorgeous! Your paper whites are already coming out? Ours do not come out until Feb, I think.....Christine

  16. Hi, Emily. Your Thanksgiving traditions are much like ours. Love your photos and the visit to the garden center...what sweet lambs. Love them. It looks like the list of blogs not updating is growing.. Sarah at Hyacinths isn't and mine, too. Wish I know a techie who could solve our problem. xo Babs

  17. Your Thanksgiving looked so fabulous !!! all that glorious color. Where did you find those cabbage mums. What a beauty. I love those. You really do have a beautiful fall. Down here in South Ms. it is so drab.
    Merry Christmas,
    Marie Antoinette

  18. What gorgeous images, Emily! I decided to pop in and see what you've been up to! I've been out of the loop on blogs; and I am trying to catch up a little. Merry Christmas to you!

  19. Hi Emily! I hope you are well! We always go for a walk after our Thanksgiving dinner--sometimes in snow parkas and boots, sometimes in short sleeves--in New England it could be summer, winter or fall on Thanksgiving. I do wish we could grow paperwhites in our yard! I have to force them indoors here, but they are worth the effort! I enjoyed our "shopping trip" in the new garden store! Linda




The French Hutch and all its text, content, photographs and ideas are mine unless stated and are copyright protected.
Using content including but not limited to: designs, original ideas, photographs, posts, etc. is prohibited without permission with the exception of Pinning and Social Media for sharing.
Contact me at for permission to use content and photographs and link back to original post
The French Hutch
© 2011-2019 All Rights Reserved