For our anniversary Shon and I took a belated trip to K.C. because the first weekend of each month they have an antique event in the West Bottoms warehouse district where hundreds of dealers set up shop inside vacant warehouses.
Along with the opportunity to visit so many antique dealers in one location, the energy surrounding the event is just plain fun! I compare it to a Downtown Sioux Falls First Friday event. Many vendors share complimentary beverages,snacks and stories with you as you shop their boothes. The selection is impressive and the prices are fair.
The one item I had on my wish list was everyday dishes for our kitchen. I decided a while back that I’d begin collecting Buffalo café ware – or other brands but the same thick, white dishes with thin green lines around the edge. About five hours into our hunt I found four plates to add to my growing collection!
I started the collection with a bowl that had belonged to my Aunt Jenny (a rummage sale queen!) She left several of her fun dishes to me when she passed away. From there, I found four oval plates and some coffee mugs at a local thrift shop. Now I just need to find some bowls!
Shon and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and it’s going to be a BIG gathering of about 20. I’m really looking forward to the time with his family as well as preparing the meal together with Shon.
As far as I’m concerned, getting ready for any party is almost as fun as the party itself. I really enjoy the planning process, meal prep and decorating the table!
A few nights ago I planned the tablescape for our group – it involves burlap, lights and paper-mache letters and candles. I knew I needed something short enough to visit over, but long enough to decorate the three banquet tables we’ll push together so everyone can sit together – so I opted for the words “Give Thanks.”
They’re made from inexpensive paper-mache letters I found at Hobby Lobby and then spray painted copper and gold. Right now I’m enjoying them on my dining room sideboard.