Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Yes, more than that one with all the presents. Because you know I love good food. And I adore a stunning tabletop. But what I really love more than anything else is bringing people together to enjoy one another’s company. In a fragmented world overstuffed with busy and satiated by virtual connections, the tangible pulse of interactions back and forth across a table is more valuable than ever.


This year, I’m making a point to pause and really take stock of all I’m thankful for. The list is incredibly simple, but I wanted to share it with you.

> Family. Having grown from a party of two to a party of three was certainly the game changer this year. It’s crazy to look at this tiny human and realize how much he’s grown in such a short time. I’m so excited to watch this little dude discover who he will become. I can only hope I don’t screw up the process.

> Loved ones. There are so many people I hold dear, both near and far. Ones I talk to frequently and ones who I rarely, if ever, connect with anymore, but the thought of each and every one always warms my heart.

> My health. Too many people face struggles with their health everyday. With each passing year I realize how lucky I am to have a body that continues to stand strong for me. I need to reminder to be kinder to it.

> Grace. Even if I sometimes fail to find it, that fact that I know it’s achievable gives me something to strive for daily.

> This site. If you told me eight+ years ago all the things that blogging would bring my way, I would never have believed you. Apartment 34 has been and remains both an adventure and a place of comfort all at the same time. If you’ve read for years, drop by on occasion or this is your first visit, I am eternally grateful for the time you spend here. Apartment 34 would be nothing without you.


PS: if you need last second thanksgiving recipe ideas click here. Drink inspiration is here. And more tabletop inspiration is here!

original photography of never before seen images of our most popular table of all time by aubrie pick 


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