“Counting” on Thanksgiving

To all of our newbies hopping over from Number Fifty-three blog — welcome!



We are super excited you stopped by & on behalf of the entire DIY Playbook team (veteran readers included), here’s 5 random tips we would like to share to help you get to know what we’re all about here on the ‘ol Playbook.

1. We are Bridget & Casey, best friends and DIY Rookies from Chicago.

2. We heart Instagram.

3. We drink way too much coffee & live one to-do list item at a time.

4. Neither of us cook, but thanks to our amazing husbands… we never starve.

5. By day, Casey works as a TV producer & Bridget as a high school teacher.

Now, onto the real reason you are all here …. some tablescape eye candy!

IMG_3408We’ll keep the commentary to a minimum but just to catch you all up to speed and clarify whose table this is, allow us to give you some consolidated scoop. Long story short, we took over Bridget’s sister’s home once again (remember her front door makeover? or her gorgeous wedding photos?) to give her amazing farmhouse table some love for Thanksgiving. She’s a math teacher by trade, so as the typical nerds that we are, we decided to work her love for numbers into her tablescape. Like her, we are totally “counting” on Thanksgiving and can’t wait to celebrate in style at her home– hopefully only with pretty numbered pillows and not practice word problems.

KT’s home is bright, colorful, with touches of rustic glam. Along with the math thing, we thought we would incorporate her already established style to create a very non-traditional Thanksgiving tablescape that fits her home’s “look”.

breadWe haven’t heard the final grade, but we think we passed! Fingers crossed?! What do you guys think…. do we earn an A?


place settingTo add just one more personal touch and highlight the reason behind this fabulous holiday, we thought it would be fun to add some place cards to the mix to help guests really think about what they have to be extra grateful for this year. We created a watercolor card reading, “I’m thankful for….” & placed one at each place setting. Definitely a positive conversation starter and a great reminder of the real focus that is Turkey Day.
thankful printableThese cuties are actually FREE PRINTABLES here on the DIY Playbook. If you want copies for your Thanksgiving tablescape (or even a way to help your family prepare for the big day with a little reflection each day), go ahead and check out this post & get your free download.

PumpkinAnd although we loved playing with the greens, blues and neutrals for this table’s personality, we just had to add a touch of the traditional orange pumpkins. They just seem to POP next to the cool colors. #makingastatement
wood table decorthankful


If only all math homework came in the form of creating a bright and beautiful tablescape, we’d think about becoming math teachers too! Until then, this is the only equation we’re figuring….

6 Mason Jars + 7 Mini Pumpkins + 2 colorful plates + 4 cups of coffee = 1 thankful sister & 2 happy Rookies

Now, before we start assigning homework or something crazy, you better get out of here and check out all the gorgeous Thanksgiving inspiration Kim at Sand & Sisal has to offer.

Bridget and Casey Signature
And of course, a huge thank you to Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this whole thing. Such an amazing host to all these blog hops, I can’t wait to go check out her “hosting tips” this season. Here’s the rest of the week’s line-up:





o   DIY Playbook <– that’s us!


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  • Hi Girls, Beautiful tablescape! I just decorated Palos Pediatric Dentistry in Palos Heights (see it at http://www.mbzinteriors.com) and Dr. Rich told me he saw your blog listed on my Favorite Blog List and he tells me he knows you two, What a small world! Mary Beth 🙂

    • Thanks so much Mary Beth! And what a small world with Dr. Rich. Love the Facko family…they’re the cutest.

  • Lindsay Lark Jackman

    So pretty ladies! I love the blue ball jars and those little “I’m Thankful” tags 🙂

    • Aww thanks so much Lindsay! We’re thankful to be a part of your #bloggerstylinhometour series!

  • Beautiful job, Ladies! Love your color palette!

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! We appreciate the kind words!

      B & C

  • Zan Turner

    You all are so talented in this area. I keep coming back here to look for new ideas! Poor Bridget’s sister who has to put up with all of this…lol…Well, at least she does not have to do it herself!!! Love your blog – and yea for Chicago!!

  • Jenna

    Beautiful! So crisp!

  • it looks awesome! i love the mason jar glasses!