Are you on the move this holiday season? Maybe you’re in transition from one place to another and not quite settled — or maybe you just need some last minute inspiration! We know some years can be more chaotic than others, so when Alexis at The Shift Creative shared her “transient Thanksgiving” with us, we knew it would resonate with a lot of folks. If you think you’ve got too much on to make the holidays something special this year, take it from a gal who’s in the middle of home renovations and living in a back house—anything is possible!
Alexis shares: When we think the holiday season most of us think about gathering around a table filled with home cooked food shared with loved ones. There might be a fire burning, the smell of cookies coming from the oven, and the glimmer of Christmas right around the corner. Yet for myself and many others, this season is a time of transition. We recently sold our home to completely renovate a new-to-us house all with a 4-year-old and a newborn! This means we are living out of boxes and residing in a friend’s back house until it’s finished. Here’s the thing—I am a huge fan of the holidays and traditions so I knew I had to do something to make them special, even though our house is just plywood and cement and chaos. So we did just that: I called up some of my favorite vendors to show how you can make the best of any season you may find yourself in!
Alexis is kinda known for The Shift Creative‘s amazing handmade backdrops—how cute are these?
For a festive backdrop, Of the Flowers and I collaborated on a macrame and floral wreaths. They are so fun, and are easy to make for any event or holiday!
We created a mauve plaster tabletop that sat perfectly on top Rad Weld Customs table base. This was a fun way to bring texture to the table, but still kept with the rawness of the demo that was going on in the house. We opted to keep the palette rather “dusty” with blues and mauves, and then added in a fun pop of mustard. Of the Flowers had these great vases that she filled with a variety of blooms down the table. We added touches of fruit like pears, cranberry seed, blackberries, and apples for an organic and playful vibe.
Dishes packed up in boxes? No problem! Alexis rented the most darling tableware from Borrowed Blu.
Fresh berries always offer the most perfect pop of color, don’t you think?
Let’s talk matte. black. fireplace. I mean it really doesn’t get much better than that until Of the Flowers decks it out with so many pretty textures and hues! I wanted to leave it up forever! P.S. This fireplace is actually in my kitchen and I kind of love it.
Sweet and Saucy Shop provided the most adorable mini cakes for the dessert bar—because when in doubt, let someone else do the baking for you!
Need some dessert decor, stat? We got you—all these mini cake stands will arrive in time for Thanksgiving thanks to the godsend, Amazon Prime!
Alexis wraps it up nicely: It’s all so pretty and it was all set right in the middle of a construction zone! See, there really is beauty in transitions and change, sometimes it just takes a different perspective.
We absolutely agree! Happy Thanksgiving and here’s to a special holiday in any circumstances!
photography: Lorely Meza // venue name: The Andra Dwelling, Riverside, California, USA // event design: The Shift Creative // planning: The Shift Creative // florals: Of the Flowers // desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop // tabletop rentals: Borrowed Blu // furniture rentals: Rad Weld Customs