I have become a pro at Thanksgiving. It’s definitely a pat on my own back but it’s true. I pride myself on my Thanksgiving meal. Me and my two little pilgrim buddies, we’ve got this down.
These guys are from Publix and have been with me since I moved out of my parents house. Chips and all, they’re the perfect finishing touch on any Thanksgiving table. If you want to buy them, click this link: Publix pilgrim salt and pepper shaker. Also, if you want to watch some tear inducing commercials starring them, click here.
Today I am going to be sharing with you part 1 of my 3 part series on Thanksgiving. I will be showing you how to decorate, my fool proof recipes, and finally how I get it all together without breaking a sweat.
Let’s get started!
I love using little gourds around the house during autumn because they’re just so stinkin’ cute and they’re cheap. But you have to toss them after the season. I need to add some reusable autumn seasonal decorations.
Aren’t these white pumpkins and branches of autumnal leaves just beautiful and elegant?
My parents have a kumquat tree and they are not fun to eat but I am definitely going to be using this design idea for our Thanksgiving table this year.
Here is my quintessential Thanksgiving table before the food goes down. I use beautiful white plates and platters to make everything uniform. I also love using fruit (these were plastic – ha!) or anything edible and placing it around the table and then softening it up with some leaves that I pick off from the trees outside. My parents live in Florida so we are fortunate to have large fruit and fig leaves but anything green softens up the table.
I also love placing things into baskets, but I soften up the look of the basket first by placing cloth napkins first. This softens up the look and gives a more fancy look to the situation. I also like adding height to the table whenever I can so I busted out with my parents silver tea and coffee service (that I was supposed to polish – oops!) and then I used some tall glasses for the cranberry sauce this year.
You can also use cake plates or platters to add height to the table. This gives interest to the whole shabang.
Also, that year the pies were store-bought. So they went out on the table first.
- use white platters to keep everything uniform
- use greenery and leaves to soften up the table at the base of plates and platters
- use pumpkins, pinecones, and edible autumn fruit to add some festive decor to your holiday home
- add height to the table with possibly using drink glasses for sauces and gravies and upside down bowls
- use votive candles to soften up the lighting if the dinner is in the evening
- have fun! it’s about enjoying the company and preparing for Black Friday…ha!
Stay tuned for next week’s recipe breakdown! I’ll be sharing my tried and true recipes that I use year after year.
See you then!