Welcome back! My favorite part of decorating for Thanksgiving is setting the table, and today I get to share this year’s version with you! 🙂 Is setting the table your favorite as well?
Thanks to the magic of blogging, I have been able to look back at my last few years of Thanksgiving tables. I saw the one with cotton plus brown dead stuff, the one set with green turkey plates, the table of brown and red with some herbs, and last year’s very neutral table with brown and green. And I know…every year I say, This is my favorite, but I have to say, this year’s version really IS my favorite. (Of course there’s always next year. 🙂 )
And I know you are probably not even looking at the table, but instead you’re asking…
How many darn pairs of buffalo check drapes does Kelly have??!
Because if you are a frequent reader here, you know there were red buffalo checked ones in the dining room in September and black checked ones in there in October, and now there are khaki checked ones, right?
Well, those aren’t new. I just switched out the black ones (that were in the upstairs office loooong ago) for the khaki checked ones from my workroom. It’s just musical chairs with the drapes around here! 🙂
Okay, now that we’ve got that settled, let’s talk about the table for a minute. This was such a fun mix to me – Waterford crystal, Williams-Sonoma turkey salad plates, and…my October orange Dollar Tree dinner plates. Yep. Dollar Tree, and I think they all play very well here together. Don’t you? 🙂
The “I am thankful for…” place cards were half price at Hobby Lobby. There were a lot in the package (gold and orange ones), and I have lettered just a few here as examples for you. Of course you can put your guests’ names on them, or you can go “generic” and just add “You.” I put a jar of pencils on the table so that everyone can write a few things for which they are thankful on the inside of their card.
For the centerpiece, I simply used the Williams Sonoma turkey gravy boat (no longer available. sorry.) along with a few pumpkins from Halloween and a bit of fresh cut nandina branches. I put the pumpkins on a wicker tray so that they can easily be removed from the table as needed.
The cabinet on the other side of the room has a couple of pumpkins and nuts for a little Thanksgiving decor,
It also has a jar of gingersnaps….but only a few cookies are left in it because I keep eating them with a slice of Vermont sharp cheddar cheese! 🙁 Have you tried that combination?? I can’t seem to resist it!
Across from the cabinet is the antique cupboard with my treasured turkey platter and a wooden turkey that was also half price at Hobby Lobby. That turkey was a natural color when I purchased it, but I wanted it to be darker, so I painted it with one of the 17 – yes 17! – different paint samples we are trying out for painting the exterior of the house. (More details on the exterior painting coming in a future post. 🙂 )
Between the dining room and kitchen is the island with the plate rack on the wall. I put orange mugs in the flour and sugar for a touch of color over there. Care for a cream cheese frosted pumpkin cupcake? (No I did not bake those.)
I could stop right here (and eat a cupcake 🙂 ) but let’s go on in the kitchen so you can see how it is dressed for Thanksgiving.
I think the neutral color of the drapes gives the kitchen a sense of calm…which of course it never is when it comes to Thanksgiving meal prep! (And lots of coffee is required to get everything done on the to-do lists that grow longer and longer starting next week.)
To the left of the coffee tray is this set of cabinets with all the beverage making things.
And to the left of those cabinets is the refrigerator with this Thanksgiving display on top.
Now let’s look to the right of the kitchen window….
A few of my cookbooks got moved around for the Thanksgiving kitchen.
(It seems the books play musical chairs along with the drapes! 🙂 )
That orange one at the front is one of my favorites because of its beautiful photography.
Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Thanksgiving Entertaining
(an affiliate link)
I’ve seen this one on Amazon.com too and have been thinking of purchasing it. Do any of you have this one in your book collection? The preview looked good to me.
The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal
(another affiliate link)
And now for the final stop on today’s tour – my kitchen desk. This little spot is extra special to me this month because of the chalkboard recipe. You see, my father-in-law loved Thanksgiving, not just because of all the food, but also because all of his relatives came for a Thanksgiving family reunion at his home each year…anywhere from 45 to 65 people – and anywhere from Texas to Florida and beyond. (They will do so this year as well. 🙂 )
One of my father-in-law’s favorite Thanksgiving foods was ambrosia. In Greek mythology, ambrosia was the “food of the gods,” and it was supposed to bring long life and immortality. Their ambrosia was made with honey, fruit, water, cheese, olive oil, and barley. (Yuck!) Our version is made with sweetened fruit, coconut, and pecans…much better. 🙂
My father-in-law considered it a dessert with whipped cream on top. I grew up considering it a salad. Regardless of its menu classification, Lessie, my father-in-law’s sister from Florida, always made a HUGE container of it and brought it to the family reunion. Everyone would devour a yummy bowl (or two) of that sweet citrus dish..
His sister passed away a number of years ago. So my husband and I then picked up the torch of providing the ambrosia for the annual Thanksgiving meal (along with a few other dishes.) Ours isn’t quite as good as Lessie’s because her oranges were fresh from trees there in Florida, but we do the best we can with our “imported from Florida” fruit. And, like Lessie’s, ours gets polished off as well.
You don’t really need a recipe to make it because it is just chopped oranges, coconut, and pecans – with a little bit of sugar if the oranges aren’t sweet enough. Some people like to put maraschino cherries and crushed pineapple in it, but we don’t. It does, however, get topped with whipped cream. Pretty easy recipe for a dessert/salad (except for having to peel soooo many oranges.) I just thought it was fitting to put it on the chalkboard this month as a tribute to my father-in-law who will be sadly missed at this first Thanksgiving without him. But I am sure he will probably enjoy a big helping of it up there in Heaven, while looking down on us. After all, Lessie, the best ambrosia maker, is up there with him. 🙂
And that, my friends, brings us to the end of part 2 of the Thanksgiving Tour. I’d love for you to come back for another visit when part 3 posts later this week. I still have the porch and a couple of other miscellaneous spaces to share with you, and guess what. I like the porch table even more than the dining room table this year! 🙂
Meanwhile don’t forget about the Thanksgiving giveaway that is going on right now. To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 11/11/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 11/17/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post. I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date. (You can read more details about the items here.)
Thank you ever so much for all your encouraging words in the previous post’s comments. You all are just too kind; so much so that some of your comments even gave me a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes. (In a good way. 🙂 ) You made me feel very much appreciated.
Today I am leaving you with a lighthearted question that will make it easy for you to leave a comment and be entered in the giveaway.
What is your favorite food served at your family’s Thanksgiving meal?
My father-in-law would have said ambrosia,
and I would say the corner piece of the caramel cake!
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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