Celebrations add richness and depth to our lives. They are a time to connect with others in our family and beyond. They call to mind our collective history in ways that can be adapted to the individual. The first time I heard of lasagna for Thanksgiving dinner I was surprised! But it is a perfect illustration of the dynamic nature of celebrations! They change to fit the situation and times in a way that is significant to the persons celebrating and, in the process, strengthen the bond of family and friends.
I love to look at beautiful holiday tablescapes and gorgeous seasonal layered vignettes. I love to create them. But sometimes the weather does not cooperate nor is there time or energy for such things. Still celebration calls for something out of the ordinary. So . . . make the celebration special but focus on creating a warm welcome and good food. Celebrate simply.
The welcome begins at the front door entry with an Autumn Banner. Decorating note and totally off subject: All the woodwork in the house was stained a super dark Seventies color when we moved in. I painted it white – eventually — and left the handrails dark for a bit of contrast. Wheels suggested when I painted the stairs that I leave the edges dark. I figured okay — we can always paint them white when we see how silly THAT looks! But we liked it and many visitors comment how much they like that little touch. Ya never know! The bottom of the stair wall was painted white and the trim added when we did the dining room. The light yellow is a soft butter color IRL and is the neutral for the downstairs hall. The darker, almost gold color, is the upper hallway.
The buffet needed a little festive color so a quick gathering of ceramic pumpkins from here and there, the turkey turreen that usually sets on the kitchen counter and a few fall colored flowers. This took five minutes and will be disassembled the next day, but it is a nice splash of color.
The table runner is a piece of fabric the length of the tablecoth and folded in thirds. The centerpiece is a gold square plate with a glass hurricane from the living room, a flameless candle, more flowers, a couple of little gourds. See the wheat? That is a family tradition. Wheel’s father gave me a handful from his wheat field one year and they have made their appearance on our Thanksgiving table ever since. Those few stalks represent family, the importance of agriculture and amber waves of grain, the historical movement of pioneers ever westward looking for good land with bright hopes for the future and so much more.
The charger under the plate just happened to match the dark stripe of the fabric and the napkin matched the light stripe! How’s that for lucky coincidence?! Napkin rings were on clearance one year at Kroger’s for maybe a quarter each after the holidays. And the colors in them blended beautifully. Buy only what you truly like and it’s amazing how things will go together! Not always but often enough. . .
Wishing you and yours
a bright and special Thanksgiving celebration!
Some dishes you might like to consider for the Thanksgiving Feast:
Orange Glazed Cornish hens OR Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Holiday Sweet Potatoes
Potato Nests OR Scottsdale Potatoes
Sesame Green Beans OR Bacon Pecan Green Beans
Sunny Broccoli Salad OR Wicked Good Simple Sweet Slaw OR Cauliflower Bacon Salad
Fruity Cranberry Relish OR Frozen Cranberry Salad
Caramel Apple Salad OR Snickers Surprise Salad
Honey Banana Bread OR Lemon Poppyseed Zucchini Bread OR Spicy Pumpkin Bread
Cheesecake Bars OR Pumpkin Bars
Blushing Peach Pie OR Spiced Pineapple Carrot Cake
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