The Thanksgiving Table

I have hosted Thanksgiving for many years at our home.  I used to be nervous about it all turning out okay. Now after many years of practice, I finally feel like I have it down and actually look forward to serving a beautiful meal.  Along with tasteful food, I believe the atmosphere is very important to make this feast one to remember.  Since Thanksgiving is centered around the table, I love to create a beautiful centerpiece and special place settings.

This year I found the perfect items to make up my table at no place other than Target  {shocking I know!}.  I shopped HomeGoods as well, but there wasn’t a whole lot to choose from.  I am attracted to the gold and grey color combination that is very popular in home decor these days so when I saw these handsome, tweed placemats the whole look of my table started taking shape.

I love to dress my table like I dress myself, incorporating a lot of different textures and layers.  The tweed placemats, gold chargers, and fresh sage tucked in the napkins are the different elements that keep this table interesting and make it feel extra special.  I folded my napkin like this, tucked in the silverware, sage leaves, and a little card my daughter will write what she is thankful for about each guest {I think Grandma and the Grandpa’s will be delighted to see this little hidden gem!}.

The middle of my table consists of eucalyptus garland running down the center with pumpkins and these simple, and elegant candleholders.  Easy, right? And brings beauty and interest to the table. The placecards are mini white and gold pumpkins with a gift tag to which I added each guests’ name. As you can see, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make any of this.  Adding these easy and elegant touches will make for a memorable holiday.

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Along with an inviting table, the meal needs to taste delightful.  I am sure you have many family favorites you like to prepare for this special feast.  If you’re like me, however, gravy was one of my most challenging items to get on the table. Here is my make ahead  turkey gravy recipe .  It is delicious, and takes a lot of pressure off of whipping up this fan favorite as the turkey comes out of the oven.  I have used this recipe for the last three years and am complimented on it each year.

Oh! And we can’t forget a tasty signature cocktail. Have this simple bourbon spiked hot apple cider simmering on the stove or in a crockpot to offer your guests as a warming and welcoming drink. It will for sure get the party started!

I wish you and your loved ones a tasteful, cozy, and happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for you following me.  Make it a great day.

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