Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

Hello again!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  We enjoyed lots of quality family time, mostly outdoors, and of course, a wonderful meal on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday morning, our family participated in our town's annual Turkey Trot --- 1K for the kids, 5 miles for the grown-ups. The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed the vibrancy of the festivities.  My five-year-old's favorite part, however, was the special "finisher" bracelet she earned for completing her race.  ;-)

After the race, it was time to start cooking....and eating.  This year's menu was once again highlighted by turkey scallopini, which was really good this year, if I do say so.  We also recycled some old favorites from previous Thanksgiving menus and added a few new recipes to the mix, like the roasted brussels sprouts with potatoes and pancetta, and the brie en croute.  It was all good!

I changed up my tablescape this year --- I was tired of the dark brown linens I'd used previously, and I admit I didn't feel like handwashing china, crystal, and sterling this year, either.  Instead, I picked up this Marimekko tablecloth from Crate & Barrel and used simple white dishwasher-safe plates from Target.   The centerpiece was a hodge-podge of tureens, tapers, and vases from Williams-Sonoma and Pier 1 that I picked up last-minute, and on sale.  It wasn't the table I originally envisioned, but that's the price I paid for procrastinating!  In the end, it was all simple, easy, and kid-friendly.


I also found some silverbells at Whole Foods and placed them in a silver pitcher in my living room.  I liked how they picked up the blues in that room's art.

All in all, a very successful, and happy Thanksgiving.  And now, we're on to Christmas!

(Sharing with Savvy Southern Style and Between Naps on the Porch)


  1. After reading your profile, I'm surprised you have any time or energy to do all that you did. Nicely done and your meal looked delicious. Pat on the back!

  2. I love how the color of the blue pumpkins picks up the color on the walls. Well, a deep stone gray really. Gorgeous! Come check out my Tintin tablescape.

  3. What an inspirational day and your table is lovely! Just when I thought of moving on to Christmas tables for our family, saw your Thanksgiving one and decided we could fit in a last-time Autumn tables. Thanks for the joy!

  4. I love your contemporary is awesome!

  5. That is an absolutely gorgeous tablecloth--and now I am hungry. :D Stopping by from Tablescape Thursday!