Five Dishes On Our Thanksgiving Table

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We have been hosting Thanksgiving for our family for almost a decade now. While it is definitely a lot of work, it is also one of our favorite holidays to host. We have family from both mine and Mike’s side of the family join us. There’s typically 30+ people, including kids. Mike and I spend days before cleaning and cooking and cooking some more lol. Even Lucas joins in to help and there’s usually holiday music playing in the background. It’s a lot of fun! Over the years, we have had some food hits and misses so today I thought it would be helpful to share five dishes (besides the turkey, of course) that always make it onto our Thanksgiving table.

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1. Cheese Board: We used to make fancy appetizers for Thanksgiving, but we quickly learned that with all of the cooking you have to do for the main meal – the appetizers are a great opportunity to lessen your load and buy something pre-made. We always set out a cheese board complete with a variety of cheeses, hard salami and thin water crackers.

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I usually pair this spread with some nuts and we’re all set! The other thing I like is that this doesn’t fill you up like a bunch of carbs and allows you to save room for the main event – turkey and all the fixings!

2. Sangria: Along with the appetizer, I like to prepare one large cocktail drink that everyone can enjoy during the evening. Our favorite? Sangria. It’s super simple to make. It’s festive. Everyone loves it!

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I set it out on a table with appetizers, other drinks for the kids, and wine glasses and allow guests to help themselves.

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3. Mashed Potatoes: I’ve tried to make all sorts of fancy variations of potatoes, but we always come back to the classic mashed potatoes. I like to infuse the milk with chopped garlic before mixing with the potatoes and I always add in sour cream and chives.

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One more tip – don’t over whip your potatoes or they will get a glue-like consistency. I actually prefer mine with a lot of texture so I don’t whip them at all and instead use an old school potato masher.

4. Homemade Rolls: If there is ever a time to make your own bread, it’s Thanksgiving. The aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven is instant comfort and your guests will love it!

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The key is to find the right recipe that allows you to make the rolls the day before (see my favorite recipe HERE). I use my bread maker to mix and knead the dough, then roll them by hand, pop them into a dish, and refrigerate until I’m ready to bake. Before baking, you’ll want to pull them out about 1-2 hours before to allow them to rise and come to room temperature before baking.

5. Pecan Pie: I used to not like pecan pie because it was overly sweet. Since it was a classic, I would still typically make one every Thanksgiving. A few years ago though, I started tinkering around with the recipe and created my own WITHOUT corn syrup.

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My pecan pie is made with maple syrup and let me tell you…I now have to make TWO pecan pies every year and there is still never a crumb left over!

Get the Thanksgiving Look Pictured Above!

The personalized serving pieces, glasses, and pitcher pictured above are all from Personal Creations. The stoneware casserole dishes (round and rectangular) and the pie plate were all personalized with Thanksgiving messages rather than names. I think that is such a special touch that really speaks to the season! Plus, wouldn’t you be the best guest ever if the dish or pie you take to your Thanksgiving dinner was presented in one of these? The casserole dish or pie plate would be the hostess gift!

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The cheese board was personalized with our last name and year we were married. I love how the cheeseboard neatly stores all of the cheese knives within itself (see picture above).

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And, my absolute favorite are the personalized glass pitcher and the Chalk It Up wine glasses! These wine glasses have a chalkboard base so that you can write each guests name on the bottom.

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They are also etched with whatever message you’d like. I decided to have them etched with “Cheers” in different languages (i.e. cin cin, salud, salut, kippis, kampai, and more). I got twelve glasses each etched in a different language. These are now one of my favorite things EVER.

 

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration and Tips #PFdecorates

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We have hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our home for the past several years. We truly love doing it! Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays – it’s a chance for our entire family to get together. Both Mike’s family, my family, and even some of my in-law’s family join us. Total guests is usually 20+ people depending on the year. It’s a big event, for sure! Everyone that knows me knows that I pride myself on paying attention to the details. I believe that it’s the small details that can really make an event memorable. Everything from the music playing to a fire cracking in the fireplace to a beautifully set table. It’s all in the details! Being that Thanksgiving is just a week away, I thought I’d share with you our Thanksgiving table and some simple tips that will make your table shine this holiday season!

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As you can see, I used a simple white tablecloth as the backdrop. Rather than having to compete with a pattern, a simple tablecloth allows everything on the table to really pop. On top of the tablecloth, I added a burlap runner to add interest and depth.

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Each place setting has a dark brown charger topped with a rolled up napkin tied with a burlap ribbon. The water goblets also double as place cards. I attached small chalkboard labels to each glass – they turned out super cute!

The real show stopper though are the flowers! This year, I was inspired by traditional autumnal colors – oranges, browns, yellows – mixed in with evergreens. These colors really shine on a Thanksgiving table! This is the Fall Rose Centerpiece

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So beautiful, right?!

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And, I love the Thanksgiving Collection – 20” Centerpiece. This is really a WOW piece! It is made with Noble Fir and has two orange taper candles along with seasonal fruit. It is gorgeous!

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I placed the Thanksgiving Cornucopia on one of the side tables in the dining room…

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All of the flowers came from ProFlowers, which made them super easy to arrange because they pretty much do it for you. All you have to do is put them in a vase (and trim some flowers depending on the size of your vase). Or, you can get creative and break up the bouquets to make your own custom bouquet. Here I filled a stoneware pot with various flowers from the Two Dozen Autumn Roses bouquet and Fall Rose Centerpiece.

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Since we have such a large guest list, we also set a Thanksgiving table for the kids. We like to keep it fun for them so I used a Kraft paper roll as a tablecloth and set out crayons so that they can draw and color during dinner. I thought the Turkey Harvest Mum Centerpiece was perfect for their table – so fun and festive!

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips

  • Pick a color scheme to unify the tablescape.

  • Create dimension by layering. For example, place a contrasting runner on top of the tablecloth or place a charger underneath each place setting.

  • Use repeating elements to make a statement. For example, set out a row of mini pumpkins down the center or the table.

  • Bring the outdoors in with a beautiful arrangement of flowers, pinecones, or holiday greenery.

  • Add a special touch to your table by creating a personalized place card or placing a small gift on each guest’s place setting.

For additional tablescape ideas, check out the Be Thankful Pinterest Board below! And, make sure to visit Proflowers.com and check out their Thanksgiving and fall centerpieces perfect for your holiday table this year!