Sunday, November 20, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Table

Cleaning out and cleaning the refrigerator don’t count as creative projects. Necessary, but not creative! But I did also set our Thanksgiving table so I did do get to do something a little creative.
We’re not super formal on holidays but Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two times a year I at least get to break out the wedding china. This year I went for a mix of nature and glitz.

Our menu is pretty traditional. Herb roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, fresh homemade cranberry sauce, and an egg bread I’ve been baking since I was 16.  I’m one of “those” people…I cook it all and I love it. For dessert there will be pumpkin and apple pies, vanilla whipped cream, and a chocolate pecan tart.
I’ve had these raffia bows forever and this year I used them as chair decorations, with metallic organza ribbon and mini Indian corn.
For my table runner, I used a woven chocolate brown and gold giant ribbon roll I found at JoAnn’s for 70% off!!! $3 for my table runner ! I also found these felt maple leaf place mats at Bed Bath and Beyond for 2 for $3. I bought 2 in maize and 2 in dark brown and just angled them along the runner.
Here are the Thanksgiving candles and place cards I shared earlier.
For napkin rings, I just used mini grapevine wreaths I found at Michaels for $.49 ea.
I don’t put out all the flatware that you’re “supposed to “ for a proper place setting because the unused stuff ends up getting scooped up between dinner and dessert and I end up starting all over anyway. SO it stays put and I get it out when its needed. Sorry Emily Post.
I filled my table favor cones with Hershey’s Toffee Crunch Nuggets wrapped in cone shaped cellophane bags that fit perfectly in the favors.
I’ll leave you with this recipe because every time I mention I make cranberry sauce from scratch, people look at me like I have three heads. It is SO SO EASY ( but you can definitely let people think it’s hard). Mr. Chocolate eats this stuff as a side dish so I start stocking up on fresh cranberries as soon as they hit the stores, freeze them right in the bags, and make this several times during the year.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Picture and Recipe, courtesy of Ocean Spray’s website


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries


Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2 1/4 cups.
Can it get any easier than that? I usually add some fresh orange zest or even just strips of peel to the sugar / water before I add the cranberries, or if I don’t have oranges on hand, reduce the water by 1/4C and replace with orange juice. You could also add a cinnamon stick or cloves if you want a little spice.

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Vanessa said...


What a lovely Thanksgiving table and the cranberry sauce looks yummy. I wanted to thank you for leaving a comment at Mel's, The Crafty Scientist on the vintage picture frame. I really do appreciate it. I enjoyed looking around your blog and I am your new follower.

Love for you to stop by


Michelle L. said...

Nice combining of thrifty finds for that beautiful table runner, Carol!

Chrissy said...

Your Thanksgiving table looks wonderful and your menu sounds delicious! Happy Thanksgiving xxx

Simply AJ said...

Wonderful Tablescape! Every detail is just perfect. I can't think of a lovelier place for your family to gather and give thanks. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! AJ@queenofmynest

Unknown said...

I love everything about this. The framed menus is a nice touch. The mini indian corn is a perfect chair decoration. The table runner is awesome, and of course I love the candles too!
Thanks for linking up to Make the Scene Monday!

LuLu Kellogg said...

This table seriously needs to be in a magazine! It's beautiful!

I hope you and your family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

You are on.the.ball, Carol! I'm feeling seriously inadequate! I love your raffia bows on the chairs. And wouldn't you know that I was assigned cranberry sauce (the one dish I do not eat on Thanksgiving - I actually prefer the stuff in the can!) to bring to dinner this year so thanks for the recipe!! Now, where in the store might I find cranberries?? :) said...

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