Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

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I hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving day with those closest to you. I snapped a few shots of my Thanksgiving table colors this year, but I wished I would have gotten a picture of that gorgeous looking 24 pound turkey. This year I tried something different. Roasted turkey with a hazelnut-prosciutto crust. It was a recipe from the Epicurious website and it was a definite success. Hazelnuts and prosciutto are combined in a seasoned butter and slathered over the turkey as it roasts, then added to the gravy for a rich, hearty flavor. Unfortunately, my camera was nowhere to be found at the moment when the oven door opened. But in case you’re curious here is the RECIPE.

This year I chose colors that were unusual for me. No beloved orange in sight. Instead, I found a gold toned fabric remnant that was my inspiration.


Only once I got it on my table, I saw that it was a little short. My solution? I hot glued some bronze/ deep brown ribbon to the edges.

Remember all my miniature orange pumpkins from Halloween?


They got a coat of gold from a spray can. I used the pretty I Am Thankful downloads from the Silverbox Creative website and if you look closely, you can see that I attached two labels that read, I am Thankful for and the guest’s name. These pumpkins were the place cards at each setting. When each guest sat down they received the personal message that they are truly appreciated.

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This is a shot before the table is completely set, but it gives you an idea. Simple white plates and wine goblets with blue stems. Cranberry and rust-colored napkins coordinated with the deep scarlet eucalyptus, bright red and lavender flowers.

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I also made little strips that read I am Thankful for…

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Here is a close up picture. I placed them on a silver tray and after dinner, I passed them around. Instead of asking everyone to write something down, I kept it casual and simply asked for anyone’s thoughts.



And guess what? Everyone actually joined in. And I have to admit, I didn’t know if that would happen. I started off by sharing a few things that I felt truly thankful for these days, but I made it totally optional and it was such a lovely surprise to have everyone say something.

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And now that Thanksgiving is over… I need to remember this quote by John F. Kennedy:


As we express our gratitude,

we must never forget that the highest appreciation

is not to utter words,

but to live by them.


Have a wonderful day my friends!



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