Simple makes a tasty appetizer plate, and a make ahead recipe for a simple yet impressive appetizer is an absolute appetizer must. Thanksgiving day is a culinary marathon. I don’t want to gloss over a step or course, nor do I want to give up one precious minute to the tedious or the trying.
Use an insulated coffee carafe to keep the gravy hot and a burner ready to go for the next dish. Pre-warm the carafe by filling it with hot tap water allowing to sit for a couple of minutes. Empty out the hot water and add the gravy.
The closest my iPad gets to the kitchen is the accent table in the dining room. I’m still recovering from the great spill debacle of two years ago when Dave the Builder “cooked” my tablet with a spilled Dr. Pepper.
Thanksgiving day is stressful enough without the extra worry of liquid vs. tablet. Tuck your tablet into a Ziploc slider bag to protect it and worry no more.
A scent of the season scented candle is a holiday greet the guests essential. I don’t depend on pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to carry the weight of the waft throughout the house.
Presentation is key at the holidays. A vintage ironstone bowl filled with ice and topped with pinecones is natural styling for chilling wine.
I love the unique styling and look created with a vintage bowl filled with ice and topped with miniature pinecones.
We gather together holiday table ideas help to set an impressive Thanksgiving holiday table. Getting the look, style, balance, and theme suited to your holiday dining and entertaining scheme requires a certain amount of planning and prep, and that’s where these we gather together holiday table ideas come in.
Design inspiration is often the driving force of my blog content, and I’m amazed at where it comes from at times. Yesterday, somewhere between trying to locate what bedroom the cat was hiding out in and trying not to lose my religion over the cat and mouse game he loves to play with me, I stopped in the hallway to regroup. Looking down the hall into the foyer, dining room, and kitchen in more than a glimpse and less than a stare, it dawned on me I truly liked what I was seeing.
Isn’t that the point of the design and decorating grand scheme of things?
I sometimes forget to just stand back and take in the look. My vantage point allowed for a comprehensive viewing from foyer to dining room.
The vintage bamboo chandelier in the foyer.
The wallpaper selection.
The yet once again painted lantern pendant.
The decision to lighten up the dining room color palette.
The placement of artwork.
I like to try new things and new looks, but the traditional personal design style choices I come back to time and time again prove to be the ones I am most satisfied with.
Stay true to your personal style and design, decorate, and holiday table set accordingly is advice I not only give, but practice.
Create a backdrop with touches sure to resonate with the crowd. Sure, most of us try to emulate moms-grandmothers-aunties side dish or dessert recipe- that’s a given. I like to use decorative accents and tabletop pieces that make a shared memories, experiences, and regional commonalities connection with my guests.
Magnolias in glass cylinders cover the Southern aspect of our holiday table. Fresh flowers or an heirloom bowl filled with fall leaves native to your area set a home for the holidays tone.
Wooden turned candlesticks instantly become I remember these conversation pieces.
A handed down from generation to generation family recipe served in a handed down from generation to generation serving piece is wow factor certified and guaranteed to tug at the home is where the holiday heart is heartstrings.
The heirloom crystal water bottle makes it way from the china cabinet to the Thanksgiving table.
Cocktail glasses in a similar pattern as the ones my dad served holiday spirits in, and goblets in the style of the ones my grandmother used at holiday time to serve her famous orange fluff salad in become a must have addition to the we gather together holiday table.
I take into consideration the cornucopia of styles among my decorista friends, family and readers when offering holiday table ideas. Modern tiered layers of clear acrylic complemented by alternating negative spaces make up the ultra chic Collins Acrylic and Metal Taper Holder from Williams-Sonoma Home.
An impressive holiday tablescape does not have to be expensive or difficult to achieve. Place the focus on folk, food, fresh, flavor, and fun.
My comical husband suggested I call this hosting tip “f” the holidays.
Holiday hosting humor is a fabulous stress buster. Dave is in charge of levity, and is brilliant at it.
We’ve still got the December holidays to decorate, entertain, and tablescape to and the holiday budget to manage. Items that pull double duty justify the initial price of admission to the holiday tablescape party. This is the exact reason I go with white plates with gold rims and serving pieces in November to December holiday friendly colors and patterns.
Three bedroom, 2 full bath lodge with fireplace, satellite television, cellphone and WiFi service second to none, scavenger hunts, hiking trails, midnight runs to spot deer, owl and raccoons, stay up and sleep in as late as you want boring.
Not exactly what I would call roughing it.
Striving to keep things new, fresh, and in the holiday spirit, I came up with the hot cocoa and hat draw holiday kick off. The moms would make hot cocoa, and the dads would light up the fire ring late Thanksgiving day afternoon. While we were enjoying hot cocoa and getting back to nature, we would pass a hat around with each of our names in it. Each of us drew a name from the hat, and the planning began. Friday when we drove into the neighboring towns to antique and Black Friday shop, each of us would buy a kick off the holidays gift for the person whose name we drew from the hat.
We set a $5.00 limit, and the rule was the gift had to be something the recipient talked about on Thanksgiving day or night. Part of the fun was seeing how attentive and creative we could get with our gift selections. A quick stop at the dollar store for a small Christmas tree, gift bags, and reindeer bells to ring round the campfire completed the process.
The kids loved it, and the big kids got into it as well. Our kick off the holidays hot cocoa and hat draw gifted each us with a great memory.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss
I’ve tweaked the tradition a bit, and now it’s the We Wish Family and Friends a Feast of a Happy Holidays Season favor gift give.
Home is where the Holiday heart is, and ours beats strong here at Places In The Home. Our holiday celebrations are all about honoring traditions old and new, making meaningful memories, sharing the holiday love with family, friends, and readers, and offering holiday table ideas, holiday decor finds, suggestions, stories, and sources. Join me throughout the holiday season for all things house that make a holiday home.
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Places In The Home is in full-on this is not a drill, the holiday season is here mode. When a shopping network host announced Christmas is less than two months away, it brought it all home. This end of October-beginning of November week kicks off the whole let’s holiday plan and prep shebang, and I’m inviting and celebrating family and friends, thankful feasts and fêtes, seasoned and Seasons Greetings, ’tis the season of soirees and open houses, New Year’s Day supper, and happy birthday greetings with a little help from my friends at Paperless Post.
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Pheasant Plumage – John Derian
An invitation to gather together with friends to eat, drink, celebrate, and be grateful for one another on the third Thursday of November is but a custom design and email list away.
Gourd Times – Crate & Barrel
Holiday time is open house time, y’all!
A customized invitation to join you to celebrate not only fits the occasion, but reflects your personal style.
The Lady It’s Cold Outside invitation is decked out in faux fur holiday finery for a festive evening of holiday spirits, decorating, and dancing.
So sipping cocktails-Dino on the hi-fi-Cherries Jubilee-1960s throwback swanky.
The Peas on Earth invitation is perfect for our Creole black-eyed peas and Southern buttermilk cornbread Peas on Earth, Good Eats for Luck New Year’s Day supper.
Peas on Earth
A Louisiana birthday celebration deserves a snazzy and snappy birthday card.
Snappy Birthday (Nicholas John Frith) – Red Cap Cards
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You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom. Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.
More on that further down the post.
Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home. I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.
Displaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.
Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.
I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this,
but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.
Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.
My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American. His love of country was rooted in the American flag. He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him. In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.
What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece? I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.
Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention. I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.
I’m staying true red, white, and blue with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.
Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu. Some want it roasted, some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions, and some want it boiled or as it was put to me the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.
Summer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu. Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.
From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair. We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style. We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July and if things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.
Where did 2017 go? I swear I blinked on January 1, 2017 and here we are knocking on the door of 2018. New Year’s resolutions aren’t my thing, but the plan for 2018 is to become brilliant at keeping a promise to self to appreciate more and more the value of time.
Like most of the Lower 48, our New Year’s Eve and beyond forecast is for frigid temps and funky conditions. I whined waited all Louisiana summer long for the arrival of Louisiana winter (basically what most of you call fall). Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.
Our Canadian snowbird son chuckles at our winter on steroids dilemma. The newlywed couple is less than thrilled to be arriving back home from a sunny warm week in Mexico to home, sweet home Winnipeg and the blistering Canadian temps of -33°C /-27.4°F.
Ah, Grasshopper. He, who chuckles first, chuckles coldest.
Edible provisions for our knocking on the door of 2018-New Year’s Eve-hunker down at home holiday weekend include Southern deviled eggs, pork tenderloin, oven roasted potatoes, the New Year’s Day traditional trifecta of black eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread, several pots of strong Louisiana dark roast coffee, and a fresh carrot cake.
A glass or two of wine to toast the New Year and chase away the chill will top off our midnight revelry.
I look forward with great anticipation to the beautiful and stylish things to come in 2018. In vogue interior design and decor trends for 2018 run the gamut from terrazzo to color in the kitchen to velvet fabrics. Gorgeous is in the forecast, and the look is hot.
Here’s to celebrating your knocking on the door of 2018 New Year’s Eve in style. Happy New Year!
Holiday wishing you all a most fetching Friday and a lovely first day of December. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we trim the trees and deck the halls in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.
In between Thanksgiving menu plans and the long holiday weekend Christmas is coming preparations, Thanksgiving tastes, tips, this, that, observations, recipes of need to know info have caught my eye and piqued my interest.
In this holiday season, it seems many long time home decor bloggers are currently embracing the less is more quality over quantity aspect of holiday decorating, present company included. The if one looks good then umpteen will look fantastic approach to decorating is one way to go, but without balance or cohesiveness present this is a difficult look to pull off. Failure teaches a valuable lesson- one I learned rather quickly in my early interior decorating days. Remember the 80s? I don’t miss the decade of excess in any shape, form or what where we thinking fashion. I much prefer understated with a twist- a visual curve ball of sorts. The interior design and home decor choices displayed throughout the 1854 cottage of Joe and Evelyn Adams strike a stunning pose of color balance, period contrast and charming personal style.
Have you planned what you’re cooking for Thanksgiving yet? Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Food52 can help you do just that. Answer a few questions, select recipes from the collection, and make your personalized menu. http://f52.co/2AuieQG
Cooked in a ranch butter sauce and topped with crispy onions and bacon,thisBacon Ranch Green Beans recipe from Dinner at the Zoo puts a spin on the green bean casserole of holiday table tradition. Full recipe details here: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-green-beans/
There’s appetizers and then there’s Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon. Full recipe from Allrecipes here: http://spr.ly/6004D6kT0
Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode. Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight. Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating. Happy Halloween!
All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif. A play on words World Series style.
I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts. Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.
I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route. We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.
The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns. Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1. Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother. The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not. Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.
Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.