Bring on the ooh la la factor by placing cake stands and serving pieces inside fresh or faux greenery wreaths both Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty and set about the table or countertop at various height levels.
Take advantage of this time to style the dining table to your liking. Place, stack, and set out the items you can now.
Cover serving bowls, utensils, and cake stands with a clean dish towel, label with a sticky note what dish goes in what bowl, and. mark this part of the process off the list.
Let those kitchen countertops pull serving table duty. I work with a salads and sides to the left, desserts and drinks to the right, keep it moving on down the line plan.
Space is one hot commodity in the Thanksgiving kitchen and dining room. Going with a dessert table frees up space.
Debates questioning the glossing over of decorating for Thanksgiving in a rush to get the fa la la la lovely Christmas decorating party started and when exactly is too early to begin decking the halls is a hot topic of conversation this time of year.
News reports are giving new meaning to holiday rush with all the get it before you can’t get it turkey talk-bah humbug chatter, which may be the reason for the early decorating season push.
In a recent article of decorating interest, a group of psychologists weighed in on the subject in the affirmative stating decorating for Christmas early appears to make people happier.
Curious bee that I am, I conducted my own study by asking roughly thirteen (a decorator’s dozen) fellow decorating enthusiasts if decorating early for Christmas makes them happier.
Results proved what I thought the answer(s) would be with this select group.
Decorating for any holiday, occasion, event or reason makes us all happier.
Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories, in terms of decorating, is an extension of fall and a preamble to Christmas.
Here’s an idea; incorporate all three onto the canvas through balance and blending.
Dining accents and decorating ideas themes that easily make the leap from Thanksgiving to Christmas include:
Colors in rich and deep shades of green, red, gold, orange, purple and the forever favorite neutrals
‘Tis the time of year to let your personal style light shine delighting and dazzling the eye, and since the entire season only comes once a year and is short lived, I say seize the moment and decorate.
I keep my eye on the price and the ball by utilizing what nature supplies for free, reduced for quick sale finds, and decor goodies already in the decorating portfolio.
Many harvest moons ago my family and my best friend’s family spent Thanksgiving week in a lodge at a local state park.
Our holiday lodge home away from home came complete with a huge fireplace and mantel ready for cozy gathering and Thanksgiving themed decorating.
With coffee and hot chocolate in hand, we would walk the woods on Thanksgiving morning in pursuit of greenery cuttings, leaves, pine cones, berries and branches to use for decorating the fireplace mantel.
Decorative deer antlers and pillar candles from home found their way into my bag of decorating tricks to complete the holiday masterpiece.
Simple things often bring the most joy to an occasion, and our hunt and gather expedition became an anticipated, integral, and memorable part of our Thanksgiving in the woods tradition.
Decorative preserved wheat bundles remind me of the season and the set of dining chairs I so wish I still owned.
The chairs were brought into the shop and within the course of an afternoon sold to a fellow interior designer-decorator-antiques dealer for a client who she was working with who, let me see how to put this, was known for both her discriminating taste and difficult to please disposition.
Both designer and client were pleased in the end which delighted me, but in hindsight I wish I would have kept the set for the Places In The Home abode.
The Amazon Echo calls up Alexa the answer machine, now we’re cooking playlists, recipes, and the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® (connect with the Talk-Line through social media, live chat, texting — even Amazon Alexa).
I usually add a stalk of celery cut into three equal parts and ½ peeled and sliced onion or 2-3 cut green onions.
Add 1 ½-2 cups of chicken broth or white wine to roasting pan to keep the turkey moist during baking.
No turkey roasting-baking is complete without butter (Julia Child would be so proud).
Rub 4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter over turkey breast meat under skin. Next, add 4 tablespoons butter to the turkey cavity. Finish up by rubbing a generous amount of butter over the outside of the turkey.
Sprinkle turkey with seasonings of your choice of seasonings such as salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, garlic, rosemary, or Creole seasoning.
With supply and demand a hot topic of conversation of late, today’s post offers a cornucopia of Thanksgiving kitchen information, sources, and tips to help plan, prep, and plate the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
You’ve got questions (demand).
I’ve got Thanksgiving kitchen information answers (supply).
As they say about the holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Wonderful, delicious, and busy.
Let’s show and tell Thanksgiving kitchen information.
In my recipe book, culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchenware essentials that make the plan-prep-cook-bake-serve process a whole lot easier on the cook qualify as the consummate ingredient to a successful spread.
Sweet and savory seasonings flavor the taste of fall dishes.
Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and meats glazed, infused, and enriched by the addition of jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, spices and seasonings combinations put a delicious twist on the traditional.
Lock & Lock canisters are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.
Holiday gift guide inspiration kicks off this second week of December.
With the shopping and shipping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is primed and ready to lend an idea or two for your deck the halls gift giving needs.
We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, entryways, bedrooms, home offices, nooks, places and spaces that make up house and home.
Let’s begin with the gift of home as in a hand drawn house sketch of your home sweet home.
Folks, Dave and I did this for my brother and my parents several Christmases ago and it was a huge holiday gift hit.
The local artist also created custom notecards from the images based on the photo shoot(s) of their homes.
Winter cold and holiday stress play heck with our skin.
Pamper yourself with a holiday-at-home spa treatment of sorts with the Estee Lauder Life & Glow Skincare Gift Set.
I personally use all these products, and absolutely love the performance and scent of the entire Resilience Multi-Effect product line- aroma therapy, if you will.
Christmas is the holiday for the senses.
We see, touch, hear, taste, and smell the beauty, love, joy, excitement, c’est si bon, and scents that nudge a cherished memory from Christmas past as well as serving as the catalyst for new experiences sure to become traditions.
Traditional holiday parties may be out of vogue this holiday season, but I say seize the holiday moment, dress up in sparkle and shine finery, and throw a ’tis the season soiree for you and yours at chez moi.
The time of year for gathering around the simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table with family and friends who are family is upon us.
The plan is to place the emphasis on the gathering, the feasting, and generating a feels like home ambiance.
Cozy welcomes family, friends, tradition, and style home, and is the requisite for our home for the holidays celebrations.
In keeping with the spirit of the home for the holidays feel, I’m suggesting these distressed metal houses as a super cute decor addition for the holiday table, sideboard, or bar cart.
Holiday Time Distressed Metal House Table-Top Christmas Decoration
Battery operated candles (I source faux candles and battery operated lights with safety in mind) or a strand of LED fairy string lights placed inside illuminates holiday style and brings the look home.
Decor items that easily make the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas decoration have a longer shelf life, decoratively speaking.
Around our house, Thanksgiving day officially signals the holidays have arrived, and I believe in taking full decorating advantage of the relatively short decorating season.
For that express reason I ordered the Holiday Time Winter Frost flocked un-lit wreath from Walmart to “spruce” up the foyer for Thanksgiving into Christmas.
Among treasures found was this vintage soup tureen. For less than the cost of two tall specialty coffees, I secured a lovely serving piece to adorn the sideboard.
“What recipe will fill the tureen on Thanksgiving day?” you may ask.
Autumn Squash Soup (in the taste style of Panera Bread)
1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
2 pounds (l large) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped into cubes
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic (easier to use and flavor packed)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon fine black pepper (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups vegetable broth
1 cup apple juice
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons cream cheese, softened
½ cup heavy cream (Greek yogurt or half-n-half may be substituted)
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Peel squash removing seeds. Cut peeled butternut squash into chunks and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil over squash chunks and season with salt and pepper.
Bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until fork tender.
Using a potato masher, mash the roasted squash cubes. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or soup pot heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions to heated oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion becomes soft and translucent. Stir in minced garlic.
Add roasted butternut squash, pumpkin puree, broth, apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to pot and stir to incorporate. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and lower the heat to simmer. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes to incorporate flavors.
Remove pot from the heat. Add the maple syrup and softened cream cheese, stirring until cream cheese is melted.
Use a hand blender to blend mixture until smooth. If you do not have a hand mixer, carefully transfer mixture to traditional stand blender in two batches. Puree each batch until smooth. Transfer mixture back to the pot and adjust flavors to taste.
If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to reach desired consistency.
Garnish soup with a swirl of heavy cream, half-n-half, or dollop of Greek yogurt and roasted pepitas.
Rounding out the decorative details includes a selection of simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table items easy to find in retail stores, produce sections, and online retailers.
So many if not all of these items will transition beautifully from Thanksgiving to Christmas decor.
Yesterday I dropped by our local Joann store to pick up two small faux cedar wreaths for a holiday project.
More on that to come.
As soon as I walked through the front doors the aroma of cinnamon filled the air. To say the scent instantly put me in the holiday mood is an understatement.
I spied a huge display cinnamon scented pine cones, and knew those babies were coming home with me.
Pine cones identify with fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and Christmas.
Further tie the season and holidays of cozy together by using pine cone ornaments tied with velvet ribbon as napkin rings.
Loop ribbon in your choice of design, texture, and color through the top of an ornament ring.
Tie each ornament around individual dinner napkins, securing in a loose knot.
Custom napkin rings made their way to the table several holidays ago by way of small oval framed pictures secured with wire ribbon and a tucked in ginkgo leaf.
Here’s the fun part.
Announce to your guests the custom made napkin ring is theirs to take home as a from me to you favor gift.
I hope these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table decor choices lend ideas and inspiration.
“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”