As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have a more elegant and beautiful dinner this year. Maybe because in everyday life when it comes to eating meals around here it's anything but elegant and beautiful. I have a suspicion we're not alone in our habit of filling a plate with food and plopping in front of the tv to watch the evening news. I know that's bad... but sadly it's everyday life.
Our family gatherings at Thanksgiving tend to be quite informal as well. It's usually Buffet style where everyone grabs a paper plate (gasp!!) and heads for the couch or even the floor (gasp!!) to gobble up the turkey and mashed potatoes!
I remember a time growing up when my Grandmother hosted Thanksgiving dinner at her house! Now that was a true Thanksgiving celebration!
Yes... we all sat around the lace tablecloth draped dining table! The Blue Willow dishes, linen napkins and good silverware were retrieved from the buffet. We were always crammed shoulder to shoulder around that table but my Grandmother wouldn't hear of someone going off to eat in another location.
I've gathered some photos for inspiration and thought perhaps you'd enjoy them too!
Tall and elegant candles! Dripless would be charming... and the long zinc tray as a centerpiece... how neat is that!
So simple.. yet elegant and wouldn't these be awesome at night!
No celebration is complete without fresh flowers...
How about Pumpkin Pie Martini's served in elegant crystal stemware after dinner INSTEAD of traditional PP and (Cool Whip)gasp! ...recipe HERE
Go visit SimplySuzannes web page for an elegant Thanksgiving Dinner menu with recipes including one for petite Pumpkin Cheesecakes with sweet sour cream topping.
Grandma would be proud! I happened to have inherited her set of BlueWillow dishes! They are in a box in the basement and sadly haven't seen the light of day for quite a few years.... but after our kitchen remodeling is done I have plans to retrieve them and maybe next Thanksgiving they shall grace the dinner table!
So no plans for an elegant sit down dinner this year unfortunately!
It's nice to dream.
Would love to hear about your Thanksgiving table...
fancy or paper plates (gasp!!)?