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Setting the perfect Thanksgiving Table

There is something warm and inviting about the Thanksgiving holiday.  I think it has something to do with the beautiful colors of autumn but Thanksgiving just makes me happy.

I have always dreamed of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner outside in my yard.  It would be the perfect time of year to enjoy the weather and the colors on the table would blend perfectly with the outside.  Think about having the trees and breeze all around you as you are breaking bread with your loved ones.  We don’t have many opportunities to enjoy the mild temps in Louisiana so this would be the perfect time.

When I was planning this shoot with Karen Lodato I told her I was going to pull my big farm house table out into the yard.  Originally when we had talked I was going to set it up inside but the weather was so nice I wanted to do it outside.  Also, I have to admit that I have already started decorating for Christmas (if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know this) so it made sense to have an area that wasn’t devoted to red and green.  Also, we borrowed my neighbors yard for this…  it’s good to have nice neighbors.

Even though I am not hosting dinner this year I put a lot of thought into how I would want my table to feel.  I inherited several sets of china when my grandmother passed away and this set with the yellow flowers is my go to for Fall dining.  It pairs well with gold, browns and oranges so it’s the perfect Thanksgiving place setting.  The flatware was a new addition and something I stumbled upon at Target.  It was so pretty but not practical as it has to be hand washed.  The other items I have on the table were odds and ends I found at Home Goods.  It is possible to create a cohesive look by mixing and matching items.  Like my candle sticks.  It’s fun to piece things together and will give more of that family feel to your table.


Place settings; check out this and this and this // flat wear; I love this and this // glasses; look at this and these and those // other table items; candle sticks, vases, décor.

Pictures Karen Lodato Photography

So the second part of this post is…  what will you put on these beautiful plates?  I mean it’s great to have a beautiful table but the food has to hold up it’s end of the feast too don’t you think?  Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving menu items.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Crockpot Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans and Cranberries

Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

If you want any of my other recipes you can follow my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest here.

Have a lovely holiday and give lots of hugs!





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