Thanksgiving is pretty much here! This means a week of cooking, of celebrating with family and friends, of loading up on delicious carbs, and stocking up on baggy pants to get you through the holiday season! To kick off the holidays, I wanted to share with you our 2018 Thanksgiving menu loaded with my favorite traditional recipes, and a few not so traditional ones! On top of that I’m showing off how we are decorating the table for Thanksgiving this year. I’m obsessed with the fantasy pumpkins that have taken over all of our instagram and pinterest feeds. We’ve made these pumpkins center stage on the table and finished it off with plenty of candle lite. Read on to see all of the fun details…
Okay, to start off, my dining room is not as big as what you see above. Heck no, I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with a living room just large enough to fit a couch, TV, chair, and a small dining room table. But I’m also not afraid of a little rearranging – which also gave me the perfect opportunity to fully clean my floors (they needed it big time!)
We cleared out the entire living room sans our table and media table, which just happens to make the perfect buffet console. I love how the table looks centered on our massive windows! It was snowing the day of our shoot and everything felt simply magical!
I know a lot of you are thinking that this is a bit overkill just to host a few people, but I love it! I love transforming a space to something new, plus I got a new rug out of the deal! I convinced my husband that the room was far too bare and cold without a big old rug to warm it up. I was able to snagged one at Home Goods for a pretty low cost and now after 10 years of never owning a real rug I actually have one!!! It’s the little things in life, people!
When I started planning the style of my Thanksgiving table I knew I wanted to FINALLY use the china I inherited from Adam’s grandma. She holds such a huge place in my heart and I honestly consider her my own grandma, despite the few years she was in my life. Holidays at her home were so much fun! The first thing she would ask when we walked through the door was what we wanted to drink… didn’t even matter if it was 10am, she was ready to serve us some wine! That is my kind of lady! It makes me so happy to have a small part of her life on our holiday table this year!
I paired her dishes with my new favorite napkins from CB2. The floral pattern and colors are not what you would expect for Thanksgiving, but I usually like to throw a few twists into the mix. On each plate we placed these adorable wooden words from the dollar section at Target. It’s a cool place to find random items at a really low price. These cost me $5 for a whole pack.
I usually do a lot more floral on my tables, but this year we kept it simple with a stem of berries on each plate. I foraged them from the landscaping around my apartment… don’t worry, I asked their permission first!
The rest of the table is loaded up the fantasy pumpkins and my very own garden-grown gourds. I’ve lined them down the center of the table with pillar and votive candles mingled in between. Super easy and relatively inexpensive! Trader Joes is my go-to for fantasy pumpkins – I usually pick up one or two every time I go there, the moment the season starts. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, my house is overflowing with pumpkins! Oh, I also discovered that Walmart has insanely cheap fantasy pumpkins! I picked up most of the smaller ones from there for about $1.50 each.
Before we dive into our Thanksgiving menu I want to quickly chat wine – because it’s one of my favorite topics and a holiday dinner doesn’t feel complete without a few good bottles to enjoy with your guests! This year I’m serving a few classic favorites from Peju Winery and Big Basin Vineyards. I’m also adding in a few new ones from Fencepost Wines. I’m slightly partial to them because, well, my aunt and uncle just happen to be the owners/vintners. Seriously proud niece over here! They’ve teamed up with winemaker Jason Driscoll, of Tilth Wines, to create some really delicious wines that are perfect for the holiday season!
Designs of Any Kind 2018 Thanksgiving Menu
A meat & cheese platter makes a really easy appetizer and doesn’t require the oven.
Meat & Cheese Platter
Turkey and Thanksgiving go hand in hand! This is the recipe I make every year! The stuffing recipe is a favorite from Saveur Magazine.
I’ve been making the spiced honey roasted delicata squash nonstop since fall hit! It’s a beautiful and delicious addition to the menu this year!
Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Spicy Pecans – recipe coming soon
The Smoked Rosemary & Apple Naked Cake is a new addition this year and it is a real showstopper to end your Thanksgiving meal. Of course you can never go wrong with pie and pumpkin pie is my favorite!
I shop exclusively at Trader Joe’s for most of my meats and cheeses, simply because they have an incredible selection and it’s not going to drain your bank account! In the meat and cheese platter above I have the following items from Trader Joe’s:
- triple creme brie
- cave aged blue cheese,
- Chianti Red Wine Artisan Salami,
- Fig & Olive Crisps
- dried apricots & cranberries
- candied pumpkin seeds (I made extra from the Spiced Honey Roasted Delicata Squash recipe)
- wildflower honey
- fresh pears for decor
- French baguette, sliced – ideal if people want something other than crackers
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If you try these recipes or recreate our Thanksgiving table, let us know. Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #designsofanykind on Instagram. We enjoy seeing what you create! With love from my kitchen to yours,