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Monday, November 10, 2008

Thanksgiving

The holidays are quickly approaching. Can you believe Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks?! For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year, I have a few tabletop decorating ideas to share with you.

Better Homes and Gardens introduces several festive fall table settings including this one using a "nature" inspired theme:


Neutral colored candles, autumn leaves and berry sprigs, along with other natural touches work well for a Thanksgiving tabletop setting.


Footed glass bowls make for great centerpieces. Fill them with fruit, like apples or berries. Mini pumpkins can also be used:



Candles and Fruit can be paired together to make an attractive centerpiece:



Fill glass jars with flowers and berries to make stunning tabletop centerpieces:



This pumpkin candle centerpiece is simple and easy to make:


Get creative by wrapping fresh green vegetables around candles and secure with pretty, satin ribbon:



Directions:
Take fresh greens like asparagus, green beans, artichoke hearts and wrap around the candle, securing it with a rubberband. Then hide the rubberband by tying the ribbon around it. This makes for beautiful centerpiece.

Fill a wire basket with Thanksgiving harvest-themed foods to create the following centerpiece:


That should give you a few ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Hopefully you were just as inspired by these pictures as I was.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it gives you an excuse to "pig out". However, one of the things I hate about Thanksgiving is all the left-over turkey. In my household, we would eat turkey for like the next couple of weeks. Turkey stew, turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey, turkey, turkey! It got to the point where I'd never want to see another turkey again. My parents always wanted to prepare turkey again for Christmas and I'd beg them not to.

Here are some delicious recipe ideas for that left-over Thanksgiving turkey. That is, unless you are frying your turkey. In that case, you won't have to worry about any left-overs. LOL, Seriously! Fried turkeys always get eaten down to the bone, literally. If you have never had fried turkey, you are truly missing out. Those of you who have, know exactly what I'm talking about. But, for those of you who are still baking your turkeys, here are some left-over turkey ideas:

Zesty Tortilla Soup:




Corn Chowder:


Turkey Paella Salad:


Cranberry-Turkey Spinach Salad:


Turkey Spinach Toss



Nacho Turkey Casserole



Cran-Turkey Enchiladas

And there you have it! Turkey recipes that are not so boring, and easy to make. So, before you throw out that left-over turkey, try some of these scrumptious recipes. Check back with me after the holiday and let me know if you tried any of these ideas. I'd love to hear all about it. Oh! And I love pictures : )

4 comments:

Posh Events said...

Hey there, was going to post the same thing, but saw you did, so I directed my readers to your blog instead.

Eliana@BYSE said...

Great post! Thanks Posh for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. Is there anyway you can do a post about birthdays. With a ton of table decorations, but not the cheap one that are paper. thanks

Lemiga Events said...

Love the use of fresh vegetables with the table settings. So colorful but still really reasonable.