Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! I am early, I know it. But with the last minute preparations and overall chaos that will descend upon us in the next days, I wanted to make sure I said it. 
There is so much to be thankful for, not only this year, but in general. I am grateful for family and friends who make my  journey in this big world a lot brighter. 

Here are a few ideas to make your Thanksgiving a lovely one!


A beautiful arrangement and use of cranberries, apples, wrapped leaves and orchid accents from
designlab in Portland, Oregon.

                    via MarthaStewart.com

Fall Centerpiece

I love the simplicity of this centerpiece. A trip to the farmer's market or supermarket will yield everything you need to recreate this informal yet elegant table decor composed of squashes, bell pepper, and kumquats. If these are not in season where you are you can substitute using carrots, persimmons, oranges, and baby pumpkins or anything that catches your fancy.

 Pear Place Card 

I love the fact that this is the most eco-friendly and clever place card I have seen. With the bounty of fruit available to use, you can add your own distinctive flair to the table decor. Apples, pumpkins, gourds, any beautifully colored fruit will do and each guest gets a veggie to take home and cook later.


DIY Thanksgiving Treat Holders - they can serve as treat holders or place cards.
I discovered this great and easy project over at
Sheek Shindigs blog!  They have loads of great DIY projects and ideas to decorate the kids table.


I have just discovered the perfect, petite slices of heaven that are French macaroons. I continue to ask myself why I hadn't tried these before? I have yet to make them, but if you feel adventurous or have an adventurous baker in your family, these Saffron Pumpkin Macaroons via Tartelette seem like a great addition to the Thanksgiving dessert menu. 

Dazzle your guests with a taste of Spain with Mulled White Wine Sangria cocktails! You're guest will be chanting "Ole" at first taste.

Mulled White Wine Sangria

1 cup water
½ cup honey, preferably orange-blossom
Zest of 2 lemons, cut into long strips
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
4 whole star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup orange Muscat, such as Essencia
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
2 lemons, preferably Meyer, thinly sliced crosswise
12 kumquats, thinly sliced crosswise

Bring water, honey, lemon zest and juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.

To serve cold: Mix spice mixture, wines, and fruit in a large pitcher. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Transfer to a large punch bowl, and serve with ice. 

Have a Brilliant Day wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World! 


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