Thanksgiving went off without a hitch, and everything went smoothly! The turkey turned out perfectly, thanks to a super secret chile rub, and half time on the grill, half time in the oven.
My pictures turned out a little dark, but I hope you get the idea.
All the food tasted good, especially the sourdough artichoke parmesan stuffing, the caramelized pecans in the salad, and the pie! Oh pie- pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pecan!
My table looked pretty, and turned out like my inspiration board:
And everyone had fun!
Some good stuff to come this week, possibly including canning, more upholstery, and demolition! … stay tuned…
Less a mood board, more of a stock of items I am definitely using for my California Thanksgiving table, minus all the delicious food!
I wanted an informal, casual California Thanksgiving, and it will be, but it will have to be dressed up a bit with my formal china, since it’s the only way I can serve 8 people! So it will be more of an elegant, modern meal, but with lots of fun and lots of food and drink!
China: Vera Wang Wedgewood Grossgrain
Tablecloth: Dwell Studio for Target Suzani
Glassware: Crate and Barrel Viv
Flatware: Crate and Barrel Couture
Napkins: Vintage Linen (similar to shown)
Vintage Silver Candlestick holders (not shown)
I’m not doing place cards (they’re too formal!), but need some kind of centerpiece. Will the food be enough? What can I do easily and cheaply (and quickly) at this point?
I spent a good part of today cleaning and doing laundry, and still didn’t get everything done. Oh it’s overwhelming sometimes. I don’t know if I could ever handle a house much bigger than the one I’m in now.
So, how about some advice… how do you keep things clean on a day to day basis? Or do you let your space get messy messy?
I’ve learned that the more unorganized and dirty my space, the worse I feel. But that usually doesn’t inspire me to make it better!
Chile Spice Turkey
This year marks a couple firsts for me on the Thanksgiving front:
- My first Thanksgiving in California
- My first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner!
I decided to combine the two into a casual, comfortable, Californian Thanksgiving dinner for the theme of Thanksgiving this year (also may be the first Thanksgiving with a theme for me!).
I want to have a dinner outside with a few of my Californian friends and family, if the weather cooperates, and have some fresh California cooking (lots of avocados, perhaps).
Here’s my dinner menu so far, with my main source of Sunset Magazine:
Oooh, and here’s a complete California menu from Epicurious, featuring Barbecued Turkey with Maple-Mustard Glaze and Sourdough, Apple and Almond Dressing. Yum!
Sunset Outdoor Feast featuring Urban Outfitters Paper Cutout Placemats
Or Perhaps Thanksgiving on the Beach?
For other table ideas, I could do something like this Martha Stewart idea–these stickies are all over the place here!
Sweet Gum Tree Spur Placecard
Grapes mean autumn in California:
As usual, any suggestions would be helpful! What do I really need to know about hosting Thanksgiving for the first time?