Judging from our Instagram feed, I think we all agree that Thanksgiving is one of the very best holidays. It’s cozy and warm and loving, like Christmas, but without all of the stress and presents and parties that come along with “the most wonderful time of the year”. So, to reflect that cozy, warm, loving, and easy-going feel that Thanksgiving brings, we pulled together a casual Thanksgiving tablescape that is unfussy but still very pretty to look at. The key to this look is incorporating the texture and natural colors of wheat and flannel napkins against the bold graphic of the buffalo plaid runner. Plaids are THE trend of the moment, just take a look around Target, Pinterest, and your friend’s family Christmas photos that are popping up on facebook…. PLAIDS. And we love it.
Most of the items used for the tablescape were gathered from around the farmhouse, which makes this holiday even more stress-free and easier on the wallet. Heck, our “vases” are actually lanterns. When it comes to these kinds of things, a little thoughtfulness/creativity is what matters. It doesn’t have to be perfect. So even if you just find a piece of fabric to use as a runner and set the table in advance with a couple of candles or a vase of flowers, it will add to the ambiance of your meal shared with family and friends.
If you want to take the thoughtfulness and yumminess even further, we’ve added a recipe for some delicious pumpkin pies. Whip these up and tuck them in a cute little bakery box on top of a square of buffalo plaid fabric for your guests to take home with them. It also isn’t a bad idea to go to your local bakeries and/or grocery stores to buy some extra containers and bags with handles to send guests home with leftovers! This has a store bought crust (remember: EASY-GOING) and we used cookie cutters to cut out the little acorn on top. Take a look below at the recipe and a couple of pictures of our teeny little pies.
Recipe for Pumpkin Pie (with store bought crust!)
1 can of pure pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk (regular milk will work)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes
Have a wonderful thanksgiving! Even if your family is filled with complete knuckleheads, they are YOUR knuckleheads. Enjoy them:)