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Monday, November 23, 2015

Favorite Thanksgiving Tips, Recipes and Décor for 2015

I am SO excited for Thanksgiving! My cousin Linda and her family recently moved to Houston and will be traveling to spend the holiday with us. I think it has been a good 25 years since we last celebrated Thanksgiving together. 

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been slowly preparing for the holidays. A part of one day was devoted to washing the crystal, another was ironing all the table linens and then there was a morning that the silver was polished. By doing the prep work in small increments it doesn’t feel as overwhelming. I watched a holiday movie each time while working so the time just flew by.

I also plan on decorating my table a day or two early. It’s too bad that rain is in the forecast here because this table setting would be perfect for a traditional al fresco Thanksgiving meal.

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I like the idea of a light colored tablecloth with centerpieces featuring natural elements.

Thanksgiving table:

Of course a girl can have more than one color crush. Shades of mulberry and copper are positively swoon worthy.

Who has a magnolia tree that I can borrow a few branches from? What an incredible table runner.


Another idea I like is adding artichokes, eggplants and even kale to a floral Thanksgiving arrangement.

But then there is turquoise too. Decisions, decisions.

13. Floral Flair No one said that you have to decorate your Thanksgiving table with only fallen brown, red, and yellow bits of nature. Deep purples and turquoise are an unexpected combo for this autumn holiday.:

It pairs well with a darker floral palette….

…as well as the more traditional colors of autumn such as orange, rust and red.

Of course food will be the star of the show.

Since dinner is late in the afternoon some game time snacks are in order. I absolutely will be copying this bountiful feast. I’ve already purchased the figs, cheese, olives, nuts and assorted charcuterie. Mr. Décor has made me a wooden plank. I just need some large globe grapes, raspberries, bread and some food safe leaves.


In addition to traditional apple, pumpkin and pecan pies I will be making the following recipe I found in Diabetic Living so one family member can partake in the sweets as well.

Spoonable Pumpkin Pie

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs,  1/3 cup light butter, melted,  1 15 oz can pumpkin,  8 oz reduced fat cream cheese or whipped cream cheese, softened, 3 one ounce packages of fat free/sugar free vanilla pudding mix,  1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 1/2 fat free milk,  1 8 oz container frozen light whipped dessert topping, 1/2 c chopped/toasted pecans.

Preheat oven to 350.

1. For the crust mix together butter and crushed graham crackers. Press into a 13x9x2 pan. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool

2. In a large mixing bowl beat pumpkin, cream cheese, pudding mix, 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla on medium to high speed until combined. Gradually add milk, until smooth; spread over crust.

3. In the same bowl fold together whipped topping and the remaining ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; spread over pumpkin layer. Sprinkle with pecans. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours before serving. spoon pie

I will also be making this easy roast turkey recipe.

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe:

Stay tuned for peeks at the pies and our 2015 table on Instagram.

Until then, here’s more inspiration:

2014 Thanksgiving drink station

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2013 The $5 Thanksgiving Table

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2012 Holiday Décor from Colonial Williamsburg

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2012 A Turquoise and Brown Table

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2011 Grey and Burgundy Setting

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I’ll be back on Wednesday with some Autumnal glory,


Linking to:

DIY Show Off, Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Common Ground, Just A Girl and Her Blog, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva,No Minimalist Here, Katherine’s Corner, The Blissful Bee, Posed Perfection,Classy Clutter, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, The Dedicated House


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, so many fabulous ideas. I know your table and all the food will be amazing, it always is.

Lisa said...

Beautiful tablescapes! Enjoy your cousin and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know your table will be beautiful no matter what you choose. :-)

Linda said...

Those are some lovely ideas, Laura. As others mentioned, it will be gorgeous whatever you choose.

I, on the other hand, have everything decorated for Christmas because to me it doesn't matter since thankfulness isn't the sum of whatever decor I have out. Our Thanksgivings are always very low key - just my parents who live next door and us, so not many people, and ultimately very quiet. That's why I just ended up decorating for Christmas this past snowy weekend since then my 4 1/2 day Thanksgiving weekend will be more relaxed. We only have to complete the outdoor decor and we will try to get that done by the weekend, when hopefully some of the snow has melted. ;)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving - many blessings always to you and your family,

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful ideas Laura. Thanksgiving can be all different looks, not just the traditional colors. That is great news about your cousin spending Thanksgiving with you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Vel Criste said...

You always manage to pull off the most beautiful tablescapes Laura, and I bet this year will be just as splendid! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

nonie everythingsewing said...

Beautiful tablescape ideas. I am not doing the dinner this year but we will be guests of my son and his wonderful wife. I guess it is time I pass the sword but I miss all the hustle.
May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Nonie said...

Love all the fresh elements in the runners and centerpieces, gorgeous!

Lorrie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laura! Enjoy your family!

Eilis said...

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your cousin. You have the preparations under control! I also like to set the table the day before. It's nice to be able to focus on food and people on the actual day.

Auntie Em said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family!

Your decorations and table settings are always so pretty and elegant.

Enjoy your day and your company. :)