2014 Thanksgiving Table

Our 2014 Thanksgiving Table

I love this time of year. Ed and I have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes we get so busy that we forget to stop and enjoy it. I love a day that makes you do just that. With the people we love. And wait, there’s food involved? I’m all in.

This year was one of the best Thanksgivings in a long time, I think. We took it easy. We didn’t overdo it. We made things SIMPLE. So that we could focus on those things that make us so thankful. Family. Friends. The kids. A warm home and fabulous food. The miracle that somehow let us all be together, at least for one day. Yeah, there’s really not much more to life than that!

We usually take our little family to our hometown for Thanksgiving, where both Ed’s and my families still live. We like to stay home for Christmas, so this is a good compromise, plus I don’t have to worry about hosting and cooking a turkey (which I am starting to think I will never master)! We always do a late Thanksgiving dinner, rather than a lunchtime one. That allows us to spread out our family visiting, and take a low-key approach to cooking. By the time we sit down to eat, we all just want to sit cuddled up next to each other around my mom’s large wooden table, toasting each other and laughing until we cry. It’s a long, languid affair, and I love every minute of it!

Decorating the Thanksgiving table is always a favorite collaboration between me and my mom. This year, she decided on a rustic, natural theme with browns, blacks, and a touch of cobalt. She pulled clippings from her yard and garden and a few fresh flowers from the supermarket. She gathered candles and a few blue sparkly baubles. Then, while she finished the turkey, I arranged everything on the table. She had already done all the hard part, so all I had to do was set it out and hope I stayed true to her vision!

Naturally, I had to take photos of the finished table before the sun set and we sat down to eat.

2014 Thanksgiving Table

These little pottery bunnies are made by a local artisan. I thought they added to the natural scene.

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A rare moment when the girls are all huddled up together!

2014 Thanksgiving Table

We always start our Thanksgiving meal by standing behind our chairs, holding hands, and blessing the meal. Then we have a quick toast (usually led by my mom, who always gets teary at this point!), before we sit down. It’s my absolute favorite Thanksgiving tradition!

2014 Thanksgiving Table

The shrimp and grits were one of my dinner contributions (I love anti-traditional Thanksgiving fare!). We ended the night with a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity (note: this is NOT a kid-friendly game!).

I can’t wait to do it again next year.

I hope you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving holiday as we did! Cheers!

1Comment
  • Sarah
    Posted at 17:23h, 01 December

    I may have come up with the table theme, but you are the master behind it … With a little help from Ed! (And your photos…How do you do it! The masters at work!) I had a wonderful time, and the food was sooo great!! It is these times that are so precious!! Until next year!