It’s very hard for me to do anything simple and modern looking. It just is. I love to look at trendy simple things: clothes, home decor, scrapbooking pages, patterns….anything. And I love it. But when it comes right down to it, it’s impossible for me to duplicate that look in anything I touch. It starts out simple, but very soon another element creeps in, an extra detail here or there, some brighter color sneaks in….and soon whatever I’m working on is full right up with all sorts of visual junk! Yes, I am a messy person, and it usual shows up even in my “designing” (art, decorating, crafting, junk making, whatever you want to call it). It’s hard to stop myself. I know, I know, I’ve heard: Art is knowing when to stop. And I agree. And I guess that’s where the line between crafty and artist is drawn. All this to say, I felt rather proud of myself for creating (in my mind) a simple modern-looking Thanksgiving table setting this year. It was excruciatingly hard to hold back and not add more and more, but I forced myself and getting some new simple dishes from Ikea helped (and a time crunch helped, too).
Last year’s Thanksgiving table here was more like what I usually do. This year I tried a new color scheme, and I must say I liked it. I just loved the bright colors (that is normal for me) what wasn’t normal was the more simple decorations.A plain white cake stand, a dried gourd (from Guatemala), a couple of small pumpkins and pomegranates, a few candles, a bunch of purplish carnations and a few green flowers. Yes, it did involve a shopping trip to IKEA for a few things: new blue dishes, a couple of blue candles, purple table runner, purple juice jug and purple serviettes. I had lots of orange things already in my stash 🙂 No time for place-cards this year, just a few plain wooden leaves from Walmart. I did print out some Thanksgiving things on kraft paper, but we didn’t really use them…..they were to make a thankful paper chain. We were thankful without the craft. The rest of the photos were taken under the dining room lighting so the color looks kind of weird…. I quickly crammed all the flowers into an orange bowl (and left the other non-color-coordinated flowers in the kitchen).simple but pretty, I thought. And yes, that is an old fashioned jello mold!For that old fashioned, traditional touch. I enjoyed it, even if few others did! I had made one awhile ago, from an old recipe, then totally lost the recipe!! So this was kinda made from my memory: grated carrot, crushed pineapple, orange gelatin (jello), and a cup of plain yogurt. Does anyone have a recipe like that? It would be nice to have the exact amounts!
My daughter the turkey,I mean, my daughter cooked the turkey this year! She did a good job, though we had a few nervous moments 😉
There was a kids’ table this year, with a few Snoopy treats…very simple (not like the other Peanuts kids’ table)When the younger kids couldn’t take the wait for supper, we gave them a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal. It’s what Charlie Brown and Snoopy served in the classic cartoon: buttered toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans! (It’s starting to be a tradition!)Another food that is now a Thanksgiving tradition around here is Guatemalan enchiladas! I think this was the day after Thanksgiving, though traditionally they are served on Nov. 1st in Guate. (It was a short weekend with family, so we had to cram a lot of food into it) Mmmmm good!! I’ll have to post the recipe someday…. 🙂 And so that was our little Canadian, American, Guatemalan Thanksgiving!!
Happy Thanksgiving to our American family and friends! It’s always great to celebrate and give God thanks for all His blessings!
There were a couple of extra Thanksgiving ideas that I forgot to add to my Canadian Thanksgiving post so I thought I’d quickly share them here. I’m always doing things last minute and I’m wondering if anyone else does it too….so here are some free printables and ideas for some last minute Thanksgiving decor!
These lovely printable pages are from Hope Ink, and I printed them off on kraft colored cardstock. Here is the cozy house coloring page and the cute turkey coloring page. Perfect for Thanksgiving! I used them for decorating my piano, and then forgot to let the kids color them! They would look great colored in with those really nice colored pencils (Prismacolor I think?)
I found another great printable at The Creativity Exchange for a child’s chalkboard place-mat. This is such a fun idea, to have a black area that can be used as a chalkboard. I printed out the regular-paper sized one, also on kraft cardstock, so the plate is oval shaped, but if you print out the larger size the plate is round. My printer’s out of colored ink, so the color you see here isn’t what would print out on your printer! 🙂 Here’s our Menu for today: It would make a great place setting with your guest’s name written on it in chalk….or just a fun place-mat for the kids to write on!
Oh yes, there’s also the printable that I came up with for my living room frame…you can find the link here.
Some more last minute Thanksgiving decor ideas….use fruit. Wooden fruit, plastic fruit or real fruit. I was looking through some old Thanksgiving photos and noticed that that is what I tend to do. Especially grapes. Grapes appear adorning a naked turkey (in the family photo), and around jello salad and on plates, cake stands, everywhere! So that’s my big advice. Have some grapes on hand, and maybe a few other fruits. Just in case. You never know. And if you are really running last minute and the turkey isn’t thawed and the pies aren’t baked….You can always do what Charlie Brown did……serve them buttered toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzels!!! 🙂 The idea is to be together and to be grateful. The rest is all “dressing”!!
I forgot to post these yummy bites in October….so thought I’d post them in time for our southern neighbor’s Thanksgiving. Funny thing, I was thinking that this weekend was USA Thanksgiving, but just found out it’s next weekend. Happy Thanksgiving neighbors!! But….I just received a flyer in the mailbox yesterday for Black Friday sales…..what’s up with that? This is Canada….Thanksgiving was in October and we….don’t…..have……black…….friday!!! I don’t appreciate retailers pushing something like that on us!!! And that’s my rant for today. Ahem….
Back to these bites of cuteness….in my Thanksgiving preparations I came across this mini pumpkin pie idea and couldn’t rest until I had tried making them!! (Honestly, I spent weeks obsessing about making them, weird, eh?) I found these precious pieces of “pie” here on SHEKNOWS with a how to. They were so cute….but I couldn’t find most of the specialty crackers to make them with. I did find triangle shaped Triscuits, but had to improvise with the rest of them.I found little pretzel stix in a snacky party mix from the bulk food section at the grocery store for the pie crust edge. I picked them out and saved them for these appetizers. The rest is super easy: Cheddar cheese wedges for the pumkin pie. Cream cheese (whipped or softened) for the whipped cream, piped out of a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off. And a triangle Triscuit cracker for the bottom crust. Assemble with dots of cream cheese to keep everything together. I found that after I refridgerated them for a few hours the bottom crackers were starting to soften up, so I would suggest assembling these last minute. They didn’t take long at all…..if you have your crackers in the right size!I completely skipped putting on a crust at the back….and they still looked fine. I found that if I used a whole Triscuit, the wedge of pie was quite large….maybe too large for a kid’s appetizer. So I carefully tried to cut down the Triscuit crackers…..kinda worked, but I was forced to eat up all the ones that just crumbled and cracked up! (quite a few) The big ones were reserved for Dad, and the rest of us ate the bite-sized ones.And where does the pumpkin come in, you ask, (all you pumpkin haters out there!) um, it doesn’t. This is a case of food imitating…well, uh….food!! I don’t know why so many of us have a fascination for food that disguises itself as some other food, but there it is. I know I’m not the only one. And I know there are lots of “haters” out there who find this idea awful and plain wrong. And that’s ok. Just beware…..next time you see a slice of pumpkin pie……beware……..beware the food look-a-likes……