a simple thanksgiving menu

Happy Fall dear friends!

It has been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post {I’ve missed you and missed blogging!}.  This Summer and Fall have been a whirlwind and the scales of balance in my life completely warped. I am working to make 2018 a more balanced year – it is my number one priority.

I am starting by drawing a line in the sand with Thanksgiving and the holidays in general.  I contemplated skipping Thanksgiving altogether and making a reservation somewhere with my family to keep things simple, but hosting is something I enjoy so much, I am determined to host a beautiful day for my loved ones, and enjoy every part of it.  To that tend, I’ve also marked my calendar for the rest of the year with dates for holiday parties and key dates with  friends, so that everything else can work around these priorities.  If you don’t proactively carve out time, the holidays come and go and you’ve not done the things you enjoy most.

Having said that, I am going to keep Thanksgiving relatively simple this year.  It’s a small manageable size of guests and I have designed the menu accordingly.  It’s important to design back to your audience for any event, your own holidays included.

My tablescape is going to be monochromatic with deep shades of brown, whites and accents of gold, with my favorite feather placemats {I’ll be sure to share photos of the finished table} . I’ve chosen a minimalistic and modern menu design from Minted for the place settings.  I love that minted now has printing options with foil for an extra element of glamour.

Pairing down sides is such a difficult thing to do when you love to cook, but I did it and here is where I’ve landed:thanksgiving2017menuRecipe Sources:  Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad | Cranberry Sauce with port and candied ginger {best cranberry sauce ever} | Roasted Root Vegetables

Food Resources:  I’ve selected Stillman Farms for my Turkey.  They are local and their turkeys are Fresh pasture-raised  | I am not much of a dessert maker for the most part, so I will be ordering the Pecan Tart via | and the Pumpkin Ice Cream {which is beyond delicious} via.  And my mother’s chocolate mousse is always the hit of the day.

So there you have it.  We’ll start the day with bubbles and some savory snacks such as rosemary-honey roasted pecans and one of my favorite dips, and it will be a lovely afternoon where we can kick back, enjoy each other’s company, and be grateful for all of it.

Wishing you lovely week and the best with your own Thanksgiving preparations!





About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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