Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Crisp Autumn air, warm and richly colored fall decor, friends, family and Thanksgiving. What’s not to love about November?
This year I hosted an intimate gathering of close friends to share our thanksgivings over a warm meal and sparkling drinks.Fall Dinner Party-3

Natural branches and sparkling colors to greet guests at the door. Hosting an event always inspires me to break out the festive pieces I’ve created over the years.
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And yes, tis’ mid-November and the afternoons are still warm enough to leave the front door open for a while…

Trust me, I would very much love to be lighting a fire and dawning layers of scarves, but alas – this is Phoenix.

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Grapevine wreaths make for a simple seasonal decor, and we just added a touch of felt acorns and bronze colored “berries.” I think I’ll just add some boughs of holly in a day or two, and my Christmas decor will be well underway!

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As always, vines make for great additions to any season.

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Cocktail garnish and Pinterest recipes to follow. Fall Dinner Party-10

Autumn-themed appetizers and dinner menu made for a particularly delightful dinner.Fall Dinner Party-8

Fresh-baked homemade bread.Fall Dinner Party-12

And a delicious apple pumpkin bunt cake for dessert.Fall Dinner Party-20

The simple yet elegant table spread featured our favorite linen tablecloth and my grandma’s vintage silverware.

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A fresh Persimmon atop each plate added the rich orange glow that we are so fond of this time of year.Fall Dinner Party-16

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with Joy. Psalm 126:3


Mini Shoot Prop & Home Decor

This Autumn I had the pleasure of assisting and experiencing my friend’s start-up photography business with a mini-shoot in the grass =)

We decided to try out some props for her business and are pleased to say it was a success!
This little black “hello” pumpkin was the perfect piece for our holiday cards, and not only that, but a wonderful little token to greet guests arriving for the holidays.

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They are all so cute! Even if sister can’t sit still, the pictures turned out perfectly =)

Happy Holidays

Season’s greetings at your front door ❤


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Thank you TheAnchoredNest for your beautiful handiwork and Dwell Richly Photography for the stellar photos!


Autumn Wine & Cheese Party

Sit back, relax and allow  a cheerful Pampered Chef consultant bake you a delicious cheesy dip and warm smore’s cake.

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This year support local businesses and friends by hosting a simple party that will bring  holiday cheer to all your family and friends!

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Megan Wakimoto joined the Pampered Chef  because she loves their quick and easy meals made  with practical and durable cook wear. Not one for elaborate meals, she loves being able to make simple and delicious food for her family, on even the busiest of nights. Visit her site to learn more: mwakimoto

Nothing says Autumn more than leaves changing hue, and here in Phoenix they’re not easy to find! Instead we opted for something a little more practical (and I must say, supper adorable!). A variety of paper fall foliage and tiny pumpkins graced the table. Guests were delighted by the Autumnal spread and cheerful decor and they helped them selves to a spread of cheeses and generous slices of chocolate cake.

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Lori graciously offered her gorgeous and colorful leaves in addition to the tiny orange pumpkins to create a fabulous fall feel to our party. She was a pleasure to work with and we look forward to exploring her other holiday collections!  Dye cuts by: AsEyeSeeItLal.

Gourmet Cheese would not be complete with out the perfect touch of vintage and hand made flair. This cheese knife is everything a hostess could want for a holiday soiree. Its personally hand-stamped touch would make a perfect holiday gift!IMG_5780 IMG_5781Anita was happy to contribute and we absolutely love her vintage silverware shop! From butter and cheese knives to dessert forks and coffee spoons we were thrilled with the chic artistry. See more of her lovely work at her Etsy shop, GertGifts.

As a finishing touch to our night of wine and cheese, elegance met economical with recycled wine bottles filled with holiday cheer. These bottles really lit up the night as guests relaxed in the soft glow and enjoyed a glass with their hors d’oeuvres.

IMG_5805 IMG_5807Chelle creates a variety of clear and frosted lighted wine bottles. We love the idea of using them throughout the holiday season and look forward to featuring them in our December party as well! Visit Chelle here: ClassyGarbage.


Thanksgiving: Top 5 Thanksgiving Movies

Eating a juicy turkey with delicious trimmings can be a lot of work. Thanksgiving movies are a great way to relax after such a big meal, not to mention a great segway from the Thanksgiving meal to turkey sandwiches! Here are my favorites:





Thanksgiving: Kid’s Table

Oh the kid’s table. I remember my time there like it was yesterday. Lower & smaller we watched the adults at the big grand table. They glamorously laughed, talked in low tones about forbidden topics, and they poured their own drinks. What more could you ask for? Then as a tween, I resented being banished to the children’s table with the children. A few years later, I finally got there.
Hey 11 year old self, it’s not that cool. Enjoy your crayons, draw-able table cloth, chocolate milk, and fart jokes. Enjoy it while it lasts kiddo.

Some fun ideas for YOUR kid’s table this year:

This adorabley cute FREE Thanksgiving printable from Paperglitter.com comes with everything you need to decorate every inch of the kid’s table as well as a changeable text feature so you can personalize some of the printables. Pretty cool.

Is there anything cooler than drawing on a “table cloth”? I’m 26 and still get excited at Macaroni Grill. This one comes with pre-outlined drawings you can print out on kraft paper from Martha Stewart (also free!)

Loved the idea for this Thankful Tree, and the cute blog post that goes along with it.

Too cute to be made out of tape & pumpkins, I give you, pumpkin tic-tac-toe table…
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For more Thanksgiving themed kid’s games, try these cute ones:
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Turkey Trot

Printable Thanksgiving TV Bingo

but honestly, back to the tables already.
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Thanksgiving Recipe: Pecan Tassies

In 2009 I performed as Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Pecan Tassies were mentioned in the Christmas scene so I offered to make them, little did I know they would be such a hit!! So for the past couple of years I’ve made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, they are bite sized, delicious, and, very popular:)
Enjoy!


Pecan Tassies:

For the Dough:

1 cup unsalted butter
6 ounces cream cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:
1½ cups light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, plus more for sprinkling on top
2 eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare mini muffin pans by greasing cups if it is not a nonstick pan; set aside.

2. To make the dough, beat together the butter, cream cheese and flour on low speed of a stand or hand mixer until all of the flour is incorporated. Divide the dough into 48 pieces and roll into balls. Place on a plate or in a zip-top bag and refrigerate for about an hour.

3. Either press the dough balls into the muffin cups and up the sides, or flatten the balls slightly with your palm and use a rolling pin to roll into a disk about 2-3 inches in diameter (a little larger than the size of the muffin cup opening) and place into the muffin cups.

4. To make the filling, mix together the brown sugar, chopped pecans, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extra with a spoon and then evenly divide it between the dough-lined mini muffin cups. Top each with some additional chopped pecans.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are set. Cool for a few minutes in the muffin cups and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. The tassies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

photo & recipe from browneyedbaker.com


Thanksgiving: Spiced Tea & Turkey Bell Favors

I was in charge of Thanksgiving favors this year and last year…here’s what I came up with!

Thanksgiving Spiced Tea:

1 1/3 c. Tang Orange flavor beverage crystal
1/3 c. instant tea
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
*For one serving, place 1 rounded teaspoon in a cup. Add boiling water. Makes 55 servings.
Combine all ingredients and store in a tightly covered jar. I covered these little jars with scrapbook paper rounds & autumn leaf die cuts. Easy & adorable!

 

Last year? Take home autumn decor in the form of turkey bells of course!

Add googly eyes, autumn colored feathers, and a wooden heart-shaped cut out (for feet!) to a little bell with hot glue…all available at pretty much any craft store.

Want some other fun Thanksgiving favor ideas? Check here, here, and here! (some of them even double for place cards!)