It’s that time of year when we start prepping and planning for the holidays. And that includes setting the table. Today, I’m partnering with four lovely bloggers for Thankful Thanksgiving Tablescapes for a bit of inspiration. Meet the cast of characters.
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Here we go! Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine, thanks to a love of turkey and all the sides like mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving was my father’s most favorite holiday as there was always a football game blaring in the background and the smell of roast turkey in the air. You could always find him sitting in his favorite chair munching on celery stuffed with pimento cheese. Growing up in Nebraska, we could typically count on chilly weather and squaring off against Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day come rain or snow. One never knew what mother nature would dish up. Back in the 60s and 70s it was tradition for the Nebraska Cornhuskers to face their rival, the Oklahoma Boomer Sooners. What fun memories! My mom pulled out all the stops when it came to setting the Thanksgiving table. In her mind, the dining room and china were reserved for holidays and special occasions only. So it was always a treat to sit at the grand dining room table. If lots of family members were coming for dinner there was an adult table and a children’s table. Let me tell you, it was a big, big day when you graduated to the adult table. Although the children’s table was much more fun…
When it comes to entertaining for the holidays, some years I haul out the china and crystal like my mother; other years, I trudge out my everyday dinnerware. This year my thankful Thanksgiving tablescape is simple in design. Yes, we’re going casual. Since my color scheme is black and white, I opted for my white dinner plates that look fantastic with a silver charger underneath. Black placemats and black check napkins complete the look. Of course, orange accents look amazing set against black. How cute are these pumpkin soup bowls (old, similar here)? A white pumpkin tureen is a perfect match. And, of course, white and orange pumpkin salt and pepper shakers (old, similar here) give that little extra something to set the stage for a festive table.
Pumpkin Alfredo with Butternut Squash Ravioli is the epitome of fall flavors in one dish! Have it on the table in less than 30 minutes!
2 (9-oz.) packages refrigerated butternut squash ravioli (I get this at Trader Joe’s)
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil
6-8 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons flour
1cup half and half
2cups chicken broth
1cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4cup minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
salt and pepper to taste
1/4cup each; crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and pecans for topping
Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and add sage leaves. Fry 10 to 15 seconds (don’t let them brown), remove carefully with tongs, and set aside to drain paper towels.
Add butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and saute; it starts to turn yellowish. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking frequently, for 3–5 minutes, or until bubbly and fragrant.
Next, add half and half and 1 cup of chicken broth. Whisk until combined. Add pumpkin, parmesan, minced parsley, minced sage, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Use the remaining cup of chicken broth to thin sauce as needed.
While sauce is simmering cook ravioli according to package directions.
Drain ravioli and gently stir into sauce.
Plate and top each serving with a drizzle of olive oil, crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, and nuts. Enjoy!
Beth your Thanksgiving table is such a beautiful compliment to those gorgeous chairs. Those little individual pumpkin soup bowls are adorable. Love the idea of black and white. Great minds think alike I had black on the brain this year as well. Thank you so much for joining us. Lovely to get a peek into your charming home as well.
What fun to join such talented bloggers! I’m still soaking up all the inspiration. Thanks for organizing, Cindy! Happy Thanksgiving!
Beğeniliyorsunuz ve seviliyorsunuz 💐🍀🌻
Muğla Türkiye’den sevgiler 🤗
Beth, I love how you added the perfect colors to the table in the form of pumpkins and gourds. They compliment your chairs beautifully and the black and white check pattern was absolutely the right choice with the whole scheme.
That’s high praise coming from you, Claudia! What fun to partner with such talented bloggers!
Being “from” Nebraska & now Virginia…I know “how important” THANKS-GIVING is! I miss pheasants…so, out comes the pheasant china, etc. Since we had a plethora of hydrangea this year…”spray paint” is the “key ingredient”…oh, the possibilities…franki
so many possibilities is so right! happy holidays!
I love your tablescape. The black/white check with orange accents is stunning.
Your ootd is so cute. I’m hopping over to see the other bloggers .
So proud of our Braves!!⚾️
I’d like to share my Braves experience.
As a 13 year old softball outfielder in I972 I was smitten with a young Dusty Baker .
I followed every Braves game on the radio,writing down all the box scores.
For my 14th bd later that year my parents surprised me with a trip to Atlanta to watch my beloved Braves.
My prized possession from that trip is a baseball with the autographs of Dusty Baker,Hank Aaron,Phil Niekro,Sonny Jackon and several others.
So to say I’m over the moon about these World Champions is an understatement. Chop! Chop!
What a great day for Georgia! Those Atlanta Braves were something else all during the playoffs!
I was a little worried going back to Houston(lol..remember that song!)
But they sure showed up to play.
Now Go Dawgs!🏈
Have a great weekend.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday b/c we used to fill the house with people — and I, too, have lovely memories about Thanksgivings past. I usually decorate but will keep things simple this year. Not a critique, just a comment: I haven’t seen my brother in 2 years, so what the table looks like is the last thing on our minds. Family, food (and football) are the stars — and we’ll covid test beforehand. We use our DR every night, always have, so we’ll set the table at the last minute and be thankful. Happy Tks Day to you.
yes, the most important thing is always family! enjoy your day!
I didn’t get to sit at the adult table at my aunties house until I was 20! My auntie was a FABULOUS and chic lady whose formal dining set was an all glass table with white fur chairs. Who could blame her for wanting us little heathens far far away!! Even at 20 I was nervous about committing a major faux pas!
That’s too cute! Thanks for sharing.
Everything is so lovely.
thanks, Linda! i was excited to partner today with some very talented ladies!
Love everything about this post. The table setting, your dress, and the ravioli recipe!
so glad to hear this! thanks for stopping by.
You are classy , yet approachable and fun!
I enjoy tour blog! Tina
thanks so much! i so appreciate you being here.
Everything looks lovely, you have such an amazing touch, and you seem to think of everything. It’s
in the detail isn’t it?
Thank you for sharing, you look so good as well.
it’s a joy to invite friends and family to my home.
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