thanksgiving — inspiration

Thanksgiving is literally just around the corner. We are both quite fond of this holiday. Any holiday focused on food, family/friends and giving thanks is a holiday that we appreciate. Not to mention there are so many cute and fanciful inspirations related to Thanksgiving!

Krista is off on another adventure, this time to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in Southern California, while I am trying to keep warm in Idaho and enjoy Thanksgiving with family. Since our schedules have been packed, we pushed off our second annual “Friendsgiving” to the beginning of December.

Last year our first annual “Friendsgiving” was a huge success. We were surrounded by friends, incredible food, laughter and gratitude the entire night. In keeping with our tradition, we made sure to mark a date on our calendars for the event. Look forward to hearing about our upcoming “Friendsgiving,” with a twist!

Below is what we are looking forward to and inspiration that we are swooning over for our upcoming feast!

decor

Thanksgiving is a holiday that has no limits and bounds with endless opportunities for color schemes, decorations and décor. Last year we kept with a “gold & green” color palette and accented with personal and rustic touches.

When I read Thanksgiving Traditions from Cupcakes and Cashmere it immediate brought me back to a tradition we created last year at “Friendsgiving.” We topped each plate with a green envelope and gold card labeled with “what I’m thankful for.” We scattered sharpies around the table and had each guest list what they were thankful for.

The responses were heartwarming and hysterical while the table guessed which card belonged to which guest. It was one of the highlights of the night and a tradition that we will carry on!

first annual "friendsgiving" table setting

first annual “friendsgiving” table setting

personalized name tags with a twig of pine

personalized name tags with a twig of pine

spray painted gourds & mini pumpkins to accessorize the table

spray painted gourds & mini pumpkins to accessorize the table

diy candle votives that we originally made for friendsgiving but are now a staple for entertaining

diy candle votives that we originally made for “friendsgiving” but are now a staple for entertaining

INSPIRATION:

diy pinecones that would make for great name tags

diy pinecones that would make for great name tags

gold wishbones from Style Me Pretty

gold wishbones from Style Me Pretty

a creative tablecloth idea, also seen on Style Me Pretty

a creative placemat idea, also seen on Style Me Pretty

creative use for all those extra gourds

creative use for all those extra gourds

menu

For our first annual Friendsgiving we went for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings. Krista and I cooked the turkey and provided apps, while guests provided side dishes, drinks and pies. To be honest, it was the first time that either of us had cooked a turkey by ourselves. It was actually quite a fun experience and involved a bit of creativity and spontaneity.

Although we obviously did the math perfectly, our turkey was done about 3 hours early. We still aren’t exactly sure what happened. But after a few baffling looks, we decided to make a turkey sauna on top of the oven. We removed the turkey pan, wrapped the entire thing in tin foil, dish towels and a body towel or two (obviously clean). Our turkey sauna kept our turkey warm until our guests arrived!

Unfortunately we didn’t capture many food photos but here is a quick look below at what we did!

farm fresh turkey

farm fresh turkey

giant turkey!

giant turkey!

toasted bri wrapped in phyllo dough - the most incredible app

toasted brie wrapped in phyllo dough – the most incredible app

We requested that two of our good friends that we grew up with in Idaho make the pies for dessert. They took our request as a mission and made two of the most wonderful pies that I have ever eaten! Below is the Salted Caramel Apple Pie, which was insane. Unfortunately they have both relocated to San Francisco with their incredibly cute doggie named Barney. We will have to fend for ourselves for dessert this year.

salted caramel apple pie

salted caramel apple pie

INSPIRATION: 

recipe by bon appétit

recipe by bon appétit

also from bon appétit

also from bon appétit

the best salad you will ever have — it's a hit every time! We recommend adding pomegranate arils or raspberries

the best salad you will ever have — it’s a hit every time! We recommend adding pomegranate arils or raspberries

brussels sprout kebabs from brit & co

brussels sprout kebabs from brit & co

accessories

To make the most of our first annual “Friendsgiving,” we requested guests don their best attire to enjoy the meal. Obviously, in Idaho style, most of the boys brought out their best flannels and “nice” jeans while the girls took it up a notch with lovely dresses. I take any occasion as an excuse to wear a jumpsuit and am looking for a new jumpsuit to don this year!

the brass blossom with abbey at the first annual "friendsgiving"

the brass blossom with abbey at the first annual “friendsgiving”

INSPIRATION:

Below are a few outfits we are loving for this years upcoming holiday season!

flowy long jumpsuit by mango

slightly subdued flowy long jumpsuit by Mango

swedish story book inspired anthropologie outfit

swedish story book inspired Anthropologie skirt & sweater

a more casual but winter appropriate outfit featured by madewell

a more casual and cold weather approved outfit featured by Madewell

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And for all of the procrastinators out there, below are a few reads that are sure to help your day go off without a hitch (hopefully)! And when in doubt google the solution…

Williams Sonoma’s “Expert Thanksgiving Timeline”

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williams sonoma – thanksgiving timeline

Bon Appetit’s “Modern Guide to Thanksgiving Etiquette”

bon appétit - modern guide to etiquette

bon appétit – modern guide to etiquette

krista and taylor

brass blossom

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