We welcomed friends through the afternoon and evening for dessert and egg nog. Friends came, and went, bringing their family and friends . . . It was a holiday full of delicious food, family, friends, and laughter. My husband even snuck a nap in after dinner . . . just before friends started stopping by . . . a highlight for him, I'm sure (smile!).
What made THIS Thanksgiving so special was that my 4 1/2 and 3 1/2-year-old daughter and son were so very interested in this holiday. I think we watched "Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown" a dozen times! They learned simple facts about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and the FIRST Thanksgiving dinner. Their interest also prompted a desire to help me with Thanksgiving dinner, especially my daughter ~ Charley.
Charley excitedly helped me bake bread & Pie Crust Sugar Cookie TURKEYS . . . and decorate our Thanksgiving dinner table. She so sweetly placed petite pears and apples, eggplants, and pomegranates on our table . . . and eagerly learned about proper place settings. I loved her interest and help that day! It sure made this wonderful holiday extra special!
Although I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving over formal dinners, my husband and I appreciate that we celebrate OURS over a formal dinner with family and friends. Much time, energy, and love goes into the menu and table setting . . . and our meal always begins with a beautiful prayer of gratitude. This year's Thanksgiving was unique and special . . . leaving me with happy thoughts about what next Thanksgiving might bring our family.
to be truly Thanksgiving,
is first Thanks,
then giving . . .
A peak into our Thanksgiving dinner . . .
~ Our menu ~
~ Fall Jacquard Tablecloth ~
~ White dishes, white linens, and silver ~
~ Food is more vibrant and attractive on a white palette ~
~ Pomegranate Seeds dance in bubbly beverages ~
~ So pretty and festive ~
~ I LOVE these petite bottles of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider ~
~ Apricot Ginger Cranberry Sauce ~
~ Sweet & Savory toppings ~
~ Sliced butter for honey whole-wheat rolls ~
~ home-made honey whole-wheat rolls ~
~ Classic Butter Roasted Turkey ~
~ Sage leaves add a warm Fall flavor ~
~ I snapped a quick photo of my dinner plate ~
~ Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mints ~
~ Dessert Menu ~
home-made Ginger Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie
with warm Caramel sauce
TURKEY and PUMPKIN-shape Pie Crust Sugar Cookies
with Vanilla Bean ice cream
~ I trimmed the pie with maple leaf cut-outs and acorns ~
I dressed up the acorns with orange & yellow sanding sugar before baking.
This pie was a pretty compliment to the the Turkey & Pumpkin Pie Crust Sugar Cookies.
~ Cocoa Truffles ~
~ My favorite dessert of the evening ~
~ TURKEY Pie Crust Sugar Cookie perched atop ice cream ~
~ This beautiful scalloped, gold-leaf platter was made by my late grandma ~
~ I used it to serve the Apricot Ginger Cranberry Sauce and toppings ~
~ Elegant and beautiful, I love that it is a family heirloom ~
I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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