Mini Thanksgiving Guide

(BANNER GRAPHIC BY THE TURETT COLLABORATIVE, ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF LINKED SITE)


DECOR IDEAS & RECIPES FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND HOLIDAY

FOR MOST PEOPLE, THANKSGIVING IS A TIME TO BE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. IF THANKSGIVING WERE TO BE NARROWED DOWN TO ONE WORD, THAT WORD WOULD LIKELY BE “GATHER.” BUT WHAT DO WE DO WHEN GATHERING IS BEING CAUTIONED AGAINST? WHILE THIS THANKSGIVING MAY NOT BE A TRADITIONAL LONG-TABLE FEAST, IT IS STILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, RELAX, AND BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE. IN A TIME WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SHOWN HOW EASILY THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED CAN DISAPPEAR, WE HAVE SEEN HOW MUCH THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER. WHATEVER YOUR USUAL THANKSGIVING TRADITION MAY BE, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE 26TH IS GOING TO LOOK A BIT DIFFERENT THIS YEAR.

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE HOLIDAY, WE WANT TO OFFER YOU A FEW IDEAS THAT MAY BRING SOME NEW VISUAL ELEMENTS AND RECIPE IDEAS TO YOUR TABLE (ERR, PHONE) BEFORE THE BIG DAY. NO MATTER HOW YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR, WE HOPE THAT YOU TAKE THE DAY TO EMBRACE YOUR SURROUNDINGS, LIGHT A CANDLE OR TWO, AND, AT LEAST, ENJOY A THURSDAY OFF FROM WORK!

BELOW, YOU’LL FIND DECOR IDEAS AND RECIPES TO MAKE YOUR THANKSGIVING A MEMORABLE ONE. 

 


ON BEHALF OF WAYNE AND THE ENTIRE TTC TEAM, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


 

DECOR

We aren’t suggesting a complete home makeover for Thanksgiving – but refreshing with a few new useful and decorative items can never hurt! 

 


 

HAND-BLOWN STEMLESS GLASSES

SURE, YOU MIGHT ALREADY HAVE WINE GLASSES AT HOME, BUT YOU NEED THESE. THEY’RE A SUREFIRE CONVERSATION STARTER, AND GIVE A WHOLE NEW LOOK TO THE DINNER TABLE. NO, WE HAVEN’T SEEN YOUR DINNER TABLE, BUT IT COULD PROBABLY USE A BIT MORE FUNK.

 

 


 

PETRIFIED WOOD SERVING BOARD

IF YOU ARE TIRED OF USING THE SAME SERVING DISHES EVERY THANKSGIVING – OR ARE HOSTING A SMALL GATHERING AT YOUR HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WANT TO IMPRESS WITH YOUR PRESENTATION; THIS SERVING BOARD IS A STYLISH, EARTHY ADDITION TO YOUR TABLE. WHEN YOU AREN’T USING IT FOR SERVING, IT CAN BE USED AS A CHIC COASTER, DESK DECORATION, OR DISPLAY STAND.

 

 

PUEBLA DINNER PLATE

HAND-PAINTED PLATES ARE A SUREFIRE WAY TO BRING AN ARTISTIC FLAIR TO YOUR TABLE. BON APPETIT’S BEST PLATE OF THE YEAR, THIS MEXIAN DINNER PLATE, IS NOTJUST FOR EATING; IT IS A WORK OF ART THAT CAN BE DISPLAYED.

 

 


 

ACRYLIC TUMBLING TOWER

WHO SAYS GAMES SHOULD BE TUCKED AWAY IN A CLOSET OR DRAWER? IF GAME NIGHTS ARE A TRADITION FOR YOUR FAMILY, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT JENGA IS IN THE ROTATION. ESPECIALLY FOR SMALL CELEBRATIONS WITH PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, JENGA IS AN EASY, QUICK GAME THAT ANYONE CAN PLAY. THIS FASHION-FORWARD SET FROM CB2 IS A STYLISH UPGRADE FROM THE USUAL COLORED WOOD, AND MAKES FOR A PLAYFUL CHACHKI TO DISPLAY WHEN IT ISN’T IN USE.


LA CERCIA PLATES

WITH HIGH SIDES, THIS BOWL-PLATE HYBRID CAN BE GREAT FOR SERVING OR INDIVIDUAL PLACE SETTING. MADE IN MILAN, THE CERCIA COLLECTION IS JUST ONE OF MANY UNIQUE LINES FROM ITALIAN WEBSITE WAITING FOR THE BUS.

 

 


 

FAUX FUR BEAN BAG

PICTURE THIS: YOU’RE HOSTING A SMALL FRIENDSGIVING CELEBRATION, GUESTS ARE ARRIVING, AND SUDDENLY REALIZE THAT YOUR APARTMENT DOESN’T QUITE ACCOMMODATE A TRANSITION FROM TABLE TO LIVING ROOM. IF SPACE IS A PROBLEM, AND YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY WANT TO COMMIT TO BUYING NEW CHAIRS FOR YOUR GUESTS, A BEAN BAG MAY BE THE ANSWER. THESE ARE NO ORDINARY KIDS’ ROOM BEAN BAGS; COATED IN DIFFERENT OPTIONS OF SOFT FAUX FUR, THESE SEATING OPTIONS ARE EASY TO STORE WHEN NOT IN USE AND WILL CERTAINLY MAKE THAT POST-TURKEY SLUMP A COMFORTABLE ONE.

 

METALLIC CYLINDER CANDLE HOLDERS

FOR A MODERN, METALLIC ACCENT, PICK UP THESE ZARA CANDLE HOLDERS. PUT ONE IN THE CENTER OF THE TABLE, OR BUY A FEW AND USE THEM AROUND THE SPACE TO TIE THE ROOM TOGETHER.

 

 


FAUX SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS WREATH

WREATHS CAN BE TACKY, THERE’S NO DENYING THAT, BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. THIS MINIMAL, FRESH-LOOKING (EVEN THOUGH IT ISN’T – WE WON’T TELL) EUCALYPTUS WREATH IS A FUN CHOICE FOR TWO REASONS: 1) IT ISN’T MADE OF PINE NEEDLES AND 2) IT ISN’T HOLIDAY-SPECIFIC – HANG IT UP DURING FALL AND WINTER!

 


 

DEBOSSED CERAMIC JAR 3-WICK CANDLE

WHETHER FOR YOUR OWN HOME OR AS A GIFT FOR YOUR HOSTS, THIS AMBER, BERGAMOT, AND PATCHOULI CANDLE FROM TARGET SMELLS WARM AND HOMEY, EVEN IF YOU AREN’T NECESSARILY AT HOME. LIGHT IT AT THE TABLE FOR A MILD SCENT THAT EVOKES A CALM AUTUMN ENERGY.

 

 


 

OVERSIZED CHUNKY HAND KNIT THROW

IT’S LABELED AS A BED THROW, BUT THIS SOFT, NOT-TOO-HEAVY BLANKET IS PERFECT FOR AN OUTDOOR GATHERING AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN. GRAB A FEW IN DIFFERENT COLORS TO HELP COZY THINGS UP, OR MIX AND MATCH STYLES AND LET EVERYONE DECIDE WHO GETS WHICH! TARGET OFFERS SOME AFFORDABLE AND FUN BLANKET OPTIONS TO CHECK OUT IF CHUNKY KNITS ARE NOT YOUR BLANKET OF CHOICE.

 


 

WOODEN SALT AND PEPPER CELLAR

IF YOUR USUAL SALT AND PEPPER DISPENSERS ARE A LITTLE LESS THAN SIGHTLY, ADD ONE OR TWO OF THESE SMALL SALT AND PEPPER HOLDERS TO THE TABLE AND USE A SMALL SPOON TO KEEP IT SANITARY.

 

 

 


 

DARK NATURAL LINEN DINNER NAPKIN

IF YOU WANT TO AVOID DISPOSABLES AND UPGRADE YOUR NAPKINS FOR GUESTS, THESE SIMPLE NATURAL-LOOKING LINENS ARE MACHINE WASHABLE AND COME IN A VARIETY OF COLORS – OPT FOR NEUTRALS OR A POP OF FALL COLOR.

 


 

 

 

RECIPES

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to suggest turkey. Here are a few easy-to-make things you may not have thought to serve or bring to someone else’s celebration. 

 


CARAMEL APPLE SANGRIA (RECIPE FROM THE WHOLESOME DISH)

ADDING APPLE CIDER TO YOUR SANGRIA FOR AN AUTUMN TAKE ON A FRUITY CLASSIC? YOU CAN’T GO WRONG.

 

 

 


 

 

SHREDDED LIME BRUSSEL SPROUTS (RECIPE FROM FOOD.COM)

WITH A TOTAL COOK TIME OF 25 MINUTES, THESE CITRUS INFUSED GREENS ARE A SAVORY AND SLIGHTLY SOUR SIDE DISH.

 

 


 

CORNBREAD STUFFING FRIED RICE (RECIPE FROM BONAPPETIT.COM)

YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. IT’S TWO CLASSIC THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES IN ONE, WITH A FRIED RICE BASE. THINK OF IT AS A SIDE-DISH REMIX.

 

 

 


 

GLAZED SHALLOTS (RECIPE FROM MARTHA STEWART)

SHALLOTS DON’T USUALLY GET THEIR OWN DISH, BUT THEY DESERVINGLY EARN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THIS TANGY RECIPE.

 

 

 


BAKED SEA SALT SWEET POTATO “FRIES” (RECIPE FROM OREGON LIVE)

SKIP THE MASHED POTATOES THIS YEAR AND OPT FOR SOMETHING SLICED. THESE SWEET AND SALTY FRIES ARE A HEALTHY AND NEW VERSION OF THE REQUIRED “POTATO” SIDE DISH.

 

 


 

GARLIC LEMON GREEN BEANS (RECIPE FROM SHE WEARS MANY HATS)

When you type “how to make green beans” into Google, one of the first suggested searches is “how to make green beans taste good.” This lemony recipe is the solution. 

 

 

 


 

PUMPKIN BARS (RECIPE FROM PREPPY KITCHEN)

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH AND CHECK OFF THE “PUMPKIN” BOX ON YOUR THANKSGIVING CHECKLIST WITH SOME PUMPKIN BARS. A BIG BENEFIT: THEY ARE MUCH EASIER TO CUT AND SERVE THAN PUMPKIN PIE.

 

 

 


 

NO-BAKE FLUFFY CRANBERRY PIE (RECIPE FROM WORC)

IF IT’S THANKSGIVING-EVE AND YOU FIND YOURSELF IN NEED OF A LAST MINUTE OR LOW-EFFORT DESERT, WHIP THIS ONE UP IN HALF AN HOUR, LET IT CHILL OVERNIGHT, AND BE THE TALK OF THE TABLE WITH THIS PIE.