Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Warm Glow for Thanksgiving (My centerpiece and some Thanksgiving decor)

This year, I wasn't really on the ball with my decor. Normally, after Halloween I get the stuff down and get Thanksgiving decor up right away. I slacked a little bit getting the Halloween decorations down. Then Layla's birthday came around and I wanted to a birthday mantel for her party. Then it was blank around here for a week or so.  So today, two days before Thanksgiving, I decorated. I wanted something simple since it will all be coming back down this weekend so we can get decorate for Christmas. :)

For the mantel, I put up my corn husk wreath again that I used earlier this fall and just added some pumpkins and jars with fall fillers. Simple.

Then I decorated my chest of drawers (that STILL needs to be painted) in the dining room.
Did you notice that the mirror is no longer gothic black? I love it so much more painted white! I painted it as soon as Halloween was over. :)

I just love the little amber colored candy dish. My grandma gave it to me. Too bad there aren't any Hershey Kisses in it. ;)

I just love the warm glow of a candle.

For my centerpiece, I kept my inspiration images in mind. Using what I had in my fall decor stash, I created this.
Ahhh I just love the warm glow, it makes everything feel so warm and cozy.

I used the footed metal tray I found at the thrift store a few months back. I used a hurricane jar/vase and filled it with fall pretties. And just added more fall filler around the tray. I had the candles already too and have used them many other times.

I like how it turned out. I just wish I had some fall linens to use. 

So tomorrow I will be baking pumpkin cupcakes.  I found the recipe here.

I'm not making a homemade apple pie (gasp! I know!) because my mom got a free frozen pie a few weeks ago. I'll make a homemade pie for Christmas. :)

Everything else will be made on Thanksgiving Day. 

I'm excited because we're having two unexpected guests, my aunt (my uncle's ex wife so we don't see her much) and her son (my cousin).

I hope everyone's plans and menus are all in order. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'm linking up to Amanda's Fall Linky Party at The Hand Me Down House.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Do you still need a Thanksgiving centerpiece?

I'm not hosting a big group for Thanksgiving. It will just be me, my kids and grand baby, my mom and grandma. But I still like to have something pretty for the centerpiece. My kids enjoy the prettiness and so do my mom and grandma. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing yet. I have ideas and of course I'm using what I have around the house. I decided to check out good old BHG to get some last minute inspiration. I thought I'd share in case maybe some of you need some last minute ideas as well.

This one is my favorite but you don't have to make it so complicated. Just some pumpkins on a pedestal with fall pretties scattered around would look just as pretty.

If you still have Indian corn from earlier this fall, you could make this. I don't have any but I thought this was really pretty.

If you want to purchase some flowers in beautiful deep fall colors, they would make a perfect centerpiece arranged in a pretty pitcher.

The rest of these ideas are super simple.

Mini pumpkins with ribbon...cute.

Pears (or apples or mini pumpkins too) nestled in a glass hurricane.

How easy is this? And so pretty.

Use any white dishes, pitches, candlesticks, etc., that you have and add little pumpkins. Cute!

A serving tray always works perfectly. Just add some mini pumpkins and fall pretties and it's done.

And candles, you can never go wrong with candles. Just surround them with some fall pretties and it's perfect. Just be careful with the flames! You know that, of course. :)

My centerpiece will most likely be a mix of candles, mini pumpkins and fall pretties on a tray. Hopefully tomorrow I can post some pics.

Last year, I used a thrift store cornucopia that I redid as my centerpiece. Wasn't Joey's little turkey too cute?

So are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving (or any party) Appetizers/Hors d'oeuvres

I totally had to look up how to spell hors d'oeuvres (did I get it right?). My dad calls them "ordy-orves". HA!

After throwing Layla's party on Sunday, I thought I would post some of my favorite appetizers/hors d'oeuvres just in case you needed ideas. They are pretty basic, nothing earth shattering but sometimes someone will post an idea like this on a blog and I will think "oh, why didn't I ever think of that?". Then Amanda posted that she needed ideas for Thanksgiving since she's hosting her very first Thanksgiving (yay, Amanda!) so I thought I should definitely post this.

First are my "famous" tortilla roll-ups. Everyone always requests that I make these. These are turkey, cheddar, bacon ranch and salami, mozzarella, cream cheese mixed with dry Italian dressing seasoning. You can make these with just about anything. They are so easy and so yummy. If you want instructions, please comment and I will post the instructions.

Next is a very simple dip that I came up with one time when I had to take a snack to a friend's house. I didn't feel like going to the store so I used what I had at home. The first time I made this I actually made tortilla roll-ups out of it. Now when I make it we just use it as a dip. It's SO simple and I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this. haha! All you do is soften a block of cream cheese, add a small jar of salsa to it and whip it up with your mixer. We like ours best with Ritz crackers but it's also good with tortilla chips. To make it look pretty you can add green olives or jalapenos to the top. Everyone always chows down on this when I make it, they ask what it is and I laugh because it's so easy.

This one is a no-brainer. I almost always serve veggies and dip or if you want to be fancy call it crudite. :) It's easy and yummy and it looks pretty on the table.

And lastly, we have fruit with dip. Normally I make fruit dip with marshmallow fluff and cream cheese. And it is SO good. It is sinful. I could eat it with a spoon. Regina doesn't like marshmallow fluff though so we made this dip instead. It's vanilla yogurt and Cool Whip. I think it's just as good, maybe not as sweet but it's definitely healthier. We also used light yogurt and light Cool Whip to make it even more healthy. All you do is thaw the Cool Whip and mix it with the yogurt. We served it with apples, grapes and bananas. I liked it best with grapes. I was told it was delicious with bananas but I don't like bananas so I didn't try it.

So there you have it, some of my favorite easy appetizers. 

I am linking up with Amanda at Serenity Now.
Serenity Now Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

And linking up with Jen's Tasty Tuesday party.