Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, today's post is all about conquering those last minute details for an unforgettable feast. Below you will find an elegant and rustic place setting for you to quickly recreate at home before your Thanksgiving guests arrive. Further down, you will find a menu full of simple, but delicious, recipes that you can whip up tonight or tomorrow morning. Your guests will never know you waited until the last minute!
Don't stress about florals. I used a simple white hydrangea bloom in a tarnished mint julep cup, and you can find gorgeous flowers in most of your local supermarkets. Keep the blooms in the same shade for easy arranging.
Use your linens, dishes, and glasses you have on hand, and add small holiday-specific accents and pops of color such as the plum velvet ribbon and the faux deep orange pumpkin. In my linen closet, I keep napkins and table cloths in multiple shades of white, burlap runners, and other neutral fabric remnants for easy access.
Finally, use place cards; they make everyone feel special. I was lucky enough to have some beautiful place cards done for me by calligrapher extraordinaire, meme davis, but a white piece of card stock and pretty handwriting does the trick!
Now to the menu-- each recipe below is either quick and painless or something you can do tonight and reheat tomorrow. As opposed to cooking a whole turkey, which would have required that you buy in advance and thaw, I recommend a turkey breast. And, although the recipe below is a good one, to cut down your dinner prep time, purchase a pre-cooked breast if you can find one. With these memorable and hearty sides, your guests will definitely be impressed.
|turkey breast - salad - mashed potatoes - dressing - brussels sprouts - apple charlotte|