Dream Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving planning is in full swing! Notes are being made, grocery lists compiled, and the stress is building. We all know there’s no such thing as a stress-free holiday. But all of this got me thinking, if I had a group of fairies or elves or something magical that could cook, this is the sort of Thanksgiving I would like. Nothing terribly fancy, just a lot of good food and good company and a little decor to keep things festive. In other words, my dream Thanksgiving. (Links follow at the end.)








Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Roll – Boulder Locavore
Orange Sweet Potato Baked Chips with Thyme – Cooking Melangery
Cranberry Cream Cheese Crostini – What’s Cooking With Ruthie

Bomb Collins – The Boys’ Club
Autumn Apple Cider & Champagne Sangria – Kiran Tarun
Honeycrisp Bourbon Spiced Cider – Spoon Fork Bacon

Aero Flatware – Crate & Barrel
Hand-Drawn Menus – Chris Silas Neal
Metallic Diamond Napkins – West Elm
DIY Neon Pinecone Placecard Holder – Camille Styles
Sarjaton Glasses – Verket Interior
Blueprint Paper Placemats – West Elm

Parmesan Polenta – GOOP
Clementine Ginger Almond Rice – Tasty Yummies
Spicy Honey Cranberry Sauce – Boulder Locavore
Maple Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts – Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Kale Dressing – Bon Appetit
Nikki’s Sweet Potatoes – 101 Cookbooks
Sweet Tea & Citrus Brined Turkey – Confections of a Foodie Bride

Warm Apple Pie Pots – Roost
Top Secret Chocolate Mousse – French Fridays With Dorie
Sweet Potato Souffles – A Spicy Perspective

DIY Bottle Hurricanes – Apartment Therapy
Give Thanks Banner – House of Earnest
Contemporary Wheat – Create Like Crazy


5 Tips For Setting a Tabletop Feast – A Subtle Revelry
Tips For Autumn Floral Arrangements – A Beautiful Mess
7 Secrets to the Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey – Design Mom

  • rooth

    November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am Reply

    Kelly, you and I are totally on the same wavelength right now. I’m trying to plan out the menu and figure out one more vegetarian side dish – any suggestions?

  • mattwkane

    November 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

    cool post. I originally thought it was going to be more about who you would want at your thanksgiving and was interested in hearing your dream guest list (living and/or dead and/or fictional).

    • Kelly

      November 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

      someone else asked me this today as well. it was tough, but i narrowed it down to my paternal grandfather, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and my friend Karey Mackin.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    November 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Thanks for linking to my yummy cocktail recipe! Hope you have a joyful Thanksgiving, Kelly :)

  • andrea nicole

    November 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

    This is incredible. And what a pretty post. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration and the links!

  • Priscilla P

    November 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply

    I would love to be at this thanksgiving party :)

  • amy

    November 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm Reply

    You nailed it! Lovely post…thanks!

  • Ruthie

    November 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Hi Kelly… thanks so much for including me in your Dream Thanksgiving post! If we could only make all that yummy food magically appear :)

  • karin

    November 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply

    holy cow. best thanksgiving ever. i need/want/have to have or i’ll die all of this!
    well played!

  • wendy

    November 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm Reply

    welp this is basically perfect. must make it all.

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