Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Tablescape Thursday and Centerpiece Wednesday. I am not making the Thanksgiving turkey this year, so I set up this Thanksgiving table today. I haven't actually hosted the Thanksgiving dinner many times at my home. The times I have hosted, I really enjoyed making the turkey. Of course, the stars of my table this week are the turkeys. This was my mother's turkey; I believe she always served stuffing in it.
I picked up the amber turkey somewhere. I think it was Mervyn's.
One year we invited a student from China over for Thanksgiving dinner; he had never eaten turkey or celebrated Thanksgiving before. We took a picture of him carving a turkey.
The individual placesetting.
I tucked an Autumn spray in the napkin ring; there are leaves embossed on them. I bought these last year at Wal-Mart on clearance.
The salad plates and bowls are the Furio brand from Target bought years ago.
I love the little pumpkins on the salad plates.
When I was in college, we hosted a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. None of us had ever cooked a turkey before. When we tested our turkey while cooking, we couldn't understand why it had a pink color. After such a long time of cooking; it should have been done! I called my mother to ask for some advice! Some of our guy friends, who procured the turkey from the BYU turkey farm, failed to tell us that it was a smoked turkey! Even though we overcooked it a bit, it was such a good turkey! We set up long tables in our apartment hallway and invited broadly. That is a warm and funny Thanksgiving memory.
My favorite turkey memory was at Christmas, not at Thanksgiving. My husband's uncle invited us over for dinner on Christmas day. He, a nurse, and his son, in medical school, had baked the turkey. They had closed up the turkey, not with skewers, but with 6 or 8 straight pins. When the turkey was done, they had a hard time finding the pins! It was such a funny thing to see the nurse and doctor "operating "on the turkey. They used a flashlight to catch the glimmer of the pins. Luckily, they remembered how many pins they had put in the turkey! No harm was done and it gave us such a funny memory.
I love the sun shining in through the windows.
What's for dinner? Turkey, of course. Have a slice of the Turkey Cranberry Wreath.
Today I am, and every day, thankful for Talley our youngest daughter. In her words, she finally turned two digits! She was born on a snow flurry day ten years ago. We are so happy to have her in our home. She is kind, funny, and smart. She loves to draw, loves outdoors, and loves animals. I am especially thankful for her today as she is helping me take care of our neighbor's dog. She gets up early to help me; I am afraid of dogs! Happy Birthday Talley. We had our traditional donut tower this morning to celebrate her birthday.
Thanks for coming to sit on my Red Couch!