I love a handmade element so was happy to find these great Thanksgiving crafts and DIYs. Some are for kids and others for adults, but whichever you choose, it's sure to give some lovely twinkle to your family day.
We were so honored to have our Thanksgiving dinner featured on ELLE Decor last week. It was especially meaningful because this Thanksgiving table was inspired by our childhood. It was our rendition of the table our mother and grandmother would create for the holiday. Our grandmother had wicker cornucopias as the centerpiece of the table with an abundance of overflowing fall fruit -- it was really beautiful and always stuck with us. So we did our own take on that -- using the brass bowls and pedestals to house pomegranates, tangerines, figs and grapes.
The color palette was dictated by our childhood dining room, which had a burgundy vintage oriental rug and deep raspberry upolstered dining chairs. Those jewel tones were the starting point of our palette and mood. Our grandmother’s china and goblets were emblazoned with gold so we decided to play that up by using copious amounts of brass in this interpretation. Then we modernized it by going with a bare wood table and benches.I am obsessed with the carrera marble chargers from Borrowed Blu. On one hand, they have this classic elegance but on the other, they are pretty unexpected.
Sissy designed the flowers and here's what she said: We wanted to create rich and abundant florals. We started out with amaryllis (a Christmas favorite) in a deep burgundy as the focal point and then added maple leaves, purple clematis, coral ranunculus and peonies in burgundy and a pink so light it almost looks white. The coral ranunculus also nestled in brass bud vases right on the guest’s plate to accompany the place card, and in clusters scattered amongst the bowls of fruit on the table.
Nothing makes a bigger impact on a table than flowers, so here are five of my favorite floral centerpieces to inspire your Thanksgiving.
Tulipina just creates the most gorgeous floral masterpieces, all day every day. The persimmons and berries give it that fall feel, while the ranunculus tie it together perfectly with the unexpected magnolia and soft garden roses.
For our Twink + Sis Thanksgiving, we used burgundy amaryllis, maple leaves, purple clematis, coral ranunculus and peonies in burgundy and a pink so light it almost looks white.
Our friend and amazing personal chef, Kimi Reichenberg, was kind enough to share her delicious butternut quash recipe with us today. It is my favorite soup and works with almost any diet/dietary restrictions you might have -- it works with paleo and/or vegan diets. And if you don't have any restrictions, it's still just plain old tasty (and perfect for a chilly fall day)!
1 Medium Organic Butternut Squash Peeled and Cubed
4 Cups Organic Vegetable or Chicken Stock (preferably homemade)
1 Small Organic Yellow Onion, roughly chopped
1 Organic Shallot, roughly chopped
6 Fresh Sage Leaves, chopped
1 TBS Ghee or Coconut Oil
Heat the ghee or coconut oil in a large soup pot. Sautéed onions, shallots and sage until onions are soft and slightly golden.
Add squash and stock. Bring to a boil.
Turn heat down to low. Cover & simmer until squash is fork tender (about 30 minutes). Remove from heat. When cool enough to handle, purée using a hand blender (or blend in a regular blender in batches).
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Kimi Reichenberg is a personal chef based in Los Angeles and cooks (any and all) specialized diets. To see her food blog, or contact her for orders, click HERE. xx!
Michelle Stafford threw a Halloween-themed first birthday party for her son Jameson and it's on People today!
We had so much fun designing the dessert table -- joining the spooky theme with the first birthday by incorporating a toddler piano and candlesticks into the tablescape, filled with Whisk and Whittle’s creepy crawlers cake, vampire bat cupcakes, caramel apples and skeleton cookies. Then completed the look with beautiful grey pumpkins from Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and Cheeky’s #MakeMealtimeMatter gold plates. We hand-painted the spiderweb tablecloth based on The House that Lars Built DIY.