Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey For You, Turkey For Me

It was our turn to host Thanksgiving this year.  Of course, a few days before, I got sick.  I held it together for Thanksgiving, and then it all fell apart.  My cold morphed into the stomach flu, which was not pretty.  I spent my entire vacation sick in bed, but I am still so happy that we pulled off Thanksgiving before it all went bad.  Here are some pictures from last Thursday.

I found really cool place cards at Party City.  I loved them because 1) I think honeycomb paper is way cool 2) They were disposable, which means I didn't have to store them after the day was over and 3) They were Thanksgiving specific.  

You'll notice that I did black out the names on the cards to protect the innocent. 

We had to put two tables together to accommodate everyone, but here is a shot of one of the tables already set.  I went with vinyl table clothes and paper napkins from Party City, both Thanksgiving themed.  I haven't fully committed to cloth napkins and table cloths yet, but maybe one day.  (Notice the porkie in the background?)

 I don't have a lot of Thanksgiving decor around the house, but I do have a few things.

My Pottery Barn turkey on the right is my most prized Thanksgiving possession.  

All of the prep work was stressful for the dogs.

They sought refuge in the sunlight.

What would the holidays be without champagne (with toppers)?

Here is the progress of our turkey.  We were really excited to cook a free range organic bird this year.  Unfortunately, I can't really vouch for how it tasted.  I was too stuffed up (but it looked great).

My favorite homemade cranberry pear sauce recipe in the world.  My husband took over making it this year.  I figured people probably wouldn't want me touching their food.  

Just another shot of the table.  Can you tell I was excited about hosting for the first time?

I even decorated my chandelier.

I found these really cool pilgrim candles at Party City that I was kind of obsessed with.  (This post is no in any way affiliated with Party City, although I can see how you might think so)

My niece Sophia, Meatball, and Petunia

It was fun watching the candles melt.  In case you were wondering, the male candle disintegrated long before the female.

Petunia got a little bit spastic with a room full of people to play with.

My niece Nola is finally walking, which means she is interacting with the dogs a bit more.  Also, it made me realize just how not baby-proofed my house is.  Babies really get into everything, don't they:)

Well, that is a wrap.  I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  I can't wait to catch up with you.


Adele said...

Looks like a fantastic Thanksgiving. Hope you're feeling much better now.
Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo

ShinyPrettyThings said...

what a lovely thanksgiving!!! love all the decor.

colleen said...

i am so sorry you got that sicks - however you still managed to pull off what looks like an awesome thanksgiving (that turkey is a thing of beauty!)

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

i love how you decorated your chandelier! beautiful xx

shopgirl said...

Erin, I'm so sorry you were so sick. I hope most of it has passed now. Your thanksgiving looks amazing and it makes me miss thanksgiving. I really should celebrate it here but just the idea of the amount of preparation makes me want to crawl underneath the bed covers.


Emmy said...

Love your THanksgiving setup, Erin:) But sorry to hear about the stomach flu...

rooth said...

Aww it looks like your Thanksgiving was wonderful and I really like how the table turned out!

Heather said...

I'm glad you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving before your illness took a bad turn. Flues are definitely the worst. Your table setup looks lovely!

Stephanie said...

You did such a great job hosting! SO glad to hear you got to enjoy it a little before giving in to the sick bed. I love how you get so into the holidays with all the decorating and whatnot. My Thanksgiving decorations consisted of a pumpkin by our door and two little plastic pumpkins with fall-scented candles on our coffee table. That's it. I'm trying to make up for it with Christmas decorations, though. :)

Katie said...

So fun!!!! How at you feeling now?

Anonymous said...

Funnn!! I can't wait until I have the chance to host Thanksgiving. That might be a while...

honey my heart said...

looks like a good thanksgiving. your turkey turned out great. hope that you are feeling better from the stomach flu.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

The poor doggies :-)

I LOVE champagne cocktails!

My goodness Erin, your turkey looks AMAZING, and your cranberry pear sauce sounds really really good! Several year ago my MIL made turkey for Christmas and I made a cranberry orange sauce. Yum.

Gosh, I miss Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had an amazing Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing all the pictures! I really love your chandelier decoration. Really neat :)

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