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Thanksgiving 2011

November 28, 2011
by thenestinggame

When I told my Dad and Stepmom (Sheila) that we were coming for Thanksgiving, Sheila said, “We’ll have it at our house because I’ll have Taylor to help me in the kitchen.” Taylor. Not me.

Yep, he’s the cook in our house. And apparently my parents’ too. Which is totally fine, as the year I volunteered to make my favorite cranberry sauce it turned into cranberry soup.

So, I offered to take on another Thanksgiving task—setting the table. And after a quick trip to the grocery store to gather some decorations, I was ready to roll.

First up, pomegranates and cranberries. Then, inexpensive flowers in a similar color palette. Finally, some branches with berries snapped off the tree in the grocery store parking lot.

Aren’t those berries the bee’s knees? I just wanted to eat them up—figuratively of course. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my three pomegranates, but I ended up placing one in the vase between layers of cranberries and putting the flowers around the outside of the fruit. With water, the cranberries floated. My cousin literally asked if we’d sent the arrangement, so I took that as a huge compliment!

Aside from the fruit/flower purchase, everything else I dug up around their house. I had the best time discovering all this great stuff to use for the table. I think this “trading spaces” idea would work great with a friend before a party—it’s a fun way to see your stuff used in a completely different way than you normally would use it.

I wanted a little extra height and a greater presence for the centerpiece, so I dug up a pretty silver trivet, which I later found out belonged to my grandmother. For a table runner, while on a search for napkins I came across these cross-stitched tea towels in the perfect colors. Sheila told me she did them when she was 10. The cross-stitch I started when I was 10 is currently sitting in a drawer, unfinished. I’m more of a broad strokes kind of gal.

The guest list was set for 16, so in addition to the standard table, there were two card tables on either side. Sheila had ivory tablecloths for those and I made smaller arrangements using the same flowers in copper Irish coffee cups and rustic wine glasses.

I also made some of those little wine glasses into votives with tea lights and cranberries. This could also be a great DIY centerpiece idea for a fall/winter wedding, and even cooler on a larger scale.

For placesettings, we used Sheila’s china and I pulled out last year’s trick of making place cards out of fallen leaves which I believe I stole from my friend Brandi.

And once Sheila saw where I was going with the whole nature theme, she dug out those napkin rings out of the basement. ‘Cause, you know, you have 16 matching fall fruit napkin rings just hanging out in a perfectly labled box in your basement.

And no Molina gathering is complete without the meal before the meal. My cousin Heather made delicious stuffed mushrooms and my uncle Tony brought smoked salmon with all the fixin’s plus marinated white anchovies.

As I mentioned, Taylor and Sheila got up early to do the cooking (hence the bathrobe):

Dad carved the bird. And a second, gluten-free bird.

And the evening ended with after-dinner drinks and blast-from-the-past teenage Spanish cocktails.

I am thankful for a great family and a wonderful holiday and I am also thankful we decided to come home on Saturday to beat the traffic and give ourselves a day to chill at home. (And put up a Christmas tree!)

I hope your Thanksgiving was equally fantastic. What did you enjoy the most about the holiday? Were you crazy enough to brave the malls on Friday? We ate chicken wings and shopped online.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    November 28, 2011 10:35 am

    You really did the beautiful arrangement!
    Thought it was a Publix picture with the cute pilgrims from the past!
    My arrangement was purchased in totality from Publix – straw turkey, fresh flowers and all.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 29, 2011 10:05 am

      Your cornucopia was so cute—I saw it on the Publix Facebook page!

      • Elaine Smart permalink
        November 30, 2011 10:47 pm

        Actually that was a little straw turkey – couldn’t see the head.

  2. Heather Bowman permalink
    November 28, 2011 10:37 am

    You did a beautiful job on the table!!!! So good to see you guys, had a blast all week! Wish you guys were coming in for Xmas :) Glad you made it home safely!!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 29, 2011 10:04 am

      Thanks, Heath. We had a great time with you in STL. I am having red wine withdrawal…

  3. Tony Molina permalink
    November 30, 2011 9:50 am

    Molly once again you outdid yourself and Taylor really came through in the kitchen. It was great to see you two and thanks for all your incite into blogging. Your pictures are just amazing. Heather is so right, we will miss you both at Christmas. Love you both.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 30, 2011 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Tony! We will miss celebrating with the Molinas too.

  4. November 30, 2011 10:01 am

    Lovely table!

  5. Centsational Girl permalink
    November 30, 2011 12:28 pm

    What a gorgeous arrangement, I love how you incorporate so many natural elements! Looks like you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and thank you for linking up to the party!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 30, 2011 12:59 pm

      Thanks for hosting the link party, Kate! Your table was gorgeous and serene.

  6. December 4, 2011 4:33 pm

    Wow, Molly-just catching up on your blog! Everything looks so pretty and delicious! But what did Sheila do? I know she is not one to sit around and eat bon bons-I was eager to read her and Joeys part (besides carving the bird!) too!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 5, 2011 10:23 pm

      You know Sheila—it was all her master plan. :)

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