Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the calm before the storm. The house is still a mess, the kitchen is beginning to fill and while at work you can’t help but zone out, meditating on your lengthy list of things that need to be accomplished before hoards of family and friends storm your front door. It can get overwhelming, because well, it is, but here at The Well Appointed House we’ve taken a step back for you in hopes of tying up some lose ends.
First off, skip white as your base. Ivory, butterscotch and even brown tablecloths will instantly create a warm and inviting feel. I love our Flay Tablecloth paired with our Chocolate Stripe Napkins. An American print for an American holiday!
You can also ditch the mailer turkey centerpieces you saw at the supermarket and opt for something a little more pastoral in feeling. I love putting wreathes on the table with candles in different heights in the middle. Our Dried Fall Leaves Wreath comes in different sizes: if you are using a long table use a larger one in the center and two smaller sizes on either side.
Of course there is nothing wrong with using a wreath in a conventional way like our Dried Pear and Feather Wreath
This set is not only great for the upcoming holiday season but I could easily see these being used to display steak at your ski-time getaway and burgers at a BBQ in the Adirondacks. Look below for some more Thanksgiving table inspiration.
If you don’t have the pleasure (feel free to interpret sarcasm) of hosting, you have the responsibility of being a guest, which means best behavior and no left-overs. Melissa Hawks is among the many who will be visiting family out of town and of course will not be arriving empty handed.
“Of course, no gift basket is complete without a rhubarb candle from The Well Appointed House thrown in for good measure.” Hawks says
If you are a guest asked to bring a dish or a host who needs a little something else as a side, Hawks has a mouthwatering Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe. She says: “It is from my husband’s family in Virginia. I LOVE it. It is a rich, elegant vegetable side dish. Put it in a sterling silver serving dish or a piece of your favorite china and it is perfect for Thanksgiving.”
1 quart cooked and mashed sweet potatos (drained)
1/2 Cup Sherry
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped black walnuts
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
In a blender, whip everything. Lightly grease the pan, place mixture there and sprinkle with the walnuts and cook at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.