This year we decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner at ours… it seemed like a great excuse to get some friends together and as mid-week/after work felt a little ambitious to get everything ready, we went a little early and did it last night.
I had a lot of fun with the table decorations… we had big tissue paper pom-poms, orange gerberas, green chrysanthemums and candles
I cut leaf shapes out of pretty pearlised card I found at Paperchase (have you been into the flagship store on Tottenham Court Road recently?? They overhauled the third floor a while ago — it’s like a crafting crack den) and edged them with a fine, copper glitter. Which actually looks a bit dirty in the photos, but trust me in real life it was sparkly. The names were stamped on using a set I bought from PrettyTape.
I made cards for everyone to write down things they were thankful for… we had the full range from ‘wine’ through to ‘my future wife’…
And whilst I handled the superficial stuff, Mark did the most important part — the food… We had a delicious selection of canapés (it’s definitely worth trying these) followed by turkey with all the various appropriate trimmings — sweet potato mash, roast potatoes, green beans & bacon, stuffing and cranberry sauce. With pumpkin pie to finish – which is a total revelation. Amazing. It was a bit weird tucking into a substantial roast dinner in the evening, but it so worked. It was only this morning that I realised I didn’t take any photos while people were here, so I only have the ‘before’ shots. Minor fail.
That aside, we had a great evening. And whilst we don’t tend to be as open with our feelings this side of the Atlantic (yep, that’s a sweeping generalisation I know) I will say it totally made me count my blessings. I feel very lucky indeed.