Thanksgiving in the Southwest–2013

thanksgiving2 1024x680 Thanksgiving in the Southwest  2013I was thrilled to be spending Thanksgiving 2013 with loved ones in a warmer climate: the southwest.  I had to share a few photos from the day, which was so special, refreshingly low-key, and perfectly orchestrated from a creative design perspective.

DSC0601 1024x680 Thanksgiving in the Southwest  2013The Thanksgiving tablescape was set with silver wishbones, autumn-colored gold-lined ribbons, paper leaves, gold gelt, antique candleholders, mini-paper turkeys, pomegranates plucked from a nearby tree, and a pumpkin drilled with holes (of course).  This was the first time I had witnessed one of my gifted homemade banners hung from a tree._DSC0366I’m giddy with delight these days at any invitation to dine outdoors on long rectangular tables, and I particularly love the night views.  Our divine hostess included padded mismatched placemats on the chairs and benches for extra “cushion”–the addition was romantic and charming in a secret garden sort of way.thanksgiving3The backdrop for our meal was peppered with country vintage elements, including rusted watering cans and gardening equipment, in the midst lush greenery and potted flowers.  My favorite–a dozen or so generously supplied birdfeeders that attracted all sorts of colorful visitors (even hummingbirds!!) throughout the duration of our Thanksgiving meal and into the evening.  A very persuasive distraction for me and my curious 2-year-old.

thanksgiving in the southwest

thanksgiving1We ordered the majority of the meal from a favorite local restaurant–high on my list was the chocolate mousse pecan pie, the garlic chive whipped butter, and the orange poppyseed dressing–a combo I’m planning on trying again.  Here are pictures of our beloved host and hostess along with their new grandbaby:

thanksgiving4_DSC0542And the spectacular night views that we enjoyed on a full belly…

_DSC0635which can only be experienced in this way on a Thanksgiving in the Southwest._DSC0543

‘Til next year!

xx

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December 4, 2013 - 3:21 am

Mindy Morris - Thank you for sharing! Your pictures and description were fantastic!

December 4, 2013 - 2:42 pm

kungphoo - That looked like a fun time.. It is too cold in NY for outdoor thanksgivings..

December 4, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Carrie Lorentz - Wow so beautiful and relaxing, I’m so used to snow at thanksgiving, this makes me think of how it would have been for the outdoors giving thanks! :)

December 4, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Meli - Makes me wish I was back in Tucson! Thank you for sharing these delightful photos. Perhaps one of these days I’ll be hosting the Thanksgiving and will be able to incorporate some of your ideas!

December 4, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Loretta - wow! Looks so inviting and fun! Thanksgiving was a beautiful day in So. Cal, too :) Those pictures where well done!

December 4, 2013 - 6:53 pm

casavilorainteriors - Wow! Looked like fun and lots of delicious food

December 4, 2013 - 8:21 pm

jo Casey - This all looks so beautiful – and the food looks yummy!

December 4, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Deborah - One of the reasons that I love living in Tucson is that you can actually spend time outside during the winter. How many other places can you have a great Thanksgiving dinner outside?

December 4, 2013 - 8:43 pm

Kelly - It looks like it was a great festive Thanksgiving day. I love how they decorated the table and then the pretty lights in the trees. I am sure it was a day to remember!

December 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Anonymous - What a beautiful Thanksgiving!

December 5, 2013 - 12:07 am

Anonymous - What beautiful pics. So glad you had a good time. Yes the Southwest is spectacular this time of year.

December 5, 2013 - 12:08 am

Irene - What beautiful pics. Glad you had a good time… yes the Southwest is beautiful this time of year.

December 5, 2013 - 12:17 am

Jim Striegel - Looks like the perfect Thanksgiving and evening!

December 5, 2013 - 12:18 am

Stephanie Clopton - This would be my idea way to spend the holiday. Thank you for sharing and your great pics too!

December 5, 2013 - 6:14 am

Missy Homemaker - Wow! What a gorgeous setting. The attention to detail really was stunning.

December 5, 2013 - 6:30 am

danisdecadentdeals - That looks like a gorgeous Thanksgiving! What a beautiful set up in a beautiful landscape!! Great pictures!

December 5, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Vicki Bezio - I love your decorating style! It is so fun. I am saving this information for future use.

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