I 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.
The 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.I’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.The 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.
We 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:
And the spectacular night views that we enjoyed on a full belly…
which can only be experienced in this way on a Thanksgiving in the Southwest.
‘Til next year!