Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rustic Thanksgiving at the Beach

Welcome to my imaginary rustic beach house where we will be hosting Thanksgiving this year. It's warmish here at the beach, so we're planning a Thanksgiving outside.

Outside thanksgiving

I raided the yard and lopped off the tops of some ornamental grasses that I have, cut some flowers and some various vegetation, and created a casual, rustic centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table. The burlap runner and fabric underneath aren't even finished ... we are talking about comfortable, casual, quaint Thanksgiving.

It's all about the details, so I dressed down the wine bottles by wrapping the label in twine and placing some fresh nuts and some candles on a nearby side table for some ambiance.

Wine bottle wrapped in twine

Nuts centerpiece

For my place setting I chose more of nature's offerings ... each one of these leaves were selected by my real children in my imaginary scenario. Rustic is simple. That's the charm of it.

Leaf place setting

Our Thanksgiving menu is quasi-traditional: a nod to the traditional meal with a bit of flair thrown in.

quasi traditional thanksgiving menu

Here are the recipes:

Cornish Hens with Morels and Leeks
Roasted Garlic and Basil Mashed Potatoes
Thyme Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Apple Glazed Baby Carrots
Streusel Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Crunch Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'll probably be wearing something like this:

casual Thanksgiving outfit

And after the meal, we plan to walk on the beach and create these Thanksgiving memories:

Thanksgiving at the beach
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Beach Shadow face
Beach Shadow faces

And maybe even get our Christmas card photo, because we are on the ball like that. We are in the final countdown, folks! Are you ready?