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Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas


It's a lot of work to host Thanksgiving.  Misty gave you the tips to prepare for a stressfree day with meal and shopping tips.  

I wanted to provide some ways to create a beautiful table setting in a few easy steps.

A few pumpkins, leaves, candles and some plaid can go a long way - and those are just a few ideas!

Best of all, they are fairly inexpensive, if they cost you anything at all.



I love the plaid tablecloth or table runneridea for this time of year.  It brings in some color and makes the decor part simple.




pumpkins, candles, leaves, pinecones, wood - all simple and inexpensive options

artificial or real flowers are always a nice touch - especially when using a pumpkin as a vase as shown below

white pumpkins work great for a neutral design - or spray painted gold pumpkins!

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It makes people feel special to have their name at a seat when they go to sit down.  

These are such quick and easy ideas to add something extra for everyone at the table.

-Tags on pumpkins or pinecones ith each individual's name

-Hand written names on leaves (painted or not)

-Simple paper band around silverwear/napkins

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credit: Canadian Living; Amanda Jane Brown; ElleDecor; Homeesthetic.net; onekinddesign.com; my life and kids; bloomdesignsonline.com; tipjunkie.com


Talk Derby to Me

To coincide with Misty's Derby party and dinner posts, here is an invite that could go along nicely for your party!

Of course, my old spoon came up with the verbiage (oh so clever) and I did the design.

Below the invitation are a few outfit suggestions, all of which you can purchase at Haven Style House along with many more pieces!  

If you are unfamiliar with Haven you should definitely visit their shop and checkout their website.

They have tons of great, fashion forward items for your wardrobe!   


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I am off to the races whenever I can create a legitimate excuse to day drink.

So, I am going to highly suggest you throw a Kentucky Derby Party.  However, as they say---you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink. Don’t get on your high horse and say “neigh” to all of this before you hear me out. 

This post is strictly about appetizer and beverage ideas. I made an effort to keep them simple so you have time to throw down some Juleps and tend to the meal items.  Don't feel compelled to serve all of these apps--go heavy with apps, if you are going light on other food items.

The other posts will be labeled “Derby Décor”, Derby Dinner” and “Derby Desserts” to address all facets of this partay!!  Love this idea for bridal or baby showers, birthday or retirement parties.

Let's get DOWN AND DERBY for this race for the roses!!

Right out of the gate

Mint Juleps

Kentucky Bourbon


Pimento Spread

Cheese Hat

Cheese Horseshoe

Pickled Shrimp

Kentucky Hot Browns

Unless you guests arrive as hungry as a horse I doubt you will need to furnish them with all these items.  But, I will show some easy options so your guests are amazed by your brilliance!!





Buy the mix (pictured below) or go with the preferred option of making them yourself.  Tin cups are preferable, but a regular glass or small Mason jar will do just fine.

1-ounce simple syrup (1 cup water boiled with 1 cup sugar until dissolved)

3 mint leaves

1-ounce Kentucky Bourbon

Powdered sugar (optional)

Mint leaves for garnish


Muddle the 3 mint leaves with the simple syrup, mix with Bourbon and pour over ice.  Top with garnish mint and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  I suggest you make these in bulk!!!

Mix options are available.


BOURBON FLIGHTS are all the craze these days.  Here is a picture of some Kentucky Bourbon options.  Don’t feel compelled to have all of these options available, 3 or 4 selections will have your guests flying enough.



PIMENTO CHEESE (a derby standard):  make this easy on yourself and buy it (Kraft makes it---stores will make an in-house brand).  You can serve it in a bowl with small rye bread slices; make a ball rolled with crushed walnuts or pecans or go to the races by making little tea sandwiches---crusts removed or get crazy with a shorseshoe cookie cutter.


CHEESE PLEASE:  Definitely make a cheese hat.  Pick one round larger cheese and one smaller and decorate with some ribbon and flowers so it looks Derby hat-esque or buy some Baraka Cheese. This mild cheese is already molded into a horsehoe.

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Don’t get your horse in a sling over the exact quantities.  Feel free to thaw out some frozen shrimp and then marinade it.  

½ cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup diced celery

Juice of a lemon

1/3-cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1 pound of cooked shrimp

2 minced garlic cloves


1 T. Creole seasoning or ¼ teaspoon of cayenne

1 T.  Chopped dill

Mix together and let sit a few hours or overnight.

KENTUCKY HOT-BROWNS--Make these culinary legends from Louisville---Delicious!!!


Mornay Sauce:

3 T. butter

3 T. flour

3 cups heavy cream

½ cup grated Romano cheese

Pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper

Preheat the broiler in your oven. Melt the butter in a saucepan, whisk in the flour and cook for about 2 minutes to make a light roux.  Whisk in the heavy cream slowly until the flour and cream are well incorporated.  Whisk in the grated Romano until the mixture is smooth.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

 For the open faced sandwich:

8 slices of Texas toast (crusts removed)

8 slices of cooked bacon

8 thick slices of roasted turkey breast or approximately 2 pounds

4 Plum tomatoes cut in half

Paprika/parsley for garnish

Lay the Texas in an oven safe dish.  Lay the roasted turkey on top of toast and then layer each toast with one of the plum tomato halves.  Crisscross the bacon slices on top of these layers and then pour half to three quarters of the Mornay sauce on top of these layers.  Sprinkle with some additional Romano cheese, paprika and/or parsley and then place in the preheated broiler.   Cook until the top layer begins to brown and you know it is all heated through.

****You can prepare the entire dish ahead of time, but don’t top it with the sauce and additional garnish until you are ready to serve.

Thank you for pictures:  southernliving.com, teatimemagazine.com, allrecipes.com, conorrobert.com, liquormart.com, myloveleelife.com, wisconsoncheesetalk.com.