It's Turkey Time!!

Updated: Dec 14, 2018

Hi there!


So it's that time again! Thanksgiving is literally my most favorite holiday. As I began my entertaining career almost 20 years ago one of my first clients requested a Thanksgiving dinner and I have been working with them now for 17 years. While you all know I am not a caterer anymore, I am really the event planner- I'm still making a few items for them as well as my own family. I'm so excited for this year's Thanksgiving feast....every year the menu stays pretty much the same. I cook my famous sweet potatoes with a praline pecan topping , a delicious turkey, cornbread stuffing, a baked brie and lots of dessert. This year I made gluten free pumpkin muffins they have been a family favorite forever but we recently found out my daughter has celiac so we have adjusted ad substituted gluten free flour for regular flour and it turned out great. You can find the recipe in the last blog entry.



Thanksgiving dinner is the BEAUTIFUL table that I put together every year. I change the design and decor every year, but there is always sense of tradition at the same time. This year I did a little pre Thanksgiving photo shoot and it was like a kid playing in a candy store. I am so lucky, grateful and thankful to the vendors who participated in helping put together this fabulous Thanksgiving tablescape.

You can find the links and other information on the companies, decorations and merchandise below.


We had GORGEOUS Herend china and Moser crystal flutes on the table and accented with wine glasses and silverware from Party Rental LTD. I used my own Red Bliss Placemats in gold chroma which looked amazing with napkin rings from Kim Seybert and a gorgeous linen napkin all provided by Current Home in Scarsdale, NY.


I found some amazing candle sticks reasonably priced at Crate and Barrel in brass and accented them with other metal ones from Currant Home. I think my most favorite part of the table was the flowers from Spina Events in NYC. We used out Halloween pumpkins from Home Goods and they looked really great with the gold painted pumpkins as place cards from Gunsteens Lettering. I'm a firm believer in mixing high and low merchandise- just think it thru- there is always some way to balance the look.


We are so lucky to have such nice friends and talented colleagues. I am so grateful to Arthur Field at Hechler Photography http://hechlerphotographers.com/and and Edward Stuart Grant from Stuart Productions http://www.stuartproductions.com/index2.html for the beautiful photos and the fabulous video we were able to capture.


Hope you like the table, let me know!




All photography by Arthur Field at David Hechler


I went for very dark walls in my dining room and I have a very big and warm dark wood table from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.https://www.mgbwhome.com I also had the 2 tone grey drapes made with them. I love how the white chairs from Restoration Hardware https://www.restorationhardware.com pop in the room. I wanted the table to be warm and have a feeling of fall but at the same time tried to keep it light against all the dark tones in the room. These flowers were the perfect compliment to the china and the colors of the room. I'm just in love with them! Peonies re my favorite and did you notice those he coral babies nestled into the arrangements??! Paul Tsang Diaz at Spina Events has the best taste and touch! http://spinanyc.com Look at the gigantic display of magnolia leaves on the buffet. I mean talk about Southern Hospitality with a little New York Style. I can't make it up better!



This is what our table looks like this year. So beautiful, right?


Our dishes are from Herand USA.http://herendusa.com Special thanks to them for lending us these amazing pieces of china and the Moser crystal flutes.http://www.moserusa.com/

I just love the chroma place mats from Red Bliss! https://www.redbliss.com/ I have them in silver and gold in 2 different styles. While I have had mine a while now they have very similar designs all on their website and they sell them at Bergdorf Goodman as well. https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com I'm in love with these napkins from Current Home.

https://currenthomeny.com/ and the napkin rings I got their as well that are made by Kim Seybert. https://kimseybert.com/

The place cards and menus were done by Ashley Gunsteen. She's so talented. i just love her work and she was so fun and creative in this whole process. Painting little pumpkins for me in gold as well as pears. She didn't seem to blink at my crazy little ideas at all:)

She does such pretty work. Check out her talented and beautiful creativity. http://gunsteensdesign.weebly.com/


Sometimes the party is just too big and not everyone has all this party gear at home. Also, I highly recommend renting dishes, stemware and flatware when your budget allows if you have a big crowd. The clean up is so much easier and it allows you to create a different mood and tablescape without a huge long term investment.

We rented all the wine glasses and silverware from Party Rental LTD.

https://www.partyrentalltd.com


But we know that this table isn't the most affordable for everyone, like I said it was like being a kid in a candy store when I got to go the vendors showrooms so we have some DIY options that give you the same look to make an amazing table for less.


Here is the real deal and scroll below for DIY optionsShop our look

Affordable Alternatives!



Dishes

Pottery Barn

BOTANICAL HARVEST BIRD SALAD PLATE, SET OF 4 - MIXED

$59.50












Centerpieces/Other


Pottery Barn

Glass Pumpkins

MERCURY GLASS PUMPKINS - ROSE GOLD

Special $4 – $11













Glassware

World Market

Gold Rim Optic Glassware Collection

$31.96 - $28.76

$25.56 - $28.76















Artland Ambrosia Flutes (set of 4)

$33.99














Round Silver Braided Placemats set of 4

$31.95
















I am so Lucky, grateful and thankful for all the amazing friends who helped us create this amazing Thanksgiving tablescape.

Wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!








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Carolyn Bender 
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