My Thanksgiving Menu and Table Scape will help you create a beautiful scene and delicious meal for family and friends for easy entertaining!
My Thanksgiving Menu and Table Scape
It’s officially Thanksgiving week! I am so excited! I love this Holiday. It’s a day dedicated to family time and eating. What’s not to love?!
So, today, I am bringing you my Thanksgiving menu, which includes a show stopping spread, quick and delicious appetizer, a fun, festive cocktail, all my fav sides, and a decadent but lightened up dessert.
I am also sharing my Thanksgiving table scape and some fun, whimsical, and budget-friendly decorating ideas.
My Table Scape for Thanksgiving
My Theme: Romantic, Vintage Vibes
I went with a classy, romantic vintage vibe for the table. With neutral color tones, tons of candles, a touch of sparkle, and pops of greenery, the table looks pretty and inviting.
How to create this table scape
Here’s how to create this romantic, vintage Thanksgiving table scape:
- Neutral Color Palate: to create the romantic, soft look, I stayed with a neutral color palate. I used creams, whites, golds, and light pinks.
- Flowers as the centerpiece – go to your local florist for a unique and stunning Fall bouquet. My favorite local florist in Bloomington is Vera and Buck. She created this timeless, Fall-inspired centerpiece that makes a statement at the center of the table. I love the addition of Fall foliage and wheat grass to subtly signify Autumn.
- A stunning runner: I chose this pretty white runner with streaks of gold. It pops on the wood table, but is still simple and elegant, which allows the other decor to pop as well.
- Candles: makes it cozy and romantic with different candles. I used a cream chunky ceramic holder, a taller terra-cotta candle holder, and mercury glass votives. When you light it at night before dinner, it makes the table almost glow. How romantic?!
- Pumpkins: Pumpkins scream Fall and Thanksgiving. I selected a variety of different pumpkins, in different shapes and colors. I kept to the neutral palate and picked gold and white pumpkins. I used fake pumpkins I found at target and my local craft store, but small real ones work too!
- Succulents and Greens: it helps add a little more color and freshness to the table. I found a faux olive plant Garland from target that I placed down the center of the runner. There’s also a faux Eucalyptus runner that would work well. I also found small succulents at my local grocery store that I placed between the pumpkins and the candles.
- The Place Setting: I used gold chargers, my white and gold wedding china for the dinner plate, and cream and gold salad plates I found at a thrift shop. The dinner and salad plates have the same colors but slightly different patterns, which adds a little bit of interest to the table. At the center of each plate I added a cream napkin with a gold napkin ring and a faux acorn with wheat grass. I got the faux acorns at my local craft store. I purchased a faux Fall flower arrangement and cut off the acorns and wheat grass to make an easy place card.
My Thanksgiving Menu
My Thanksgiving Menu takes the classic Thanksgiving dishes and gives them a modern twist. All the recipes are relatively easy to make, taste amazing, and are lightened up through simple swaps.
Every Thanksgiving menu should include some delicious, festive appetizers. This allows your guests to have some food to graze on while you prepare dinner.
Two pro tips when deciding what appetizers to serve: 1. serve lighter appetizers so you don’t spoil your appetite before the big dinner; 2. pick appetizers that are easy to make or can be prepped in advance so no extra pressure on the big day.
Here are my two favs, both pretty and so easy to make!
Fall-Inspired Charcuterie Board
Only assembly required for this easy but elegant Fall-Inspired Charcuterie Board. Plus, it matches the romantic, vintage vibes of the table scape.
Whipped Goat Cheese with Cranberry Jalapeño Jam
This appetizers is widely delicious and perfectly festive. Plus, it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to serve.
if you ask me, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides! I’m bringing you my absolute favs. All are bursting with big flavor, filling and festive, and full of wholesome ingredients.
Miso Maple Brussel Sprouts
These miso maple brussels sprouts are the perfect side for your Thanksgiving meal. It features crispy garlicky brussels sprouts cooked in a sweet and salty miso maple glaze. Then, it’s finished with bright, juicy cranberries and crunchy pecans.
Melting Sweet Potatoes with Maple Bacon Brown Butter
These melting sweet potatoes with maple bacon brown butter elevate your Thanksgiving sweet potato side dish. The sweet potatoes are golden brown and tender and quite literally melt in your mouth. Then, they are finished with a sweet, savory, and nutty brown butter sauce filled with bacon, sage, and pecans.
Pomegranate Fall Harvest Salad
This Pomegranate Fall Harvest Salad is the perfect fresh, bright addition to your Thanksgiving table! Sweet and earthy roasted butternut squash, juicy pomegranates, candied pecans, kale, quinoa, and creamy goat cheese. All tossed together in a sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses vinaigrette.
Every good Thanksgiving meal should start with a delicious cocktail. I’m sharing my favs that give a Fall spin on Classics.
Apple Cider Old Fashioned
This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is the perfect Fall twist on the classic cocktail. A homemade apple cider syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, clove bitters, a generous amount of bourbon, and cinnamon come together to create a delicious, Fall-inspired drink!
Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz
Find the recipe for this delicious, festive cocktail on my instagram!
Every good Thanksgiving dinner should end with a delicious dessert. To create less stress, I prefer a dessert that can be made mostly in advance. It also should look pretty and festive. I got just the treat for you!
Apple Pie Cheesecake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream & Caramel
A delicious mash-up of two classic desserts! It features a cinnamon graham cracker crust and a creamy, rich maple vanilla cheesecake filling. Then, it’s topped with caramelized apples and cinnamon whipped cream. Best, yet, this decadent dessert is lightened up with two simple ingredients!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope these decorating tips and recipes help make it extra special!
If you make any of these recipes or decorating ideas, please leave a comment below. I absolutely love to hear from you guys and hear your thoughts on my recipes. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or pin it on pinterest. I love getting to see your photos of the recipes!
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