Farmers' Market Thanksgiving 2019
Every family meal I prepare begins with a theme. Thanksgiving is no exception, and you can look at my past Thanksgiving meals by searching my site. For many years, the Thanksgiving feast table was set with my Johnson Brothers china. I have 24 place settings of His Royal Majesty, because the Thanksgiving meals in our home included lots of extra people ... always family, but maybe more especially ... university students who couldn't get home for the short break!
In recent years, however, I've switched the tablescape themes! I love my old traditional china, but using it also places foremost in my mind ... the memories of of my parents and my husband. Grief is cutting on holidays, so I prefer to move forward with occasional changes. This year, when my planning was turning in my mind in August, I found these adorable plates at Hobby Lobby. I knew I could build a very unique theme around this guy!
Take a look at all this color!
I always use menu cards of some kind for special dinners. I decided to roll the menu paper and tie it with raffia ribbon. The graphic on the menu page is a line of Farmers' Market booths painted in a contemporary design.
Each year, after cooking all day ... or for additonal days ... I ponder what we actually eat! The answer is simple ... turkey, dressing and pie! If that was the whole menu, everybody would be happy! This year, Phoebe asked that the mashed potatoes be placed beside her on the table! She proclaimed that she was eating turkey skin and mashed potatoes! My son-in-law is always the first to clean his plate and ask for pie! I am always the last to clean my plate, but pie is my favorite too! My daughter falls someplace in between! It doesn't surprise me that Phoebe always wants turkey skin! I really load it up with seasoning ... sometimes fresh herbs ... but always spices with a kick.