Thanksgiving Feast 2011

So, how was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Was it turkey overload for you?
My sister made a 24lb turkey and my nephew smoked a 16lb bird.
Plus we had a 10lb ham. Can you believe we only had enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
What little was left after that went into a pot of chili.

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We did not get to eat outside like we had hoped. The wind was blowing too much to enjoy the dinner. So we went to plan B and stretched the dining room table into the sitting room.

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And this didn’t hold everyone! We had 7 kids at another table by the kitchen.

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I made up these place cards using photoshop elements. Then punched some hole in the ends and wrapped some ribbon around the napkin and out through the holes.

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My mom suggested we all use the place cards around our wine glasses so we could keep them all straight. She is so smart! It was a great idea. They even slipped nicely around the beer bottles.

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We used some silver creamer and sugar bowls to make the mini arrangement.
I brought some pots of mums and we just clipped the flowers off and stuck them in some oasis.
They came out so cute.

That’s my Halloween pumpkin on the cabinet that I never carved.
So we put it to use to hold another potted mum.

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We all had a great time. Lots of food, lots of wine, lots of laughs.

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This last shot was taken by my daughter-in-law to be. Yep, #1 son is now engaged!
She is a photographer as well. So they have a lot in common.
The poor thing was bombarded with so many people this past weekend.
It was an introduction to the family like no other.
We're so happy to have her and her 6yr old son join our family.

Oh and I almost forgot.
I will be doing a giveaway this week so be sure to stop back by!


  1. Ham!! Ham!! I love it so much more than the humble Turkey!

    Your home looks beautiful! Where are all the people?

  2. You gotta have ham sometime during the holidays so you have a ham bone for your New Year's black eyed peas. I love how you created the long table. It's so much better when everyone is at the same table. Great idea on the double use for the place cards. I hate drinking out of someone else's glass...whoops.

  3. Wow, that is one long table! The flowers all look so pretty. That sure was a good idea to put the mums in the pumpkin. Might as well make use of what you got. Congratulations to your son :)

  4. Sounds like a perfect holiday. Food, wine, family. And you did a fabulous job with the decorations again. I love your centerpieces, great job of arranging. (it's not as easy as it looks) And congrats on getting a daughter-in-law. Another female in the house!

  5. it looks so beautiful- love the touches of orange and the mums!
    and i am might impressed with the lack of leftovers. :)

  6. Lovely and so festive looking, Anita! Congratulations on the new additions to your family!!!


  7. wow! that's a huge gathering. We had four! :)
    everything looks beautiful!!!
    congrats on the engagement!

  8. Anita,
    Sounds like y'all had a great time...cute place cards!!! Congrats to your son...that is AWESOME!


  9. Congrats to your son! What a fabulous time it sounds like yall had.

    The place cards are such a cute idea.

  10. WOW you had quite the spread Anita. I made both a ham and a Turkey. I like Ham. Congrats to your son, how exciting.

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your table looks lovely. So happy you had a great time.

  12. What a gorgeous Thanksgiving table you created. The napkin ring/name tags were a sweet idea and they turned out great, Anita.

    We filled up on Ham this year and way too much Pumpkin pie LOL!

    Hope you can come over tomorrow...we're having our first blog linky party starting tomorrow (Dec. 1st).


  13. I love your family dinner table photos! and, wow, wow, wow!!! Your son is engaged. Congratulations!!!
    Come by the blog, I'm going to brave a linky party, with a little encouragement for joining as well!

  14. Food, wine & family... sounds perfect to me! Your table looks really great, love the colors...

  15. What a beautiful (and huge!) table, Anita. Love your place card idea! And that sounds like one giant turkey! Oh, your dinner sounds just like ours, too! We had ham, and two turkeys, including one that my nephew smoked. How funny is that?!

  16. Oh my, Anita...you had a full house for Thanksgiving! That's always fun. I like to be surrounded by family and friends over the holidays. Your table looked beautiful! Congratulations to your son. I hope you are recovering from Thanksgiving and gearing up now for Christmas. It'll be here before we know it!

  17. Wow - that is a seriously long table you put together. Love your place settings...your house looks beautiful.


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