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Entertaining: This Year’s Thanksgiving Table

Holiday Entertaining: Thanksgiving Tabletop

This year I wanted to create my Thanksgiving table with as many things possible that I sourced locally. While November 28th is shop local day, I try to shop locally all year long. What I love about this particular holiday is that it is about family and gratitude and very little commercialism has seeped into it. As we lose the leaves on our trees and we prepare ourselves for winter, we give thanks for the things that matter and take pause in our busy lives.

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Product used: Heath Ceramics Opaque White Dinner Plate and Salad Plate 

Erica Tanov Napkins | Hudson Grace Bronze Pewter Flatware 

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As I prepared the table for Thanksgiving, I turned to three local sources to put the space together – Erica Tanov, Hudson Grace, and Heath Ceramics. These are all local businesses located in the San Francisco area.  I wanted a natural look for this particular celebration with a “less-is-more” approach. An abundance of light by way of candlelight and a simple bouquet of dried cotton are all the adornment there is. The simplicity of Heath dinnerware was the base of the design. Added to this were the stunning napkins designed by Erica Tanov and artist Emily March Payne. For flatware, I turned to Hudson Grace and chose a stunning set of copper utensils that contribute to the simplicity and at the same time add to the elegance of the table.

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Whatever Thanksgiving décor you choose this year, I hope you are able to take the time to enjoy family and friends together!

Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad | Sacramento Street

Although I love Thanksgiving, I find that sometimes between all the stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey, (and not to mention those pumpkin cheesecake bars) the meal is really heavy. Almost too heavy. I know that is kind of the point for Thanksgiving but it is nice to have the option of something healthy and crispy. This shaved brussel sprout salad is the perfect solution; crispy, tart and full of healthy flavors to complement all that butter and gravy goodness.

Brussel sprouts are an underdog of a vegetable. Only in the last 10 years has there has been a renewed love and realization that they are delicious. These leafy greens are easy to prepare and delicious when cooked properly. This salad is the easiest way to eat them, sliced very thin and tossed with toasted walnuts and Pecorino cheese – so good you will forget that they are actually good for you.

Since the hardest part about Thanksgiving is planning, these brussel sprouts can be shaved 2 -3 hours before serving and kept in the fridge. The dressing can also be made and tossed in just before serving. If you don’t have walnut oil, which I love using because it adds a delicious nutty flavor, olive oil works just as well.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad | Sacramento Street

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

2 lbs brussel sprouts
½ cup walnut oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
¼ cup Pecorino cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, thinly slice the brussel sprouts starting at the non-stem end stopping once you get to the stem. Place brussel sprouts in a large bowl.

2.) In another small bowl, whisk together walnut oil, lemon juice and honey. Taste for salt and pepper.

3.) Toss brussel sprouts with dressing and serve topped with toasted walnuts and Pecorino cheese.

Serves 6 -8

Recipe by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Layer It: Thanksgiving Dinner

Layer It : Thanksgiving Dinner | Sacramento Street

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? I feel as though November just began. When it comes to planning my thanksgiving outfit I think about what’s easy to wear in the kitchen during the last few hours of cooking and comfort after eating a delicious meal.

Layer It : Thanksgiving Dinner | Sacramento Street

I tend to gravitate towards a loose dress and leggings – or as I call them, stretchy pants. After a long day, being comfy is top priority. This is one look I’m considering for this year.

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1.) Holiday Stripe Apron

2.) Manuscript Dress

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3.) Knit Leggings

4.) Tear Drop Frost Collar

5.) Luminous Silk Foundation

6.) Ultra Shine Lip Gloss

7.) Smokey Nudes Eye Shadow

8.) Fillmore Glasses

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Entertaining: A Thanksgiving Table

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With Thanksgiving only a week away (how is November already over?), I’m excited about this year’s table. Instead of going with the traditional – oranges, reds, browns and greens, I wanted to give our table a touch of glam with a few rustic elements. The entire concept sprung from these lucite and brass candlesticks that I found at the flea market a year ago. I’ve been dying to use them for a dinner party and thought they’d be a beautiful centerpiece. From there I found these beautiful gold ikat placemats from West Elm – I didn’t want to use a tablecloth this year because I wanted to be able to see our farm table. I added my Grandmothers gold dishes, silver that I picked up on Portobello Road and wine glasses from our wedding. To finish it I wrapped gold paper around white napkins and tied them with metallic bakers twine and gold leaves to bring in a fall feel.

When it came to the flowers I wanted to create two arrangements that brought a little more of a rustic vibe to the table. I picked up Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Wax Flowers and Jingle Bell branches to create the centerpiece down the table.

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I wanted to create a look that anyone could recreate in their own home – either for Thanksgiving or a dinner party over the holidays. It can be easily recreated with items from your own home or these treasures below. Plus, the placemats – that I’m absolutely in love with, are only $9.99! Here’s more on how to get the look.

It was such fun putting together this year’s Thanksgiving table – all of the details got me incredibly excited for the holiday season. In fact, I love this tabletop so much I haven’t taken it down. I want to host a dinner party before my Thanksgiving guests arrive. I hope this has inspired you for the season of party throwing. What are you planning for your Thanksgiving table this year?

Get the Look: Thanksgiving Table | Sacramento Street

Get the look: Plated Glass Votives – Silver Global Views Decor Ice Pillar Candle HolderIkat Rings PlacematPromenade Flatware 20-pc. Place SettingMoroccan Tea GlassesOrganic Shaped Dinnerware with Metallic RimmedCross Dye Basic Napkin Set | Gold Leaves | Gold and Ivory Baker’s Twine


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Photos by Claire Giffen
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Thanksgiving Snapshots

This Thanksgiving we hosted friends and family at my Mom’s. After the hustle and bustle of  styling the tabletop and cooking it’s always lovely to look back at all the photos taken. This year we wanted to do a more natural and organic tabletop with Astier plates, a beautiful linen runner and stunning blooms I bought at the flower market.

Place cards were made with extra rosemary sprigs we had lying around the kitchen.

I hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful long weekend whether you traveled or stayed close to home. It’s always nice to have a few extra days off. Happy Sunday!

Images by Caitlin Flemming and Claire Giffen (my cousin)

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