A Coastal Thanksgiving

Written by on November 22, 2011 in Entertaining, Lifestyle - 11 Comments
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Hi Glitter Girls! This is Desiree from Desiree Spinner Events. This year I’ve been inspired by things coastal and thought I would bring a touch of the shoreline to my Thanksgiving table. This offers a change from the red and orange decor typically seen this time of year. Here are some of my ideas!

Entertaining and cooking for your guests on Thanksgiving may seem like a lot of work, but I say go for it! Host that family dinner, especially if you are newlyweds. This is the perfect holiday to show off your new place and use that mixer you got for a wedding gift.

Far from the ocean this Thanksgiving? This doesn’t mean you can’t use the coast as your inspiration. Your guests will be surprised and delighted that you tried something new. I always enjoy signature cocktails; they set the tone for the party and give your guests something to chat about. For a signature cocktail try the Nantucket Fog!

I used natural burlap fabric for the table runner, gold chairs that remind me of the brass on old ships and a touch of pink reminiscent of a New England sunset.

Show them the menu:
A menu (or indications of the menu) in an email or phone call will allow guests with dietary constraints the chance to plan ahead.

Nantucket Fog:
-Equal parts: Nantucket Nectars Cloudy Apple organic juice and Champagne
-Cinnamon stick for garnish
-Mix together and pour into a glass

How to seat guests:
Place cards typically relax guests so there isn’t an awkward game of musical chairs. Try to sit the hosts at each end of the table with the most talkative guest in the middle. This keeps the focus toward the middle of the table and no one feels left out. Be sure to invite both friends and family and separate couples if possible to promote interesting conversation and stories.

A beautiful linen on the Thanksgiving table and handmade place cards will greatly impress your guests.

I am vegan but am careful not to push a meat-free Thanksgiving on my guests. I incorporate plenty of veggie options that will please and satisfy everyone. I always serve my famous pumpkin seed salad.

Pumpkin Seed Salad:
-2 heads (or bags) of butter lettuce
-1 8 oz. bag of pumpkin seeds
-1 pear sliced
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar
-1 head of fennel

-½ cup olive oil
-1 tablespoon of agave
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-¼ teaspoon of sea salt and pepper

Cut lettuce and fennel and mix together in a bowl. On low heat simmer the pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and sugar for about 10 minutes or until a smidge crispy.  Let the seeds cool and then mix into the salad. Wisk all of the wet ingredients for the dressing together, and toss with the salad mixture and serve!

My favorite snack:
Of course I serve cheese and crackers but for a little twist (and something fun for the kids) I serve mini baguettes with honey and apples. It is bitter, sweet and delicious.

How to:
Prepare your cutting board with bread, thinly sliced apples, a jar of honey and a knife for spreading.

Styling: Desiree Spinner Events
Photography: Stacey Hedman
Florals: Petal Floral Design (Boston)
Desserts: Krazy Kakes
Linen: Nuage and La Tavola
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Table top rentals: Be Our Guest
Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

  • Marcy

    Great inspiration! Can’t wait to try the pumpkin seed salad recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://sparkleandhay.com Erin * Sparkle & Hay

    pure gorgeousness!!!!

  • Katie Pietrowski

    Love this ladies!!

  • http://www.petalfloraldesign.com Becca {petal floral design}

    Absolutely gorgeous- Desiree, as always, love all of your tips!

  • http://soanthro.wordpress.com Emily

    Gorgeous!! This will be my first New England Thanksgiving, so I will definitely be putting some of these ideas to use! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.thewindowshopper.com.au Courtney

    What a beautifully styled shoot. Love it!

  • http://treatursweet.blogspot.com TreaturSweet

    I don’t know about you, but I am headed there for Turkey Day. I love those pumpkins and mini cakes. Actually the whole thing is lovely…

  • http://www.douxrousse.blogspot.com Doux Rousse

    How lovely!! I LOVE the Nantucket Fog recipe.

    Doux Rousse

  • http://sweetlydias.com Lydia {Sweet Lydia’s}

    I wish my Thanksgiving would look like this! You are all so talented.

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