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Thanksgiving 2.0- Thanksgiving Feast for 40

Hello Loves! I enjoyed two Thanksgiving dinners this year!  The first you saw earlier  this week was in my sister-in-law’s red dining room. This second one, prepared by my sister,  was very special too. The table was set beautifully, the fireplace was roaring and the Thanksgiving feast was out of this world!  I sit by the roaring fire, and soak up the warmth, cozy in my holiday sweater from Jacadi, a children’s store.

The harlequin intarsia pattern of this wool sweater mimics the flame of the fireplace a bit. It is made for children, but does not read juvenile and fits well!

Our late mother’s china is the serving plates for the appetizers. Holidays are bittersweet with a bother deceased as wells as both parents, and the recent loss of my dog;  but we do have much to celebrate. We focus on that! We are grateful. Our large family is doing well, and a bountiful thanksgiving feast is about to be presented and enjoyed.

Woman with braids by the fireplace

You can see behind me how artful the cheese, fig jam, and crackers were arranged. The floral arrangement – such a bright and pretty addition. Below more shots of her table, and bits of decorating that added a festive touch.

Thanksgiving champagne    Created by my little sister, a lovely tableau,  featuring a photo taken by my twin sister!

thanksgiving decor

 I am creative, too. A cake plate I made years ago when I was a mosaic artist and jewelry designer. This is an 8 inch tall cake stand with beads surrounding it. It features 12 different patterns of china, broken and pieced back together in a completely new arrangement.  I made a lot of these and sold them.  I have a lot of creative energy!

artisan mosaic cake stand

The most thoughtful thing my sister did was to put “thank you” cards at each table for her guests! In each she wrote down what she each appreciated about us. There were 40 guests so this was quite a feat. We were all very moved.

Thank you notes for thanksgiving

 The table, set and ready for the Thanksgiving feast.

thanksgiving tables cape

The divine meal consisted of a large and perfectly roasted turkey, stuffed with whole- wheat bread crusts, brussel sprouts, walnut pieces,  pure creamery butter, sea salt, and a lovely citrus note of lemon zest. We also enjoyed a fresh arugula salad, two artisan loaves of bread; one with olives and one a simple sourdough.

Sweet potatoes, yams with marshmallows, and three pies were served with dessert. Quite a thanksgiving feast!

My sister’s house in the Hamptons overlooks a farm field. The view from the master is spectacular, but this is the view from the ground floor, it is a cool image since I cropped away the roof. It is what you see out the window. Ahh. A perfect view to enjoy after being in the city.

Hampton's farm view

A shot of me in a new H&M faux fur coat, in our little East Hampton Home before we left for dinner.  The indoor light is not as bright this time of year, and this photo is not too flattering, but the coat! Run to H&M and get it for yourself or a friend for Christmas or Hanukah.  I brought yams and marshmallow and champagne .

H&M Faux fur coat

We so enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast;  the warmth of the fire, the sweet gestures of my sisters, and being together with our families.  On our ride home the sun was setting in a bewitching way.

beautiful sunset during drive

Happy to be back in New York, I am pleased to see some Christmas decorations, and enjoy nice views from the warm indoors!  I love this time of year !

Christmas decorations in Lobby

Truly, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast.  Wishing you a happy start to the holiday season as I  send my love from New York!

How was your Thanksgiving holiday? What was your favorite thing about the holiday and meal? I would love to hear how your holiday was, if you celebrate it. the elle diaries

26 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2.0- Thanksgiving Feast for 40

  1. The table was so beautiful and you look divine, too! The thank you notes are really so sweet and I want that cake stand, if you ever make another one, please consider me as a buyer! I am sorry for your pet… 🙁 Still, as you said, there is a lot to thank for. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  2. A very happy double Thanksgiving to you, Elle! What wonderful decor and the food sounds scrumptious. That sweater is amazing, and I love that faux fur! I have a couple of faux furs still to come out for the winter – I’m tickled that particular look has come around again. Wishing you the very best as we launch into December! Here’s to our friends and family!

    1. Thanks, I am doubly grateful!
      Yes, I am late getting to this comment, but am enjoying all of your fur and furry coats, and fabulous style.
      Wishing you holiday joy!
      xoxo, Elle

  3. Oh what a beautiful setup for thanksgiving! The notes are such a nice touch, how lovely of your sister to do that as well as preparing food for everyone! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! I’m surprised it’s December already, but excited too, we are going to put up our Christmas tree this weekend and we are going to a Christmas party today.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. That all looked wonderful! I really love the idea of the note cards.

    I LOVE your mosaic table. I wanted to make one like that for ages. In the end I let the idea go because it seemed like too much work and too many new supplies to buy. Lord knows my basement is already full of crafting supplies and vintage clothing.

    I spotted a coat like yours when thrifting and *almost* bought it. Now I regret I didn’t pick it up. Ah well. It’s not like I don’t have a choice of loads of other coats at my house!


    1. You would love making mosaics, but you have to have a lot of dishes on hand….I covers clocks, tables, night stands, mirrors, headboards, and a whole vanity once!
      Such fun. Maybe the coat is still there?
      Yes, you have many fabulous coats to wear!!! 🙂
      xoxo, Elle

  5. It must be sooo nice to be creative. Like that cake plate you made. Gorgeous. And I know your jewellery from when you made it yourself. Drooling over it I was. Your sister put in a lot and I mean a LOT of work into this feast. Especially the cards. As if there are no Christmas cards to write as well. It all looked superb.
    Although you have suffered great losses, there is indeed plenty left to be thankful for. And you are, I know.

    1. It is nice to have creative energy. I do love the creative process, so enjoyable for me. My sister has so much vital energy… she is amazing and so thoughtful!
      A great athlete too, I am not..
      Yes, so much to be grateful for, not a day goes by…
      xoxo, Elle

  6. sounds like a lovely celebration 🙂 love that everything was so well thought of and the food sounds heavenly! I love the mosaic cake stand that you made you are so talented <3

    1. It was Angel,
      exactly what a thanksgiving should be! I loved making the mosaics when the children were in their early teens…
      Feels like eons ago! Love to you and happy holidays !
      xoxo, Elle

  7. Hi Elle, what a lovely and special Thanksgiving . I too, love the Thank you notes, the time and thoughtfulness of your sister is what the Seasons are about. Gorgeous mosaic, I love that you are so creative! I love the beautiful scarf, colors by your face and that coat looks so warm and fun to wear. Enjoyed hearing about your day.
    Jess xx

    1. It really was Jess! My sisters are pretty amazing. I hope you are enjoying your holiday season so far and are feeling well!
      Love Elle

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