For those of you who didn’t come up with your Thanksgiving menu months ago (better known as sane people) I decided to post some ideas from the A Capitol Contessa archive to inspire you. I also included a couple of vegetarian main dishes if folks in your family don’t do turkey. This year we are having a small group, just 4 people, but for a special meal you should always go all out on the table. I based my table around antique “turkey plates” that were my grandmother’s. They don’t have turkeys on them, actually they show scenes of Boston, but since they were used every Thanksgiving, my mom, aunts and uncles started calling them the turkey plates and it stuck. My own wedding china, Vera Wang for Wedgewood, goes really nice on top as a salad plate. To add some texture I used these Pier 1 Rattan Chargers (on sale now!) and tortoiseshell napkin rings. To add some sparkle I used my favorite gold flatware set from Target and my new Gem Toned glasses from Pottery Barn in Amber. Thanksgiving is definitely were you want to use a tablecloth instead of place mats to catch errant gravy drips. I used a neutral beige once (similar here) – now all I need is flowers, a pitcher of water and lots of wine and my table is all set. If you are having an even smaller Thanksgiving for 1 or 2 people I am posting a great weeknight turkey dish on Thursday that would work well. Next week we will be dark for the holiday but when ACC returns it will be all holidays all the time!
Drinks and Appetizers