Saturday, November 23, 2013

RE-ceiving Guests: Fall Table. Thanksgiving Mantel & 10 SUPER Easy Thanksgiving Dishes

Fall Table
Hey Guys! Yeah, I know. Long time, no blog.

I have several posts in draft mode, including another one on Mom Camp because yours truly was interviewed and quoted about Mom Camp in the December 2013 issue of Woman's Day Magazine (on stands now), updates on 80th bday parties for my mother & father-in-law & my daughter's bedroom makeover and a few more surprises.  Those posts all need work, but I didn't want Thanksgiving to pass without a blog entry. So this post is simple. Reba had a small birthday lunch for her mother-in-law, Sherry (of Marriage Saving Pound Cake & Tamale Fame) and I made a Thanksgiving mantel that we are sharing.   Plus 10 SUPER easy food presentation ideas for Thanksgiving that I love just in time to inspire you for the big day.  Happy Turkey Day!

Table View #2

Table View #3

Pilgrims, Native Americans, pumpkins, Fall Leaves & Turkeys combine on my mantel.

I really wanted Native Americans represented so I snatched up this figurine set on sale.

Varied size vanilla candles wrapped in twine with Fall leaves.

Got these turkeys made of natural products from Wisteria and World Market.

10 SUPER Easy Thanksgiving Food Presentation Ideas

Turkey Shaped Cheeseball. Even I can make this. Source:

Turkey Shape Veggie Tray 1. Source:

Turkey Shape Veggie Tray 2. Source:

Inexpensive & Simple. Cut open a pumpkin to serve dip.

No cooking involved! 16oz Cool Whip, small instant vanilla pudding package, 1 can pumpkin, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Can use Lite Cool Whip & Sugarfree pudding mix for lighter version.  Source:

BIG HIT ALERT. I made these for a pumpkin carving party & the kids loved them. The Clementine Pumpkins would work for Thanksgiving.  Set them out for the picky eaters & health conscious guests. Source:

Candy Corn Fruit Cups.  Attractive, no cooking involved dessert. Source:

Store bought dough shaped as pumpkins and pecans used for stems.  Video directions on how to:

Adults and Kids alike will enjoy these adorable Oreo Turkeys.  I made them last year and they were a big hit. They are easy to make, but fair warning they took quite a bit of time for me to assemble. Source:
No cooking Pilgrim Hat cookie treats. Source: