Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Every year I always select a theme to decorate my table for Thanksgiving.  This year I wanted something simple yet elegant.  I love sunflowers and although these are always paired with a more country type decoration, I wanted it to have a more elegant and simplistic feel.  I used brown satin table cloths and bright yellow napkins.  I made little 1.5x1.5 favor boxes where I placed a truffle for each guest and used the decorated boxes as place settings.  I also printed and decorated our menus.  I loved  my petit dessert table.  It only had three desserts because from experience I know that after a big Thanksgiving meal people really don't have space in their bellies for a whole lot of sweets.  Although not a great variety of desserts, they were a hit just the same and the right amount too.  Some people wonder why I go through all the trouble of doing all of that.  My answer to that is that I enjoy making my friends and family feel pampered and special, and this is one of the many ways I can express my love and appreciation to them as well as using my creativity.  My favorite part of this is when finally after a day spent cooking and preparing we all sit around the table and give thanks to God for another year of his provision, blessings, family, trials, and life.  Without Him this is just a day where people sit around and eat.  At the end of every Thanksgiving I am left with the wonderful memories of what everyone had to say of what they were thankful for.  I have seen how through the years my girls have grown by listening to how with time their words have matured and how God is an important part of their lives.  I must say that Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday and it's not for the great food served every year.

 Pumpkin Mousse
 Pumpkin Spice Woopie Pies

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