When it comes to turkey duty, I leave that to more experienced cooks than me.
On Thanksgiving, we normally either go to my parents’ house or to my inlaws’ for the big feast. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at home in our own special way.
This year, I’m planning to serve a casual, but elegant, Thanksgiving breakfast in the natural area in our backyard.
It was such a beautiful day today — and we had that extra hour — that we decided to set the table for a lunch outside. A dry run, of sorts, for Thanksgiving.
I brought out a tablecloth, my grandmother’s pretty soup tureen, a pedestal and a ceramic pumpkin from my fall tablescape. Then my 6-year-old and I cruised the backyard for natural decorative elements, like dried leaves and sweet gum balls.
I made some pretty Thanksgiving turkey napkins using printable iron-on transfer paper, 79-cent Ikea dish towels and a vintage turkey graphic from The Graphics Fairy. I dressed up my pretty white luncheon plates with some hemstitched felt ribbon.
We pulled up a hodgepodge of chairs and dressed them up with tea towels decorated with vintage Thanksgiving graphics from The Graphics Fairy.
This pretty little turkey drawing is from a vintage postcard.
The tea towel on the adirondack chair uses this vintage turkey postcard graphic.
The table set, we enjoyed a simple lunch of brunswick stew, home baked bread and warm cheese dip. (And chicken nuggets for Jackson!)
My husband said he felt like he was dining on the grounds of his “estate.” And it did kinda feel like my own little slice of Downton Abbey.
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive hostess gift for Thanksgiving (or anytime, really), these handmade iron-on transfer napkins and tea towels fit really fit the bill.
It’s a really easy technique. All you need is printable iron-on transfer paper, a dry, hot iron, some tea towels or napkins and a pretty image to print. (Check out my post about the Burlap Circus Banner I made for more detailed instructions.) In fact, this is the perfect thing to make when you’re running out of time.