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Dinner is Served: Thanksgiving Part II

After careful planning and preparation, lifestyle blogger Camille Styles presents a refreshingly different yet beautifully comforting Thanksgiving dinner. 

Read Part I, in which Camille shows us step by step how to plan, prepare, and present this year’s Thanksgiving dinner – or any festive feast – with panache.

Shop all of Camille’s picks on her Thanksgiving Styleboard in our Style Gallery!

Since we don’t have tons of family coming in town to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I’m hosting a cozy dinner for our parents and just a few close friends. In Part I of this two-part post, I brought you guys along on my planning process for the feast, and I can’t wait to show you all the details on how my tabletop and meal came together.

When each November rolls around, I start dreaming up ideas for putting a fresh twist on the big meal — honoring tradition, while charming my guests with a few unexpected touches.

This year’s surprises start with the palette: I chose a palette inspired by the deep blue in my collection of Le Creuset dinnerware, then added crisp white and organic greens for a classic, clean look. It felt so fresh in lieu of the more expected autumnal oranges, yellows and browns. (pictured: Le Creuset Signature Oval French Oven, Marseille Dinnerware, & Utensil Crock.)

Then, to create a unified design, I chose table linens, accessories like Le Creuset’s butter dish and gravy boat, serving pieces and flowers that fit into those color families. It’s a great way to make a major visual impact while keeping the details simple!

A runner and napkins in raw linen anchor each place setting and allow the beauty of a natural wood table to be revealed. Simple blue plates make a statement with unexpected color, yet don’t distract from the colorful food that’s the real star of the show.

In the fall, I love to incorporate beautiful leaves and interesting berries or acorns to incorporate into a centerpiece. My friends from Rosehip Flora created this gorgeous arrangement in the Le Creuset Stoneware Pitcher that’s brimming with natural autumn accents.

Since Thanksgiving is all about tradition, I love to honor the past by incorporating family heirlooms or treasured antiques on the table. I added a metallic glint with my mom’s vintage brass candlesticks that added a bit of polish to the otherwise natural centerpiece. And of course, if there are family recipes that recall holidays past, let them find a place on your table amid newer menu items.

Speaking of the menu, we started the meal with gorgeous bowls of pumpkin soup, garnished with creme fraiche, sage and black pepper. I love the contrast of the golden soup against the deep blue bowls.

I put a twist on tradition by stuffing and roasting a turkey breast instead of serving the whole bird! It makes for a beautiful presentation, and it’s much easier to carve at the table.

I also cooked up a savory bread pudding — a stuffing-like mixture studded with herbs and mushrooms. Since I baked it in my Le Creuset Rectangular Casserole, it went straight to the table, beautifully, without requiring another serving piece.

We served everything on the table, passing around the family-style feast … which, to me, really encompasses the Thanksgiving ethos of sharing with the ones you love.

The meal ended on a sweet note, of course. Pumpkin pie, with the flavor turned way up by serving in a gingersnap crust that added a hit of spiciness to the holiday favorite.

As the evening came to a close, we raised our mugs of hot toddies and toasted to an unforgettable holiday. We have so much to be thankful for this year, and a quiet Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends and a bountiful feast is the perfect way to count our blessings, deliciously.

 - Camille Styles, CamilleStyles.com

Photos by Chelsea Fullerton

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