This year we celebrated Thanksgiving early (and by early, we mean 3.5 weeks early!). Our sister Jenny, brother-in-law Blake, and their band Two Way Crossing were in town for a concert here in Denver, and we wanted to celebrate while they were here since we wouldn’t see them over the real holiday. Jenny and Blake recently moved to Nashville so anytime they are in town, we try to fit in all of the quality time we can!
Below are some of the pictures from the Thanksgiving lunch we had at our mom’s house. Mama Marlowe asked us to set up her basement, which was no minor feat with 23 people attending! Erik’s family (who are practically our second family at this point) and some of our close friends also came. Because none of us have matching place settings to host that many people, we pulled together all of our decorations and serving pieces to prepare. Big thanks to Pat (Becky’s mother-in-law) for letting us borrow Thanksgiving decor too!
Mama Marlowe had the wood and rod iron gate in the picture above sitting in her garage so we pulled it out to use on the food table as the main decor. (She bought it at Kirklands!). Both of us (Becky and Kim) forgot our fall wreaths at home so we just used some fall garland and ribbon to DIY a quick wreath. For the food table itself, we used our mom’s pool table covered in plastic tablecloths (to protect it from spills) and one real cloth tablecloth to make it pretty. Talk about using what we had! It was the only table large enough to hold all of the food that people were planning on bringing!
My mom has a table in her basement (the one pictured above) that you can add 2 leafs into and it will seat 8 people. Although using folding chairs, we fit about 10 people at the table. The centerpiece was made from a 5-candle holder Kim bought at Hobby Lobby and added some fall foliage to the base. (Buying the candle holder individually without a decorative base is a good money-saving idea because you can interchange the foliage with your seasons – think green garland and ornaments for Christmas time!)
We used two 6′ folding tables and a table already existing in my mom’s basement to make sure we had enough place settings for our guests (so 3 tables total). Each table had a different centerpiece and place settings, again, because none of us have a matching set to hold that many of us!
The red and fall leaf plates are actually from Walmart if you can believe it! They were part of the Better Homes and Gardens collection 3 years ago and we have been using them at every thanksgiving since! The other plates were pulled from Kim and Becky’s kitchens :)
Shawn and Kim were in charge of the turkey. They tried a new DELICIOUS recipe from AllRecipes.com (click here for recipe). This was one of the most flavorful and moist turkeys we have had. We would definitely recommend it! It was also unique with the secret ingredient being champagne to keep the turkey moist!
Quick shout-out to Jenny for taking all of these pictures! It is so nice to have a photographer in the family (although we are trying to quickly learn how to improve our photos too since Jenny lives so far away now!)
We also made yummy Pumpkin Pie and Jack Daniel’s Pecan Pie from recipes we found on Food Network. We would highly recommend these recipes too!
We forgot to take pictures of our beverage table and some of the other food dishes because we were too concerned with keeping all of the food hot (which is just impossible!) and hanging out with our family! But will try to include some of those ideas in future posts :)
Hope you enjoy some of these small ideas and recipes! We are so thankful for all of our friends and family near and far. We wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving and hope you can enjoy it with loved ones!