Scenes from the weekend

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over! It’s like the whole country is now is full-blown Christmas gear. I’m getting to that point, but wanted to share some photos from our family’s Thanksgiving celebration. 
It has always been my dream to have a Thanksgiving where the entire family sits at one table. We have a pretty big family, so for logistical reasons we have usually stuck to the buffet-style dinners. But this year, we rearranged some furniture, grabbed a few extra chairs and had dinner at one long table. It was the best!
Each family member brought their “signature” dish. For me it was chicken and dumplin’s. My sister made her famous sweet potato souffle with marshmallow and cookie topping. Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder baked homemade yeast rolls (those things never last). My Mema made her delicious dressing (for all you yankees, it’s kind of like “stuffing” only way better.) We kind of cheated and had a professional chef cook the turkey, haha! (We were lucky enough to have my sister’s boyfriend join us for Thanksgiving and yes, he’s a chef, so naturally his dishes were over-the-top!) We placed all the dishes on the table and passed the food around, family style.

The food was insane! It was one of those meals where you had to choose each bite carefully so you would be able to taste all the yummy dishes before getting too full. I think Papa said it best, “I’m so full I don’t even know my name.”

Inspired by the gorgeous Thanksgiving table of Camille Styles, we set the table with beautiful fall arrangements in Mema’s vintage milk glass containers. We also used Mema’s vintage Harvest Wheat dinnerware. The rustic boards running down the center of the table came from the farmhouse cupboards of my great grandfather’s sister, Aunt Vira. It was so special having that small bit of history at the table with us. 

Before dinner began, Papa asked each one of us to go around the table and say one thing we were thankful for. There’s so much to be thankful for, lots of us got a little choked up. I guess we’re a sentimental bunch.
Photos by Blue Eyed Yonder
It was definitely a Thanksgiving to remember. A celebration of our country, our family and our faith.

Posted 11/29/11, Topic: Blog

  • katie [the bright life]
    November 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm |

    Wow, so beautiful! I love the flower arrangements. Glad you got to spend time with family and enjoy all the yummy food! XO, Katie

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    November 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm |

    Thanks Katie! It was so fun to be able to slow down and just enjoy the time together. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving as well!

  • skippysays
    November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    That sounds like such a wonderful, fun Thanksgiving! And all the food looks beautiful 🙂

  • Misty Willis
    December 1, 2011 at 10:30 am |

    I got teary eyed just reading about it! What a way to celebrate Thanksgiving! This is the way it should be done!!

  • Jamie
    December 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |

    What a lovely family dinner! My family used to sit at one big table with the nice china, and I really miss it. Now we use paper plates & aluminum casserole dishes, but the most important part is being together!

    By the way…I found your site through the Altsummit twitter feed because I have the same question about the upholstery class time on Saturday. I hope the registration schedule is correct, and the website schedule is wrong!! See you next month.

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