Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is already here.

In past years that would mean a morning with high school friends watching the football game, followed by an afternoon of family and visits from friends while eating a great feast. This year, the celebration has moved to Philadelphia, my new home, and PhillyBoy and I have been married for exactly 4 months (today, not tomorrow)!!! That means we get to play host and hostess for a fun Thanksgiving brunch, and we couldn’t be more excited! We are even more excited because we have a special guest coming- my dad!!!!- from Rhode Island.

One way I like to get ready for a party is by deciding what serving pieces and tablecloth to use ahead of time. That way I am not digging through my cabinets last minute looking for a bowl or platter, and I get to spend more time relaxing with guests. Since we are hosting Thanksgiving brunch, I wanted to keep the table light, so I am using a simple white (stain resistant) tablecloth and added the Etienne runner I bought from Crate & Barrel. I also set up some pretty Mariposa candlesticks I was given as a gift for the centerpiece.



Once I got all the plates and serving pieces on the table, however, the candlesticks had to be moved to the buffet table in the kitchen. I put a little piece of paper next to or on each serving piece to know what it will be used for. I also started putting out the room temperature yogurt bar toppings like the honey and nuts, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap until tomorrow morning.



All I have left to do before tomorrow now is vacuum and mop the kitchen and change the sheets on the guest room bed for PB’s sister (who we might be able to convince to sleep over!) and the house will be in great condition. I also need to pick up some prosciutto and good bread from Center City. I already made the roasted potato medley since it will reheat really nicely, and everything else will be made in the morning in this order:

-Roast asparagus
-Pour orange juice into pitcher
-PB clean POM pomegranates for salad
-make salad dressing
-put yogurt in bowl (back in fridge until brunch time)
-make egg white frittata muffins
-heat potatoes
-make batch of coffee & tea
-assemble prosciutto e melone
-assemble salad
-make za’atar bread and toast whole wheat baguette
-make bacon

Leslie and I made pumpkin cakes last night and I am going to bring mine as an addition to Thanksgiving dinner at our aunt’s house tomorrow afternoon. I am glad I did this ahead of time so I won’t have to worry about it during brunch tomorrow.

Beyond all that, all that is left is to EAT!



Off to celebrate,


For some last minute Thanksgiving dinner additions, try these recipes:

Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
Mushroom Risotto
Pumpkin Cream Sauce for ravioli or other pasta

25 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Karina Ambartsoumian

    Sabrina, excellent dinner setting and superb menu. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Gorgeous table setting, Sabrina! Happy Turkey Day! 🙂

  3. Looks gorgeous, my dear! Happy Thanksgiving.

    And happy 4 months too! It seems like just yesterday I was oohing over your wedding photos 😀

  4. that looks like so much fun! thanksgiving brunch is an AWESOME idea

  5. BEAUTIFUL table setting!!! Have a stellar Thanksgiving, dear Sabrina.

  6. Great looking menu – have a very happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Gorgeous table.. I look forward to seein how your brunch goes.. enjoy the time with your new hubby and your dad!! 🙂

  8. Love those candlesticks!!

  9. Sounds like a blast! Have a great time! Love the table, it looks gorgeous!

  10. wow! you are already to go!
    i hope you have a great turkey day 🙂

  11. What a beautiful spread you have- I love all the table settings and can’t wait to have a long, rectangular table!
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  12. Oh my gosh what beautiful place settings and silverware. I so wish I had family in the US to celebrate thanksgiving with!!!

    Thank you for sharing all those links to your recipes. I am definitely jumping on the butternut squash mashed potatoes!! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday dear!!

  13. Your place settings are gorgeous and it sounds like you are offering a fabulous brunch spread for your family. How fun 🙂

  14. the dishes and table look amazing. i love how prepared you are! have a great time with the brunch~so fun that your dad is attending!!

  15. What a beautiful spread! How exciting, your first thanksgiving as a married couple! Enjoy you guys!

  16. Gorgeous setting! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  17. Can I come for brunch? 🙂 The menu is perfect and place settings beautiful! Love it!

  18. You must be the best hostess! Happy 4 month anniversary! and Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  19. The Pancake Girl

    That ecard is too funny! Looks like a great meal!


  20. Love the table setting! Happy anniversary and thanksgiving! 🙂 Sounds like your day tomorrow is going to be busy… sounds like mine 🙂

  21. You set such a pretty table! Happy Thanksgiving (and anniversary! We just celebrated our 6 month…funny how fast it goes!!).

  22. Looks so beautiful!!!!

  23. Beautiful table setting. Thanks for the tips. I’m trying to plan more brunches and dinner parties in my apartment. I might email you with some questions if that’s okay.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. I really like the candle stands! Great menu!!

  25. The table looks beautiful and I’m sure your guests will appreciate all of the time you took to prepare! I hope everything went well 🙂

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