17 November 2014

Outdoor Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving means so much to me because I am going to be preparing the traditional

meal at our home for my children and their families.

We might even have an outdoor Thanksgiving!

This is the year we will all be together under one roof or star lit sky and my heart is singing.

My theme for my outdoor Thanksgiving table is a combination of rustic and traditional.

I have incorporated pine cones, burlap pumpkins and natural pumpkins into a rustic iron

basket along with some ribbon and Fall leaves.

I am  mixing some china and fall patterned dishes together along with some new porcelain

dinnerware I just purchased, linen napkins and yarn napkin rings.

Reflecting on my childhood Thanksgiving I remember how my Mother prepared well in advance for

Thanksgiving by using the bounty from many of the crops that were grown by my parents.

We had the best, best, russet potatoes ever,  which came from our farm, apple pie made from

McIntosh apples from our apple tree. (yes McIntosh apples are best for sauces, but Mom's

pies were the absolute best.)

To this very day I can see her standing over the stove stirring gravy, mashing potatoes

or  making one of her signature homemade cakes, cookies or pies from scratch.

A pure symbol of her love was preparing and cooking a meal for her family.

In preparation for Thanksgiving day, I have fluffed up some pillows and planted some petunias.

The menu is planned, traditional right down to the creamy mashed potatoes, and you do know they

are the tastiest made with real butter, half and half and some grated Parmesan cheese.

I have taken a dry run on setting our table and creating an outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape.

So, all that is left is to show you the new dinnerware I just purchased.

I am drawn to  dishes with a pattern, but I know that off white is so clean and universal.

I am looking forward to mixing and matching my china, whipping up those tasty

mashed potatoes and preparing a meal with much love for my family, just like Mom did.

Will you be having your Thanksgiving outdoors or indoors?

Please Join Me~

French Country Cottage

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french country cottage

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Beautiful table and to have your meal outside - wonderful. I can smell the turkey now - I can hardly wait. I am going to a friends, but I will prepare a small turkey just for me, as I do love left overs.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. I love your new dishes - very pretty.

  2. You'll make everything beautiful with your style! And the colors of Fall look so pretty when you can set things up outside. We don't have big plans....but they will probably be inside! Sweet hugs, Diane

  3. I can tell that you are so excited. I would be excited to if I was invited to such a Thanksgiving meal at your house. Everything looks so pretty and I love those new dishes you purchased. It's going to be memorable day for you and your family.

  4. Your family is so blessed to have a mom that takes so much time to make their visit so special and I am sure they appreciate your efforts. I love your new dinnerware. I am also slowly changing to white as so many of my other dishes seem to just sparkle on the white…Loving those burlap pumpkins too...

  5. Oh Jemma. I am so happy you are going to be with all your family this year. You will help them make even more precious memories. Your table is going to be gorgeous. Susan

  6. It sounds like you are going to have a magical Thanksgiving :)

  7. I am so happy for you - sounds like a dreamy Thanksgiving for you and your family! YUM!

  8. Jemma,
    Your Thanksgiving table looks simply lovely. Where do I start?......I love the new off white dishes you just bought. Yes, white is clean and so pretty. I just showed my white gravy boat that belonged to my mom. I can't help but love that red table cloth. Red does it for me every time. I enjoyed hearing about your mom and all she did to make your Thanksgiving so special. And now, you are going to do the same for your family. Have a wonderful time with all of your family, and I wish my dear friend the most special Thanksgiving ever.


  9. How blessed you are Jemma, to be sharing Thanksgiving Day with the whole family! I'm certain everyone is looking forward to your scrumptious meal, complete with those creamy, mashed potatoes and array of sweet treats. You've set a lovely table, and I especially love the red rose tablecloth. Enjoy your time with your family, my friend. Looking forward to hearing about all the fun as you create new memories of your own.


  10. Everything looks lovely Jemma and I bet your family will feel all the love you are putting in to preparing your holiday meal! So nice to have all of your family together for Thanksgiving! How nice that you have an option to eat outside. Enjoy!

  11. Hi my friend, thank you for visiting my blog when I haven been such an bad blogger this year! You are a dear friend. I love all your pictures and I bet you are excited for Thanksgiving. Do enjoy.

  12. liebe jemma, ihre dekoration ist einzigartig schön!!!! und ich liebe auch das porzellan, es ist so schlicht und gerade deshalb so zauberhaft!!!
    kartoffelpüree mag ich auch sehr gern, am liebsten mit braunen zwiebeln!!!
    liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

  13. Jemma, it is going to be a beautiful Thanksgiving! How fabulous to be able to host it outdoors. We would have frozen buns (instead of hot crossed) if we tried that here in UT. lol! Love your new dishes. White is classic. Something I thought I would purchase when I needed a new set of everyday. Loved hearing about your Thanksgiving memories. I have so many wonderful ones that I cherish as well. Like my mom's dining table covered with pies the day before. Thanks for sharing with SYC. and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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