There are many reasons why I adore Thanksgiving – watching the Macy's Parade on television each year as I prepare the turkey for the oven, the sense of joy I experience from the warm colors and nature-inspired textures of autumn décor throughout the house, and the intoxicating aromas-from-the- kitchen that fill our home as our holiday dinner cooks – but my favorite aspect of Thanksgiving is the blessing of gathering around the table with Randy, our family and friends.
Setting a beautiful table is one of my secrets to encouraging guests to linger in conversation, long after the final slice of pie has disappeared. This year, casual yellow placemats provide a no-fuss foundation for bronze-hued chargers, burnished ironstone dinner plates, and English china salad plates with a fabulous turkey in the center of each.
What will grab everyone's attention though, is my centerpiece. I arranged three lengths of silk autumn garland down the center of the table, added pumpkins of various colors, shapes and sizes, large pinecones I found during an outing near Colorado Springs, and loose-woven twig balls. A string of battery-powered mini-LED lights intertwined through the centerpiece and caramel-colored pillars provide a festive and romantic glow.
But at the end of the day, from the first bite of turkey to the last bite of pie, it’s not the menu or décor that make Thanksgiving so special. It's the loved ones gathered around our table, and memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, who make this day unforgettable. I'm grateful for each and every one.
My sincere thanks to all who visit christyrost.com throughout the year, to those who tune in to their local PBS station each November to watch A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, to my many professional contacts who support what I stand for, and to those who’ve just discovered me. You mean the world to me.