Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Host a Pie Party

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimplePie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThis post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.

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Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying — it tastes waaaaay better.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

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Pumpkin Beer Soup

It happened. I had leftover pumpkins from Halloween and decided I would make soup out of them. I’m not sure why I was intimidated, it was super easy — yay for firsts!

pumpkin soup

What I loved about this soup is that it had a great texture to it. I could taste the veggies and they still had some bite. I like my soup with some bit and pieces of love still in it.

This soup would make an amazing course at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could even make it up early in the week and it will be fine in the fridge until Thanksgiving. Double “yay” for getting things done ahead!

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Thanksgiving Soup Dippers

Soup Dippers for Thanksgiving

This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.

I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!

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Serve it :: Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Recipes

It must be something in the air this time of year, but I’m obsessed with pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in everything from muffins, to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert. This pumpkin parfait recipe is more of a dessert but you can easily replace the oatmeal cookies with granola for a healthier option if you want to justify having it for breakfast. Or, you can be like me and just eat it for breakfast anyway. True story.

Pumpkin Parfait

 

Hostess Tip: Make these up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Right before serving, top with whipped topping.

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Leaf Themed Thanksgiving Decor

There are several ways to decorate for Thanksgiving, but today I’m inspired by fall leaves. Really, what says Fall time better than leaves?

Set the tone for your leaf-inspired Thanksgiving with these Fall Tree invitations. Incorporate fall leaves into your Thanksgiving table decor with these lovely place card holders. I couldn’t decide if I likes the classic maple leaf place card holder or the fall leaf tea light holder better, which would make a great favor as well. You can use place card holders {like these great leaf ones from Favors In The City} as place card holders, to identify food on a buffet or dessert table, and also to give away as favors.

I am also in love with this leaf bowl which would make such a statement on your Thanksgiving table. What a bread basket this would make!

Since Thanksgiving is all about, well…giving thanks, be sure to send your guests home with a little token of your appreciation. I recently received these leaf shaped scalloped ornaments from Prismera Design- and wow, what a great favor idea! What I love is the idea of writing a little personal note to your guests right on the ornament itself. They can use this as a tree decoration or even as a bookmark all year long.

You can also send guests home with small treat boxes {I like these woven green ones} filled with candy or mints. Oh- and don’t forget a simple hand written thank you note to show guests you appreciated their presence. Cardstore has a lovely green thank you note I think would be perfect to send. Plus, the green design will carry you through to Christmas time, versatile!

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