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If I Hosted Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving is without a doubt my favorite holiday of the year. Even though it's sort of eclipsed by Christmas nowadays, to me it's still the best and celebrating everything I'm thankful for, being with my family and great food makes it a win in my book! It has always been a dream of mine to host a huge Thanksgiving dinner for our families, but since that's not going to happen until we move to the 'burbs, I thought it would be fun to plan my faux Thanksgiving with all the food, decor and little touches I'd include for the day!! 

For The Table...

Andy from Typical Domestic Babe had a beautiful arrangement for her Thanksgiving table last year and I can't wait to see what she does again this year!! 
I think pumpkins, pine-cones and little rustic elements are the perfect touches to a Thanksgiving table. I attempted to make the place cards for last years dinner and tried something similar to the gold leaf, let's just say it looked better on Pinterest. These cute Paper Source pumpkins are another great place card holder option. 

The Grub...

Rather than highlight the standard menu that we all happily eat, I wanted to share a few appetizers and desserts that are worth of being served before and after your meal!! Instead of serving scallops wrapped in bacon, choosing this healthier alternative of asparagus wrapped in prosciutto would be delicious! 
I like mini desserts and I think I'd eat about 20 of these pumpkin pie bites on my own, but check out the mousse...YUM! Last year I made this hot caprese dip that was a huge success, but I think I'm going to try my hand at these blue cheese apps. As for roasting pumpkin seeds, I love the thought of roasting them with different flavors and having them out for snacking! 

Extra little touches...

First things first - having a porch would be ideal so that I could actually decorate it to greet guests! 
I wouldn't go over board with the decorations, but the mantle would definitely be decorated
How cute would all these little touches be for your table?

Do you host Thanksgiving or are you a guest? What do you usually bring for the feast?!

Any photo not linked can be found on my entertaining pinterest board!

xo,
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  1. That first table is gorgeous! And love the gold leave place card... I don't know how they did that but it's amazing!! Love all of your Thanksgiving inspiration! I love Thanksgiving, I just can't bring myself to host it quite yet!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. You would host a MEMORABLE thanksgiving! I love anything wrapped around asparagus! And we r usually guests which is what I like lol! We've only hosted once

    Manda
    Forloveofacupcake.blogspot.com

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  3. What a great idea. I love this daydreaming idea of gathering Internet images and ideas and "hosting" Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday too. Your decorations are beautiful and your appetizers look delicious. Especially the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Yummm!

    -Claire
    www.fashionandfeathers.com

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  4. I love Thanksgiving! It has a very rustic and homy feeling at my house. I am in love with the two toned white and silver pumpkins, will have to make them this weekend. Seriously, all of the mini desserts look amazing, I am coming to your house if you are making those!

    xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. If you could come decorate my house this way, that would be great!! haha I love thanksgiving, too! But of course Christmas is my fave, but I like all holidays :) I love the plates in the first picture so much!

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  6. Love these ideas! The table scape ideas are beautiful! I want that asparagus! I would love to do thanksgiving, but it's not where I'm at yet lol. For now I will stick to volunteering a dish! Lol xo

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  7. You would host a lovely + yummy Thanksgiving!
    I'm always a guest, never a host. Although I am usually assigned a dish to bring, which I try desperately not to screw up! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  8. These are great ideas! I love the thought of a gold leaf placecard, but I can see how that might look pretty on Pinterest but then be a bit harder in real life, haha! The different flavors of pumpkin seeds would be an awesome pre-meal snack...something seasonal to munch on, but it won't fill you up too much before dinner!

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  9. So beautiful!! I hosted Thanksgiving last year for the first time, and let me tell you, next time I do it, I'm ordering a turkey, haha. Getting so excited for Thanksgiving so soon!

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  10. i love all the decorations! thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. Loving those mini desserts, what a cute idea! And those place cards as gold leaves are so pretty, but I have a feeling if I tried them out they'd be a Pinterest fail too :-P

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  12. I love all your pretty touches on this girl! We go to Mark's parents every year and his dad cooks steak.....I love it because I'm not really a turkey kind of gal ;-) Those outside lanterns are amazing.

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  13. SO many pretty touches. Love the gold painted leaf for the name tags, i might even do that for Christmas tags. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, yum!

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  14. When you finally have your turn to host Thanksgiving, I have no doubt that it will be the most beautiful (and tasty) Thanksgiving celebration anyone has ever seen!

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  15. Knock, Knock.....Hi, it's Pinky! I drove from DC to have Thanksgiving in Boston with you! Thanks for having me...here are some flowers :)!

    aka, that Thanksgiving looks amazing!

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  16. how gorg are these decoration choices. love that dipped pumpkin and gold leaf. i can see it being a disaster assuming i'd try to DIY it all but it is just so pretty! who doesnt love fall?

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  17. I love Thanksgiving! All this food has made me so hungry now! That first tablesetting is amazing! I have yet to host Thanksgiving dinner, so much pressure haha!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  18. It's so fun to plan your Thanksgiving when you aren't hosting - hopefully someday! I have one under my belt already, and it was for Ryan's family (before we were married) in our tiny town home back in Iowa ... we didn't have a dining area, so we used two card tables pushed together with a tablecloth over it. So, needless to say, I'm looking forward to hosting in my new home so I can have a redo of that experience! I love all your picks, especially how you would decorate the table. Perfect!

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  19. I loved those dipped pumpkins and the lanterns!! I'm definitely not hosting the holiday this year, but I may try my hand at mini pies... My Hubs is obsessed with pumpkin pies, so I'll be doing that for sure!!

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  20. This is super cute! I love how festive but still taste full it is. You can have me over for dinner anytime if you make appetizers like that :)

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  21. Beautiful pictures of Thanksgiving inspiration!! I would love to do something like that one day. Our couch is too giant to fit a dining room table. Condo living. Sigh. I enjoy watching the Macy's day parade and the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving too hehe. :-)

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  22. Love this! Those gold painted leaves have always been my fav and that list of appetizers is absolutely perfect! (I want pumpkin seeds now!!)

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  23. Love all of these inspiration pics! We hosted Thanksgiving for both sets of our parents last year (since we're only children) and it wasn't too bad, but we definitely need a bigger table. Love all the natural, rustic touches!

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  24. Yes yes yes! It's always been my dream to host Thanksgiving, too! Probably won't happen for a long time... we keep saying the only way to get our family to come to us for the holidays is to have kids!

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  25. I love the golden leaf with the calligraphy!

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  26. Biana! Thanks so much for featuring my table from last year! I will add to what other have said that yes, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be extremely stressful, but if you love cooking & entertaining it's SO worth it! :)

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  27. I am the exact same way!! I can't wait to entertain, but you can't really do that in a 1-bedroom condo. One day! And that mousse looks so fancy and delicious :)

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  28. These are all such adorable ideas! I love it! Thanksgiving is also a favorite of mine as well.
    ~Samantha

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  29. See - we balance each other out - I hate Thanksgiving... loathe it. The world needs both of us :) haha

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  30. I want to be invited to your faux Thanksgiving...this all looks incredible! I will be checking out that Caprese dip ASAP!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  31. love all of your ideas! if i ever host thanksgiving, i'll be sure to just do everything you say, lol.

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  32. Oh my gosh...I love Thanksgiving, too, and all of the togetherness and fun family/friend time you get. I totally agree that is' eclipsed by Christmas these days (and moreso by christmas shopping!--I did a whole rant on my blog about that last week haha), but I love all of the ideas and decor you have for Thanksgiving. I may have to steal (borrow?) some of them since my husband and I are going to be hosting both of our parents again this year :)

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  33. I know what you mean about Thanksgiving being eclipsed by Christmas! I personally LOVE Thanksgiving! Anything that involves mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing is ideal in my book. Those apps look amazing especially those pumpkin pie bites! And that tablescape is seriously swoon worthy!!

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  34. OOOHHHHH, love this post girl! We host Thanksgiving at our house and I have yet to decide on the table. This was some great inspiration, thank you!

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  35. Oh my gosh, those mini pumpkin pies are the cutest! You make me want to host a nice dinner party :)

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  36. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto??? Yes, please! Genius!!! And the flavored pumpkin seeds? mmmmm And blue cheese tarts? I have never heard of such a thing and it sounds fabulous! I love all your ideas!

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  37. Love the mantel and the lanterns. And anything wrapped in bacon!

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  38. This post is totally putting me in the Thanksgiving mood!! Gimme that mantel--adorable :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  39. All such beautiful ideas! That first table is gorgeous!

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  40. I've hosted and been a guest, I enjoy both. It's my favorite holiday!

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  41. Such great inspiration, if you host I am coming over :)

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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  42. all of that looks amazing!! i've definitely hosted but i prefer to be invited to parties :D

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  43. All amazing ideas! I wish I was hosting Thanksgiving this year so I could incorporate some of these!! You have such a good eye!

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  44. I love all of this!! I too would love to host a big family Thanksgiving, it's not happening this year but hopefully someday soon!

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  45. Ohhhh, I love this post! It will just be me, hubs, baby and doggies this year since we're traveling for Christmas, so I *technically* will be hosting Thanksgiving for us. Implementing some of these ideas will make it feel more special. Thanks girl!

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  46. What an adorable idea! I love big, festive Thanksgivings. We don't really do much for it as my mama and I are Christ as gals but I just love the idea of everything you suggested.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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  47. I adore this post, especially the mini desserts and the autumn decor! Happy Thursday, Biana :)

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  48. I would like an invite please! I totally pinned the pumpkin pie bites!

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  49. That food looks so good!! Whenever you need a taste tester, I will happily oblige!

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  50. So pretty! love the pumpkin place card holders! And well anything wrapped in bacon has to be amazing!

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  51. When you have Thanksgiving I want to come! That gold leaf is so fabulous and I love those little pies! Sign me up!

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  52. Such beautiful tablescapes! That gold leaf -- obsessed! And all that food is making me very ready for Thanksgiving! xo!

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  53. Those pumpkin pie bites are the most adorable little holiday dessert idea! I am going to have to try making them this year!

    prosecco in the park

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  54. Uhmmm....can I just say that I LOVE your taste? Do you want to come over and decorate my place for Thanksgiving? Or maybe just in general? ;) ha!

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  55. i really want a gold leaf with my name on it! haha

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  56. I want to make the asparagus dish! That sounds amazing! Now if I only had a mantle to decorate....

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  57. Thought: Since you'd clearly be the best hostess ever, your house, next year... deal? ;)

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  58. I'm with you on Thanksgiving, its my favorite too! When else can you get away with eating all of that food?! :) I love the rustic table settings, so pretty!

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  59. I'd love to be a guest at that Thanksgiving dinner! :) looks so perfectly cozy, festive, and fall-approved!

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  60. I shared a similar post today and had the same West Elm plates - I love them!!

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  61. Love all of the plates and centerpiece ideas! I actually am not big into entertaining but seeing all of the cute and festive things definitely makes it more appealing!

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  62. Even being a vegetarian that asparagus looks DELICIOUS!

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  63. Seeing all of these beautiful items is making me want to host Thanksgiving now! Though actually I think I'll just enjoy my turkey and wine and let someone else do the cooking and clean-up - haha! But great picks - I love that little white and silver glitzy pumpkin and will copying the next chance I get!

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  64. I love Thanksgiving but I don't get to do much for it! Now that I'm in law school, finals are basically the week following Thanksgiving. So my tradition is sitting at home and studying! Love the little details you included in your post - hopefully in the future I'll be able to host similar gatherings (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  65. Thanksgiving is my favorite too! My husband doesn't like turkey and since we travel to 4 different dinners, he has no desire to host one at our home with friends (we live far away from family so they don't come here for holidays). I will be looking at those appetizers to make though!!

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  66. it is my mom'sfavorite too. and so i cannot do anything xmas (as much as i love it) until after thanksgiving. it just wouldn't seem right otherwise!

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  67. I love all of these things! Decorations and all! I especially reallllly want those pumpkin pie bites! I think I would eat 200 of them! Lol :) I always have Thanksgiving dinner at our house (for the last few years anyway) and I don't do anything special with the setup so now I'm feeling pretty lame! Haha :)

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