Our First Thanksgiving
"I'm not talking about cooking as performance, or entertaining as a complicated choreography or competition and showing off. I'm talking about feeding someone with honesty and intimacy and love, about making your home a place where people are fiercely protected, even if just for a few hours, from the crush and cruelty of the day." - Shauna Niequist, Bread and Wine
After six happy months of marriage, Timothy and I decided it was time to kick off the whole Married Couple Traditions thing with a bang, so we thought we'd jump in the deep end and host a traditional Thanksgiving meal for our close-by friends. Ever since I moved eight hundred miles away from my family, it's been hard to feel one hundred percent at home on my favorite holiday, but this year I was determined to make it happen. We had a new home, a new marriage, and the chance to start on a new slate. We invited all of our friends in town who found themselves without a family nearby to share the day with, and ended up squeezing in place settings and baking extra casseroles for six hungry young men and myself!
Since it was our first big dinner party in our new apartment, I figured I would go all out with the holiday decor. I've been a bit wary of purple ever since my Barbie-Princess-Diva Starz middle school days when I divulged all my heart's deepest secrets in my diary with a purple fuzzy pen. But I thought it was finally time to introduce the royal hue into my dining room's color palette, and I was surprised at how well it played off the shades of cherry red, blue and saffron already there. Just about everything was thrifted or bargain-shopped, but you can find the credits below just in case!
Linens - Vintage Indian Sari, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Liberty of London
Plates - Crate and Barrel, Kate Spade
Glasses - Pier One Imports
Florals - Trader Joe's
Candlesticks - Vintage