Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors

Today I am sharing my Thanksgiving Dinner centerpiece idea. I am also so excited to share our new Arhaus table and chairs!

When we filmed the Ben Affleck movie at our home last year, I assumed the big Thanksgiving Dinner scene would be in our dining room. We have only eaten Thanksgiving Dinner in our dining room, so when they set up the scene on our back patio, I was intrigued. 

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Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas. I thought it might be fun to share our Thanksgiving menu, recipes, and tablescape ideas. 

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I thought it would be fun to share some of my best Thanksgiving Dinner ideas. We cook a huge dinner every year with family recipes, a smoked turkey and more food than you can imagine! Today I am sharing a lot of our menu ideas, recipes, and table decor ideas.  

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Best Thanksgiving Recipes

apple pie recipeWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, I teamed up with some very talented bloggers and we are sharing some of our best Thanksgiving recipes! These are the recipes we prepare and serve at our own Thanksgiving dinners. So they are tried and true and delicious. We have appetizers, a salad, a vegetable dish, a turkey, side dishes, a drink, and desserts. 

The bloggers that I am joining today are Janine from Happy Happy Nester, Ashley from Modern Glam, Rhonda from Hallstrom Home and Becky from Becky’s Farmhouse. Be sure to read about the Giveaway at the bottom of this blog post!

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How to Smoke a Turkey

how to smoke a turkey

The first time we smoked a Thanksgiving turkey was about ten years ago. I was a bit skeptical that about smoking the turkey when we were hosting twenty people for a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner. So to be safe, I cooked one 25 lb. turkey in the Big Green Egg and another 25 lb. turkey in the oven. Just in case the smoked turkey wasn’t good, I wanted a fallback plan.

It turned out the smoked turkey was so delicious we barely ate any of the turkey we baked in the oven.

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Pie For Breakfast

pie for breakfast

Holiday traditions are one of my most favorite things I love about our family. We have a lot of traditions and every single one of us is adamant about honoring these traditions every year. Last year we added a new tradition. And it is called Pie for Breakfast. 

I am so happy to be partnering with Portmeirion to create this beautiful table for this blog post. 

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How to Set a Thanksgiving Table for a Crowd

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday and I have always felt the more, the merrier. But what do you do when you are feeding a crowd? It’s not hard to put two turkeys in the oven, but the secret to setting a large table is to use your space wisely and mix and match your china.

I am partnering with Portmeirion to show you how you can mix and match china patterns to serve a large crowd for Thanksgiving.

So where do you start? First, you need to decide on how the food will be served. If you are tight on space then you will need to serve a buffet. Next, take an inventory of the china and everyday dishes you have. Since we are going to mix and match don’t even try to match everything. Also, decide if you want a salad plate. If not, that will help to keep it simple. 

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