Thanksgiving is fast approaching and often the thought of planning the elaborate menu, shopping for baskets of food, and then preparing a “Thanksgiving meal to remember” can be overwhelming. Instead of worrying about the over-complicated meal why not try a Casual Thanksgiving Dinner this holiday? Last month you experienced my Apple Dessert Party with KitchenAid® and this month I’m showing you how to set a Thanksgiving Dinner for a casual yet intimate dinner.
I Host a Casual Thanksgiving Dinner with KitchenAid
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This Thanksgiving I paired up with KitchenAid® to show off their gorgeous colors of the season and how you can use their fall-inspired bakeware and small appliances to pull together a great dinner. To start off my table setting I used the Persimmon (Orange) Nesting Ceramic 4 Piece Set for fried chicken that my kids love! While you may think that fried chicken isn’t for Thanksgiving, think again! Perfect for a laid back dinner amongst friends and family. For those who still want a baked fowl I cooked a chicken in their Casserole Dish in Ivy Green and served it alongside green beans and potatoes.
Here’s a few tips on setting a Casual Thanksgiving Dinner table:
Choose your favorite small gourds like pumpkins, squash and other miniature vegetables to disperse around the table. I prefer to not have one centerpiece as it creates a more formal environment that makes everyone feel uptight! 🙂 Instead, I used a bag of mixed shelled nuts like walnuts, pine nuts, pecans and more and put them casually around the table.
Casual Thanksgiving Dinner – Create the look:
- Burlap runner in your choice of colors. It makes a beautiful backdrop to any natural tablescape
- Napkin rings with fall inspired motifs. I like these leaf ones
- Fabric napkins in a deep rust color brings texture to your table and pairs nicely with the autumn colored bakeware
- Casual dinnerware that doesn’t have a lot of ornamentation will bring focus to the food and will keep the meal casual
- Simple stemware for your favorite wine.. or put apple juice for kids to feel grown up!
Adding unexpected touches to the Thanksgiving meal
What I love about a casual Thanksgiving is you don’t have to only serve traditional food. I opted for a Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup prepared in the KitchenAid® 5-Speed Diamond Blender in Tangerine. It whips up your favorite soups easily but also would be perfect for drinks to serve table-side!
This Thanksgiving create a casual way to gather friends and family without the stress of formal planning.
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