SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT

This Holiday season has already been quite a whirlwind, from Birthdays to an upcoming move, we have been busy. But that’s quickly becoming the norm as all three kids have their own school schedules and activities. So when my mom and I sat down last week realizing we are hosting a party of twenty something at my house for Thanksgiving, it was time to buckle down. We put together the dishes we would make and guests would bring and made our shopping list. Vowing that we would keep this year’s celebration easy.

I wanted to put together a table design that would use items I already have along with something minimalist for decoration. We are pairing down our home goods so I was hoping to avoid purchasing decor that we would need to store. While shopping at our local Gelson’s Market for supplies I found these beautiful Satsuma Tangerines with their stems on. I used those as my base to build upon. With a plain white tablecloth, I set out our dinner plates and created a simple fruit centerpiece down the middle of the table.

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

Using a variation of Large Gala Apples, Satsuma Tangerines, and Cutie Clementine, I twisted the fruit around a few candles and called it a day. I love that this is something you can build up, adding florals, greens, or candles, or stand alone as is. Put out a stack of brown paper bags and your guests can take them home as party favors.

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

For the plates I folded our napkins up and over the salad plates, resting them on our larger dinner plates. Topped with a knife, fork, and piece of silver dollar eucalyptus as a place setting.

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

And there you have it, a no fuss table centerpiece found in the produce aisle at your local market. Now I’m off to start brining the turkey. Follow along on my Instagram for more on our Thanksgiving. Hope your week is filled with family, love, and wonderful memories.

 

PLATES | NAPKINS | CANDLES | SALT DISH (SIMILAR) | WATER GLASSES | WINE GLASSES | PRODUCE | TABLECLOTH | CHAIRS | WATER CARAFE (SIMILAR)

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION WITH WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION

I was given the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm and Whole Foods Market to raise donations and awareness with the Whole Planet Foundation. West Elm and Whole Foods are donating $1 to Whole Planet for each time someone shares their #westelmxwfm tag on Instagram. This campaign, using the New Denim Project and Party Hosting ideas, provided a few recipes perfect for a Fall get together. From sparkling cider to an Onion, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Tart, it was hard to decide what I wanted to make.

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

I opted for the Clementine Crush Sparkling cocktail paired with Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini. Making a few adjustments with the recipes to suit our tastes, the cocktail and appetizer worked well together. I don’t use pears in my recipes often, so I enjoyed seeing the difference in flavor with the addition of citrus and then roasting them.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

 

CLEMENTINE CRUSH SPARKLING COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 ⅔ cup clementine juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest, plus 1 clementine for garnish (from 12-14 fruits total)
¼ cup cane sugar
1 cup organic 100% cranberry juice
¾ cup fresh cranberries
8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine, such as Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, well chilled
1 (12-ounce) can tonic water or ginger ale (I used Ginger Beer)

PREPARATION

In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle cranberry juice, cranberries and rosemary sprigs thoroughly. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Top off with clementine juice, wine and tonic water or ginger ale. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists and serve.

I displayed these in his and hers glassware, vintage coupe champagne glass (similar) + a simple glass tumbler

HAM AND ROASTED PEAR CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS

½ baguette (or 1 demi-baguette), cut into 24 slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 ripe but firm pears, halved, cored and cut into 24 wedges
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
¾ pound Proscuitto, cut into bite-sized pieces and warmed
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Brush baguette slices all over with oil and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake, flipping halfway through, until just crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Toss pears in half the dressing and arrange in a single layer on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast, flipping pears halfway through, until tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Toss parsley with remaining dressing. Top each crostini with a piece of ham and then a wedge of pear and few leaves of parsley.

Served on a marble pastry slab with linen napkins.

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

For more information and recipe ideas you can follow this link to West Elm + Whole Foods Party Hosting Made Easy. If you decide to share your own recipe or use one of the images make sure to use the #westelmxwfm + #emilyalder hashtags.

Halloween BOO Printable

Today we have our annual school Halloween Carnival. An evening of games, rides, and the usual Halloween activities. This is our fourth year volunteering in a game booth, our favorite spot. Tom, our oldest, loves being able to help hand out the prizes and talk with his friends. It will also most likely be our last year being able to wear the twins, so I am really looking forward to seeing all the families in costume and celebrating our awesome school and PTA program.

Halloween BOO Printable by EMILY ALDER

This past weekend we finally got around to decorating the our house. We spent Saturday putting up cobwebs and digging through our candles, skeleton heads, and more. I created a couple of spooky drink labels and signage while watching Hocus Pocus, our yearly tradition. I know I am not alone in loving the yearly viewing of the Sanderson Sisters and survival of Binx.

Halloween BOO Printable by EMILY ALDER

Halloween BOO Printable by EMILY ALDER

What are your favorite Halloween traditions? I would love to hear how you make this holiday special.

Halloween BOO Printable by EMILY ALDER

If you’re interested in downloading the printable you can do so, DOWNLOAD HERE

Halloween BOO Printable by EMILY ALDER