Today was one of those days that I tried to pack in more than was really reasonable, but I managed to get it all done! I have two Thanksgiving freelance articles due this week and one of them involved putting a spread together that at least looked like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. So, in addition to styling a shoot, I was baking pie, roasting a turkey with stuffing, and all of the fixings. I took some shortcuts with pre-made mashed potatoes and by microwaving the green beans, but I still I made a disaster of the kitchen and was running out of light by the time everything was done. I got the final shots in probably about 15 minutes before it would’ve been too late.
I have to hold most of the details for the article, but it’s focused on tips for setting up a buffet-style Thanksgiving meal. I enjoy projects like this and I take them seriously. It’s not just about pretty pictures, although I want them to look pretty, but it’s about practical, do-able tips that can help anyone put together a thoughtful and beautiful spread for their guests.
Anyway, a part of the shoot were these water goblets…
Last week, I went to the thrift store to drop off a few things and I decided to pop in to see if there was anything that caught my eye. I found these for $1.00/each. With a 20% off coupon for donating, they were only $.80 each. They are some of the thickest, heaviest glasses I’ve ever seen!
I like heavy glasses, especially ones on stems, so they are less likely to topple and spill. I also found a silver plated turkey platter for $6.00 ($4.80 with the coupon). I polished it up and used it for the shoot as well. Thrift stores and yard sales are a great place to find “fancy” tableware since many people don’t want to mess with polishing silver or ironing linens.
While the turkey cooked, I worked on a stacked-basket centerpiece…
It was a surprisingly quick and easy project and I love how it turned out.
And, while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner and making a pie, I finally photographed making the delicious, no-fail apple pie recipe I’ve made and tweaked over the past twelve years. I’ll be posting the recipe soon for those who want to make it for Thanksgiving this year.
As the day was winding down, Jeff asked if we were “having Thanksgiving for dinner.” Since dishes had been made throughout the day, nothing but the pie was hot. I cleaned up the spread and put all of the food in containers. “Actually, since you have to make a plate and heat it up in the microwave, we’re having Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner.”
I fully embraced that and had an open-faced turkey sandwich, which I like even more than a traditional Thanksgiving meal, anyway.
PS – I learned that it’s not a good idea to use purple carrots when making a stock to turn into gravy. They will turn your gravy purple!