Oh my word, you guys, I awoke from my Halloween haze on Monday and was immediately bombarded with THE HOLIDAYS. I can’t even begin to think about shopping, wrapping and recipes before I’ve finished the “extras” from my Halloween trick or treater stash (total number or kids who have knocked on my door in over a decade in Hollywood – 2).
What I have been thinking about, even though Stef always hosts this holiday, is that now would be the perfect time to start thinking what you need for the big Thanksgiving meal. It’s time to count out your table settings and make sure you have a full utensil set for each guest. And maybe give a quick run through the kitchen to see which big meal staples (platters, serving dishes, large bowls) are missing or could use an update.
So this week I looked to Etsy for 4 picks to add some unique style and function to any Thanksgiving celebration.
• I may be a vegetarian, but there needs to be some sort of turkey on the table. This Vintage Turkey Gravy Boat would do the trick and makes a nice French country statement as well. Hand painted in burgundy, blue, green and harvest gold with a wide lid and ladle – use year round as a soup server once Thanksgiving is past. $15
• Instead of running to a big box store the day before Thanksgiving and purchasing boring (easily chipped) plates, check out Etsy for unique vintage finds to round out your table settings. You’ll love having a unique set of colorful dishes and bowls that can be coordinated to work together with out being too matchy-matchy. These Vintage Pine Cone Oval Dessert Plates (set of 4) would look fantastic paired with solid pieces of almost any color. Pair them with similarly shaped plates and mugs, put on some coffee and dig into dessert. $13.50
• No matter how well stocked your kitchen, this holiday seems to always wipe out every bowl in existence. Think how handy this set of Fall Colored Pyrex Cinderella Nesting Bowls would be while prepping the big meal. Also, they’re PYREX. Fab graphics, great colors, nice heft, and practically indestructible (keep out of the dishwasher!) I just heart Pyrex. Set of 4 mixing bowls $35
• One inexpensive first purchase that made me feel like a true adult was a linen tablecloth with napkins. They just seem to add an extra layer of specialness and elegance to any occasion. This Vintage Tablecloth with 8 Matching Napkins would make a great first acquisition for a new hostess! The rich green hue is so versatile that it could work through fall (maybe paired with gold, brown and orange) and into Christmas (switch in red and silver) and all the way to spring (think pink, blue and yellow. A years worth of special occasion meals for only $22.50.