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Favorite Thanksgiving Fixins

Check out these tasty Thanksgiving side dish recipes (and a few other festive surprises) from blogger Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry to help complete your feast!

When it comes to hosting a Thanksgiving feast, the turkey might be my least favorite part. We’ve perfected this favorite recipe over the years and it is good – but it’s all the fixins I really get excited about! The table decor, the sides, the drinks and the sweet desserts are where the real creative magic can happen. So, when Tuesday Morning suggested we use their goods to celebrate the fixins, I jumped at it. I set up a feast of just that – Just the fixins (the fun stuff!). Here are some of my favorite ideas and recipes for filling out the Thanksgiving table this year.

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Every feast needs a fun little party surprise. Taking plain holiday crackers and turning them into turkeys is a fun way to cheer up guests.

To make the turkey crackers you will need:

  • Turkey heads (print our version right here onto bright colored paper)
  • A set of holiday party crackers
  • A pack of feathers
  • Glue

Turkey Party Crackers

  1. Start by printing and cutting out the turkey heads onto bright paper.
  2. Glue the turkey heads onto the party crackers.
  3. Place 2 feathers down and glue the back of the cracker to the feathers for a modern take on a turkey for the table.

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To make the table feel fresh and fun we used a lot of layering. Two table runners of different textures and styles took the place of a tablecloth and give a freshly traditional backing to the entire table. We layered plates with golden sweet sayings on them and layered in different heights and textures with candlesticks and flowers. I used my favorite Italian tradition of serving wine sparklers in small tumblers. Serving the alcohol in smaller glasses makes spills less prevalent and gives the entire feast a more homespun feel.

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Serving my favorite fall side dish will be a necessity this Thanksgiving. Mixing the heat from shishito peppers with the sweetness of green beans is a veggie dish that will be quickly coveted on the table. The fresh feeling of this dish will turn around the tastes of even the biggest green bean casserole lover at your table.

Green Bean & Shishito Pepper Toss

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet with olive oil and garlic. Toss in the shishito peppers and stir until blistering.
  2. Remove the peppers and salt generously.
  3. Add the green beans and shallots to the skillet and toss until cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  4. Mix the veggies together in your favorite serving bowl along with chopped walnuts and a squirt of lemon juice.

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As far as rolls go, I know there are many beloved recipes to make – but I can never get past how much I love those sweet Hawaiian ones. Whether your recipe is passed down from generations, or of the more store bought variety, serving them on a gorgeous gold leaf will really bring them to life.

gold-leaf-rolls

For dessert (which is obviously my favorite part of the meal), I made colorful pumpkin pies! So excited about these bright sweet treats. I was dreaming about how much I love pumpkin pie and thought, why does it have to be that not so fabulous orange color. Why can’t it be a fun color? Guess what… it can!

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To make the colorful pumpkin pies you will need:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Miniature pie crusts
  • Gel icing color

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Colorful Pumpkin Pie

  1. Mix all the ingredients through the eggs in a bowl. Whisk together for 2 minutes.
  2. Divide the mixture into 3-4 bowls depending on the amount of colors you’d like to make.
  3. Add in a small amount of the gel icing coloring to the mixture and whisk for about a minute or until the coloring has been fully distributed.
  4. Pour the mixtures into small pie crusts (this recipe will fill about 12).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes – check for doneness with a toothpick.
  6. Allow to cool and top with whip cream for a fun twist on the traditional treat.

colored-pies

Two other colorful variations on the sweet treat of pumpkin pie are filling small chocolate cups with the dessert, and using rock candy to create a modern and bright twist to the pie.

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rock-candy

We finished off the table with flowers, candlesticks and sprinkles for a bright way to celebrate all the Thanksgiving fixins.

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Find your local Tuesday Morning store right here. I’ve been busy pinning some of my favorite products to the Tuesday Morning Thanksgiving Traditions Pinterest board and for more ideas follow Tuesday Morning on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Pinterest and sign up for their email.

Here are all the products we used, in case you’d like to set the same type of table:

Table runner velvet $9.99 (Compare at $16.99). Table runner text $14.99 (Compare at $24.99). Salad serving bowl $12.99 (Compare at $30.00). Antler ornament $6.99 (Compare at $12.00). Veggie serving bowl $14.99 (Compare at $26.00). White cake stand $12.99 (Compare at $30.00). Tumblers $2.99 (Compare at $5.99). Dinner plates $5.99 (Compare at $12.00). Small gold written plates $2.99 (Compare at $8.00). Black scallop napkins $9.99 (Compare at $20.00). Tall wooden candlesticks $7.99 (Compare at $16.00). Small crystal look light holders $6.99 (used as vases) (Compare at $12.99). Gold leaf server $9.99 (Compare at $25.00). Veggie serving spoon $9.99 (Compare at $25.00). Chocolate dessert cups $4.99 (Compare at $11.99). Stick on bows $2.99 (Compare at $5.99). Rock candy $4.99 (Compare at $9.99). Holiday party crackers $9.99 (Compare at $20.00).

This post is sponsored by Tuesday Morning, all product picks, ideas and styling my own. Happy feasting!

(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).

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