Today I’m excited to share Mirror80’s Thanksgiving shoot, a foodie extravaganza inspired by still life photography. In addition to celebrating delicious vignettes, this series of images just might give you a few ideas for easy Turkey Day food preparation options. I’ll start by sharing the still life photos, and in the second half of the post, I’ll talk more about the food and decor. Here are the pics…
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Let’s start with the centerpiece, a series of marble tiles and spray-painted pumpkins. The brassy bowls are from CB2, and I filled them with low greenery. This arrangement was super easy to create, and super affordable. About those tiles: I’m constantly collecting them from the flooring store. They’re very inexpensive and stylish in their simplicity, although note that you shouldn’t serve food directly on them.
The “cocktail” is actually a mocktail: the Cranberry Ginger Fizz. The ingredients of choice: ginger beer, a splash of lemon and a dash of cranberry juice. Super festive. If you’re heading to a friend of family member’s house for Thanksgiving, this just might be a great beverage to contribute, as many hosts don’t have mocktails at the ready. Bring bottled ginger beer, some cranberry juice and lemon wedges, and you’re done. Guests can mix their own drinks!
I’m a big fan of the cheese plate. A cheese plate is easy to throw together, yet it somehow manages to be everyone’s favorite as a party appetizer. I’m currently addicted to shopping at Trader Joe’s for my groceries. They have affordable yet “special” cheese, nuts and other snacky items. Above we see their cinnamon-dusted Toscano cheese (I added more cinnamon), as well as feta, chives, crackers, almonds, and olives topped with orange zest. Easy and tasty!
Now on to the salad–arugula with pomegranate and citrus. No, this probably isn’t the best way to serve it. But it sure made for a pretty picture, right? Simply mix arugula, orange slices (I ended up chopping these into smaller pieces when it was time to eat the salad), pomegranate seeds, crumbled feta cheese, and a handful of diced red onion. I also think sliced almonds would be an amazing addition for some protein.Top it all off with a citrus vinaigrette, made by mixing olive oil, balsamic and a few squeezes of lemon (or orange).
A fabulous Thanksgiving dessert idea: ice cream with seasonal toppings. This is another great option to contribute to a potluck, as most people will be bringing pie. You’ll get points for originality! Go all out–ice cream in flavors such as pumpkin and salted caramel. Bring delicious cookies (like these almond butter thins from Trader Joe’s), as well as caramel and fudge sauce, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin seeds and more. Don’t forget the sprinkles!
I wish all of you a delicious and hassle-free Thanksgiving filled with style!