Delicious Thanksgiving Dining

Posted on | November 18, 2011 | 4 Comments

It’s that time of year again! It’s hard not to love Thanksgiving—the festivity, the food, the family gatherings—but when you’re the host, it can a bit stressful to pull it all together. This guest post appears courtesy of our friends at Hooker Furniture. We thank them for sharing tips with us on how to make this year’s Thanksgiving memorable, beautiful and oh so delicious.

Even the most seasoned of hosts can experience heart flutters when several holidays seem to merge into one extended party.  It’s the time of year where we not only welcome family and friends; we also have the consideration of the many traditions attached to our gatherings.  Adding in for the possibility of overnight guests . . . well, those flutters might turn into full-fledged palpitations!   I’ll share some of my key ingredients for creating a delicious dining room experience for you and your guests.

Layers of texture and candlelight warm the center of my holiday dining table. One of my go-to sources for table settings is A Passion for Flowers” by Carolyne Roehm

Whether this is your first event or you have the makings of a celebrity event planner, it’s always a great idea to have a checklist of ‘go-to’ sources for tabletop ideas, inspired room settings, and tested recipes.  Having a practice run makes for a more relaxed and fun time for everyone.

Comfort is first and foremost on my entertainment list.  Have you noticed how often people tend to linger around the dining table?  They’ve enjoyed a great meal and are in the throes of lively conversation.  I love a chair that wraps itself around a guest’s shoulders.  It’s like giving them a big hug!  Topping my list is the Spindle Back Arm Chair, from Hooker Furniture’s Sanctuary Collection.  After recently spotting it in their High Point Market showroom, I can tell you I’m in love!  I can visualize it transitioning from an American Classic home to a European Manor House.











A ‘go-to’ source for furnishings? Hooker Furniture, of course! Especially their Sanctuary collection.

The Spindle Back Arm Chair from the Sanctuary Collection – Drift and Dune Finish, gives you and your guests a big hug!

It’s fun to consider mixing it up when it comes to planning your menus.  There are always favorite recipes, handed down from generation to generation, but it’s nice to offer a few twists by including a new dish, too.  Depending on the occasion, everyone may be pitching in by bringing their house specialty.  Wouldn’t it be a treat to have a swap of beautiful recipe cards?  Variety is the spice of life!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes are a “yum-yum” from my friend, Amy Johnson’s blog, “She Wears Many Hats”.  She’s one of my ‘go-to’ sources for family friendly food. Find complete instructions on the Tasty Kitchen link.

Your Thanksgiving guests will feel most special just because you’ve included them around your table.  I think that’s what really makes for a delicious dining experience, don’t you?  Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.


This guest post appears courtesy of  Hooker Furniture.  A leader in American furniture innovation, Hooker Furniture provides quality furnishings for every area of the home.

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4 Responses to “Delicious Thanksgiving Dining”

  1. Wanda Horton
    November 18th, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing my post! My inspiration was my visit to the Hooker Furniture showroom, during the High Point Furniture Market. The dining chair looked like a big “hug” for Thanksgiving guests. All my best ~ Wanda Horton

  2. Ellen Reed
    November 18th, 2011 @ 11:28 AM

    YUM those sweet potatoes…..smiles

  3. Kim Shaver
    November 21st, 2011 @ 8:16 AM

    Thank you NC Design Online for sharing our Thanksgiving ideas on your blog. We are eager for you to write a blog for us as well! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Liz Hughes
    November 21st, 2011 @ 8:52 AM

    Thank You, Kim.
    When I moved into my current home 16 years ago, my living room was designed around the the first piece of furniture I purchased – A Hooker armoire. I hope you have a yummy Thanksgiving!

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