Thanksgiving is more than just a feast; it’s an art form.
It’s about crafting unforgettable moments, creating an atmosphere of gratitude, and indulging in delectable dishes that bring loved ones closer.
Who better than to guide us through creating an unforgettable Thanksgiving experience than Natasha Tremblay, the creative mind behind @todaysmodernbebe. In this post, Natasha shares her table styling tips, as well as what makes the holiday special to her.
Savour more moments with friends and family this Thanksgiving weekend.
At Fresh Prep, we understand the importance of togetherness, and that’s why we’ve specially curated two holiday bundles. Everything you need for a wow-worthy Thanksgiving feast comes included, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more quality time with your guests.
This year, we have two delicious bundles on offer. Indulge in our ‘Fall Feast Turkey Roast with Mashed Potatoes & Homestyle Stuffing‘ or our ‘Roasted Porchetta & Focaccia Feast with Cheesy Potato Gratin & Truffle Butter.
Natasha, what makes Thanksgiving special for your family? Any cherished traditions you’d like to share?
Thanksgiving is all about family for us. No matter where we are or how busy life gets, we make it a point to come together on this day. It’s a time when we make family gathering a priority under one roof, and the warmth of togetherness fills our home. The simple act of being in each other’s company, sharing stories and laughter, is what makes this day truly special. We have a gratitude ritual that’s become a tradition. Before we dig into our delicious meal, we go around the table and share what we’re thankful for. This simple act of expressing gratitude helps us connect on a deeper level and reminds us of the importance of appreciating life’s blessings.
How does setting a beautiful table help elevate the holiday experience? What was the inspiration behind your setup this year?
Setting a beautiful table is more than just a decorative gesture; it’s a way of creating an atmosphere that enhances the holiday experience. There’s something magical about sitting down at a thoughtfully arranged table. It elevates the occasion, making it feel more special and memorable. I incorporated natural elements like wooden chargers, linen table runners, and earthy-toned napkins. These elements brought warmth and a touch of the outdoors to the table. I also wanted to add a modern twist with black candlesticks and black modern utensils. But what table setting would be complete without stunning tableware from Fable, their sustainable dishware is the centrepiece of my holiday table set up.
Other than the turkey, what are some of your go-to ideas for a beautiful Thanksgiving centrepiece?
Absolutely, a thoughtfully designed centrepiece can truly steal the show and become the heart of your Thanksgiving table. While the turkey is undoubtedly the star of the feast, the centrepiece is where you can let your creativity shine. Here are a few of my favourite go-to ideas for creating a captivating centrepiece that complements the holiday spirit:
- Candlelit Warmth: Candles exude warmth and intimacy. Arrange an array of candles in various heights and sizes down the center of your table. You can use traditional candles, LED versions for safety, or even opt for scented candles to infuse the air with delightful fragrances.
- Modern Subtle Greenery: Eucalyptus leaves, for instance, bring a touch of natural beauty and freshness to the table. They’re versatile, complementing various colour schemes and themes.
- Mini White and Brown Pumpkins: Mini pumpkins are a classic choice, and they never go out of style. Their earthy tones and cute size make them perfect for autumn centrepiece. You can arrange them in a cluster or intersperse them with other elements for visual interest.
When it comes to hosting a memorable Thanksgiving gathering, what are some of your top tips for ensuring everything runs smoothly and your guests have a fantastic time?
I’ve learned that a mix of preparation, personal touches, and consideration for everyone’s comfort can make all the difference. Here are my top tips for ensuring everything runs smoothly for the host, and that my guests have a fantastic time:
1. Plan Ahead: Start by planning well in advance. Create a checklist that covers everything from the menu and groceries to decorations and seating arrangements. This ensures that nothing is overlooked and reduces last-minute stress.
2. Reduce the Stress: Ordering Fresh Prep feast bundles helps save so much time and reduces the stress of hosting. No grocery shopping needed, everything is prepped in advance, and it is delivered straight to your door.
3. Delegate Tasks: Encourage family members to get involved. Whether it’s setting the table, chopping vegetables, or managing the playlist, involving everyone creates a sense of togetherness and shared responsibility.
4. Set the Ambiance: Pay attention to the ambiance. Create a cozy atmosphere with soft lighting, candles, and seasonal decorations. A well-set table with name cards adds an elegant touch.
What was your favourite element of the Fresh Prep Fall Feast Turkey Roast?
It had to be the seamless combination of convenience and taste. Fresh Prep’s delivery service was a Thanksgiving game-changer, with all the ingredients arriving at my door, pre-portioned and ready to use. This not only eliminated the need for grocery shopping but also reduced food waste.
The step-by-step instructions were a culinary lifesaver, making the cooking process straightforward and enjoyable, even for someone with limited experience. It felt like having a personal chef guiding me through the meal preparation.
As for the taste, it was exceptional. The turkey roast was succulent, perfectly seasoned, and cooked to perfection. It was the star of our Thanksgiving table, embodying the holiday spirit with its rich, savoury flavours. The side dishes complemented the turkey beautifully, creating a well-rounded feast that left a lasting impression on both my family and me. In short, Fresh Prep’s Fall Feast Turkey Roast not only simplified Thanksgiving preparations but also delivered an unforgettable and delectable dining experience.
Desserts are a big deal during Thanksgiving. Any irresistible dessert ideas you or your family get excited about?
Desserts are indeed a highlight of our Thanksgiving celebration, and one that always gets our family excited is my grandpa’s favourite: Black Forest cake. It’s become a cherished tradition that we all look forward to. The rich layers of chocolate cake, paired with decadent cherry filling and whipped cream, create a delightful contrast of flavours and textures. It’s a nostalgic dessert that brings back fond memories and adds a sweet ending to our Thanksgiving feast. In addition to the classic Black Forest cake, we also enjoy experimenting with seasonal pies and tarts, such as pumpkin pie or pecan pie, to add a traditional touch to our dessert spread. It’s these sweet traditions that make Thanksgiving gatherings even more memorable and special for our family.
Lastly, Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude. Could you share some of the things that you feel grateful for this year?
Absolutely, this Thanksgiving, I am immensely grateful for a multitude of blessings. Firstly, I am grateful for my family’s health, especially in these challenging times. Their well-being is a precious gift that I never take for granted.
I’m also thankful for the enduring support and love of my friends and family, who have been pillars of strength throughout the year. Their unwavering presence has made every challenge more manageable and every joy more meaningful.
Furthermore, I’m appreciative of the opportunity to connect with others and share moments of joy and warmth, even if it’s been through virtual gatherings. It’s a reminder of the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit.
Lastly, I’m grateful for the traditions that bind us together, like our Thanksgiving feast with the Black Forest cake dessert, which keeps our family close and our hearts full. These traditions remind me of the importance of connection, love, and gratitude in our lives.
We hope you’re now armed with inspiration to make this holiday truly special. Thanksgiving isn’t just about a meal, it’s about creating cherished moments and fostering gratitude. Whether you’re a seasoned host or new to the Thanksgiving table, Natasha’s insights and Fresh Prep’s offerings have you covered. Remember, the heart of this holiday lies in the connections we make, the traditions we uphold, and the joy we share.
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