Those were big family gatherings that included extended relatives and they were very formal affairs.
These days, though, it’s usually just my parents, us and my brother and his family, which means it’s a lot like a Sunday family dinner. Because of that, it has gotten a bit more casual. Although my sense of nostalgia wants to relive those Thanksgivings of my childhood, the practical adult in me is very thankful for more casual gatherings that allow for dressy jeans and laughs instead of tears when some minor kitchen disaster occurs.
We go to my parents’ house so my mom handles the lion’s share of duties, including setting the table. But if I were setting the table, I’d want it to be special but reflect the casualness of what our holidays have become. No flower arrangement ordered a week in advance. Just pretty linens, a low centerpiece or series of small centerpieces (I hate when I can’t see the people on the other side of the table), and lots of room for all the food.
I love the feel of this table, even if it’s not particularly Thanksgiving-y. I don’t know what the New York Times thing is but let’s pretend that’s a mini pumpkin or something, OK?
And I like this one too, although even more pared down because you have to have a place to put the turkey platter!