norman rockwell's thanksgiving feast painting jazzed up by golden pigs

As much as I enjoy Norman Rockwell's painting style, his traditional table setting leaves a bit to be desired.  I love the idea of taking inspiration from this bright and whimsical tablescape by Style Me Pretty.  Do the golden pigs not lend a certain dose of hilarity and downright appropriateness to the feast of the year?  

a roundup of festive diy decor for your thanksgiving table

Table adornments.  Definitely the best part of any gathering.  These are a few favorites from across the web.  Lesson learned: When in need of something instantly fancy, paint it gold.    

diy pumpkin centerpieces via chatelaine   /  diy golden turkey place card holders via the sweetest occasion  /  diy walnut place card holders via martha stewart  (queen martha gives a grand total of 46 different do-it-yourself ideas for thanksgiving table settings!)  /  felted acorns by fairyfolk on etsy 

cocktails, a pumpkin pie milkshake, and thanksgiving leftover pizza

I'm not really one for cooking, so I offer you these tasty ideas instead.  Drinks?  I can do that.  Jazzed up leftovers?  Aw yeah girl, I can do that, too.

1.  The Tipsy Turkey  /  a festive cocktail made with bourbon, maple syrup, and roasted pumpkin cubes, recipe via Refinery29    2.  Pumpkin Pie Milkshake  /  just a little warning, this has PIECRUST in it, recipe via A Cozy Kitchen.   3.  Scrumptiously Re-Worked Leftovers  /  several clever ideas for re-arranging your leftovers into post-feast feasts, recipes via Southern Living.

thank your thanksgiving hostess with one of these functional and pretty gifts

An important, and also fun, part of any get-together.  Thank the hostess with something useful, pretty, and indulgent.  These can all be found for under $40.

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