Setting the table for Thanksgiving {Thanksgiving Link-up Party}

When I was preparing for our Thanksgiving link-up party this week, I started going back through photographs of my past Thanksgiving's with my family.  We have had some really fun one's and I remember one of my favorites being back in 2011 in New Orleans at my Mom's house.  I think Pinterest had just been born and I got the urge to do some of the cutest things for our table that year.  I told my Mom to leave the name cards and Thanksgiving menu up to me!!

Wasn't her table gorgeous???  I loved all the Fall colors.

I found a tutorial for these Pinecone DIY Name Cards.  They were so cute and really fun to put together.  

 I can't find the exact printable I used to make these little menu's, but I found some that are equally as cute here.  I just used construction paper for everything and then glued the little favor tag that says "Thanks" at the top.  On that site, they also have some cute foldable tent cards you could use to label all the food.  I think menu's are so much fun to have at Thanksgiving along with food cards, because sometimes different people are bringing dishes and you don't always know what everything is!

A year or two before that, I had been introduced to the blog, Our Best Bites.  I came to Thanksgiving with these adorable Oreo Turkey's and Cookie Pilgrim Hats and my family was dying over the cuteness!! They made the most adorable name cards!! Get your candy corn NOW because they can be hard to find sometimes once Thanksgiving is here.

And lastly, I'll leave you with one of my favorite appetizers to make anytime; but I love adding these Fall leaves to my baked brie for the perfect Thanksgiving app.  It's so easy and always a crowd pleaser.

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Baked Brie
1 Brie Round (8oz)
1 sheet Puff Pastry
1/4c  pecans
1/4c brown sugar
1 tbsp bourbon
1 egg for eggwash

You can either use both puff pastries in the package, one for wrapping the Brie and part of the other for the leaves. Or if you only want to use one sheet of puff pastry, cut off a thin slice to use for leaves.

Preheat the oven to 375.
Mix pecans, brown sugar and bourbon.
Lay out the sheet of puff pastry. Place half of nut mixture in the center and spread it in a circle the same size as the Brie.
Place the Brie over the mixture and cover it with the rest of the nut mixture.
Bring the edges of the pastry up, a little piece at a time, overlapping. Bring the edges together at the top and press together to seal.
Cut the leaves out of separate piece of pastry and add them to the top.
Whisk the egg and brush the pastry covered brie all over the top and sides.
Place the Brie on the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes (until the pastry is golden brown).
What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving??  Does your family sit around a table and eat together or do you have a huge family that sits anywhere they can find a seat around the house??

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  1. Love all your fun picks, that tablescape is amazing! As is that appetizer, sounds just divine, yum!

    Great linkup!!!

  2. I love the "we are thankful for" name cards!

  3. I love that table, so pretty! I have always wanted to try that app for a party, it sounds SOO good!

  4. Those Oreo turkeys are precious! I might make those this year! Love the pinecone name cards. The We are Thankful for is so cute!

  5. How cute is all of this?! I'm seriously counting down the days til I can host my own Thanksgiving... my husband and I keep saying we just need to have kids so our families will come to us for the holidays :)

  6. That tablescape is so pretty, love the cute menus you made!! I'm a huge fan of that baked brie app too, its definitely going to be on repeat throughout the holiday season!!

  7. I have no doubt your table is going to be so beautiful!! I'm hoping my MIL will let me do a little decorating for the table this year to really give it some pinterest touches LOL!! I love the menu - that's such a cute touch!

  8. I love the menu idea & name cards!! We have such a big family that people are sitting to eat everywhere! Lol! So, no tablescape for us! Haha! I do love it all though!!

  9. Wild mushroom stuffing!? YES! Love the table scapes and your little Oreo guys are so genius!

  10. mmmm that brie looks SO good! i wonder if i can have it since im pregnant? i hope so! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a Mama Mio giveaway on cornflake dreams

  11. Thanks so much for hosting the link up, I'm loving looking at everyone's Thanksgiving ideas! I used to make those little Oreo turkeys (but we did it with Nilla wafers and chocolate covered cherries) and I never thought of using them for place cards - I will DEFINITELY be doing that in the future!!

  12. All of these Thanksgiving posts are making me so excited for next week! Loving the name cards!

  13. baked brie is my all time fave...i even eat it cold, sorry not sorry.

  14. I'm not even kidding when I say that I was hoping you would have a table setting post! Now I know where you get your talent... Your mom's tables are just as beautiful!!

  15. You and your mom just do it up right! You both can make a gorgeous home and a beautiful meal!!

  16. That baked brie sounds amazing.... I'm not sure what the occasion is going to be yet, but I must make that sometime soon!

  17. Loving that baked brie recipe! Your tablescapes are beautiful! xo

  18. I'm going to try that brie recipe at my Dad's house next week. Sounds amazing!