Do you ever wonder what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Or what to do when some family members are not available to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day? Both of these questions can be answered with one simple solution – a day after Thanksgiving lunch.One of the easiest ways to put leftovers to good use and see guests who were visiting other family and friends the day before is to host a casual lunch that celebrates the season and the traditional foods, while putting a new spin on the meal you just had.For a “day after” lunch, I like to go with soup and sandwiches for the relaxed vibe it lends. Here I’ve set a table for exactly that kind of lunch, with butternut squash soup in small dessert cups, turkey with brie and apples on fresh country bread and sweet potato chips for some crunch on the side. I’ve served tiny sweets in varied seasonal options, including a pecan tart, a pumpkin cake with pecan and caramel and a chocolate ganache to round out the offering.The table setting is anchored in the colors of the season and the festive tabletop raises this simple lunch to a holiday-worthy event.Golden wine glasses with crackled bottom play off the green swirled water glasses, both from Pier 1.The foundation of the tablescape is a fall plaid tablecloth from Home Goods, which sets the palette around which everything else revolves. The gilded chargers from Pottery Barn I use over and over, often paired with these English country dinner plates. The iridescent green leaf plates make a nice presentation base for the squash soup.The menu was a DIY project, designed in my favorite mix of fonts and colored to match the warm tones on the table. Slipped into a pretty gold frame, it takes on a special quality.A smattering of pumpkins both faux and real are scattered about, while spiced candles light the table. In the large apothecary jar I’ve placed the sweet potato chips and the flowers are silks from Pottery Barn. I generally use fresh flowers, but I just couldn’t do mums or orange roses again.I always try to do something special with my napkins, as I find they make one of the biggest differences to the table presentation. Here I’ve layered a rust linen from Pottery Barn under a green shimmer from Pier 1. A wheat stalk is tucked into the fun beaded napkin rings for a playful touch.I just love these sweet little pear plates from Home Goods. The combination of the pears with the plaid cloth are what inspired this whole table setting.I never worry about the size of my tablecloth. I love to drape a smaller cloth diagonally across the table, revealing the beauty of the wood peaking out at the corners. For a casual lunch like this it gives an almost picnic-y note and one that reinforces the relaxed mood of this family get-together. For those who’ve been out since dawn when the crowds hit the stores, this Day After Thanksgiving Lunch is the perfect warm gathering to come home to.
Linking with Metamorphosis Monday, YourDesignsThisTime, The Scoop, Inspire Me Tuesday, Coastal Charm Tuesday, Twirl and Take a Bow, Wow Us Wednesdays, Knick of Time, Tablescape Thursday, From My Front Porch to Yours, Home and Garden Thursday, Feathered Nest Friday, Show and Tell Friday, Best of the Weekend Party, Sundays at Home, Silver Pennies Sundays.