Time for tradition

Thanksgiving meals are the perfect setting for sharing family favorite rituals, everything from place settings to recipes


This homeowner's cranberry ice is made of cranberry and pomegranate juices with a healthy splash of vodka, frozen and then shaved with a large spoon to serve.

Seasonal browns abound in this tablescape including brown magnolia leaves in the centerpiece, a color the floral designer says is often forgotten but that can be very effective.



This salad, prepared for a Thanksgiving meal, includes oven-poached pears, sugared pistachios, Gorgonzola cheese with a blackberry pear vinaigrette.

Fresh vegetables and herbs add color to what could be a rather monochromatic Thanksgiving meal.

A berry-strong color scheme in these fruits, flowers, and china patterns is a slight departure from traditional Thanksgiving colors, but a very rich alternative.



An added bonus of menus and place cards around the dining room table is the hostess can use them as a memento of the party.

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