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Mastering the Mix for Thanksgiving

Updated: May 31, 2022

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to mix patterns and colors to create a collected tablescape. This Thanksgiving is no different. We are doing a smaller group this year with just my little party of five, but I want the holiday to feel just as special. One way I do this is by creating a beautiful backdrop for all of the delicious family recipes that we enjoy year after year.

I do love tradition, but I always look for ways to show patterns and colors in a different way. Thanksgiving is not just oranges and browns anymore-- any color palette can work.

The starting point for my whole tablescape was this custom "Jungle Party" tablecloth. Lance Putnam of Post Host Design is super talented, and I fell in love with his beautiful textiles earlier this year. He also sells the striped candles that are so fun and add a bit of whimsy to my table. They are sold in pairs and only $14, y'all!!

I then mixed in Sussex and Abbey chargers and Sussex Cachepots from Jayes Studio to pull out colors in the tablecloth, and how cute are the turkey and pineapple napkin rings mixed together?? As many of you know I have my own licensed collected of tabletop with Jayes Studio, and I use their decorative containers and serving pieces in many of my projects. TIP: I purchase store bought small florals and slide them right into the cachepots for easy no-fuss arrangements.

Hubby & I registered for the polka-dot Vietri plates when we got married, and we have loved using them for many dinners. They add a bit of playfulness and a casual element to the table. I also mixed in some yellow and white italian plates at the heads of the table.

I finished off my colorful tablescape with blue stemware from Estelle Colored Glass, and silverware in gold that pretty much goes with everything!

We have traveled the last couple of years for Thanksgiving, and this year I plan to make all of our favorites for our little family to enjoy at home. There are so many great recipes out there, and one of the best tried and true favorites is my cranberry toppings-- it is unlike any cranberry recipe you have EVER tasted. It's always a dish that people ask for the recipe and I know your family will enjoy it, too.

Cranberry Squares

2 (3 oz.) packages, Lemon Jello

1 (20 oz.) an, Crushed Pineapple

1 C. ice cold water

1 (16 oz.) can Jellied Cranberry Sauce


1 (8 oz.) pkg Cream Cheese, room temperature

1 C. powdered sugar

1 C. chopped walnuts

2 Tbsp melted butter

Drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice. In a medium bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce & pineapple. In a small saucepan heat pineapple juice to boiling. Add 2 pkgs Lemon Jello and stir until dissolved. Add 1 cup ice water. Stir until mixed together. Stir into the pineapple-cranberry mixture. Pour into a square 9x9 dish or similar. Refrigerate until set as least 3 hrs or overnight.

Make Topping:

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and stir until creamy. Spread on top of firm gelatin mixture. Toast nuts in a small pan with butter. Sprinkle on top of cream cheese topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This is one cranberry side that people will ask for seconds!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

XO, JuJu

This post is sponsored by multiple companies; however, all opinions are my own.


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