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Thanksgiving Table & A Favorite Family Recipe – Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Welcome to day four of Thanksgiving Tastes & Tablescapes!

shared her festive table featuring autumn colors with a touch of gold,
 and an unusual and delicious sounding green bean recipe that I am dying to try.

showed us how she incorporated a bit of blue with fresh greens into a Thanksgiving tablescape,
and gave us her Pecan Cheesecake Bars recipe – yum!

gave us a tutorial for the hand stamped salt dough tags that she used at each place setting of her gorgeous table (so cute, and fun to make with the kiddos!),
along with a great recipe for a make-ahead breakfast casserole for an easy breezy Thanksgiving morning.


Today is my turn to share some simple ideas for a Thanksgiving table
and I’m so happy you’re here to visit!

My inspiration this year was our very own beautiful Massachusetts autumn.
(don’t bring up the endless winter…..let’s just pretend it’s always like this 🙂 )
{Photo from my Instagram}

One of the things that strikes me about our autumn is the way the reds, oranges and ochres pop against the glorious blue sky.

God is a pretty amazing artist!


This is my interpretation of all the natural beauty that we are blessed to look at every day here in New England
Without any real plan in mind, my pup and I took a walk around the yard……
…spread out our treasures on the floor…..
and the next thing you know….
this pumpkin centerpiece was born. The only things I bought were the pumpkin (which I’ve had on my front steps all fall) and those pretty red rose hips (a $4.99 Trader Joes purchase).
There was a lot of editing to make the centerpiece short enough for guests to actually see each other over the table (kind of an important consideration with centerpieces, no?)
and in the process this accidental vignette came to be. I love that crazy seagrass, and our overgrown rhododendrons give me those shiny green leaves all year long. They are great for Christmas decorating too!
I used a bronze metallic Sharpie marker on these beautiful leaves as simple place cards.
(FYI, use leaves that are freshly plucked from a tree or have recently fallen and are still pliable.
The dry leaves lose their color quickly, and crumble when you write on them.)  


I don’t care where my guests sit,
but I think it’s lovely to have a special place of honor for each person.
No table is complete without candlelight!
Turn the lights down low and light real (unscented!) candles no matter what time of day you eat Thanksgiving dinner! Dancing candlelight makes everything warm, soft and beautiful.
My daughter Hannah made me this sign last Christmas. It is one of my favorite gifts ever and I think it is just perfect for the day devoted to giving thanks for our blessings!
We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for about 15-20 people, after my son’s high school football game.
I have already started scheming about the menu so I can figure out what to ask family to bring,
and what to make ahead, then go and enjoy my son’s game that morning with our family and friends!

The twice baked potato casserole is definitely on the list.

My kids all request these potatoes for their birthday dinners, and when we were talking about the Thanksgiving menu they begged me to make them. They can be made a day or two in advance and warmed up when the turkey comes out of the oven.

Give them a try, they’re sure to disappear in your house too!
Crispy, creamy, cheesy, bacony – as far as my kids are concerned it doesn’t get any better than this!


I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Last but not least on the Thanksgiving Tastes & Tablescapes tour is the talented Amy at The Blissful Bee, check out her pretty table and fabulous dessert tomorrow!
xo, Lisa
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Vel Criste

Saturday 8th of November 2014

I love all the natural elements in your table setting and decor Lisa, that centerpiece is truly unique and lovely! And my, this recipe sounds truly delish, will really have to try, thanks for sharing!

Tracy Laverty

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Lisa, your table looks beautiful and so welcoming. I love your pumpkin flower centerpiece! So pretty! Your recipe for chive potatoes looks perfect. Don't you just love Thanksgiving?

Gypsy Heart

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Lisa, I love your table and the centerpiece is gorgeous! I've always wanted to visit New England in the fall. Those leaves are perfect! The blue linens are perfect too. I agree with you about having candles ~ they are a necessity I think. :)

The potato dish looks delicious! I'm assuming you leave the skins on? Lots of great ingredients and really tasty I'm sure. I love potatoes most any way you can serve them.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

Thursday 6th of November 2014

your table is stunning- love the colors and i am missing new england right now!

pam {simple details}

Thursday 6th of November 2014

GORGEOUS, Lisa! What lucky friends and family that get to enjoy Thanksgiving at your lovely table, it exudes warmth! Love your creative finds from your yard! I could eat mashed potatoes five nights a week - my mouth is watering, I'm making this for dinner tonight! :)