My boyfriend and I are heading to Thailand over Thanksgiving, and although we’re very excited, we are also sad to be missing out on one of the most anticipated meals of the year with our families. It’s always a little strange to be away from home during the holidays, so I wanted to throw an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner together this week to combat some of our holiday FOMO.
With the exception of a quick do it yourself rosemary centerpiece, I created a tablescape with items I already had around my apartment; a rustic burlap table runner layered over some cheesecloth, votives filled with romantic tea light candles, gold flatware set atop white linen napkins and some leftover rosemary sprigs to garnish each place setting.
Between tying up loose ends and prepping to leave the country, we’ve both been busier than usual, so instead of spending the day in the kitchen, we picked up a few traditional Thanksgiving dishes from the local market; sliced turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted brussels sprouts, butternut squash with caramelized onions, stuffing, and my personal favorite, flaky biscuits (I may or may not have devoured three).
A great meal is never complete without a delicious bottle of wine, so the opportunity to collaborate with Quintessential Wines came at a perfect time. This 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau blend from Georges Duboeuf, light and sweet with hints of flavorful fruit, provided the perfect balance to our heavy meal. I’m a believer that wine should add, but never distract from the flavors of the meal, and the Beaujolais Nouveau managed to shine without taking center stage. It just so happens to be released on the third Thursday of every November, so you can snag a bottle of the 2017 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau today! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday menu.
We finished the meal with a few pieces of apple pie which quickly manifested into a very serious food coma. I wish I could do it all over again next week, but for now, Thai food will have to suffice. Happy (early) Thanksgiving, everyone!