In September, I asked my mom if I could borrow her kitchen for a day and her creative mind for a couple of hours. She agreed to both, even before I told her she would get to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the end.
Since this was my first Thanksgiving meal—and because I would be photographing the food and table decor—I was very excited to make the table look absolutely beautiful. I had a very specific tablescape in mind, and I knew my mom would be the perfect person to help me bring my vision to life.
We started by roaming the aisles of our first stop and found the perfect candles and vases along with a giant porcelain pumpkin, fake leaves and pine cones.
We still needed a cream table runner, a dark plum tablecloth and yellow-orange napkins. We improvised with purple bed sheets and cream and yellow-orange fabric.
So that’s how it all came together. I was surprised how nice the table looked when everything was all together in one place. And I didn’t even mention the delicious meal we had. It was unconventional, but it was delicious. Check out the pictures and recipes.
After eating this meal, I felt so thankful to be able to be surrounded by family and to have the means to make a meal such as this. Many people here in Stark County don’t have access to nourishing food. There are plenty of organizations in the county that serve food to those who don’t have the funds to get the food they need. Read more about it in our Picture of Need feature, and see what organizations you can volunteer at. Also in that section, we dive into some other problems facing Stark Countians: homelessness, human trafficking and mental illness.
After reading those stories, I feel grateful for all that I have. And I want to get involved in some of these organizations to help others in need.
Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor