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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—The Joys Of The ‘Can’t Make The Main Event’ Holiday Dinner

A holiday table with taupe-colored table linen with white embroidered leaves, mixed with sage napkins highlighted in a white leaf pattern, combined with ceramic leaf shaped dinner and salad dishes.
Warm patinated wood, clusters of antique copper candle holders, hand-worked thick grape vines attached to a burnished copper base basket highlight this holiday table.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 3:33 pm

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. Thankful for all that we have, including family and friends. Sometimes logistics make a Thanksgiving gathering of everyone on our list an impossible feat. Over the years, my solution has been to do a dinner “for those who can’t make the main event.”

In the first photo is a glimpse of what my first Thanksgiving dinner table will look like this year. Rich taupe colored table linen with white embroidered leaves, mixed with sage napkins highlighted in a white leaf pattern, combined with ceramic leaf-shaped dinner and salad dishes punctuating the vivid colors of the season, each holding a freshly harvested persimmon. Hand-thrown cups are the perfect companion to this place setting.

This years “can’t make the main event” holiday-dinner will be hosting a full house of 10 of our nearest and dearest. Lol! No…I will not be making turkey for this first Thanksgiving celebration. Think orange-glazed Cornish hens, stuffed with mushroom, rice, and slivered almonds, plus yummy sides. Ooooooops sorry, I seem to be getting off point. The table in the first and second photo gives you all a birds-eye view of what this year’s “for those who can’t make the main event” will ultimately look and feel like. A table that holds warm patinated wood, clusters of antique copper candle holders, hand-worked thick grape vines attached to a well burnished copper base basket will ultimately welcome our guest to this year’s feast.

Why am I laughing? Because I just heard tsk-tsking coming from the peanut gallery. My guess is that some of you find the word feel used in the paragraph above, a bit out of the ordinary or just plain silly! So without further ado, it’s time to address the word feel in reference to my tablescapes. Yes, it is true that some people come to the table for the sole purpose of satisfying their hunger. . . hmmm. If, and this is a big if you’re into grab-n-go living then have at it. However, I’m sure most of you recognize my dining mentality—that plays out in all of my Tableofferings™ past and present —has to do with a look, but also, just as importantly, the feeding of your soul.

Now on Amazon is Sharon Insul’s latest book,  “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper,” available in E-book and hardcover. http://amzn.to/2ehlCp4.

For the children  in your life, it’s all about those adorable sisters, Emily and Abby in the I Am Sooo Lucky!!! book trilogy available now on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2ehlCp4. Listen to my Insul’s children’s books live radio interview at bit.ly/29QSJPd.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… 



 

 

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