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host a gravy tasting

This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving with good friends. It seems strange not to be going home to our family, but I am also really excited about our trip away. Will you be with family or friends for the holiday next week?

I came up with this fun idea for celebrating with friends or family by hosting a gravy tasting! Doesn’t the idea of casually getting together over mini turkey sandwiches to try out different gravy recipes sound easy and fun? You could also hold an all out gravy making competition at a large family meal to see if your Aunt’s secret recipe would really win out every single year:)

I spent time at my favorite spot in Reno yesterday shooting these photos to share gravy tasting inspiration with you. To host your own tasting… Have every guest bring a boat of gravy and provide simple numbered tags for each. Test out the different gravies and lay out small squares of paper for the favorites to be written on. At the end of the night count through the numbers and award the winner a festive prize!

I noticed an amazing idea recently to preserve your family blessings by embroidering them on a table cloth. This grandma has been doing it for 30 years and creating a very special heirloom to pass down. We are starting the tradition this year by having each of our dinner guests write in something they are thankful for. I will then go back and hand stitch each word into the cloth before washing it, leaving a permanent record of our blessings each year.

PS. I may have gone a bit insane with the leaf piling. It is just so pretty here right now, I needed to show you! I love how heavy they look against the table. Fall is heavy here, beautifully heavy.

blessings.

18 Comments

  • Carrie R
    November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Super cute!!! Fun idea and I LOVE the tablecloth!

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    • Victoria
      November 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Carrie, thanks! It is just fabric that I laid out. There is a huge fabric store near me that had a $1 bolt section and this beauty was resting right in it. What has gone out of style for some is perfect for me:)

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  • Giulia
    November 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This is a wonderful idea – I admire how you find something to celebrate all over the place.

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  • w
    November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    THOSE CANDLES!!! This is such a lovely idea!

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  • Lena
    November 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh, I just love this idea-yum!

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  • JAF Gifts
    November 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This is a very nice idea. I rather like the concept of stitching your blessings instead of plainly writing them. Makes for a good keepsake!

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  • Sarah {A Paper Proposal}
    November 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Haha, this is so clever! Love it.

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  • Candace Prokopets
    November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, what a fun idea! I don’t even have a gravy recipe of my own, but my competitive spirit just loves this idea. I hope I get to see you while you’re in town.

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  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook
    November 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    If I weren’t so intimidated by making gravy (I know, I know… I don’t cook or eat meat very often, so it’s kind of like a totally foreign language to me) I would totally set this up for this year’s Friendsgiving! So fun.

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  • sherri lynn @ life of a wife
    November 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    What a fun idea! I love any party that involves tasting food! And I LOVE that idea with the tablecloth! I might have to steal that once we start hosting Thanksgiving at our house. This year we’ll be traveling to be with family.

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  • Rebecca - A Daily Something
    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    What a beautiful tablecloth! Love your photography – you captured fall so well.

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  • Lisa
    November 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Your unique creativity always blows me away! How did you think of this idea?! I love,love it and want to copy the entire thing lol.

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  • Rach
    November 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    What a fun idea! And love all the leaves! :)

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  • Stephie
    November 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Just beautiful Victoria! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia so I will have to find another excuse for a gravy tasting – hope yours is a stack of fun! I love the tablecloth idea too – I think I might have to make that a Christmas tradition!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a great weekend with your friend, Stephie x

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  • Gloria
    November 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Oh my goodness, who could turn down a gravy tasting? Such a great idea!

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  • Liz
    November 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Billiant!

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  • Monica
    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Such a cute idea! Love it! :o)

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