A Thanksgiving Table That Will Thank You Back

Planet Botkier November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is only a week away and as if seeing long-lost family members isn’t stressful enough, the pressure of creating a meal and experience that will top Auntie Ruth’s from last (minus her homemade corn soufflé you just HAD to feed to Spike under the table – I’m not sorry, Uncle Carl) AND a magnificent tabletop presentation takes you over the nail biting edge.

Here at Botkier, we want to help you this holiday season, as it is, after all, a season of giving. Let us inspire you with innovative table top recommendations, including DIY table accents

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and place settings, festive cocktail recipes (both virgin and promiscuous…liquor quantities dependent on how many times in the evening Cousin Sarah’s ‘utterly adorable’ newborn cries tears of murder) and even veggie décor…SAY WHAT??! You heard us, badass, DIY VEGGIE DÉCOR.

Rest assured, you not only will receive major turkey day points, Auntie Ruth might even go so far as to toast to Thanksgiving at your place each and every year moving forward. Wouldn’t that be a nice?!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy!

Gobble Gobble.



Embrace your rustic style through DIY place card holders. We love these two ways, in particular. Inscribe names on cardstock and hot-glue them onto a wreath made from jewelry wire and mini pinecones. Or try cutting slits in collected birch tree branches to hold each guest’s name tag…sure to bring the fall outdoors, in, and smile on your guests’ faces; spread moss to adorn the spaces in between the cut pieces for some added color and fun.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Oh So Beautiful Pape, Four Seasons Magazine

Gild some fall foliage in GOLD. Hit the neighborhood for some materials and use a fine tipped gold paint pen to write names and decorate with.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Say Yes to Hoboken

Pop a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and recycle the cork for these utterly adorable and cheeky place cards. All you need are toothpicks, stock paper, markers, and tape. Simple as that.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Almost Makes Perfect

Head to your local craft

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store or farmer’s market to find a couple bundles of wheat. Tie a beautiful silk ribbon around the middle of each (color of your choice) and place them into tall cylinder vases for a stunning and sunny centerpiece. Your modern take on the traditional arrangement.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Wrap dried corn husks around petite votives for a soft glow. We also love the sweet and unique wink to corn, a main ingredient in the very first Thanksgiving feast.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Martha Stewart

Fill ‘er up!…with pinecones, acorns, walnuts, galore. Go crazy. These are beautiful and easy to assemble.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest


Stop at your local farmer’s market and stock up on your veggies – to eat AND to decorate with. Get innovative – hallow out a few turnips and drop a tea candle in, tie two brussel sprouts with ribbon around each guests’ cloth napkin, peel off small outer leaves from a brussel sprout for salt and pepper containers. Your guests will be buzzing.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Go green! Pick out some gorgeous artichokes at your favorite produce spot and add a natural touch of elegance to your guests’ place setting.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Shelterness

Who knew cabbage could make such chic dip and nut bowls…and that veggies could be used to CONTAIN the veggies on a crudité plate?! Check it and get inspired.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Photobucket

From appetizers to desert – veggies are a go, in our book. Tear off a few red cabbage leaves to add some color to the base of your guests’ desert bowls. Devine and delicious.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Photobucket


Fill heart-shaped ice cube trays with pomegranate seeds for some color and a delightfully unexpected surprise to your guests’ flat or sparkling. Everyone will be warmed by your loving gesture.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest


Winter Sun Cocktail

- Juice of 2 clementines (about ¼ cup)
– Juice of ½ small lemon ( ½ oz)
– ½ oz white rum
– spring of rosemary
– lemon zest
– sugar

Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. (The juice helps the sugar to adhere better than water does.) Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat with sugar. Pour juices, triple sec, and vodka into a shaker. Shake and then pour over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig. (Makes 1.)

Recipe and Image Credit via TwentyOne No Gluten

Spiced Winter Wine Sangria

- 2/3 cup sugar
– 2/3 cup water
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– 3 star anise
– 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
– 1 (750ml) bottle pinot grigio
– 2 tangerines, thinly sliced
– 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
– 1 cup pomegranate seeds
– optional garnish:
– cinnamon sticks
– star anise

Place sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cardamom pods into a small saucepan, stir and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. While the spice simple syrup cools, spread tangerine slices onto a baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with a small amount of brown sugar. Using a brulee torch, caramel the tops of each orange tangerine slice or place the baking sheet under a broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Place the orange slices and pomegranate seeds into a large pitcher. Pour the wine over the fruit and add extra cinnamon sticks and star anise, if desired. Strain the simple syrup into the pitcher and stir until well combined. Place the sangria in the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least an hour. Pour into glasses and serve.

Recipe and Image Credit via Spook Fork Bacon

Hot Toddy:

- 4 slices of red apple
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 3 slices of orange
-2 cloves
– 16 oz simple syrup (equal part sugar dissolved in water)
– 16 oz bourbon whiskey

Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and put over low heat. Slowly bring up to a simmer to infuse the bourbon, and keep over low heat for 5-7 minutes until the fragrance of the mixture becomes more apparent. Serve warm.

Recipe and Image Credit via Tyler Florence

Pear Rosemary Cocktail

- 1 cup of sugar
– 1 cup of water
– 3 springs of rosemary

Fill half of a pitcher with ice. Next pour the 1 ½ cup of pear nectar such as Kern’s in. Then add 1 cup of vodka. Add ½ cup of the rosemary simple syrup. Then mix well and serve with a spring of rosemary.

Recipe and Image Credit via Chef Wanabe


Virgin Rasberry Bellini


- 6 oz fresh grape juice (green and red mixed)
- 2 oz raspberry puree
- 1 to 2 oz soda water
- Frozen grapes for garnish

Add washed green and red seedless grapes to a blender, puree, and pass through a sieve. Reserve 6 oz fresh grape juice. Follow procedure with raspberries to obtain 2 oz raspberry puree, which should be poured into a champagne flute. Top puree with the 6oz grape juice, 1 to 2 oz soda water and a few frozen grapes (in lieu of ice cubes) for a flavorful chill.

Recipe and Image Credit via Clean Eating Mag

Virgin Grapefruit Mojito:

- ¼ ruby or pink grapefruit, cut into small chunks and seeds removed
– 2 tbs. agave syrup
– 12 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
– ½ cup pink grapefruit soda or flavored mineral water, plus more needed mint sprigs, for garnish

Put the grapefruit pieces, agave and mint in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the fruit until the juice is released. Add one cup small ice cubes to the shaker with the half cup soda; attach the lid and shake furiously until combined. Divide between two rocks glasses, add more ice if desired, and top off with additional soda. Stir, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Recipe and Image Credit via HGTV

Hot Cider Apples

Hallow out some apples, pour warmed cider, and add a cinnamon stick for a festive warm treat this Thanksgiving.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Orange and Pomegranate Drink

Serve this bright and refreshing drink by adding pomegranate seeds, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and crushed ice.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Web Stock Pro