The table below is what we aspire to late Thanksgiving night: evidence of a hours spent at table with friends and family eating delicious things. But how do you get there?

Sally Schneider

If you’re still wrapping your head around pulling Thanksgiving dinner together, no matter how big or small, here is our toolkit of Improvised Life’s best ideas from Thanksgivings past.

Cranberry Walnut Conserve / Beatriz de Costa

…our cocktail-to-dessert round up of greatest hits recipes:

20+ Last Minute Thanksgiving Food Strategies

Root Vegetable Purees / Maria Robledo

Last year we abandoned brining the bird for dry-brining and spatchcocking it. A revelation! You’ll find all you need to know.

Dry-Brined Butterflied Turkey: A Short Roast To Perfection

Dry Brines Turkey / Martha Stewart Living



Pies and tarts are essential…

Our Rustic Apple Tart (with or without rosemary) is here.

Rustic Apple Tart  / Maria Robledo


To decorate the table, fresh herbs, and farmer’s market finds are lovely.

Herb Bouquets / Sally Schneider

Charming Tabletop Decoration: Diy Herb Bouquets

More Vegetable Table Decoration

Holiday Tabletop Decor From The Farmer’s Market

Vegetable “Bouquet”  /  Cora Büttenbender

…We’ve always loved Kraft Paper Table “Cloths” And Place Settings

Kraft Paper Place Setting / Pamela Hovland

Though Rough Linen’s Clever Ideas For Tabletop + Home Decor are charming,

… as are our Diy: Oversized Ripped Linen Napkins

oversized ripped linen napkins
Sally Schneider

Nobody has to know that UNDER the lovely table top, is a seriously rigged makeshift table…

Makeshift Tables And Chairs To Seat A Crowd

Sally Schneider

Kei Okano

No Thanksgiving would be complete without…giving thanks.

Here are our favorites from Gary Snyder and Pablo Neruda.


Sally Schneider


And of course, this is just a sampling of our vast trove.  Just type your query into SEARCH.

If you’ve found illumination, joy, or inspiration in this post, please consider supporting Improvised Life. It only takes a minute to make a secure donation that helps pay our many costs. A little goes a long way towards helping Improvised Life continue to live ad-free in the world.

Support Improvised Life ♥

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *