In a fabulist and fantastical world, removed of reason and practicalities, my dinner table this Thanksgiving would be decorated in rich golds and ambers — populated by guests from the past and present.
At the far end of the table, Eleanor Roosevelt is talking to Albert Einstein about her support of the early abstract expressionist movement. Next to me, Coco Chanel in one of her fabulous little black dresses plays with her strand of pearls while K. Pattabhi Jois shares the benefits of Ashtanga yoga. To my right I overhear Mark Twain giving punch line suggestions to Samantha Bee—they are getting along splendidly. I always like to sit my guests with people they may not talk to otherwise. I hope they enjoy my cooking as I’ve added Cajun dishes to the traditional fare. Oh wait, Stephen Colbert is clinking his Zebrawood knife on my Gold Crackle Goblets for a Thanksgiving toast…
Oh how fun! But back to reality.
The truth is I will not be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year. I am instead flying to Palm Beach to stay with friends. We are cooking dinner and our host, my friend Deb, loves to set a beautiful table and she has quite a collection of my pieces. I always bring her a gift of our glasses or placemats and napkins to add to her collection. This year I’ll be sure to include our Indochine Cocktail Napkins and Chinoiserie Cocktail Picks. I offered to bake this year, so I am making pecan and pumpkin pies.
Since I won’t be at home this Thanksgiving, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the first time I was away from my family for the holidays. I was in college at Louisiana State University and one of my roommates was from southern Louisiana and she invited me to Thibodaux to celebrate with her family. Her family was from Cajun country and there were about 60 or 70 people from all over southern Louisiana with these amazing accents. They cooked a traditional Cajun Thanksgiving dinner with a deep fried turkey and a smoked turkey. The stuffing was made with oysters and shrimp. We had crawfish etouffee and seafood gumbo. The entire family was so lovely and welcoming that it was the perfect way to spend my first Thanksgiving away from home.
But before I make my way down to Palm Beach, I am sprucing up my apartment and giving it a fall refresh by putting out the cashmere throws and using my new L’Objet pillows on the sofa. I will also be adding accents of white pumpkins and gold candles throughout the apartment. A few little touches here and there can really do wonders to a space.
I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you will be creating more wonderful memories around the dinner table. -Kim Seybert