A Canadian Tradition Thanksgiving Dinner


With American Thanksgiving a few days away we thought we would tie in a little event we did back in October. We brought a little Canadian tradition to the table by introducing Thanksgiving. Of course, that meant the turkey and all. This was a small quaint dinner party for 12 guests, friends, and family.

Thanksgiving Dinner Invite


We researched all the recipes that made this traditional feast a fabulous one. With the help of some correspondence from back in Vancouver (aka my Dad), we managed to set out a menu just right for the evening. We worked closely with the host to help her prepare all the goodies.

Thanksgiving Dinner Display


The menu was traditional, but for those who have never celebrated Thanksgiving then it was quite new. Here's a quick overview of what they had; a big turkey, two hams glazed in a maple syrup dressing and pineapples, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, freshly baked dinner buns, peas, gravy and cranberry sauce. Of course, we can't forget dessert, the host offered a nice assortment of sweets, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple crumble topped with homemade vanilla ice-cream. Scrumptious! 


So with 12 close friends and family, we prepped for a feast like no other. Obviously, the food was a major key to the evening festivities but we wanted the décor to be spot on. We knew we didn’t have all the elements that you could find back in Canada. Even with the different seasons, we made use of what we had here in NZ, natural things. We searched for pumpkins but struggled to find the big plump orange pumpkins. Hint, Hint someone should open a pumpkin patch! Instead, we opted for some nice butternut squash which in turn we think looks like baby pumpkins.


We loved the thought of using natural, lush greenery from the garden and driftwood found on the beach. We incorporated a set table seating by giving the guests a seashell with their names in calligraphy. This also made a nice little treat to take home.


We served a signature Thanksgiving cocktail, which was delicious and made of rum, tequila, and iced tea. One of those throw whatever you have in the liquor cabinet and go for it. The guests thoroughly enjoyed it.


The night had a lovely, relaxed feeling to it. Everyone mingled, ate and ate and was thankful for whatever was prominent in their lives at that time. The guests left with full tummies and hearts.

We were so thrilled to be part of this special tradition and enjoyed sharing the evening with friends old and new.

And remember there is always something to be thankful for.