Thanksgiving Table Decor, Holiday Cocktail

cranberry mule fall cocktail

San Diego isn’t known for its changing seasons but we were still surprised to wake up to 85 degree weather on Thanksgiving Day. A quick poll of our guests and we unanimously decided to eat our feast outside. Luckily our thanksgiving table decor translated well to our backyard picnic table.

thanksgiving table decor

cranberry mule fall cocktail

I spray painted some leftover pumpkins and mason jars with copper paint from Michaels and picked up some flowers from the local wholesale flower market. Coasters are from Macy’s and napkin rings are from the Hearth & Hand line at Target.

thanksgiving table decor

Photo tip: Get your group pictures before dinner – before the kids are a mess and everyone is groaning about how full they are.

family photos thanksgiving

family photos thanksgiving

family photos thanksgiving

My parents flew down for the weekend and my Mom made all her Thanksgiving meal staples – including her candied shallots (below), my favorite!

thanksgiving meal

thanksgiving signature cocktail

My sister made cranberry mule cocktails with vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, ginger beer and garnished with lime wedges and cranberries. They were so yummy, and refreshing especially on this weirdly hot Thanksgiving day.

family photos thanksgiving

family photos thanksgiving

I’m thinking we can even make these for Christmas – but with a “healthier” spin, substituting ginger kombucha in for the ginger beer. I’m going to try something similar to this recipe and still add the cranberries for the holiday look. Has anyone tried something similar?

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