My office doesn’t mess around with the holidays. Everything is celebrated in full force, and creativity and heart are thrown into the process at full tilt. Dawn, our traffic manager and universal favorite, has been planning our Thanksgiving feasts for years and always settles on a theme and then commits to it completely. Last year’s Feast was based on Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want, and this year Dawn shifted focus from vintage and homey to elegant and woodsy. The Feast in the Forest was announced with some amazing artwork from one of our graphic designers, Jessie, and the rest of the Feast ended up being just as exciting. Apologies in advance because all of these pictures were taken with my phone and the lighting wasn’t always too great.
Dawn and Jessie managed to convert a very standard looking conference room into an intimate, elegant dining room. They used the office large output printer to print out the forest backdrop, used pinecone studded branches that Dawn literally pulled off the side of the road, and they both contributed all of their little glass jars to create the flickering table runner. Nearly everything they used was made, borrowed, repurposed, or something they already owned. Only the chairs are rentals (because conference chairs just don’t jive with the scene). Basically, Dawn and Jessie are masters at throwing a holiday party.
My one contribution to the event was helping Jessie cover a discarded art piece with chalkboard paint. From there, Jessie hand wrote the menu and it was one of my favorite details of the Feast. Of course, my true favorite part of the Feast is all of the food. Everyone in the office volunteers to bring in one part of the feast. I developed some razor-like focus on the mac & cheese, and I couldn’t fill my vintage plate up with enough of it. It was the good stuff–gruyere, heavy cream and who knows what else, but I am determined to track down the recipe. Everything was delicious, though. Have you seen a more perfect looking Thanksgiving plate?
And last of all, I’ve included a shot of the mechanics to the forest installation. As I said before, the branches themselves were some Dawn pulled off a dead tree on the side of the road, and the installation itself was nearly as easy to do. Just some fishing wire and these little S hooks were clipped onto the ceiling, and then the branches nestled in easy as you please (so they tell me).
It was really a perfect Feast, and I thought I’d share it with you before I head out to Bluffton to share another feast with my family. If you want to read a little more about our Feast in the Forest, check out Dawn’s blog. In her sidebar she has archives of all the feasts she’s done and it’s a great way to spend a little time.
With the holidays being what they are, I expect I’ll spend a little more time with my friends and family and a little less time focusing on the blog, but I’m sure I’ll document the holidays pretty regularly on Instagram. Follow me there, if you wish!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!