Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Apples and Pecans Inspired Thanksgiving Styled Shoot {And GIVEAWAY}

My Apples and Pecans Inspired Thanksgiving Styled Shoot is a re-do of my own Thanksgiving last year with family when I hosted the occasion inspired on apples and pecans. I served my family with mix and match napkins and mason jars with paper straws and they were delighted.
My first idea came in after being inspired by a gorgeous Harvest Wedding in Martha Stewart Living Magazine.  I decided instead of pumpkins I would do apples and I incorporated apples and pecans on the day's lunch and dinner.  I'm sharing lunch here on this shoot with you all along with the recipes.  I also like a country look and I have to say one of my favorite places to have visited this past year was the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, TN.  They have apple-everything!
Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails customized her Apples Collection for us and I'm so grateful and enchanted with the warm and welcoming look of it.  I can literally look at someone's job and just stare at it for minutes in awe of what they have actually created just for me! Kori at the time had created an editable document for my to use for menu and now I decided to use it to enlarge it and make a print with themed statement words to go with the occasion. Make sure to stop by her blog and get free printable tags she has available from these Design Theme!
I used a lot of items for display that coordinate with the theme and we had used or had at home already like the glass jugs of apple cider or juice and the embellished beans can.  Instead of buying kraft wrapping paper I opted for using brown bags.

I was inspired on having plain looking leaves cookies by a recipe I had seen of Blue Cheese-Pecan Shortbread Leaves (Southern Living - October 2011). Karen at KJ Cookies made these wonderful and sweet shortbread cookies for us and also used edible transfer sheets to create the round cookies with Kori's design on them.
Pecan Tarts
Pecan Quesadilla (Southern Living - October 2011)
Sausage and Baked Apples Kebabs (Real Simple Family 2012) with Apple Butter
Peas Mashed Potatoes
with Turkey Tenderloin was served for lunch
The most gorgeous cake was created by Regina Long of Rosa's Catering for this and Regina is always eager to bring my inspiration to life. I love how she takes my inspiration and adds her look and design taste!
You'll see all different sizes of fondant apples on the shoot created by Edible Details and I had contacted Brittany a long time ago about these because ever since last Thanksgiving....I KNEW I had to bring this theme into a styled shoot!
These Favor Boxes by Piggy Bank Parties fit in perfectly with my theme!  How fun are they!  Love the look and the idea behind it....you can even add paper whip topping to it if you desire.
The garland I used on this shoot and taken from my actual Thanksgiving last year is made out of dress my daughter had and I LOVED! 
I used my own backyard plastic bench for this shoot that I had spray painted this past Summer in an attempt to bring COLOR into my deck!  I was so happy with the way it came out.  Worked perfectly for this too! A great place to enjoy your warm or cold apple cider.
Styling and Photography: In Flight Celebrations
Printable Designs: Paper & Pigtails
Cake: Rosa's Catering
Cookies: KJ Cookies
Fondant Apples: Edible Details
Apple Pie Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Wooden Pencils, Utensils and Baskets: Sandra Downie Events
For more Apple & Pecans Inspiration visit my Apples & Pecans Inspired Events Board on Pinterest.  Lovely inspiration can be found for any wedding or celebration past Thanksgiving and any year round occasion!
Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtals is joining me on giving one of you these great Printable Collection! With extra cookies Karen at KJ Cookies baked for me and a set of half dozen fondant apples from Edible Details!  Please enter using the rafflecopter form below:



  1. It came out so beautiful...you did so many amazing details. Great job!

  2. Such a heartwarming (and creatively detailed) Thanksgiving setting! And love Kori's charming printables!

  3. This is so warm and beautiful. An amazing collaboration. Love it, Mayra!!!

  4. ohh thank you all so much! I am loving the look and feel of it! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Very apple! Love it :) Let us know if you'd like to work together on some printables in the future, we'd love to collaborate with you! wwwhellomysweet.me

  6. The colors are so warm and inviting! Love it all! Great Job, Mayra! Love, The Hip Hostesses (Kim & Ashley)

  7. I love all of the apple accents! It must be the teacher in me! such a cute shoot! :)

  8. I love the printable tags and of course the beautiful cake! Its a gorgeous set up!

  9. I love the autumn colors of the apples and pecans - beautiful!