1 Thanksgiving Day was mild here in the Northeast, but cool enough to enjoy a fire outside my kitchen where my guests could gather. Before everyone arrived, I built a fire in my big iron pot.
2 There was a bit of an overcast at the farm, but it was still a beautiful autumn day, and guests were scheduled to arrive for a 2:30pm lunch.
3 My Brown Room was ready for all 41 of my guests. I set two tables in this room, and two in my smaller dining room. One tip is to always be prepared for extra guests just in case someone decides to bring another along.
4 My table was adorned with lots of dried decorative Indian corn I grew right here on the farm. The husks of each one were tied with a piece of raffia. All the squash was also from my gardens. It was a very productive growing season.
5 This year, we chose a natural, and rustic look for my table - wood napkin rings, wood handled flatware, and antique hand blown glasses.
6 A view from above the smaller table in my Brown Room. This table for seven was set with pretty Staffordshire turkey plates. I've collected many of them over the years from tag sales and antiques fairs.
7 I love taking out all the turkey decorations I have amassed over the years. I have a large collection of turkeys. After all, I once lived on "Turkey Hill Road".
8 On my coffee table - caramel colored depression glass turkey servers and squash surrounded by four large American glass hurricanes.
9 The mantel was also filled with glass and embellished with colorful squash for this Thanksgiving.
10 In the smaller dining room, this table was set with more decorative corn, squash and gourds.
11 And, turkeys found their way to each of the placemats.
12 In the same room, an elegant silver tray with candles and a green gourd.
13 By the window, red factor canaries looked stunning in their shades of apricot and orange. My canaries are all doing very well, and continue to fill the room with song.
14 In my entrance hall, three gold leafed papier mache turkeys sit on this antique demilune table.
15 I originally purchased the turkeys in papier mache, and then gilded them with faux gold leaf. The smaller plastic ones were similarly treated.
16 A matching table on the other side of the hall was also decorated with a trio of gold leafed turkeys.
17 The center table was covered with more autumn squash.
18 This is my Green Room - lightly decorated with touches of autumn. A small cornucopia of squash looked so pretty on my coffee table.
19 On this antique desk, small gourds sat in interesting places next to my gold German vase.
20 Whenever I entertain, I enjoy bringing in various plants indoors to decorate my home, such as these begonias.
21 I love the rich dark color on the underside of the leaves on this evergreen perennial ctenanthe. The plant on the right is a lemon cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa.
22 Earlier in the day, I prepared small gifts for my guests. Oakland, California based Back to the Roots was one of our 2013 American Made Award winners. They recently told me about their new products, and I thought they would make nice Thanksgiving gifts. http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/past/awardwinner/83404
23 The Water Garden, Garden-in-a-Can and Garden-in-a-Jar make wonderful educational gifts for children. http://backtotheroots.com/
26 I made many vegetable dishes for my daughter, Alexis, and other vegetarians at my table, including puree of celeriac, roasted butternut squash, garden turnips and carrots, mashed potatoes, and a winter chicory, radicchio, and lettuce salad.
29 Here I was with one of my beautiful turkeys, plated with sprigs of rosemary from my indoor vegetable garden. I am so fortunate to have fresh herbs and vegetables growing all year long.
30 My friend, and noted photographer, Douglas Friedman, and I stopped for this quick photo - he was definitely ready for a slice of turkey.
31 My huge bowl of freshly laid eggs always catches everyone's attention in my kitchen.
34 A closer look at the pies - all guarded by a pair of plaster turkeys on my servery counter. I made the mile-high apple pie with green apples that I pre-cooked the day before. My lemon meringue was also pre-baked, using my recipe from my original "Pies & Tarts" book. http://www.marthastewart.com/316940/mile-high-apple-pie
36 These mouth watering oysters were so delicious and smooth. When selecting oysters, look for those that are tightly sealed, and discard any that are open. I have many oyster recipes and tips on my web site. http://www.marthastewart.com/1060020/oysters
37 Here was a beautiful photo of our Thanksgiving Day sunset taken from the front of my stable looking down the grand boxwood allee. The boxwood will soon be covered in burlap for the winter.
38 This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family and friends, especially my daughter, Alexis, and her beautiful children, Jude and Truman. Here they were on the day after Thanksgiving - Truman riding on the Fell pony, Ban Chunch, with Betsy as their guide, and Alexis carrying Jude on her shoulders. Tomorrow, I will share more photos from my Thanksgiving weekend.