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November 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Meal to remember: Pick up a few special items to make your Thanksgiving dinner extra special

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By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market

Ready to throw a feast every one will be thankful for? Gather some stylish new serving and décor pieces and pair them with favorite local foodstuffs for a Thanksgiving worth savoring.

Here are some picks for the big day.

Food & drink

In addition to those classic turkey-dinner staples (we’re looking at you, yams), wow your guests with some special offerings, from aperitif to dessert.

Introduce beer connoisseurs to Washington’s hottest alcoholic beverage: hard cider. Seattle Cider Company’s Pumpkin Spice Hard Cider ($8.50 for 22 ounces at Metropolitan Market) is fresh-pressed from locally grown apples with a hint of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and clove for a tasty yet understated fall flavor.

Anchor your cheese plate with something unforgettable: a generous chunk of Beecher’s Flagship Reserve ($26 at Beecher’s, Pike Place Market). The award-winning cheese is a rich, Old World-style cheddar that pairs beautifully with just about any cracker.

Serve a food-friendly red with dinner, such as Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($25 at Total Wine and More), which earned 92 points from Wine Spectator magazine.

After dinner — alongside pumpkin pie, perhaps? — serve up mini-cakes or cookies in pumpkin, leaf, turkey and acorn shapes made with the Nordic Ware Bronze Fall Cakelet Pan ($38 at Sur La Table). Let kiddos add frosting and sprinkles before serving to get them involved in the action.

Tabletop

A big home-décor trend for fall is mixing glamorous metals with natural elements — think rustic pinecones displayed in a gilded bowl, or a burlap table runner paired with mercury-glass candlesticks. The result is an elegant yet unfussy look that’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Pier 1 Imports’ Jute Table Runner ($25) creates a neutral rustic base for your centerpiece. Add petite white pumpkins, as well as several Crate and Barrel Pumpkin Spice Candles ($10 each) on Pier 1 Imports’ Mercury Glass Candleholders ($18–$22) for a table that’s lovely and fragrant. (Budget bonus: You can use the candleholders again at Christmas with red or white pillar candles.)

Love the look of a pretty bowl brimming with tiny pumpkins or pinecones? Pick up a Natural Root Wood Bowl ($30 at target.com) for a rustic look, or go modern with the TThreshold Hammered Stainless Steel Serve Bowl ($15 at Target).

If you’re feeding a large group, you may need some extra place settings. Look no further than Cost Plus World Market’s Porcelain Place Sets ($20–$25), which include either 12 dinner plates or 12 salad plates stacked in a convenient handled rack.

Around the room

Harvest décor needn’t be limited to your Thanksgiving table. Display gorgeous golden wheat stalks on your front door or above the dining room buffet with the Crate & Barrel Wheat Wreath ($89).

Begin a new tradition by asking friends and family members to reflect on what they are thankful for in a journal, such as the Giving Thanks Guest Book ($25 at Paper Source). Entries can be read aloud after dinner and then saved to treasure for years to come.

Hang a handmade garland from the mantel, such as the fun and festive Little Retreats Give Thanks Glitter Garland ($20 at littleretreats.etsy.com). Local designer Brooke Meyenberg’s shop has an array of paper décor items for other celebratory occasions as well.

For a finishing touch, set out beautifully handcrafted Crate & Barrel Volcanic Pumpkins ($35 each). Place the pieces — made with volcanic ash, sand and stone from still-active Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines — on a coffee table where guests will gather for conversation after dinner.

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