Thanksgiving is here – this week! And if you’re like me, you’re thinking ahead and planning out the details!
It’s essential, in my mind, to be organized and ready for the day – so you can enjoy the day!
I know this may shock some readers, but I’ve only had a few Thanksgiving meals in my home. Our family has always been invited to other homes where great memories were created!
Last year we kept it simple, as we observed the holiday out of town. The year before that, we had a small gathering in our home.
This year, it will be very simple again.
Thinking ahead to the centerpiece ...
Keep it Inexpensive
A few years ago I remember going to our friend’s home up north. On Thanksgiving morning, when all the preparation and work had been done, our two families went for a long walk.
The goal of the walk was for the kids to find items to put on the table, and make their own centerpiece!
I wish I had pictures of how they put it together with branches and pinecones, but it was priceless – and beautiful!
Make it Creative Fun
My daughter and I created an inexpensive centerpiece just this last weekend for our dinner party. Driving by some freshly-fallen leaves, we stopped the car and picked the leaves that we wanted to use.
Dry out the leaves
Snip off the stem
Line a large vase with leaves
Turn a goblet, upside down, in the center of the vase
Put a candle in the center
It was fun to recreate those memories from almost 10 years ago, keeping it inexpensive and using what we had!
Oh, and another memory from that same Thanksgiving vacation was this. In the evening we gathered back together in the dining room to eat the dessert. Coffee was served in beautiful china cups, the pumpkin pie was cut and put onto each plate with a dollop of sweet whipped cream, and all of the 5 kids were on their best behavior, napkins in laps.
We put our forks into the pie, and then into our mouths, and savoring the first bite we were at first taken back. The pie was sweet, but not really!
(I like to use the top of my piano as a buffet for desserts!)
No Sugar in the Pie
What we found out later was that the hostess forgot to put sugar in the pie! Completely left it out!! But guess what? With the sweet cream, we ate it anyway! We didn’t make a big deal about it. We don’t even think the kids noticed.
To this day, I only remember this story not because of the mistake, but because of the lesson I learned 10 years ago!
Remember gals, if something doesn’t turn out quite right on Thanksgiving Day – don’t bring it to your guests’ attention! Don’t feel like you have to apologize for your mistake. Just go with the flow and I bet your guests won’t even notice.
Are you in the habit of bringing light to your mistakes?
And what are your plans for your Thanksgiving centerpiece?