Thanksgiving has got to be one of the most delicious weekends of the entire year. The food, the smells, the company, its all great. This year was a big year. I got to host my first Thanksgiving Dinner and ya know what. It didn’t suck!!
When you think thanksgiving does turkey come to your mind? Mine too. Unfortunately I’ve never cooked a turkey. I could have stressed myself out and figured out how to do it but instead I recruited my Dad to bake the big bird. He rocked it as always and I didn’t burn the house down or the turkey. It was a win, win situation in my house.
That’s my first tip. Have someone else do the thing that is making your eyes twitch. If that’s not an option. Style your hair crazy so people aren’t looking at your eyes wondering what is wrong with you.
Perhaps I just never paid attention to what we were feasting upon in previous years but I did notice something spectacular this year. We ate food that came from our loved ones gardens! Seriously. The potatoes, the corn, the carrots and the salads. Yumm.
Basically we only had to round up a bird and whip up from homemade buns (thank you talented Uncle) to have an amazing Thanksgiving feast.
Originally I planned on just setting the table like I always do. Basically Plates, utensils and cups on the table with tons of food and a table runner. (Full discloser: my table always has a runner on it. Burlap runner aka insta fancy with no effort) A few hours before guests arrived I changed my mind. Cuz’ I be crazy!
It started as me looking up some cute printables that I could use for us to write down our thoughts then it slowly started taking over my table.
I may have seen too many movies that have families and friends write down what they are grateful for and read them aloud while everyone gets choked up remembering their many many blessing. I didn’t want to get to that level but I did want my guests to take the time to collect their thoughts and write them down. I found these adorable prompts and placed one on each place setting.
In the center of my table I placed an adorable jar to collect the slips of papers. I forgot to mention what the empty jar was for… So if you copy any of my ideas tell your peeps what the jar is about. Seriously, rookie move.
I told you I got a little intense. I broke out my hot glue and made adorable utensil holders from these printables. It was simple but brought our table display up a couple notches.
Thanksgiving Placemats for Kids
I couldn’t leave the kids table out so they each got a cute placemat to color on while we gathered everyone and dished up our plates. We used these ones.
We ate, visited and enjoyed every minute. I’m sure that it wasn’t perfect but we had everything that mattered and a couple extra fun things.
What do you do to make your Thanksgiving dinner a little extra special?