Thanksgiving Ideas

Hard to believe we are just one week away from Thanksgiving!  I have always loved Thanksgiving because I love to cook and we make it one big party.  While traditionally Thanksgiving may get overshadowed by Christmas, I make an effort to keep Thanksgiving fun.

When we lived in California, we always had a friendsgiving which was also wonderful.  This year, I’m happy to be celebrating at my parents house.  However you celebrate, here are some ideas to make it special.

  1. Signature Cocktail – We always make a cocktail for the adults, even if it’s just champagne and cranberry juice. It feels so festive! Below is one we made and added a sprig of rosemary for garnish; so easy!img_6107
  2. Decorating – Keep it simple.  I like to bring natural elements inside, of course, such as pumpkins and fall flowers.  Here is our dining room’s current state:

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I had made this wreath with a friend at a mom’s night out; I added a “gather” sign from Target’s dollar spot and voila!  My house was done.  Or, as done as it was going to get…

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3. Keep the kids busy. I always try to get some kind of simple craft for my girls to complete while I’m in the kitchen. I really love the crafts from PaperSource – they are elegant and still easy enough for young kids.  Here is their turkey centerpiece kit which I have ordered for our celebration.turkey craft

4.  As for the food, again, I believe in keeping it simple.  Last year, I admit that I bought most of the food from Costco and things turned out just fine, nobody noticed or cared!  As long as we are together…

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving planning is going strong!