This is my favorite time of year. Actually, I have quite a few but it’s definitely up there! It’s the one time I get to dress up the dinner table with china, crystal and all the turkey themed tableware. I remember loving it as a child and my immigrant mother would do her best to make us turkey that day and help us celebrate this meaningful American tradition. Back then, she was convinced she had to get up early in the morning to put the turkey in the oven so that we can be rudely awakened to eat mid-morning. Her rationale was that this way, we can have all day to eat it again and again and again. We were all definitely sick of the turkey meal by the end of the day. Today, it has remained a special tradition in my house with my own family…and heart. Oh…and we eat at dinnertime now. I especially love that both sides of our families get together and we can celebrate it with them and some dear friends.
Our tree of thanks welcomes guests to the appetizer buffet.
We like to keep the kids’ table close by so that we can all be together. My girls love setting the tables and it’s a great way for them to get creative and feel accomplished. I love how my daughter put the napkin and handwritten menu under the pumpkin soup tureen lids. Clever!
We like to make our guests feel special by making name cards along with the menu cards.
Since Thanksgiving dinner is our event, Christmas is hosted by another family member. So I like to sneak in a little Christmas early with some fun place mats. Why not!?
A close-up of the place cards. They were originally made to be keepsakes for guests to take home, but no one took them the first year I made them. So I just recycle them and use them year after year. I just make new cards for new guests.
Here’s how to cram in 12 adults and 5 kids. It’s tight, but doable! What you don’t see in the picture is that one more leaf in the table and the kids will be flying out the front window. I love the challenge! Hmm…I wonder how many more guests we could have with an “L” setup?! May have to try that sometime.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!