It’s that time of year again. It’s Thanksgiving which means one of several things for you. You are either looking forward to hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner at your house or you’re very much looking forward to eating it at someone else’s house.
I realize that doesn’t cover all of you. Some will begrudgingly cook at your house or begrudgingly go to Aunt Ruth’s house. Or you might just say forget it and go out to a restaurant (I’ve done this a few times, myself).
I fall into that big, all-important first category. I’m hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner at the house. Not to worry though. We’ll only have 22 people coming with a need to accommodate kids, teenagers, senior citizens, special needs, and vegetarians. Put a bottle of wine in front of me and I can do it all. Or rather we can do it all.
My husband and I come together as a team when it comes to big gatherings at our house. We usually scramble like mad people to scrub every last inch of our house so people think we live under ultra sanitary conditions on a daily basis. We do some last minute meal planning and shopping. And then on Thanksgiving day, we start off calm, end up in a panic, and then settle into a food coma relishing the day’s events.
Looks like we’re right on schedule this year. We have to finish painting. Like, a lot of painting. Then clean every square inch of the house. That’s the most stressful part for me.
I’ve planned most of the meal. I’ve done some of the shopping and I’ve starting making some assignments for the guests (mainly just appetizers).
But the icing on the cake is the Thanksgiving decor, specifically the setting of the table. That’s my department.
While I don’t pretend to be Martha Stewart (mainly because I wouldn’t want to be), I do like to set a nice table, complete with china, cloth napkins, and a centerpiece. Here’s a glimpse at years gone by.
And yes, I did make those centerpieces. I can be a little crafty when I try (just don’t make me try). I love to set a beautiful table and as the years have gone by, I like to make an elegant meal to go with it.
We can’t have corn; we have to have corn soufflé. We can’t have yams; we have to have sweet potato gratin. And we can’t have green bean casserole. We’ll have to have some fancy vegetable like roasted asparagus.
At least, that’s what I thought when I was talking about the menu out loud with my brother and sister. My brother, the pseudo-vegetarian, shocked me by dismissing my fancy vegetable idea. He wants a green bean casserole. And while I considered making my own fancy pants version of it, I find that comfort food is really what everyone craves.
So, some of the shopping is done. Green beans have been bought, along with french fried onions and nothing but Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.
A few years ago we hosted 22 people. It was great. Crazy. Slightly tight. But great. I loved it!! And I let go of the stressing over food and fancy cooking. But I also skipped on the decor. I love the ones you have made. Simple, yet really beautiful. I may have to attempt a centerpiece this year.
The only bad part is day after. The cleaning is never all done on Thanksgiving evening. We’re all too full and tired!
I think your home looks warm and inviting. Just the kind of place I like to be on Thanksgiving! Oh and Campbell’s green bean casserole STILL rocks! 🙂
There’s always room for one more at our table 🙂
I love green bean casserole. We’ve even had it on non-Thanksgiving days, and it is still delicious. Beautiful centerpieces! Have a great Thanksgiving!!
It’s a Thanksgiving-only dish for me but I’m actually looking forward to the simplicity. Have a good Thanksgiving too!!
I love that last centerpiece. Very pretty. Someday I hope to host a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. My husband’s family is huge and it’s just a big buffet. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I have this image in my head and it doesn’t live up to it. My family isn’t near as large, but it’s usually buffet style as well. My 2 most favorite Thanksgiving dinners were hosted by my aunt and uncle on my dad’s side who live out of town and it was a sit down dinner.
PS… I have just discovered green bean casserole and now it’s like crack to me. It’s not that I didn’t know it existed, but I had never had it. It didn’t appeal to me. Until last weekend. I blame the pregnancy. I can’t get enough of it.
You should check out the recipes on the Campbell’s site. They have mini green bean casserole cups. I think it’s in a pastry shell. You will die.
We’ll be buffet style but I at least like the set the table a little fancy. I haven’t done ANY prep work for the table setting though and that’s my favorite part 🙁