When my husband and I got married and moved closer to his family, he politely let me know that he would never be around for Thanksgiving. Never-ever. There’s a tradition in his family where all the guys take off for the mountains with a big group and do whatever men do in the mountains -mostly play quarter poker and tell the same stories year after year.
When he told me that, I just laughed and smiled. Nobody was getting between this lady and her turkey holiday!
So we celebrate Thanksgiving a week or two early so I get my fill of Thanksgiving and he gets his tradition. It’s a win-win. We invite friends over and make it a potluck – although the Turkey and table are mine alone to make.
I feel like this year’s theme for the holidays is returning to simplicity. I pulled out my usual table decorations – the plates that I hide away so we have at least one set that isn’t chipped or missing pieces, my ikea placemats, dollar store pumpkins, and candles (lots of candles). Add a few budget bouquets from Wegman’s grocery store, and the table was looking pretty good. With eight people around the table, the passing of food would never end so we are a buffet style crew – the plates fill up in the kitchen and seconds are easier to manage.
For fun, I made these little tags that say “Very Thankful for You”. They are great to use as place-cards, tags, or even decorating a take home bag of leftovers. It makes it harder to refuse leftovers when they are cutely packaged, right?
Tip: Don’t package up leftovers in containers you need to be returned. I buy a package of microwave safe lunch containers and use them to hand out.