I had Thanksgiving at my house last year, and I’m planning to do it again this year. Last year was the first year I was interested in other people’s posts about what they were cooking, and I took notes: one person’s baked mashed potatoes recipe, another person’s roasted root vegetables recipe, another person’s pumpkin pie recipe. I liked being in the kitchen and thinking of how very many of us were ALSO in the kitchen, all making the same sorts of foods.
One of the upsides of hosting Thanksgiving is that I can buy a few accessory pieces: I have enough place settings of my grandma’s china, but I could use some new decorative things for the center of the table, some pretty paper napkins, more salt-and-pepper shakers. I’m not rushing it: everything went fine last year without those things. But it’s fun to have a gap to fill. At a consignment shop I found a good price on a serving dish in my grandma’s pattern; before, I would have thought, “Oh, it’s great, but I’ll never have a chance to use it!” This time, with Thanksgiving dinner in the future, I got out my wallet.
And when I saw acorn placecard holders at the store, instead of thinking, “I never use placecard holders,” I thought “Hey! I could use placecard holders! To hold placecards!” So it has been pleasant, is what I’m saying.
I’m considering going with a bit of an acorn THEME. I remember from last year that there wasn’t much room for a centerpiece, so I was thinking of something more like little tiny stuff: some pressed leaves, a few of those cute tiny pumpkins and squashes (which I then don’t have to find space to store), and maybe some of these tiny acorn candle holders (photo from Williams-Sonoma.com).
Or it seems like this beaded garland (photo from Pier1.com) could weave among the dishes without taking up too much space. (Or, maybe there would be a little round bead in the way of every single dish anyone tried to put down.)
I haven’t seen any Thanksgiving/harvest napkins I like this year. It appeals to me to buy an assortment—one each of every fall color (photo from CrateAndBarrel.com). We could use them the rest of the year too, then.
Oooh, or I hadn’t seen these before. (Photo from Amazon.com.) I like those too. I don’t want to spend that much, though. I think I’d rather get a couple of packs of solid color napkins and alternate the two colors around the table.
I looked through pages of Thanksgiving salt-and-pepper shakers, and these squirrel/acorn ones (photo from Amazon.com) were the only ones I liked. I’m beginning to think that I don’t really like anything Thanksgiving-themed: I haven’t liked many turkeys, pilgrims, or cornucopias. I think maybe I will end up leaning toward more of an autumnal concept: acorns, leaves, gourds.
Do you have Thanksgiving at your house? How do you decorate the table?