Thanksgiving is almost here! This year we are traveling back to Ohio to visit family for Thanksgiving, so I am off the hook for all that cooking and planning. Last year, however, we hosted a gathering of 12 family members at our house, and I learned a few tricks that might be helpful for those of you who are in the same spot! (And don't forget you can click on the photos below to enlarge them!)
First, I went to Joann's and bought a few yards of fall-looking material to serve as a table runner. I did not sew one single stitch. Instead, I just ironed the edges of the material under so that they would lay flat, and then laid my "runner" right on top of my tablecloth. No one ever knew the difference, and it was about $10 for the material instead of spending a fortune for a real table runner!
Next, I just bought a few simple mini-pumpkins and gourds for the center of the table, and, along with candles, they made a pretty centerpiece. I loved the gorgeous floral arrangements that I saw in magazines, but 1) they were super-expensive and 2) people wouldn't have been able to see over the flowers to talk to each other, so it wasn't worth it!
I also didn't have enough of my fancy china (inherited from my husband's side of the family...not sure where all the pieces ended up). No big deal, we just interspersed some of my everyday white pieces in with the fancy stuff, and I don't think anyone even noticed!
My favorite thing that we did was make little turkey cookies to use as place cards. These were just simple sugar cookies, and then I took plastic Ziploc bags, snipped the corners off, and used them to pipe each person's name onto the cookies. Everyone loved it!
It was so much fun to plan and execute all these little details, but I must admit, I am happy to take a backseat this time around! Good luck to all of you who are playing the hostess this year!
Have a great weekend!