A Harvest Table

 

For hosts who enjoy feeding family and friends, expert party planner Michelle Hope suggests tips for a stress-free, beautiful Thanksgiving.

 

Food & Entertaining | November 2013

In 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday, Americans embraced it and have celebrated it in full force ever since. Now, the tradition continues with a day that is all about enjoying food while gathering with family and friends. Spice up your celebration this year with a few special details to make the day especially memorable.

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• Consider renting tables to create a long, dramatic table either outside (weather permitting) or in a room where everyone can sit together.

• Add linens and chairs and chargers to dress up the table or go casual and use high-end disposable plates and utensils.

• Engage your guests in a game that asks each person to write on a card what they are most thankful for; place their cards in a basket; and then take turns drawing cards, reading them aloud and having everyone guess who said what.

• Have a pot-luck dinner and ask everyone to bring a dish, along with the recipe to share. Then, use a chalk board or poster board in a pretty frame to write the menu by hand so everyone can see what will be served.

• Embrace the holiday and as the hostess, let your guests know how thankful you are for each one of them. You can leave a written note in lieu of a place card at each person’s seat, or you could add a special tag to a parting gift (such as gourmet chocolates) to simply say you are thankful to have each person in your life.  After all, it’s the thought that counts.

Easy Fall Arrangements

• Use containers you already have; it’s good to mix and match.

• Allow the flowers to bring it all together.

• You can purchase fresh, inexpensive flowers locally at The Fresh Market or Costco. Both have a great variety.

• Spray paint pumpkins or gourds in metallic colors for an easy DIY project.

 

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