Thinking about Thanksgiving?
It may feel like summer just ended, but Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) is around the corner. Hosting should be fun: What's not to like about carving a turkey, passing the pumpkin pie and feasting with family or friends. However, the truth is, it can feel overwhelming, especially now with so many restrictions in place due to the current pandemic. Who to invite, how to make it comfortable for everyone (especially since the recent pandemic is not fully behind us).
To get ready, we have made some suggestions to help alleviate some of the stress.
Make that list. Check it Twice
List making is our way of staying organized - or at least faking it til we make it ... as it can be hard to stick with it. However, it's important to make your guest list and it is ok to ask your guests to bring some of the items so you aren't stuck with cooking everything. Perhaps ask them to bring their favourite side dishes. It is a good way to make sure everyone will enjoy the meal, while allowing others to try new traditions.
Add some Décor with a Fall Flair!
OK, who doesn't love a 'grammable' table setting that brings you into the festive spirit? You don't have to go overboard - but a nice centerpiece with a beautiful table setting will go a long way. Also, visiting your local decor shop/small business is a great place for inspiration. A few throw pillows and a couple table ornaments and candles will help create that festive autumn atmosphere.
Outside, the porch is a blank canvas. You can often visit local farms where you can pick up hay bale, pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds among gourds and of course beautiful fall mums. With that added touch of rustic chic, your porch will feel all that more welcoming.
Make it a Game Day!
Let loose and celebrate the yummy holiday with some fun games or activities with the family. Some of our favourite OG games include Jenga, Twister, Clue, Scrabble and even old fashioned card games! There are also games at your fingertips. Download HeadsUp or Charades on your smartphone.
Some other ideas include involving the kids. They have a hand at creating topics for charades and can be a hoot with both kids and adults alike. Who knows how to act our a blue whale without making a sound?
Puzzles are also a good option for the whole family. Everyone can get involved - and even if it isn't very productive, it's still a chance to spend the time together.
And ... don't forget. It is all about your loved ones. It is hard to not want everything to be perfect, but remember, your family and friends just want to spend a good time with you. So don't stress, or worry, or overthink everything. A nice meal with laughter while making fond memories is what you will be most thankful for!