What does your Thanksgiving table look like? Is it bursting with classic dishes of roasted turkey, savory stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberries, and pumpkin pie? Perhaps you do something completely out of the box and your Thanksgiving spread is made up of family favorite’s such as pizza, hamburgers, lasagna, and more? No matter if the holiday menu is traditional or non-traditional, I bet you set your very own spin on it to make the day unique!
Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Thanksgiving Day dinner in our home is the same year after year. Hubby and I stumble out of bed early in the morning to get the turkey ready for the oven. Typically he does the dirty work and reaches in the bird to pull out the bag of disgusting stuff located in the cavities. I accidentally left the plastic bag filled with the giblets inside the turkey ONE TIME in 21 years, which ruined the main star of the feast. He has not forgotten that tiny incident, deems me turkey incompetent, and oversees the whole bird preparation. Certainly I cannot blame his insecurities considering we could not figure out why the turkey tasted a bit like chewing a rubber ducky until he looked inside the turkey’s rear and it was shiny like a plastic toy. Yup, I will never live that one down! After the turkey is safely in the oven we go back to bed for a few hours and then I get up to make the rest of the yummy side dishes including stuffing, homemade mashed potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, vegetable tray, and Rye Boat Dip and bread tray.
Perfect Table Setting
While the turkey is cooking I set the table to get it ready for the feast. I usually place out the same dishes every year, but this year I want to make the table look especially inviting! Target has everything needed to set the perfect table including these festive Mercury Glass dishes, Ombre Glasses, and Pretty Platters!
This Thanksgiving my mother’s new husband will be joining us for the first time, so it marks a special beginning for the entire family. I want his first Thanksgiving with us to be exceptionally memorable and unique. I was even thinking about starting a new tradition of having everyone at the table share a quality they love about the family member sitting at their right and why they are particularly thankful for that person to be in their life. It would be a great way for the family to kick off the holiday season by showing gratitude for each other.
“My Kind of Holiday”
Target recently launched a “My Kind of Holiday” campaign designed to inspire traditions with the notion that no matter what your beliefs are, it is your Holiday to make unique. Keeping within this theme, I thought about how I could put my own twist on Thanksgiving that might be slightly different than last year. The worst and I do mean the WORST part of the day is the cleanup. By the time the meal is over and everyone has hit the food coma no one likes to have to deal with the mess of having to put away the leftovers and dirty dishes. With that in mind, I thought about having a pumpkin challenge. The adult who is able to toss the pumpkin the farthest gets pardoned from kitchen duty. It would be a fun activity and also put those useless rotting squashes to good use!
By the time everyone is done overeating and the natural sedative of tryptophan has taken full effect— all we want to do is sit down, relax, and watch a few good festive movies. It might not seem like much of a tradition, but it is what we enjoy and it is usually family Christmas flicks.
Thanksgiving Day in Your Home?
What new traditions are you planning this year? How do you make the holiday unique?
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