Thanksgiving is just around the corner. More than almost any other holiday,Thanksgiving dinner, table decorations and guest lists are fussed and fretted over from the first day of November until the moment the turkey hits the dinner table. It's undoubtedly one of the biggest holidays of the year. It's a day of family and friends gathering together for a large meal and giving thanks.
Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year. We all are thoroughly familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag and their first meal together in 1621 in Plymouth, MA.
My family always celebrates with a large group gathered for dinner at my family's home and we serve the traditional fare: roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes (with the gooey marshmallows melted on top), cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (yes with the little french onions from the can), ending with pumpkin and pecan pies. It's hard to believe anyone can even walk after one of these meals.
Decorating the Thanksgiving table can be fun, but it can also be a chore for so many. Especially if you're having a large group.
In my video, Decorating a Table for a Large Gathering, I used fall as the central theme, however it can also be used for a traditional Thanksgiving table as well. Take a look at my video section and watch how we set this up.
Keep the table festive but simple. Use your imagination and create your own "wow" factor.
Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving.