This year, Eli and I hosted our first Thanksgiving and I cooked my first turkey! The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, there was a lot of research, looking at cookbooks, browsing Pinterest and making lists. Not only did I want my first Thanksgiving to be special, but I wanted it to be perfect!
I sent out hand written invitations, something that I probably won’t do in a few years, and included a Thankful Ticket for everyone to fill out and bring to dinner. I found pretty cards with gold lettering from Paper Source and even got their Thanksgiving banner which I felt gave a special touch!
Our table wasn’t big enough for the 11 people we were planing on having over, and I had been stressing out about how we were going to fit everyone. Then a couple nights before, we were watching Christmas Vacation, one of my favorite Christmas movies, and in the scene where they were having Christmas Eve dinner, I quietly counted how many people they had at their table and wondered how they fit everyone! Thats when I noticed something I never did before in all the 20+ times I’ve seen it, they had a card table at the end of the table! It was so simple yet genius! I’ve heard it said that God speaks to us in mysterious ways, and I really believed he used the Griswald family Christmas to help me figure it out! 🙂 We bought a card table the next day and my table cloth perfectly fit both tables!
I baked 3 pies on the night before the night; Pumpkin, Pecan, and Caramel Apple. I am not a huge pumpkin fan, as some of you might know, and I wasn’t planning on making one at first but then I caved, because what Thanksgiving Dinner doesn’t have Pumpkin Pie??
Crate and Barrel was my go to for a turkey platter and turkey salt and pepper shakers! My parents had a turkey platter when I was growing up and it stayed in its pretty box all year until the holidays came around and I loved the idea of having special things that I could bring out each year as part of our own family traditions!
Our Thanksgiving Menu consisted of:
- Turkey and gravy
- Apple, Sausage, and Cranberry Stuffing
- Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
- Candied Yams
- Green Bean Casserole (from scratch, no canned stuff except for the onions 🙂
- Cresent Rolls
- My mother in law’s Ravioli’s, an Italian tradition in their family
- Green Salad made by Eli’s Gramma
I was pretty proud of myself for how everything turned out! Except for the gravy, I thoroughly messed it up but only Eli’s grandpa wanted some! I decided to give myself some grace and that if that was the only bomb, it was ok!
We toasted to family and all the blessings that God has given us with Martinelli’s and went around the table sharing what we were most thankful for. I loved having Eli’s family gathered around our table and in our home. The most common thing that we were all thankful for was family and the people in our lives. It was very intimate and special. All in all, I’d say it was a perfect Thanksgiving! (I even got to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my own home and in my jammies! That has been my Thanksgiving Day wish for the past 7 years!)
This year and always, I am so thankful for you! My readers, my clients, and all the family and friends who support me and my business, allowing me to do what I love! I wouldn’t be able to do this without each and every one of you! I sincerely hope that you had the most wonderful of Thanksgivings, surrounded by family and friends, with the yummiest food and warmest of hearts!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thank you for letting me share my first Thanksgiving with you! Love and hugs, Sarah