This year was the first year away from family. We were on our own this year. We wanted it to be nice and family oriented but, there was one little problem. I was scheduled to work at the hospital for the day shift. I would be off early afternoon and we made the best of it. (In other words, I did a TON of prep the day before and left a checklist with my husband to do) My husband put the turkey in to bake, peeled the potatoes and started the carrots to cook so that when I got home, we could have a nice Thanksgiving Dinner.
For the place settings, we used beautiful, simple items. Silver chargers, iron stone white plates, silver silverware and glass water glasses for the famous slush (that we’ve had for as long as I can remember). The silverware were set in a simple holder made from upholstery webbing. The placemats were German cloths.
We made sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.
It all smelled so good. I wanted to take a few more pictures but, my husband said, “Can we eat already, I’ve been smelling it all day!” They were ready to eat. LOL
The cloths are German wash cloths. I didn’t get a picture of the edge where it had the initials (A and K). I didn’t notice what the initials were until my two children with A and K names pointed that out. They thought it was pretty neat. They are beautiful cloths. I can see many dinner parties in their future! Used as runners (as seen here) or folded up beautifully next to a plate.
Because we were by ourselves for Thanksgiving, we decided to start a tradition of our own. We decorated on family night, the week before Thanksgiving, a long skinny piece of paper that they had to think about all week and then decide their top 5 favorite things they are thankful for. It was a great idea and the kids were really excited to share. One of the funniest things my 6 year old said he was thankful for was Shrimp. LOL Who knew?
I have so much to be thankful for!