For the last couple of years, we’ve decided to stay home for Thanksgiving instead of making the loooong trek to Kentucky in a crowded mini-van. And, it’s nice. There’s something to be said for not spending every second of your vacation traveling and just being home, with little to do and few places to go.
So, it’s just us for Thanksgiving dinner. And, while I envision everyone sitting down to a beautifully set table and a real meal (like the kind with more than one side) that everyone eats and then ask for seconds, I know the reality will most likely be different.
Either way, I think it’s still important to make the effort when our kids are little. I like the idea of making holidays feel special, even if it’s just the seven of us, and even if they’d be happier eating a whole meal of Cheese-Its than green bean casserole. I like the idea of starting traditions with them now, even if it turns into a fiasco, with hair-pulling and whining.
And, I like the idea idea of sitting a pretty table for the occasion—keeping it simple, of course. For this set up, I added little touches of black and gold by spray painting some apples (easy!) and adding a cute new set of owl salt and pepper shakers.
I also made these placecard/postcards by using this free printable and taping on an old family photo. (For bigger family gatherings, these could be good conversation starters, and guests could write what they’re thankful for on the back. . . )
If your Thanksgiving celebration is small, what do you do to still make it special?
Thanks to Target for partnering with me on creating #MyKindOfHoliday and providing me with a gift card. You know Target is one of my favorite places, anyway, and a great stop if you need to make your Thanksgiving table special (whether your kids appreciate it or not). See more of their holiday entertaining collection here: