So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year. Congrats on being the chosen one! It’s hard to beat the stress of holiday hosting. I mean, not only do you have to navigate crowded food stores, long lines and traffic, you’re also in charge of making sure that everyone has a great time. NO PRESSURE.
I’ve also been charged with hosting this year’s feast, and I’m beyond stressed. I believe that both the meal and the environment make the day, so what to focus on first??! AH! To reduce my turkey day-induced insomnia, I’m planning in advance this year. My first order of business is to make some simple, diy decorations from items around the house. I figure that once I have the decorating out of the way, I will be able to focus solely on food preparation in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. (Fingers crossed, anyway)…
Based on my preparation so far, here are 3 tips to host your own upcycled Thanksgiving:
1. CREATE A FESTIVE CENTERPIECE.
Much of Thanksgiving is spent at the dinner table. Whether you’re looking for a conversation piece or a way to avoid eye contact with the in-laws, centerpieces can REALLY come in handy. Plus, they help to create a festive atmosphere. Here’s the start of one that I’m putting together for this year’s hosting duties, re-using items from around the house.
Check out last week’s blog to see how you too can re-imagine the pumpkins and wine bottles enjoyed on Halloween to make a fun spread.
2. SET THE TONE WITH YOUR TABLE SETTING.
Whether you want the Thanksgiving meal to be an opportunity for reflection or full of laughs, your place setting can help to set the mood. (Then, again, so can drinks. So, be sure to take note of tip #3!) No matter the tone you’re trying to set, adding an interactive element to your place setting will certainly make your meal memorable.
So, will the fact that your place settings are made from salvaged materials! Before you recycle those paper shopping bags, give them another chance at life as interactive place mats, like I’m planning to. I’m also creating some place cards from the back, blank side of greeting cards. To get these place cards to pop, I plan to add a small stencil of a little turkey or a piece of pie.
3. INFUSE THE FALL THEME INTO COCKTAIL HOUR.
Once you’ve got your table set and your centerpiece perfected, re-use your remaining good sized pumpkins to complete your fall theme by incorporating them into your guests’ catch-up time pre-turkey. I’m planning on making one of my pumpkins into a wine cooler. Don’t drink? It can double as the kid’s juice cooler as well! (Picture below and step-by-step instructions via Cheryl Style).
For the perfect cocktail finger food, serve roasted pumpkins seeds! They taste great and won’t fill you up before a large meal. Plus, you’ll be making great use of your pumpkin. I’m planning on trying a new spicy recipe this year. The above picture and tasty recipe that I’ll be trying comes from Bubby & Bean.
What reinvention possibilities are you considering for your Thanksgiving hosting duties? Gobble, gobble!