Are you entertaining for Thanksgiving tomorrow? Whether you are a dab hand at holiday meals, or if you’re newly entering the realm, I’ve got some advice for you. Come on in, sit a bit and let me tell you the story of my first dinner party.
You might think from the lead photograph that I’m going to tell you the most important thing to bring to Thanksgiving is the wine. *big smile* But it’s not.
I have loved to cook ever since I can remember, but it was when I was out on my own in my college years that I first entertained. My first apartment was just off campus and it was empty. I’m not kidding. I had zero furniture.
The first priority for me, even over a bed, was to have pots and pans. I worked full-time, went to school full-time and I had very little money. After working for a while, I managed to buy a very inexpensive set of pots and pans from K-Mart to start my kitchen collection. That necessitated, in my mind, a celebration!
I had no table. I had no chairs. But I had my imagination. So, I scoured the local markets for discarded boxes which I set up in the middle of the living room floor. I placed them in a circle and covered them with tea towels to serve as the table, each person had their own box.
Everyone sat cross-legged on the floor around my “table” and we feasted on Cornish Game Hens. Off of paper plates, with plastic forks. I don’t remember the rest of the menu, but it was a beautiful party.
It wasn’t the fine atmosphere, it wasn’t china or crystal or silver, it wasn’t a fancy flower arrangement. What made that event special was the love that I brought to the party. If you’re entertaining for the first time this holiday season, or if you’ve been doing it a while, just bring the love. That’s really all that matters.
My life has changed since my first entertaining experience, but what hasn’t changed is, no matter how I set my table, no matter what food I prepare, no matter how wonderfully everything turns out, or whether I’ve burned the rolls, I bring the love.
This Thanksgiving, and every day, I’m thankful for my many blessings; I’m thankful for the opportunity to do what I love; I’m thankful for you for being here and reading my posts and trying my recipes. And I’m sending all my love to you for your feast of Thanksgiving. Relax and enjoy it…the memories will be made on their own.
p.s.: This year’s theme for the holiday season is: “Sticks and Twigs Go Elegant.” Here is how I incorporated that theme into our Thanksgiving table:
I’ve used burlap and damask as a table runner and twiggy pumpkins:
I used wooden and silver chargers and I did the pumpkin napkin fold I showed you, with gourd stems as the pumpkin stems:
My flowers are an inexpensive bundle I picked up at the grocery store and arranged myself. They are in a silver bowl, surrounded by a twig wreath that I’ve draped fall leaves on.