I have mentioned our annual Christmas party a few times. Our party is a big event, and it has grown in every aspect over the last thirty years. We invite all of our friends and family (and their children if they are friends with our children) and I cook all of the food. For about 250 people. And no, I am not a caterer.
This year I decided I wanted to make personalized Christmas ornaments. I thought it would be fun to make a list of words that were special to everyone in our family. Words from the year 2017 … such as people’s names, places we have visited and anything else I could think of that has a special meaning to our family. I started with a list of 35 words but by the time I finished making the ornaments the list had grown to over 50. It’s a good thing the ornaments were easy to make!
Thanksgiving is about following tradition; Friendsgiving is about making new ones.
I know I have a lot going on this holiday season. I am a bit crazed but I kind of love it! So when the idea of hosting a Friendsgiving Party came up, I jumped at the choice to host my first one. I mean who doesn’t want a dress rehearsal for the big Turkey Day Celebration?
Thanksgiving can be a bit tricky if you are the chef. On the one hand, it’s a wonderful event for cooking and entertaining. On the other hand, if your family is like mine, there are a lot of traditions involved. I think if my family showed up for Thanksgiving and I tried to serve something other than my mom’s Cornbread Stuffing recipe then they would all leave. The same goes for most of the other items on the menu.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and my table is almost set. I know you are surprised since I love to set tables in my dining room. But I am almost done. I still have to decide on the china pattern and I need to plan out my flowers.
I think one way you can personalize your table is by making your place cards. So I had some fun today and created a few options.
I love the color of cranberries and thought they might add a lot of color to a table.
Using a piece of floral wire I strung the berries and then made a small tassel out of some of my Target Dollar Spot twine. This is my version of the popular wooden beads for your home made out of cranberries instead.
Every year I try to come up with the perfect homemade gift for my family members. I am not exaggerating when I say I have been doing this since I was eight years old. Fortunately, I think the gifts have gotten better as the years have progressed!
I have to admit I have been freaked out with deadlines lately. I have a lot of blog posts and brand rep posts to complete in the next few months and they have been causing me a lot of stress.