Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time for family and friends to gather. And, whether they are dining on the finest china or paper plates, it is a meaningful and important holiday for most everyone. So, regardless of where you are making your Thanksgiving dinner meal, or under what circumstances, it is ALREADY PERFECT just because!
But – if you have some say in the matter – if you are hosting or co-hosting and choosing between the good china and paper plates. Or choosing between serve-yourself-at-the-range or using serving dishes on the table – my vote is for making it special.
What is special? Special is just being together, of course. But why not go the extra mile? Why not involve the whole family in decorating a beautiful dining table for Thanksgiving, to make the day seem truly a day of special recognition?
Making a beautiful and memorable holiday table doesn’t mean spending a bundle. In fact, it can still be paper plates! But, take the time to set the table, lay out the place settings and silverware. Add napkins and condiments to the table. Serve the dinner on serving dishes on the table. If you aren’t well equipped in that department, improvise. And, involve the kids. Have them color place settings for each guest. Have them help set the table. These are memories that will last a lifetime for them.
It somehow seems much more of a special day if you can sit down to something out of the ordinary. Find a centerpiece, whether it be a bouquet of fall foliage you have snipped off of bushes outside, or a construction paper turkey your kids have cut out and colored, it doesn’t matter! The point is to make it special. And “special” means something you don’t have every day. Your family will appreciate your efforts, and even if the cleanup is more work intensive, especially if you don’t happen to have a dishwasher, you will find at the end of the day you feel all the more thankful if you have put forth the extra effort. And, without a doubt, these occasions are the things that memories are made of.