Thanksgiving is here – this week! And if you’re like me, you’re thinking ahead and planning out the details!

It’s essential, in my mind, to be organized and ready for the day – so you can enjoy the day!

Last year we kept it simple, as we observed the holiday out of town. The year before that, we had a small gathering in our home.

This year, it will be very simple again.


Thinking ahead to the centerpiece …

Keep it Inexpensive
A few years ago I remember going to our friend’s home up north. On Thanksgiving morning, when all the preparation and work had been done, our two families went for a long walk.

The goal of the walk was for the kids to find items to put on the table, and make their own centerpiece!

I wish I had pictures of how they put it together with branches and pinecones, but it was priceless – and beautiful!

Make it Creative Fun
My daughter and I created an inexpensive centerpiece just this last weekend for our dinner party. Driving by some freshly-fallen leaves, we stopped the car and picked the leaves that we wanted to use.

Dry out the leaves


Snip off the stem


Line a large vase with leaves


Turn a goblet, upside down, in the center of the vase


Put a candle in the center


It was fun to recreate those memories from almost 10 years ago, keeping it inexpensive and using what we had!

So don’t forget the easy sweet potatoes, here, and to keep a positive attitude, when you’re cooking your turkey, and the reason why we’re gathering in the first place.

Not only are we celebrating Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating Togetherness!

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