Let me first clarify, I have no way to substantiate my Thanksgiving Day Feast Hypothesis; 'said' TDF Hypothesis is based strictly on here-say of lovely customers over the last few weeks, but here it goes -
TDF Hypothesis: I think that 1/3 of our lovely customers cook the Thanksgiving meal at home, 1/3 of our lovely customers go to someone's (dear relative's) home for Thanksgiving, and 1/3 of our lovely customers dine out (The Club).
If 'said' Thanksgiving Day Feast Hypothesis is correct, than 1/3 of you can spend the weekend researching which blockbuster movie you wish to spend an hour waiting in line to see and the other 2/3 of you should continue reading on.
Let me dedicate the first section of this stimulating (ha, ha) blog post to our dear customers (and devoted blog readers) who have dedicated their lives to creating those perfect family memories. In those 'perfect-family-holiday-memory-scenarios', children(s) are: dressed appropriately with shoes on, phoneless, and exchanging lively banter amongst themselves with no hitting or tears . Husband has learned how to pre-program DVR and is secretly recording his (stupid) football games instead of locked away in a remote room by himself. All family 'units' are participating in some type of willing conversation with extended family, and dear Mother-In-Law is distracted enough by charming off-spring to stay out of your kitchen (for the time being) while you prepare (slave) to make the best Thanksgiving Day Feast in your Domestic Goddess career.
The Thanksgiving Day Feast has so many components that it (8-10 dishes) could easily be construed as being incredibly stressful. The reason that I think the meal is stressful is because you (Domestic Goddess) are trying to serve 8-10 dishes (turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, another gravy, green beans, biscuits) reasonably hot at the same time with typically little help from 'said' charming offspring, and overly sports stimulated husband, while under the ever watchful (glaring) eyes of Mother-In-Law.
As a 'said' proven Hostess-With-The-Mostess, I have learned over the years to let go of the things that you can't control (8-10 dishes served simultaneously hot) and focus on the things that you can control like a beautifully set table. May I remind you of the saying - First Impressions Are Everything.
Just picture this scenario - You announce dinner is ready (on time). Everyone (your loving family) assembles to the dining room. You are in the kitchen frantically getting 'it' all together. And, you over hear your Mother-In-Law in a rare monumental compliment -
"My, doesn't everything look beautiful."
Husband lets out an unconscious sigh of relief (actually, he's very proud). Son grumbles that he's glad 'we' didn't go to The Club, and teenage daughter (eye lids covered in the most God awful light blue eye shadow) claims that when she grows up, gets married and has everyone (you!) to her house for The Thanksgiving Day Feast, she wants it to look exactly like this.
Domestic Goddess Bliss, ahhh.
To Set The Perfect Thanksgiving Feast Dinner Table, It Is All In The Details
I love the shade of these tea-stained colored beeswax tapers.
Insider Blog Tip: Sprinkle beautiful flowers around your home for an unexpected 'pop' of fall color.
Dried Hydrangeas Shown with handsome Match Pewter Pitcher
Insider Blog Tip: Velvet Pumpkins with natural gourd stems, my all time favorite Thanksgiving decor accessory . . . ever!
Velvet pumpkins in various greens and golds shown with Juliska cake stands.
Casual Flax Colored Napkins
Insider Blog Tip: I choose to not serve my Thanksgiving Day Feast on pastel pinks, greens, blues, and yellows. I prefer a neutral colored plate and really play up the table linens, flowers, and decor for a festive fall affect.
Insider Blog Tip: I like to serve a nice white wine with my Turkey Feast, perhaps a Cote du Rhone Guigal or Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, and I always have a water glass set at each guest's place. Chances are irritating brother-in-law will be less obnoxious if he has something else to drink other than too much vino.
Insider Blog Tip: I always set my dinner table with the entire place setting of flatware. I'm not showing off; I just think it looks nice at each place setting to have small fork, big fork, knife, big spoon and small spoon.
Think ahead in regards to what dishes you are serving and how you are going to serve 'said' dishes.
Insider Blog Tip: Last shipment of velvet pumpkins to arrive by Fed Ex Friday.
Real Insider Blog Tip: I, personally, plan to use the velvet pumpkins as informal/formal centerpieces on my Thanksgiving Day Tables.
and, as . . . .
place card holders, too charme.
Well, there you have it, - all my best suggestions for overly impressing your dear, sweet family on a most memorable Thanksgiving Day Feast. Who knows, maybe you will even crack a smile out of that staunch mother-in-law of yours.
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Next Blog Post - Monday
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