Each year as soon I put the kids’ Halloween costumes away, I start planning the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. Discussions inevitably start with meal planning and menus, and then progress to travel plans and entertaining.
We swap ideas, share recipes and work together until we create a menu that appeals to everyone’s preferences. Then we debate what time the meal will be served, and whether the kids eat with the adults or at their own table. And we compromise. A lot.
Check out this mouth-watering classic recipe for traditional mashed potatoes with just four ingredients.
The one thing I’m not open to compromising on is comfort. Whether they’re here for a few hours or several days, I want my family and guests to be comfortable in my home. This means extra seating, comfy dining chairs, and an inviting guest room.
If you’re short on space, put a pair of these Dowdy Round Cocktail Ottomans at the table behind your sofa, in your front entry or at the end of your bed.
I think the Auberose Host Chair is the perfect choice for extra seating at the dining table. Its upholstered style complements nearly any style of existing chair and its timeless look means it won’t soon feel out of date. Throughout the year, it could work equally well at a desk or with as a pair flanking a sideboard.
I love the Sunset Point Fretwork Panel Bed, and the soft beachy finishes. It has an everyday elegance that looks comfortable and welcoming—perfect for guests. Honestly though, I’m not sure this would ever make it to the guest room…I admit I’d probably keep it for my master bedroom and move my bed to the extra room.
If you, too, love to be creative for your Thanksgiving table decor, you’ll love this blog I wrote a few years ago on White Pumpkin Holiday Tablescapes.
To me, the best part of the holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas, is the opportunity to give thanks for the blessings I have. A little compromise on the menu and the time it’s served is a small price to pay for time with my family.
What’s your family’s Thanksgiving menu, and does everyone agree on it? We’d love to hear about it.