Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays because not only is it a time where we can eat everything we want and not feel super guilty afterwards, but it’s a time to reflect. Each year, my mom hosts Thanksgiving, and I try to come up with a new tradition that adds a personal touch. This year, I thought I would share some of my ideas with you. Each of them is easy, but it truly adds a little something special to the day.
1. As the hostess:
To truly be the hostess with the mostest, show your guests what about each of them you’re thankful for. Use blank ‘Thank You’ cards as seating cards, and write one reason why you’re thankful for the person sitting there. These would be perfect.
2. Share a family recipe
As the hostess, there’s nothing better than passing on your tradition one day. One of the best ways to do that is to pass on some of your tried and true recipes. Pack up some leftovers for each guest and attach a recipe card of one of your dishes from the night.
3. Give me some sugar, I am your neighbor
Put a blank card and a pen on top of each person’s place setting and have them write down something they appreciate about the person sitting to their right. This is truly great if you’re seated next to someone you may not usually talk to or someone new to the table. Each person leaves feeling loved and welcomed.
4. What are you thankful for?
This is one we’ve done every year for the last 12 (or so) years. I make little notes that say “I’m thankful for…” with three lines below, and before we start eating, we go around the table and say three things that we are thankful for this year. The great thing about having these things written down, is that you can make a scrapbook of every year and look back on what you’ve been thankful for in the past. Below is a photo from a couple years ago.