I know it’s only August. And barely August, at that. Yes, you have plenty of time for planning before Thanksgiving rolls around.
But…here’s where we pause and think back on last year, remember how you wished you had ordered certain things before the last-minute, before it was too late?
I’d like to help you avoid that regret this year. You may remember specific items you wished for last year. Since I have no idea what would be on your list, we’ll look at a few things to consider – things that jog your memory or snag some inspiration.
Would you like to begin a new family tradition this year?
Several years ago, a friend shared that her family uses the same table-cloth for Thanksgiving year after year. Their cloth is smooth-textured in white or cream. Each family member and guest signs the cloth in permanent ink near their place setting and denotes the date. Sometimes someone adds a funny note, too. Every year, they are entertained by reading inscriptions of the past.
Can you imagine the fun your family would have with this idea? Think of the treasure in that table-cloth as time goes by!
After a search on-line, I found a good solution, a cloth with Thanksgiving decor and maximum tabletop “blank” space for signing. It’s a good price, too. Click the link* to take a look.
While on the search for the cloth above, I found another neat idea. How about a quilt made from family photos? For dual purpose, use the quilt as a table-cloth at Thanksgiving. (I love getting more bang for my buck.) Shutterfly has some beautiful quilts for this option. While you’re there, check out the table runners with family photos printed on them, too.
Custom dishes are always an option for a new tradition. There are many holiday choices, and Shutterfly provides photo plates and monogram plates. It’s worth the investment if you plan to use them year after year.
An eBay search for Thanksgiving china brought many items in odd numbers or singles, from serving pieces to china sets, ranging from a few dollars to very expensive. It’s fun to look…and dream…for a future china set or accent piece.
A look back at Amazon resulted in a beautiful Johnson Brothers Friendly Village china set of 28 pieces at the best price I’ve seen in a long time. I thought someone may want to take advantage of the deal. I’m tempted, myself. (HH, cover your ears.)
For sewing your table linens, visit Brick House Fabrics and enjoy perusing their nice quality fabrics. (Customer service and shipping are top-notch, too.) You might especially like the bird category for Thanksgiving napkins.
It’s fun to plan ahead. It’s smart to order in advance of the holiday rush, too.
Hey, one more thing. On the note of snagging inspiration, check out my Let’s Talk Turkey board on Pinterest. Fun stuff there!
What are you planning this year? Would you like to invite a crowd for your Thanksgiving meal, or a few who are most special?
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