Wait A Minute, It’s Thanksgiving Week?

Thanksgiving is at my house this year. Fewer people but the same amount of love.


Last week one of my daughters said, “Hey Mom, you think we should plan out that Thanksgiving meal?” nudging me along. I love how on-top-of-it my daughters are. They’re great planners. Me? I plan for the big things, like vacations, saving money for an addition to my house, switching jobs. The smaller things? Like parties, holidays, dinners, having 12 people over to my house for Thanksgiving, not so much. I kind of fly by the seat of my pants.

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My first thought when hearing we needed to plan our Thanksgiving meal was, I have plenty of time. We’ll get that planned out and I’ll be ahead of the game this year. In fact I literally thought I was ahead. I just finished decorating and posting about The Unfortunate Thanksgiving Tablescape on the blog. I’m thinking- I’m killing this schedule thing.

Second thought, check the calendar.

Third thought- Wait- Next Week is Thanksgiving Week? WHAT???? It can’t be! I mean, I just took my Halloween decorations down. Where did that extra week go? I know that Thanksgiving comes right around the same time every year, it shouldn’t sneak up on me, but it did.


So I did what any good mother would do and said, “Oh yes Honey! I’ll do the turkey and dressing” and threw in some other Thanksgiving delights that I promised to cook up to throw her off of my unplanned trail. I don’t think it worked, she can read me like a book but she was gracious and went with it.

I knew Thanksgiving was right around the corner, I just didn’t know it was actually here. I’m a last minute planner but even I got a little nervous. Honestly, I plan things out, but I seem to plan wayyyy later than everyone else. For instance, last year I was searching for turkey plates at 8:30 pm on Wednesday night, before Thanksgiving the next day. I’m not too ashamed to admit it. Yes, I had 30 people coming for Thanksgiving lunch, and I really needed them to be able to eat their turkey on something other than a napkin.


After going to three stores I scored some turkey plates on the $1 rack at Walmart. These plates were in fact the ugliest Thanksgiving plates to go on record in all my years of hosting. They were brown and orange with a turkey on them that looked like a cartoon character. But I held my head high and served scrumptious desserts on those ugly brown plates and no one thought anything of it.

I get a kick out of it every time I think about those cartoon turkeys, they’re a great memory. When you think about it, that’s all we are really left with- memories. As long as there’s good company and lots of laughter, your Thanksgiving lunch will be a success, right?

So for all you girls out there like me that just realized that Thanksgiving is upon you, I’m posting some lists to help you through.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Don’t get too stressed and remember to make memories!

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Until Next Time,

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