Thankgiving Guide: From the Hosting to the Menu

Thanksgiving is one of those special occasions where you really try to get the whole family together.  It may actually be the only time of the year that you may see that aunt, uncle, or cousin.  There is something about just having family and, or friends together sharing food that everyone has maybe made together, and that you probably only eat around Thanksgiving time.  Here are a couple of Thanksgiving favorites-taken both from the Canadian and American traditions.

The Hosting

If you have a lot of kids in your family, they will probably be at this event.  So, have some kid friendly activities available for the kiddos.  A special table for arts and crafts, perhaps. If you are hosting the Thanksgiving gathering, chances are you will be having a lot of people in your home, so plan accordingly.  For example, it is unlikely that you will be able to accommodate everyone’s drink refill at the exact moment that one needs one, so set up a self-serve drink station.  Do, however, try to serve everyone their first drink, and then show them to the self-serve bar area.  Country style or a buffet style for the meal will probably be your best option, as a plated meal would just be too time consuming, and almost impossible, and impractical, considering the amount of food involved—and that we are thankful for.

The Food


The appetizers I’ve put together here will  be guaranteed guest favorites. They are also perfectly fitting for that chilly autumn air.

Warm Spinach Dip with Artichoke MH Original  
Mushrooms Stuffed with Feta Cheese MH Original 
Soup: Squash Soup with Sour Cream MH Original 


Cheese Ravioli with Carrot Cream Sauce  MH Original
Root Vegetable Mash MH Original 
Wild Rice with Sage and Leek 
Classic Roasted Turkey MH Original 


Traditional Apple Pie MH Original 
Pumpkin Roll 

The Mood

The mood of Thanksgiving is relaxing, and warm.  So decorate accordingly with warm, yet vibrant hues of whites, greens, oranges, reds, and yellows—all the warm colors of fall.  Let the sun shine in by pulling back the curtains.  Soft music in the background—that won’t drown out conversation is nice.

The Décor

This is a great time to be creative with your table center pieces (be careful, you don’t want it to look like a 3rd grade arts and crafts explosion happened on your table.)

Here is an MH Original Creation

White Hydrangea, and Wheat Willow Branch Centerpiece Runner—All of these materials are available at your local craft store:  Willow branch, bunches of white/greenish hydrangeas, wheat, and berries—green, white, with a touch of red.  The key to this is to first start by tying the largest elements to the willow branch first, such as the hydrangeas. Then layer on the other pieces from there: the wheat, greens, and then the touches of berries here and there.

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