It’s Thanksgiving time and lots of family will be in town. To help lighten the load, consider some of these tips.
- Plan your meals. Make it a point to ask folks to contribute a dish, specified by you, to the big Thanksgiving feast.
- Plan easy and make ahead meals for some of the other times. Perhaps using one item that is store bought and filling in around that, a la The Barefoot Contessa
- I’m looking forward to an evening of cheeses, fruits, good bread, crackers, veggies and hummus. That way we can all enjoy our conversations and each other.
- Use luminaria bags (small paper bags filled with sand that hold candles) along your walkway up to the front door. Also consider investing in some new candles that use LED lights. They won’t blow out if there’s a wind.
- Flank the front door with pumpkins or pots of mums in the brilliant fall colors.
- To welcome family and friends, put some spices such as cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, whole cloves and nutmeg in a small saucepan and simmer on the back of the stove. The entire house will smell wonderful.
- For a table centerpiece, consider placing several pomegranates along with oranges (or little California mandarin “cuties”) in your favorite bowl. Add some green leaves from your lemon tree and a variety of candles and you’ll be all set.
- Candles, candles, candles—in all sizes! Use fall colors through Thanksgiving, then switch to Christmas or Hanukkah colors for December. I’ve seen some really wonderful LED candles and they are much safer with young children around.
- Strings of clear LED lights—they’re great! Energy efficient and magical! You can use them in several locations. You can wrap them around your garden window, across your mantle or frame your front door.