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Friday, November 20, 2009

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

If the crowd is coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner, the idea is to keep it simple. Hopefully, this week’s recipes in Annie’s Gardening Corner give you some leeway to roast the turkey and end the meal with some nice desserts. The idea is to enjoy everything about the day, including your guests.

Decorating your table should be done with simplicity. Tall vases of flowers, although pretty from afar, only add clutter for your guests and can overpower the table. You want to keep decorative features low; don’t block the view of your guests. Although you want your table to be gracefully chic, you want your guests to feel comfortable. Use some simple elements from your local farm. Small pumpkins, gourds or decorative squash scattered across the table with tiny canning jars filled with candy corn add a festive look. If you do want flowers, keep the arrangements low and use what you may still have in your own garden. You can arrange and decorate with the dried seed heads or hydrangea flowers, the tassels from your ornamental grasses and mix them with something fresh from the local florist. Small, bite-sized fruit (grapes, different types of berries, fresh figs) on the table is also a wonderful decoration and a digestive aid to help settle the belly and clear the palette.

Whatever you do, make it fun and keep it light. The inspirational thought for the day is by an unknown author. “Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.” In other words, keep your cool and enjoy the day. You never know which relatives may show up for dinner.

Photo of Thanksgiving guests from the Internet.

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