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Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Why? Because all you need is a beautifully set table, food, and people you love. Although we'll be using our small table this year, I will still be decking out my Thanksgiving table with our favorite dishes, decorations, and family.

Because I feel this may be the case for a lot of us this year, I wanted to provide a few suggestions on how to still make this holiday feel special, even though all we're really concerned about at this point is getting to 2021...

Here are my thoughts + ideas for Thanksgiving 2020:

- THIS IS THE YEAR TO TRY NEW RECIPES. Most likely it's just going to be my parents, my husband, and myself around our table this year, so if there was ever a time to try something new, this would be the year to do it (with the least amount of people to please). Here are the links to some things that I may try this time around:

Cornbread Stuffing Muffins with Apple and Pancetta

Homemade Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Blue Cheese

- PLACE SETTINGS. Will there only be four of us around the table this year? Probably yes. Will I still make place cards? Probably yes. This is where I love to get creative by just using what I have - last year I wrote the names of everyone at my table on Pomegranates from my parents' tree in gold sharpie. It was a hit because then everyone got to take it home! Also do you have really nice dishes that you never use? Bring them out! What's the point of storing something if you can never create memories around it + make them WORTH storing? Last, a little bit of fresh greenery really dresses up a table. (PRO TIP: On your turkey trot around the neighborhood this year, put some shears in your fanny pack and take home some 'souvenir clippings' from any pretty shrubs, trees, or plants that you see out and about. This is what we designers call foraging)

- PLAYLISTS. Music 100% sets the tone of the evening. It's a tradition in my family to listen to Alice's Restaurant at some point during Thanksgiving day, if you don't know what this is, listen below for an old-fashioned but fun listen. I also included a couple other playlists of different types of music I love listening too while cooking up a storm!

Alice's Restaurant on YouTube

Cooking with Country on Amazon Music

Speakeasy Music of the 1920s on Amazon Music

Oldies on Amazon Music

Overall this year we're just going to keep it simple, but I'll still try and incorporate our favorite traditional parts of the day.

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