Happy Thanksgiving: remember to play it simple

DSC03991Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving, I wish you a joyous and peaceful time with family and friends as you ponder all that you are thankful. In this very hectic season remember it’s the simple things in life that make it so rich. Do you know when I pass a plate of chocolate bars, I get more raves than when I labor hours over a gooey cake that evokes, “Oh not for me, I’m watching my waistline.” Go for the tiny touches that add warmth and depth but are so easy to do. Then because you are so relaxed, everyone will be thankful!

Simple is More

pretty paper napkins
votives dropped down in jars, glasses or atop overturned wine glasses
clippings from branches in your yard, evergreens, boxwoods
burlap table runner
flavor water with various fruits and herbs- so fancy and inexpensive
serve coffee with eggnog instead of cream
sugar cubes with tiny tongs- just so you can say “one lump or two”
sparkling water with various splashes of fruit juice- juice spritzers
grease proof paper muffin cups for displaying cookies, candy, or small sandwiches
music to set the mood
herbed butter
variety of hot teas with dessert instead of coffee, just to be different
big soup supper parties
variety of chocolate bars on a platter for guests to break off small portions
big bowl of berries
homemade cookies over a lavish dessert

What are some of your super simple ideas to use during the holidays that allow you to spend more time with family, less time in the kitchen, but look like you’ve spent all day?


  1. Barefootcookingirl
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

    thank you for this BRK – I was just going over my thanksgiving list of “to-do’s” and was getting tired just looking at it….keeping it simple – i’ve crossed some things off already.

    have a super holiday! Barefootcookingirl

    • Robin Sue
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

      I do the same thing, start big and then cross stuff off. Sometimes it’s just not worth it to make such a fuss:)

  2. Posted November 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    Letting other family members bring side dishes and desserts always takes the pressure off for me! I always make the things I enjoy, and then they bring the things they are known for… everyone is happy!

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