Years ago, when I was cooking my first official Thanksgiving
dinner from start to finish…
I knew the secret of my success revolved around my passion
for making lists.
I made lists of lists.
I made lists of lists I needed to make.
I had lists for the groceries, ingredients for each dish, what
needed to be accomplished by a certain time of the day.
And, even who would sit next to who.
I was determined to prove that although young, and although it
was my first time hosting Thanksgiving –
it would be a Martha Stewart-worthy event.
My sweet Mama offered help, but no….I had it all under control.
I had my lists.
Thanksgiving morning was a cacophony of cooking and
gravy-making and biscuit baking. I happily checked off each
item on my lists…the thrill of each little checkmark making me
wanna burst out in checkmark cheering.
About an hour before everyone was to arrive, Mama showed
up to help. I had the plates stacked and the silverware ready
to be placed at each placesetting. Only a few more boxes to check
on my lists.
(yep – I am the kind of list maker who MUST add a box next to each item.)
As I scurried around the table, putting the finishing touches on the
mashed ‘taters and checking the turkey to make sure it was getting
pretty and brown on the outside… I heard Mama ask me something.
And in seven words, my weeks of planning and my sheets and sheets
of lists had suddenly failed me.
“What are you using for a centerpiece?” she asked.
The look of sheer panic must have been painted across my face.
I saw my Martha-moment flash before my eyes and could hear
her stern and infamous “Stewart tsk-tsk” in the distance.
“Ummmm. Centerpiece? As in flowers – or something?”
Darn those lists. Darn them!
Mama simply smiled and said “I’ll take care of it.”
‘Cause, after all – that’s what Mama’s do.
Moments later, a bowl full of fall leaves, berries, pinecones and
acorns appeared on the table with some candles. She tucked a
single Fall leaf under each wood napkin rings.
And in that very moment – I realized I did not need Martha.
I had Mama.
The above three pictures are from my Thanksgiving Tablescape
I shared yesterday. I simply cut two types of Fall leaves,
and some clippings of rosemary. I added the greener leaves to
the outside, and the redder Dogwood leaves in the center.
Rosemary clippings were tucked all around. Stems of
NC Cotton adds bursts of white texture, and small bits of
fall berries are tucked within. I added a small
chalkboard stake with “Give Thanks.”
This entire centerpiece – start to finish, took under 10-minutes.
I am joining in the
“Virtual” Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner.
If you are looking for last-minute ideas and you don’t have
time to make lists….
We’ve got ya’ covered!
Here is the schedule for today and tomorrow…
Please visit the following blogs:
Table Decor and Ideas –
Main Dishes –
Side Dishes –
Parting Gifts –
Happy Thanksgiving Planning, Everyone.
Now go make some LISTS.
Did you visit The Everyday Home’s 2013 Fall Tour?
And here is my 2013 Fall Porch…