Thanksgiving Tradition


I thought I would share this post that I wrote last year about our family tradition.

I sure hope y'all have a very happy Thanksgiving!


I am going to share our Thanksgiving tradition as I show you the dining table I set. I don't have Thanksgiving this year because my family takes turns. I'm talking about my side of the family not Mr. Savvy's. We don't get together with his family at Thanksgiving, but we do have a huge family reunion a few weeks before Christmas with his family. See his family is quite large since he is one of ten children. My family on the other hand is quite small. I am the oldest of three siblings.

My mom, sister and brother's wife have always taken turns hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas eve. One will have Thanksgiving at their house and another will have Christmas eve. It is my turn this year to host Christmas eve. Thanksgiving is a lot more work and my mom is not able to host anymore so this year will be my daughter's first time to host it at her house.

So my table setting that I am sharing will not be used this year. I will go down to my daughter's house and help her set tables. This is the same fall centerpiece I shared a few weeks ago with some added candles and the two pheasants placed on top of candle holders for height.

My daughter is worried about her home not being large enough, but her home is actually larger than the one we lived in for twenty years so it will be just fine. It isn't about the space, but who we are spending the day with.

The person who hosts prepares the turkey and dressing and a few other things. Then each one of the others bring a couple dishes and/or drinks and desserts. This way we are all pitching in.

I'm not a formal person at all so the table I set is very casual using my Pottery Barn chicken wire chargers that I have had for about three years now.

I have two plates layered on top with this black and white one on the bottom.

I have four of these vintage plates with different birds on them that just seem to be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Most of the time the same folks make and bring the same sides. We have our traditional sides and maybe every once in awhile we will bring something different. 

I normally make a broccoli casserole which my son in law is not wild about because he says it stinks. If he would try it he might like it. :) I told my daughter he may not want me bringing it to their house and she said he will just have to deal with it because everyone else likes it.

I am also making a fruit salad and a dessert. I used these vintage white plates at the two end seats since I only have four of the bird plates.

Our other sides are normally a ham, dressing, rice and giblet gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, rolls, and sometimes deviled eggs.

I always look forward to  the holidays because even though my family lives pretty close we don't see each other as often as we should. So Thanksgiving and Christmas eve are always fun to eat and catch up with each other. I truly envy families who are able to get together more often.

I love mixing vintage silverware.

We usually gather together around 2pm or so and visit while the turkey and gravy and things are finishing up. Then we sit down and eat like we have never eaten before. I'm sure we all do that. 

Of course after all that food has time to digest some then we dig into the desserts. After we visit some more and help clean up all the dishes we waddle to our cars and go home.

I can't wait for us to gather at my daughter's this year and am so thankful for the time we get to spend together. 

I would love to hear what your Thanksgiving tradition is.

Thanks for reading this old post from last year,
This year we are going to be joining a large group that my niece and her husband are hosting. We just have to bring some food with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Kim!! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Kim. Your beautiful blog gives me so much inspiration, thank you.

  3. Our tradition has changed. I always hosted EVERY holiday, EVERY year, for over 40 years. Thank God my daughter and SIL now have a nice big house so she now hosts. This will be our first Thanksgiving with Colleen!!! SO much to be thankful for!! We are all blessed. Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, Kim!!!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your great family.

  5. Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to you, darling one.
    I love being hostess and I know you will knock their socks off on Chrisftmas Eve.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving Kim. Like your husband I'm from a very large family, so when you add nieces, nephews and their children well let's just say its a very large group of people! Like you, we live close to each other but don't see each other as often as we should..not sure why that is. My two grown children don't live close by which always makes me a little sad at this time of year. I'm thankful to see them on Skype.
    Enjoy your day

  7. Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours! (Tell Mr. Savvy "HI")

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Kim! That centerpiece is just stunning! I also love your chicken wire chargers. I've never seen those which surprises me because I'm a huge Pottery Barn fan... :-) Our tradition is pretty similar, in that the host makes the turkey and several sides, but the guests also help by bringing a dish or two. We do this for every holiday because my husband and I host most holidays and we usually have between 15 and 20 people. I set my main table in the dining room, but use the kitchen table for the spill over guests. When they were kids this was perfect, but now they're all young adults - still, they don't seem to mind. They're closer to the food! Have a wonderful holiday!!

    Lory at Designthusiasm

  9. Wishing you and yours a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. ich liebe das porzellan und den tischläufer, das besteck und die hortensien und....ich liebe alles!!!!!!! angie

  11. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and projects. You put a smile on my face!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving, Kim! I just need to admit that I'm lusting over your chicken wire chargers! Would you believe that I'm putting chicken wire on one of my Christmas trees this year?

  13. Your menu sounds like ours. My daughter says broccoli casserole stinks too but we keep making it. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. We sure did.

  14. We were a small group this year of 35. Next year we will be back up to over 50. It was the "off" year when those who take turns with the respective other sides of the family. Love your table. My niece won the Turkey shoot hitting 5 bulls eyes. Yay girl power!!