Hosting My First Thanksgiving

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Hosting My First Thanksgiving-- The first time is always stressful, but oh so rewarding! How did I do?|

I have been enjoying this holiday season so much more than I normally do. This year, our soldier will be home to make them extra special! I finally get to meet my oversea’s and fabulous sister-in-law’s boyfriend, and for the first time, I get to host my first Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art-- Let our lives be full of both thanks and giving|

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but the conditions were just never quite right like they are this year. I can’t even tell you how many pin’s have been patiently waiting on my Pinterest boards for this, moment, right, here. To celebrate, I’m going to share all the recipes from blogs I follow and my tablescape setup. Now let’s put those pin’s to use shall we?


Who wants to do all this in one day? Stressful!! Not to mention, it gives you no time to socialize with your guests. So I’ve planned out my timeline of preparation, and it goes a little something like this…



Le Menu

As I’ve said before, I LOVE pinterest. It’s my virtual cookbook. So this Thanksgiving, I’m going to be using a lot of recipes I have pinned from my favorite food bloggers. I created this menu using Canva,  and I’ll be putting it on display so that my guests know what delicious foods they can be looking forward to eating!



4. Deviled Egg’s– The Pioneer Woman
7. Hard Apple Cider Mimosa’s– Wholefully
9. Slow Cooker Mashed Potato’s– Gimme Some Oven
10. Oven Roasted Green Beans– Frugal Living Mom
11. Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecan Streusel– Chio Chow Bambina
12. Homemade Cranberry Sauce– Simple Food 365
13. Rosemary Dinner Rolls– Cooking Classy
15. Bourbon Pumpkin Pie– Gimme Some Oven
16. Pecan Pie– The Pioneer Woman

The Decor

When it came to setting the table, I knew I wanted clean and simple. Nothing too over the top. I combined some idea’s I’d pinned, and made the best with the supplies I had. I’ve always been able to get thanksgiving decor no problem until this year. I don’t know if this is just normal for the north country, but the only place I could find any inkling of decor was at our local Big Lots. Wal-Mart was no dice, as well as places you’d think would have a little something like Joann’s or Michael’s. I curse the fact that there’s not a Hobby Lobby nearby, because I could always count on them to be loaded with thanksgiving decor! Ah well, maybe next year.

Hosting My First Thanksgiving-- The first time is always stressful, but oh so rewarding! How did I do?|

Hosting My First Thanksgiving-- The first time is always stressful, but oh so rewarding! How did I do?|

Zebra pumpkins, sage, candles and twine

Aren’t you just loving those linen napkins? If you are, here is the link to my previous post where I walk you through how to make your own.

And there you have it! With the help of my fellow pinner’s and my favorite food bloggers, I was able to put together a pretty spectacular Thanksgiving feast.

Finally, I wish you and your’s a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!



  1. This is such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for including my cranberry sauce recipe. That first Thanksgiving that you host is always the most memorable – I’ll never forget mine! I hope that you and your family have a fabulous holiday and enjoy the recipe! 🙂

    • Grace and Thane

      Thank you for your kind words. The cranberry sauce was a hit, we all could not get enough of it! It definitely turned out to be a wonderful thanksgiving.

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