Thursday, November 21, 2013

Garage Sales Help Make Hosting Thanksgiving Easy!

     My Thanksgiving Table ready for Turkey Day!

Hosting Thanksgiving with a little help from garage sales.  Thanksgiving is upon us once again.  It has become tradition that we host Thanksgiving at our house every year. We will be having 20 people for dinner this year.  I am a planner and  I have many things already prepared and in the freezer ready to go.  Today, I set the table for our Thanksgiving feast.   Yes, Thanksgiving is still 1 short week away. I believe if you can do something ahead of time, you can enjoy yourself when the actually day arrives.

 This is my Grandma's China on my Thanksgiving Table

My Thanksgiving table includes fine china and crystal.   When I first took the Thanksgiving holiday over many years ago, my grandma gave me her good china set. It was a set of china for 12 people. That first year I had to borrow my mom's china and mixed the 2 patterns seeing that there were more than 12 people. Since then, I have added additional pieces of my grandma's china set from garage sales that I have traveled too.  I now have 37 dinner plates, 19 salad bowls, 25 bread plates, 50 cups and saucers, 55 dessert plates.  I have also been able to pick up serving bowls, gravy boats and milk and sugar sets.  I continue to add to the set.

I as reflect on my Thanksgiving table I  realize that without picking up treasures at garage sales, I wouldn't have the beautiful table that I do.  While the china and crystal are from garage sales so are all the linens, napkins, silverware, candle holders, decorations and even the folding chairs. 

     A little Christmas on our Thanksgiving Table

On our Thanksgiving table there are little reminders of my family and friends. My grandma's china still center stage of the table.  My grandma shared many Thanksgivings with us using her china.  This is now the 2nd Thanksgiving without her there.  While we missed her very much she is still with us.  Also on the table are a special pair of Christmas tree salt and pepper shakers. These were given to me by my friend Laura.  These were her aunt's salt and pepper shakers. Laura thought I would like these on my Thanksgiving table.  I treasure them.  This is the ONLY sign of Christmas in my house on Thanksgiving.  My Christmas tree does not go up until AFTER Thanksgiving is over.

After the table is set up and ready to go I cover it with plastic table cloths.  On Thanksgiving day I simply  have to take the plastic covers off and I am ready.

Set up and waiting for Thanksgiving Day!


  1. WOW, how beautiful and with such special memories. You are AMAZING!

  2. Thanks for the compliment. Do you have any special Thanksgiving Traditions?

    1. Yes, we go around the dinner table and everyone shares one thing they are thankful for :-)

    2. I think this is a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition. We all have so many blessings in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.