This post is a little late as Thanksgiving Day in Canada was two days ago. But has been so busy after the long weekend that I haven’t had the time to sit and write. This year we decided to have our friends and their kids over at our house for a big Thanksgiving dinner. It was so much fun! Everything was home made and local. And I get to try some Pinterest ideas for decorating the house 🙂 It was as much fun preparing for the dinner as it was having it 😀
We had 9 adults and 6 kids over. I decided to do something special for the kids and prepared individual gifts for them. It kept them entertained and they had a take-away to enjoy at home. I filled ice-cream cones with pretzels, added a small box of raisins and a small box of Halloween tattoos to each cone. I put them in cellophane cone wraps and added a pumpkin bell to the metal ties. I gave one to each kid together with a colouring book. They loved it! 😀
I turned to Michael’s for craft supplies to create a centrepiece for our table as well as a vase with dry flowers and grass for the front entrance. I also made a wreath for the front door, which has been on my list to do for a very long time. Well.. ever since I saw it on Pinterest LOL 😀 It turned out great and I’m happy I decided to do it instead of just buying one at the store. Here’s a link to the website with instructions.
One thing I was hoping to do before Thanksgiving was carve pumpkins with my kids. But I didn’t want to give knives to a 2 and 3 year old 😀 How else would they carve the pumpkins? So thank you, Real Simple, for the great idea of turning pumpkins into owls. 😀 Felt and glue are definitely safer for toddlers than knives. So this is what we made. They helped a lot and loved making Mommy, Daddy, and baby owls for the front entrance. 😀 Guess which one is me. 😀 haha
Here’s what was on the menu:
- A whole turkey (my second one ever to roast and it turned out great)
- A big piece of ham (from a local farm and cooked over the BBQ)
- Cranberry sauce
- Corn bread
- Mashed potatoes
- Green beans with sesame seeds
- Beets (steamed)
- Carrots (cooked with the turkey)
- Tossed salad
- Baklava (I made it the day before so it soak in the syrup overnight)
- Tres Leches Cake (brought by one of our guests)
- Apple Pie (brought by another guest)
- Panettone (Italian Christmas cake brought by a guest)
Everything was so delicious. And not much leftovers which is a good sign 😀
Although on Thanksgiving Day it didn’t stop raining for a minute, the next day we were treated this gorgeous sunset. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, everyone! I am thankful for so many things, but most of all for all the people in my life, including my readers. Thank you! 🙂
Happy belated Thanksgiving! And those pumpkin owls are absolutely adorable! This is such a good, and toddler safe, alternative to carving. Brilliant 🙂
Thank you 😀 Both my sons loved it and couldn’t wait to show everyone what they had done 😀
What adorable treats and owl pumpkins! I am now very hungry just looking at all the yummy food. What a great celebration! 😄
Thank you 🙂 It was definitely a fun holiday 🙂
How lovely and cozy it all looked, a perfect Thanks Giving. We had ours actually in Canada as well, with our sons in Toronto. Cheers, Johanna
ps your owly pumpkins are a hoot!
Aw that’s sweet! It’s always best to be with family. 🙂 Thank you for the nice words. Cheers!
Happy Thanksgiving Teddy 🙂 Such a blessing, to fill the house with friends and food! … and fun from all that craftiness! 🙂 ♥ ❤
Thank you, Jackie! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 ❤ It was such a fun holiday. I wish we could do this every day 😀 LOL
Wonderful. …. all you prepared was so well chosen and turned out so lovely! (… and delicious I suppose 😀 )
Thank you 🙂 Yes, it was super delicious. I even had success making the corn bread. For some reason it never turns out good for me. But this time it did 😀
A belated Happy Thanksgiving! Your wreath turned out lovely. I love it when wheat is used for fall decorations.
Thank you. 😀 I like wheat for decoration too. In Bulgaria it’s a symbol of rich harvest, full house and good luck. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your celebration. 🎃
Thank you 🙂
Thank you 🙂 ❤
All of your ideas were great, loved the owl pumpkins! Great menu. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving, A Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you!.
Thank you so much! I’d love to know how your Thanksgiving goes. So please do let me know 🙂 It’s such a beautiful holiday.
Yay Canadian Thanksgiving! Us Canadians gotta stick together, eh?