It’s hard to fathom that this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day! My husband says I’m “in a tither” with all my plans, maybe I am, but I just know that there’s lots of stuff going on before then and I have to think through all the details! It’s not stressing me, I’m just trying to prepare ahead. I love Thanksgiving and desire that it not be overshadowed by Christmas being pushed in ahead of its time.
Who but Christians have as much to be thankful for? Our hearts overflow with gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us. Every day we see His faithful hand in our lives – providing, protecting, guiding, supplying. How can we not be filled with thanks and look for an opportunity to tell Him thank you and share with others what He has done?
George Herbert put it this way:
Thou hast given so much to me; Give me one thing more – a grateful heart. Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be thy praise.
The psalmist said it like this: Psalm 37:25 I was young, but now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. This is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness! I can certainly say the same thing.
What can you do to make this a Thanksgiving that will stand out from all the rest and also ease your tithers?
Look for someone to invite to your family dinner. A widow, a college student studying in your area, or an elderly couple who can’t travel to their family’s gathering.
Make some easy appetizers for folks to snack on while dinner is cooking.
Prepare a basket of food to give to a needy family
Instead of football naps, play games together as a family after the meal!
When I was a child, my dad always made a “bunny ice cream treat” for Easter. It was a tradition in our home. What about making a Thanksgiving treat for your little ones that can be the traditional treat you serve every year? How about these Turkey Treats?
They’re adorable and would be yummy too!
Just thought I’d share a few ideas with you, just in case you’re “in a tither” about Thanksgiving too!
We knew it was coming because death comes to us all, but the blow and the loss is what has left my heart staggering and also lifted up to the Lord in thanks today. A dear church member, friend and “almost-family member,” Hope Carter, went home to heaven this week, leaving a great void, and my heart lifted in grateful praise for a life well lived.
Crispy, char-grilled pizza crust, savory sauce, melted cheese and toppings of choice were part of our menu for Apples of Gold this week! We added an Olive Garden Salad, and we finished with Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple slices topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was heavenly. I love this menu because most of it can be done ahead of time, so that dinner can be ready in minutes!!
If you’re saying, “Grilled Pizza?” you’ve missed my former posts about this grilled delight! It sounds intimidating to grill a pizza, but it’s SO simple!! As I told the ladies at our Apples of Gold meeting, you can have this finished before Pizza Hut could deliver to your door! This recipe makes 8 individual pizzas that are hearty in size!
Cares are lifted as we talk, share and pray. The burdens that were brought in are eased by the joy of coming together for a few hours, and it all happens around good food. Hmmm, I think that is often the part that makes people afraid to host others – all the work and prep of the food. Am I right?
I want to help with that and share with you my Five Best Tipsfor hosting a dinner party so you can enjoy your gathering as much as your guests!
Prepare ahead as much as possible. In the menu I served this weekend, everything but the corn cakes were made ahead of time!
Find a dessert you can make and freeze – Cake layers, cookies, brownies, pie crusts, biscotti – all freeze well and you’ll have one whole course of the meal done a week or more before the party!
I made Beef and Chicken Enchiladas at my recent party. I roasted the chicken and browned the hamburger several days beforehand and froze it in freezer bags. I made the Enchilada sauce the day before. The day of the party, all I had to do was layer the tortilla shells, meat sauce and cheese.
Set the table the day before or early in the day.
Get the coffee maker ready to perk. The smell of coffee brewing as guests arrive is so welcoming.
Keep it simpler by serving the food buffet style. I let my guests choose where they would sit. Their napkins and glass were at the table, but their silverware was at the end of the buffet line, ready to pick up.
Let guests bring an item for the meal, if they offer. At my recent party, I made the main dish, a couple sides and the dessert. My guests brought a salad, chips and salsa, ice and beverages and ice cream. That was a great help!
Make your home cozy with candlelight. Don’t burn the overhead lights – use lamps, high and low, strands of twinkly lights, and add jar candles around the rooms.
Don’t strive for a perfect home in which to entertain, just make sure it’s straightened up and the bathrooms are clean. Having guests over is a good motivator to clear away clutter. If need be, get a friend to come over and help you put things away.
Good food, a casual setting, and some good fun are all ingredients for a great time! When you prepare these things early, you’ll enjoy the time with your guests, and that alone will make them feel truly welcome and glad you invited them over!
What keeps you from hosting friends for dinner?
Why not refresh yourself and others by putting a dinner party on your upcoming calendar?