Countdown to Turkey Day November 22, 2010 We’re Getting Close

Heather says:

I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to toss a little housekeeping into today’s post.

The winner of last week’s Cooking for Geeks Review and giveaway is frequent commenter MrsBYork.

If you’re you’d know her better as commenter #17.

Don’t worry, you can always add Cooking for Geeks to your Christmas wishlist or buy it for your Kindle. Thanks your for patience.

Do you need to catch up on the entire Countdown to Turkey Day Series? Don’t worry, we’ll be here when you get back.

What’s on today’s agenda?

It’s time to pull out your menu and grocery list again. This time you need to do a pantry double check. Did someone swipe your mini-marshmallows or use all of the evaporated milk when the milk ran out?

It’s worth looking again.

Is your frozen turkey thawing safely in the bottom-most section of your refrigerator? It should be. If your turkey is still in the freezer you may want to check out this post on thawing a turkey safely using a water-bath.

Make your list of perishable goods and buy them tomorrow or Wednesday.

If you’ve been keeping up with housework, spend a little extra time today making sure the place is presentable.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you aren’t down to the last roll of toilet paper. I’m serious, running out of TP with a houseful of guests would be awkward.

That’s pretty much it for today, provided you have all of serving dishes clean and ready to go. The rest is optional.

Are you doing a Thanksgiving centerpiece?

Do you need a centerpiece?

Not really.

If you’re the crafty type, I give you permission to go ahead and knock yourself out. I promise, if you’re like me and the thought of picking up a hot glue gun sends chills down your spine, it’s just not that important. That said, here’s an idea, feel free to use it as your own and don’t tell anyone it was incredibly simple, took less than five minutes, and required no artistic talent or glue guns. (The talent was in the idea and that came from @carolinadreamz who also supplied the rosemary and pumpkin because she’s quite helpful like that.)

I used 3 tall glass votives. I cut paper towel tubes to act as filler and as a base for the tea light. I poured fancy candy corn (I found it at Wal-Mart, but I’ve seen it at Target) around the towel tube. I set a tea light in each.

A pretty kitchen towel or napkin can work, too. You just have to promise that you’ll never leave the tea light unattended if you take this route. Promise? Actually you should never leave candles of any sort unattended, I just felt the need to mention it.

The votives were placed on folded napkins, with a small, sugar pumpkin. Just before guests arrived, small twigs of rosemary and cranberries were added.

I told you it was easy.

Do you do a centerpiece?


  1. simplyD on November 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

    When it comes to a Thanksgiving table centerpiece, what could be more beautiful than a floral arrangement using the colors of Fall? We're very particular to flowers, but when it comes to the holidays we usually try to really do a little extra something to make our home as festive as possible. Truth is, we're so psyched about Christmas, that we've already put up our tree and decorated the house with all the Christmas trimmings, so I guess our Thanksgiving this year is going to have some strong Christmas overtones!! 😉

  2. MrsJenB on November 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    This is my first year hosting! Aaaaah! Not that many guests, immediate family, hubs and f-in-law makes it 8 total, plus 2 more for dessert. So I don't feel super duper pressured, but I do want to make it as special as possible since I think this will be my only year hosting – circumstances just worked out in our favor this year.

    I'm just using small gourds in a crystal bowl (maybe with a few of the thousand pinecones we have all over the backyard) for a centerpiece, with votives and tea lights on the table and on the buffet as well. Keeping it simple.

    Can't wait to get the cooking started! 🙂

    • HeatherSolos on November 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

      That sounds pretty. We're not actually doing Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving, but I couldn't expect my portion of the Internet to move their celebrations, too.

      • casey on November 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

        My sister in law is having her baby tomorrow – so its first birthday will be Thanksgiving next year. My brother in law's b-day is Nov 4, then tahnksgiving and babys b-day, then my SIL's b-day on Dec 2, Christmas, New Years, and my parents 40th anniversary on Jan 16. How's that for family events into tiny space?

      • casey on November 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

        to head off questions – planned c-section tomorrow morning.

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