Every year my mother-in-law makes the most delicious and beautiful Thanksgiving and she loves doing it. This year, she’s even invited my whole brood which I’m delighted about. But we’re no small crowd, so I will try to be as big of a help as possible by doing the following:
1. when you offer help they say, no no you’re a guest. only people who didn’t really want to help in the first place accept this. just help. insist upon it.
2. make sure you do things as the host likes. like this? i usually say on the first attempt, so my mother-in-law will correct me and show me just how she likes it. last year, she told me my mushroom cutting was perfect. it was a very proud moment, for both of us.
3. when people arrive, help greet them and offer a drink so the host doesn’t have to. when people leave, help wrap the leftovers up and do the dishes, so the host can take a well-deserved break.
4. stop yapping. a host will be stressed that day, don’t take it personally – just be busy and helpful. don’t ask her/him non-relevant questions (would you like a glass of wine classifies as relevant if she seems very stressed).
Because I’m just a Turkey Elf and not hosting myself, Thanksgiving sort of snuck up on me. But, I can’t wait for the few days of eating and relaxing with our families. If we had more time I would have made you all sorts of exciting treats this week, but… coulda, woulda, shoulda, right? Instead, here’s a roundup of things I didn’t make for you, but I really wish I would have:
Apple Cider Margaritas from How Sweet Eats
A little glitter on your table from Martha Stewart
Crispy Potato Roast from Smitten Kitchen
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies from Baked Perfection
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches with Pass The Sushi
(a pumpkin waffle would be perfect)