here is a confession… i’ve never cooked a turkey. and, here is another,
i’ve never really done (as in decorated) a holiday table. now, while that might not be that big of thing to confess, for me it kind of is. i’m 36. i figured i would have cooked a bird by now and certainly hosted a thanksgiving or two (for the record i do roast chicken all the time, it’s my fave home cooked meal. i tell myself it is pretty much the same thing so i’d probably ace the turkey. this is what i tell myself). and, i feel almost more ashamed that i have not styled a beautiful holiday table. i mean every good design blogger has done this, like, probably 42 times in their sleep and 21 times, just for fun, as a kid.
i’m hosting thanksgiving this year. so, it would be assumed that i could make up for lost time. my husbands family will all be visiting and staying with us. while, in my martha stewart dreams, i’d like to believe that i am going to put out the best spread this side of the mason dixon (midWEST represent) and create this gorgeous table scape for us to leisurely linger at . . . its not going to happen. i’ts been a crazay month and i just can’t do it all. i’m setting the bar low for myself and declaring it to all of cyber space so that i’ll be ok with it, myself. i’m going to leave the turkey cooking to my mom because why mess up a good thing. and i’ll ponder all the pretty tables online, saving 101 ideas for next year or the next.
as for this year, i’m going to rely on laughter, good conversation, and the food itself to decorate the table. i’m sure one day, some day, there will be time to dress up a table and a bird. i’m sure of it. just as i’m sure everyone will remember who was at the table and not what decorated it.
do you love decorating tables or does it stress you out? and tell me, have you cooked a turkey (is it much different than roast chicken? someone set me straight).
if i was decorating a holiday table i love all of the above. unfussy, inviting, interesting, simple and all together lovely.