News flash: I over-think. When I found out I’d be spending the Thanksgiving holiday in family’s home I hadn’t yet met, I got a little sweaty.
What do I wear?
What do I bring?
What do I do?
Wearing: jeans, boots, chunky turquoise jewelry, jackets and loud scarves. And a genuine smile.
Bringing: a hostess basket including embellished napkins.
Doing: Nothing. Knitting. Taking photos. Sleeping in. What am I thankful for this year? That I’m not responsible for anything. Not the driving. Not the planning. Not even making reservations. It is going to be a much needed break.
Back to those napkins. Being budget conscious, I wanted to make the hosts something without going too far down Regretsy Lane. As such, I bought a package of cloth napkins from my favorite French boutique, some fabric paint for a stamp, and some pretty poppy ribbon. A few hours later — voila:
Monogrammed cloth napkins ready for a big meal. I think this Christmas’ theme may be “the monogram.” Fully aware I might be a little crazy, but at least I translate that mania into thoughtful, if not always well-crafted, gifts.