As a child, my home was often filled with guests and laughter, music and interesting conversation. My father was a prominent physician and my mother was the impeccable hostess. Entertaining and welcoming guests, whether they were life long friends or total strangers was a common practice in my family, especially during Thanksgiving. My parents strongly believed in opening their home and showing hospitality to those who needed it. As a teenager, my self-center side resented having to share special holidays with non-family members, but as an adult I’m humbled by the selfless and generous hospitality my parents gladly extended.
My mother would make special “blessings” for each guest as a take home favor. Guests were always moved by the thought she put into each blessing. I want to continue this tradition and show you how to make meaningful Thanksgiving Thankful Favors for your guests.
Start with inexpensive paper mache boxes. Spray paint them any color you like. I chose antique bronze.
The next step is the is the message. Think about what you are thankful for and love about each person. Type it on your computer and print it out on cardstock, along with each guest’s name. Cut the message out in strips. For each place setting card, you can use a small cookie cutter to trace around their name and then cut out.
Fill each spray painted, thankful favor box with Spanish moss, chocolates, and their special message, which you’ve rolled up.
Tie each Thanksgiving Thankful Favor with a ribbon, add their place card to it, and set on their place setting.
Remembering what we are truly thankful for and letting those we love or those who we’ve just met know their worth is what the spirit of the Thanksgiving season is all about. I’m so very grateful for having wonderful parents who instilled this value in my life so I can pass it on to my children and others.
Thanks Mom (& Dad in Heaven) for your selfless lessons in gratitude.
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