This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving with good friends. It seems strange not to be going home to our family, but I am also really excited about our trip away. Will you be with family or friends for the holiday next week?

I came up with this fun idea for celebrating with friends or family by hosting a gravy tasting! Doesn’t the idea of casually getting together over mini turkey sandwiches to try out different gravy recipes sound easy and fun? You could also hold an all out gravy making competition at a large family meal to see if your Aunt’s secret recipe would really win out every single year:)

I spent time at my favorite spot in Reno yesterday shooting these photos to share gravy tasting inspiration with you. To host your own tasting… Have every guest bring a boat of gravy and provide simple numbered tags for each. Test out the different gravies and lay out small squares of paper for the favorites to be written on. At the end of the night count through the numbers and award the winner a festive prize!

I noticed an amazing idea recently to preserve your family blessings by embroidering them on a table cloth. This grandma has been doing it for 30 years and creating a very special heirloom to pass down. We are starting the tradition this year by having each of our dinner guests write in something they are thankful for. I will then go back and hand stitch each word into the cloth before washing it, leaving a permanent record of our blessings each year.

PS. I may have gone a bit insane with the leaf piling. It is just so pretty here right now, I needed to show you! I love how heavy they look against the table. Fall is heavy here, beautifully heavy.

blessings.