I can't believe Black Friday is coming up so soon. In 2 or 3 days (depending on how hardcore you are), hoards of people will attack local stores and make a bee line for the best Day-After-Thanksgiving deals. Since I am always on vacation in San Luis Obispo for Thanksgiving week, my cousin and I have started a tradition of going to at least one store on Black Friday-eve. We don't necessarily go with any specific item in mind, we mainly go for the experience. This year we're going to bundle up and head out to Target.
As I discussed earlier this week, we celebrated Friendsgiving this year, but with a twist. Since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day, my friends and I went all out and served a crossover Thanksgivukkah meal.
Here's the spread:
ONE: Pumpkin pie with Star of David frosting.
FOUR: Potato latkes (Trader Joe's)
[Let's pretend we made these instead.]
SIX: Pecan Pie Rugelach
SEVEN: Pan Gravy Recipe
[we added flour + salt & pepper]
EIGHT: Ocean Spray canned cranberries (classy.)
I'll tell you that I am not Jewish and knew basically nothing about the religion or culture before Thanksgivukkah. I still don't know much, but at least I can say I've eaten a latke. I hate to admit this, but I actually liked trying all of these new recipes. I'm not one to try new things (... like ever), but I really did enjoy trying new foods from different cultures that night.
There is still time to plan a Thanksgivukkah meal, so make sure to check out the links above for some great ideas.
The Cupcake Project hosted a Thanksgivukkah Blogger Potluck, which has 18 great crossover meal ideas.
If you haven't already seen it, make sure to check out the table decorations that we put together for this marvelous meal.
This is a close-up of the whole table. I chose gold to represent Thanksgiving and blue/silver to represent Hanukkah.
I set these "I am thankful for..." cards on top of each charger and bought clear glass plates to set on top. Not only is it a fun table activity, but it adds extra colors and great detail to the tabletop.
I wrapped jute around some blue sparkly tulle and laid it out in somewhat of a figure eight shape around the table. There was lots of glitter everywhere, but it added the perfect final touch that tied everything together.
We used my friend's silver leaf menorah as a centerpiece. I'm not going to lie. Lighting those candles over the jute really stressed me out. I kind of have a thing about fire.
Half gallon mason jars were filled with dry beans which held gold, silver and blue glittered leaves & sticks (from Michaels) in them to surround the menorah.
Close up detail: I used my Silhouette to cut out pilgrim hats, turkeys and Star of David confetti.
Of course, no party is complete without some themed paper straws!
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm teaming up with Target once again to help promote their "Be Yourself Together" campaign. However, this time it involves a contest and prizes for YOU!