Also, there is no cure for DECALCOMANIA
It's only a matter of time before the guest soap craft turns up on Pinterest, but our generation will put it in a mason jar.
@cocokins Neat! I'm saving that site because it would be a great idea for a kiddo I know.
@bananapants My parents also made me save up half the cost of Molly. I remember it was $44, because I kept a chart in my room to track my progress. FYI, $44 was a heck of a lot of window washing and furniture dusting in my house, I tell you what.
@JLA I also remember the foot binding story from the first issue!
Much of my AG stuff was from craft fairs, and I used to live for going to fairs with my mom just for the chance to rummage through the tiny racks of clothes.
I bought my first Christmas gift, albeit on-line: some Punjammies for a friend who will appreciate the premise of the company. They had a 25% off deal, so I pounced, only to see that today they have a 40% off deal (D'OH!!!)
I didn't do much deeper research than the company website, so if anyone has anything critical to say about the International Princess Project, I'd be all ears.
@adorable-eggplant Absolutely recommended, and one of the only times you'll see me try to work through my fear of deep-frying! We have them with the main course.
@granny squares The whole show. Alton Brown's turkey plus homemade cranberry sauce and all the sides you'd expect to see. Pecan pie and pumpkin pie with ice cream and homemade whipped cream (bourbon-infused?)for dessert.
It's also not Thanksgiving without banana fritters and claret sauce, for some reason, so those, too.
Yes to all the advice to make things ahead of time. I'm making the pies, the cranberry sauce, and the squash tonight and getting as far as I can with the prep work for everything else.
On a more philosophical level, I think you will impress your guests more as a calm and confident host that by making any fancy, stress-inducing dishes. Given that...
KNOW THY AUDIENCE. If your guests are looking for traditional dishes, don't knock yourself out coming up with something overly complicated or creative. Presenting a solid version of a classic dish will win them over just as well. And if they actually look forward to the easy version of something, like canned cranberry sauce? Don't waste your energy making it.
KNOW THYSELF. Hate baking but love making drinks? Everyone else brings the pies and impress them with a signature cocktail. It's fine.
KNOW THY BATTLEGROUND Tiny apartment oven? See if the turkey actually fits. (uh, not that this happened to me...) (although, seriously, just hack the legs off and roast them separately, it's fine) Use all your appliances to their advantages.
@Tuna Surprise Such a nice idea! I actually just did a quick search for book recommendations, because I don't know what 8-year-old boys read, and they were all over the place as far as reading level.
You could do a book plus a related craft kit. Like, Stuart Little and a kit to make a toy boat?
If you're totally stuck, you could do a book/DVD combo. I did that with Ramona for an 8-year-old girl.