I did locate my recipes for cornbread (for the dressing) and the filling for Sweet Potato Pie. I will either use Patti LaBelle's recipe or one posted by Monica Mingo.
The decoration issue is bothersome. I have so many boxes and I cannot locate the one containing the laser-cut felt leaf-shaped placemats, faux corn, place cards (made by myself and my younger daughter some years back), iridescent orange glass beads, etc.
I am really not interested in buying new decor but I really get into making the day special, so I suppose I will have to schedule a trip to Michael's when I go out Tuesday to get the last minute fresh ingredients. In the meantime I will try to find the box. But time is limited, after all I still have to fulfill my daily responsibilities.
The guest list is finalized, and there are fewer than usual. On the one hand, I will have to make the dish they usually bring. On the other hand, I don't need to have the kids wash the patio table and bring it in. Less tablecloths and napkins to iron and one less centerpiece to make. Also, fewer dishes!
I picked up a beautiful dark orange carrot for my stuffing/dressing from the farmers market, and a quart of vanilla ice cream from the independently owned ice cream shop.
I was supposed to pull out my Thanksgiving decor box, but it wasn't where I thought it was. I'll have to do that tomorrow.
Item #1: Done! Some folks who would normally come over have made other plans this year. This means I have too many of the special cookies I get just for Thanksgiving, but I'm sure the kids will disagree.
Item #2: All done. We are doing all the main dishes and the guests are bringing some of the peripherals.