Plan the Ul­ti­mate Thanks­giv­ing

You Can Do This with a Li­brary Card

Record Observer - - NEWS - By JOHN WALDEN Direc­tor, Queen Anne’s County Li­brary

Whether host­ing a tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing meal with fam­ily or a more con­tem­po­rary Friends­giv­ing gath­er­ing, a lot goes into cre­at­ing a mem­o­rable hol­i­day. Be­tween clean­ing, dec­o­rat­ing and craft­ing a menu, its best to prep and sched­ule in ad­vance so ev­ery­thing runs smoothly. This Thanks­giv­ing, let your Queen Anne’s County Li­brary card help take some of the guess­work out of cre­at­ing a top-notch oc­ca­sion. Our col­lec­tion of free mu­sic, au­dio­books and e-books will take the has­sle out of plan­ning and let the host (you) en­joy your own party.

Let’s Talk Turkey While it is usu­ally up to the host to cook up the main dishes (i.e. turkey!), it is to­tally ac­cept­able for guests to bring side dishes and desserts. Check out Let’s Talk Turkey… And All The Trim­mings for great ideas on how to cook a per­fect turkey, and creative side dish com­bi­na­tions for your guests to bring for a potluck style din­ner! If you feel like chang­ing up the usual menu, the New Thanks­giv­ing Ta­ble e-book has tons of di­verse re­gional recipes span­ning from New Eng­land to the Pa­cific.

A Har­vest Ta­blescape With food at the fore­front for this hol­i­day, there’s no need to over­load on home dé­cor. Any­thing au­tum­nal that you al­ready have out will per­fectly add to the am­biance, so keep those col­or­ful leaf wreaths and pump­kins! You can also opt to keep things sim­ple us­ing the Camille Styles En­ter­tain­ing e-book for unique DIY crafts that add a pop of nat­u­ral­look­ing dé­cor. Make the din­ing ta­ble the show­stop­per for your party us­ing Ma­son Jar Crafts. Cre­ate rus­tic cen­ter­pieces and hang­ing dis­plays us­ing on-trend ma­son jars and burlap, light a few cin­na­mon can­dles and your warm and invit­ing ta­ble will look straight out of a mag­a­zine.

Mu­si­cal En­ter­tain­ment While the de­li­cious aro­mas of your feast set the mood, add great back­ground mu­sic to com­plete the per­fect at­mos­phere. In­stantly stream Mu­sic For Your Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner — 50 Per­fect Tracks for a pop­u­lar mix of tra­di­tional and cur­rent songs that will warm hearts and give ev­ery­one that nostal­gic feel­ing. If your guests want to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, down­load a karaoke al­bum like The Karaoke Chan­nel — It’s Thanks­giv­ing for some songs to sing as a group.

New Tra­di­tions to

Bond Over Al­though many of us en­joy a good foot­ball game on Thanks­giv­ing Thurs­day, this hol­i­day is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to con­sider a new tra­di­tion. Com­ing Home has tons of ideas on how to es­tab­lish an­nual tra­di­tions by sea­son that will keep fam­ily and friends close. Or, af­ter ev­ery­one is stuffed and needs a break, watch School of Rock while ev­ery­one re­laxes and di­gests. Have fun and be thank­ful for all that is around you!

Visit­myli­brary to­day to sign up for your free Queen Anne’s County Li­brary card and in­stantly ac­cess our cat­a­logue of movies, mu­sic, au­dio­books and e-books. Our ro­bust dig­i­tal col­lec­tion will pro­vide end­less en­ter­tain­ment as the weather cools down and the hol­i­days roll in.


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