This year the holidays are going to be anything but normal. Families have to decide if they are going to have a big gathering or do Thanksgiving online. Whether you are going to be having Thanksgiving with just your immediate household members or trying to do a socially distanced celebration, here are a couple of nice touches that will help make the day a little special:

1. Candles or flowers - Don't do both. Either put out a ton of inexpensive tea lights everywhere or put out bowls filled with a few blooms floating on water. You don't have to have expensive vases, just bowls filled with water. You can snip off the blooms of a cheap bunch of supermarket flowers and float them. They're pretty and should cost less than $20. If you don't want to use tea lights, get a pack of inexpensive pillar candles and group them on plain dinner plates. They're pretty and you can use them even after Thanksgiving is over.

2. Plastic containers - If your guests want to take leftovers home, don't give them your good containers, go to the dollar store and get containers there. They are cheap and you won't care if they never make it back to your house.

3. Guest towels - People are going to need to pee, it's just the way it is. If you don't want your guests to have to dry their hands on a damp hand towel, get paper guest towels. They look super posh and you can pick them up inexpensively where you get paper napkins. They're very fancy and they are a lot more hygienic than a towel everyone uses.

4. Sugar cubes - It seems like a silly little thing, but putting sugar cubes in your coffee seems very old fashioned and fancy. It also cuts down on spilled sugar on your counters and floors and it is just a sweet touch to the coffee at the end of the meal.

I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Please remember to socially distance, stay outside with plenty of fresh air around you and your guests, and wear a mask when you aren't eating and drinking.

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