Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party

From my childhood, my favorite Charlie Brown special was the Great Pumpkin but as an adult, watching them again with the littles, I fell in love with the Thanksgiving one. An impromptu party where "Chuck" graciously hosts his friends that invited themselves over and the special is usually followed by the Mayflower one which is my ALL time fav. It is filled with accurate historical facts, faith and fun.

We recently borrowed the movie from a friend and Aiden casually said "I wish we could have a dinner like that one Charlie Brown made"... an idea was born! Our party had similarities and differences it was quite impromptu (as we should be out of town right now) and different as our guests were invited, each boy picked 3 friends to come watch and Camille was joined by her BFF Ruthie and her family.

In case you don't remember, Charlie Brown said all he knows how to make is cold cereal and toast. The menu chef Snoopy landed on was buttered toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzel sticks. Guess what we ate?

 I just couldn't stand it, I had to throw in some fruit and veggies... though completely optional. Each and every kid did opt out!

The agenda for the afternoon was to first watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

 Next each child took turns cranking the popcorn popper as the 
smell and noise of popping corn filled the air

 We all gathered hand in hand and blessed our food. Snoopy even joined in!

Gavin had the honor of throwing the plates to each guest (just like Snoopy). 
I can't even explain how excited he was to do this! Then the boys served our guests "dinner".

Then we all had our feast of all feasts! 
It has already been requested to happen again next year, I think that sounds like a good idea.

Tomorrow we will all pile into the minivan (instead of an old green station wagon) and sing "Over the River and Through the Woods" as we travel to Grandma's house...

Happy Thanksgiving week!

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