Sharing Thanksgiving Traditions – Guest Post with Kendra Thornton

Thanksgiving is without a doubt one of the best times of the year; family, friends and delicious food. Within the next few weeks you can expect to see some of my family recipes that are tradition this time of year on my other blog 2 Sweet Obsession.

It’s also a great time to share holiday traditions with one another which is what I plan to do the next two weeks, share traditions with you starting with a guest post from Kendra Thornton, founder of Thornton Public Relations.

A Thornton Thanksgiving Live in Chicago

Kendra Thornton PictureOnce again in the city of Chicago, leaves have changed colors and fallen to the ground. The air now has that telltale nip that indicates winter is just around the corner! At the Thornton house, family plans are being laid in preparation of the coming holidays. For me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of them all. On this day each year, we focus on gratitude and giving back. As an added bonus for us, all of our relatives will be descending upon Chicago to share Thanksgiving with us, and I can’t wait!

In preparation, I’ve been browsing Pinterest for fun appetizer and dessert ideas that my kids and I can enjoy fixing together. As they get older, they have begun to enjoy helping Mom in the kitchen more than ever. I have, however, learned that simple projects are best. More complex food tasks result in big messes left for me to clean up later, so I’m focusing on finding simple recipes that will be quick and easy to make.

My family loves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, I absolutely have to have certain staple foods on hand for the feast. I’ll be serving a turkey, of course, as well as my personal favorite, mashed potatoes and gravy. Sides of stuffing, cranberry sauce and holiday veggies will be present also. Then I think I’ll incorporate a few non-traditional dishes as well. On Gogobot, I found a great article called, “Turkey Trimmed to the Nines,” listing menus that will be featured at some luxury hotels this Thanksgiving. Naturally, I’m going to have to try a few of my own home inspired!

To keep things simple but interesting, I’ve decided to use these dishes as inspiration and remix them in my own kitchen. I certainly hope everyone will enjoy this experiment! For starters, I’m going to put together my own version of pumpkin soup, inspired by the pre-dinner soup that Waldorf Astoria in Orlando plans to serve this Thanksgiving. The dish features lobster incorporated into the soup to give a fresh twist to a seasonal delicacy.

I’m incredibly grateful for the many blessings in my life. Each year, at the Thornton house, we go around the table on Thanksgiving and list things for which we are thankful. It’s my favorite Thanksgiving tradition that we have. I hope you and your family consider borrowing this tradition and making it your own. Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Thanksgiving, have a safe and wonderful holiday. May it be filled with delicious food, and may the ones you love surround you.


“Ms. Thornton’s professional career has been in communications where she’s worked with high-profile companies in travel, technology, consumer products and food and beverage. Her resumé includes successful stints at some of the world’s largest public relations firms, including BSMG (now Weber Shandwick) and Golin Harris. In some instances, Ms. Thornton acted as a spokesperson on behalf of her clients in print, TV and radio interviews.” To learn more about Kendra Thornton you can click here.


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