Feeding the Army

Our first solo Thanksgiving went pretty smoothly.

We are adults! Whoop whoop!

The only hiccups were that we did not plan ahead on our grocery trip and waited until this week to get stuff. We had to make a couple trips to different stores to find what we needed. And the other, is that I over estimated how much time the noodles needed to be cooked for my Glinn noodles addition, so half of them were paste instead of noodles. Whoops.

Everything else went great.

We managed to have 8 adults, 3 small children, and 3 dogs in our small little kitchen. We literally fed the Army.

It was so great in comparison to Thanksgiving last year. My husband and the other 4 guys were deployed, so really my competition of Thanksgiving pasts was pretty low. I was most thankful to be able to share the day with my hubby and start making some of our own holiday traditions since this was the first time to celebrate any holiday under our own roof.

Of course I had to craft for the day. Since I knew that we were not all going to be sitting at the same table, and also that it was Army men I was feeding, I was not really concerned about place settings, chargers, napkin holders, and table runners. Someday I will, but not this year.

However, I still wanted it to be a little festive.

Supplies Needed:

  • scrapbook paper
  • canvas boards
  • paint
  • letter stencils
  • string



First, I painted the boards a nice fall brown. I only needed one coat.


Second, I picked out several sheets of scrapbook paper. I cut out flags for one board. I put the string on top and glued it down. The other is supposed to be a turkey, but it looks more like a flower.


I used a hot glue gun to put these in place. I am sure you could mod podge them, but I have never had good luck with mod podge doing what I want it to do.


Then I used the stencil to paint the saying on each one. It took awhile because I had to let each letter dry before moving on to the next one. I would have used my Cricut, but I cannot get it to cut scrapbook paper without ripping it, so if someone has advice I would love to hear it!


I have been wanting to do something with this saying for awhile!

We had a feast for the Army for sure.

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The bird before.

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The bird after.

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I always struggle with making deviled eggs not look like I threw them back up. They always taste great, but I don’t have the knack of making food look great. So I was pretty impressed that they turned out decently this time.

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Yes we bought paper plates. And I think they count as decoration. And so does the PT belt.

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some of the sides

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the rest of the sides

It was a great day with our Army family. So much to be thankful for!

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These are all the leftovers. Tom and I will be eating Thanksgiving for awhile. Our fridge is like a puzzle every time we want something. Anyone want to come over?

We had a great time hosting, and we learned some tricks of what to do in the future. For our first time though, we did pretty awesome. High five to us!

I hope that your Thanksgivings were filled with fun and good eats. We had the best weekend in the Whitener household!

7 thoughts on “Feeding the Army

  1. I love your decorations! Easy but they packed a punch. I’m also eyeing that veggie tray. I love a good veggie tray and we didn’t have one this year. (We went to a friend’s house and they cooked everything, so I can’t really complain.)

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