Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hosting Thanksgiving

This past weekend, Chris's family came to visit from Atlanta to celebrate Thanksgiving a little early since we will be traveling to my hometown on Thanksgiving Day. I was so excited to be hosting our first Thanksgiving in our new home! If you know me, you know I love to host a dinner or party. 

This was no exception! I took it and ran with it- planning to cook the whole works for the Thanksgiving meal. On the menu? Turkey with gravy, dressing with cranberries, salad, rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, squash casserole (made by my brother-in-law's girlfriend), pecan pie for dessert, and a good bottle of red wine to wash it all down with. I even pulled out our wedding china to serve on. Chris was not too happy about that because it all has to be hand washed. He said we should just use paper plates. Men

I went back and forth on whether to pull out the Christmas decor for the tablescape or to leave my fall themed table for the dinner, and I actually had decided to keep the fall stuff out- less stress for me, right? Well, the week of I noticed that a lot of my pumpkins were very soft and not far from rotting. So instead of going out and buying more pumpkins, or trying to come up with a different fall tablescape idea, I just pulled out the Christmas decor I already have and went with it. I'm not one who minds decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving anyway…so I loved the way it turned out! 

Here's the face of a super proud, first time turkey maker!

For the turkey, I used my Granny's recipe- with a few additions I got from other recipes, and kind of created my own version! I am sharing the turkey recipe on Frankly My Dear  today, so check it out! It's a pretty simple recipe but super yummy. How do you cook your turkey? I saw so many different options out there- it was hard to pick which way to go with it.

There is nothing more fun than being with family- cooking, visiting, laughing, and catching up. Thanksgiving is such a special holiday, and I loved every minute of hosting! Happy Tuesday & thanks for reading!
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