*this is the ridiculously huge centerpiece I made for the occasion. note me as a reference size. too much?
I've just sent out our Thanksgiving invites and the menu planning begins... actually the menu prepping should already be underway! Because I am always curious to see what other people plan for their menus in general and because I LOVE lists, I wanted to share my Thanksgiving menu with you.
Since we are having about 12 1/2 people total (including ourselves, Pierre is the 1/2) I know feeding this many people will get expensive quickly, so for the main course, Jon Paul and I will just be providing the basics:
Turkey (God help me! Don't let it be dry! And please let it be cooked all the way!!) Mashed potatoes and gravy. Jon Paul makes great mashed potatoes, and I'm going to rely on a basic recipe to make yummy gravy. Biscuits. I'm gonna let the Pillsbury dough boy do all the work on this one.
I've asked everyone who's coming to bring a dish. Either a salad, stuffing, anything! Or wine :)
And though we're planning on serving dinner at 6, our home will be open all day, so I want to have appetizers and small bites available all day. For this, I'm doing: a cheese platter, sliced fruit, chips and salsa (I know that's not "Thanksgiving-y" but we love chips and salsa, soooo...), a brussel sprout salad, and a caprese salad. Is that enough? Too excessive??
For the main beverage, I'm going to have hot cider with rum (had this at a housewarming last weekend, so good!) and water. Take your pick! Haha
Jon Paul and I both really enjoy hosting people, so we're excited to have friends over to share our home with. Everyone coming is a young transplant to Boston who isn't able to go home for the holiday, so I'm glad we are coming together to keep each other company and celebrate.
Well, happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! Though I am not a fan of the origins of this holiday, I really do see the beauty of coming together and reflecting on what we are thankful for. Delicious food is an added bonus!