I realized that no one would honestly even remember the centerpieces so it wasn't worth stressing about.
It's a family tradition for the men to go play golf on Thanksgiving morning so my mom and I spent that time getting everything set up and finishing our dishes. We had a few hours where we were just kind of standing around wishing that everyone would arrive so I was able to take a few pictures. I set up a banquet table in the breakfast room (off the kitchen) for all of the appetizers and desserts. I think this was my biggest mistake- there is nothing more irritating than when you're trying to cook and get things ready and people are hovering. I should have put this table out on the back deck so everyone stayed outside.
I wish I would have taken more pictures of all of the dishes and everyone at the table but between all of the welcoming, refilling the punch, and making sure all of the casserole dishes were warm, I just didn't have time. I kept glancing at my camera and thinking, "This is going too fast! All this work- I have to take pictures!" But people were hungry so I had to keep it going.
Mom's cheeseball is a family holiday staple! Cream cheese, dried beef, scallions, salt, Worcestershire, and pecans. Besides the deviled eggs, it's always the first to go!
I made this flower arrangement for the dessert table and I really just love the way it came out. I think I'm going to take a flower arranging class.
I set up a little drink station on the back deck. This was obviously before everyone came and I was still filling up the dispensers. The orchard punch was a huge hit- for the kids and the adults (who were obviously mixing it with liquor). It's a can of frozen cranberry juice, 64 oz spiced apple cider, 2 liter ginger ale, and 2 cups orange juice. I just realized after looking at this picture that I forgot to put the frozen cranberries in it...they're still in the freezer. Doh!
I think I'm going to go take another nap...