Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving

Well, I survived.  It's going to take me a year to think about whether I want to host Thanksgiving again  (for that many people) but at the end of the day, I think everything turned out really well.  There weren't any disasters and I think everyone had a good time.  I made a few rookie mistakes (running out of butter 45 minutes before dinner) but Todd was such a huge help and jumped right in the car.  I really couldn't have done it all without him.  He only worked half a day on Wednesday so he could be there when the tables and chairs were delivered.  I went with a long banquet table set up.


I had grand plans for the centerpieces but when on Wednesday when I went out to buy the flowers, they were all gone.  Todd saved the day again and potted some ornamental kale.  Mason jars, candles, burlap runner, and a few pinecones. 


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.


The only pictures I have are from before everyone arrived.  And unfortunately, I put my camera down and never picked it back up again.


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...




11 comments:

  1. It looks like it was a big success. Your flower arrangement did turn out really pretty. And I love the leaf cut outs on your pie. I burned the edges on the cherry pie even though I followed the directions exactly. Doh!

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  2. Impressive! I love your pies! :) Your house is beautiful, as well. I really enjoy seeing the photos you post :)

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  3. i want an invite to your place for next year. what a gorgeous thanksgiving!!! well done, friend! xo

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  4. I would love the measurements for your momma's cheese ball recipe. It sounds great!

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  5. Success!!! Great Job!! Looks right out of a magazine!

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  6. I think you did an amazing job, and if you hadn't mentioned you didn't the floral arrangement, I would have thought you ordered it from a florist! Awesome!!!! Everything looks great:)

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  7. Grit-sy Girl!! I am sooo impressed by this spread! The food was probably twice as perfect as the decor! You always out do yourself. Happy Thanksgiving lovely xoox

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  8. Very impressive! I'm interested in trying out the orchard punch too.

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  9. It is such a beautiful arrangement - and I have never heard of a cheese ball with dried beef. Sounds interesting. I am not sure if I would enjoy it but I know my husband would!!

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  10. Now you have me wanting a cheeseball!

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