Thanksgiving 2017

It’s been a little while since I’ve made a post, but I got a little busy with work and planning for Thanksgiving!

My husband and I decided to host Thanksgiving this year since we’re in our first apartment together and I love to host things. Our apartment is pretty small, but we somehow managed to fit 16 people in here, somewhat comfortably.

After hosting our first Thanksgiving, I learned a few things to help prepare me for the next time I plan to host. But before I get to that, I just wanted to share my set-up, as well as the food we made.

The first step in planning Thanksgiving was figuring out how on earth to get 16+ people into our apartment comfortably. Because Thanksgiving food typically requires two hands and a flat surface to eat off of, it was a little difficult to figure out what to do, given we have a dining room table for four and two couches.

So I only had one choice to figure out what to do… Pinterest!

I ended up deciding on doing a long table that went from our living room into the dining room. We rented two 8′ tables and chairs to create a long dining room table.

I will say, the tables worked out really well for us, because it gave everyone a place to sit, but also a good way to mingle and enjoy the snacks we put out before the food was ready!

Now, my husband and I are a little bougie in that we love a good charcuterie board whenever we entertain. But it’s such a good thing to put out for big groups because people get a little bit of what they like!

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We had four kinds of cheese, two types of salami, and different condiments and add-ons to spice up the plate! We also got a beautiful board to put it on to make it look nice.

We also put out a veggie tray and chips and dip.

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Then of course, we had some drinks. Beer, wine, a holiday sangria, wine coolers, sodas, and tea.

And before I get into the food, I’ll share some of our decorations around the apartment.

Onto the food!

Our Thanksgiving menu consisted of:

Turkey
Ham (from Honey Baked Ham)
Gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Mustard Sauce
Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
Stuffing
Fall Salad
Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Dinner Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Ice Cream

Mostly everything was home-made, except the Honey Baked Ham and the ice cream. I had a lot of fun preparing everything from scratch. There were only two dishes I was particularly unhappy with and it was the apple pie and the green bean casserole (I didn’t serve it, it was not great).
Both ended up being way too runny and would not thicken up.

Otherwise, it turned out to be a great Thanksgiving. We ate, talked, had a wonderful time. After we all ate, everyone lazed around and we ended up playing Cards Against Humanity for several hours. All in all, a great day.

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Looking back, there are a few things I would probably do differently, but honestly not too much. I felt as though our first Thanksgiving, given the circumstances, went swimmingly!

For sure, I would love to be in a bigger space the next time we host Thanksgiving, but it may not be for a while. But now we know what could be done if we hosted another large gathering.

I would definitely test out a few recipes before serving them, like the green bean casserole and the apple pie. I would also try to do the bread rolls to make them more fluffy and magical.

More potatoes. Many more potatoes. And more gravy. We almost ran out of both, but now we know. Also, prepping both types of potatoes ahead of time, because we were on a time crunch trying to get them done before it was time to eat.

I’m really glad we got the chance to bring both of our families together and host. It was a ton of fun and I look forward to the next big gathering!

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