I'm so pumped... my favorite holiday is almost here AND I'm hosting it for the first time ever. Mixed emotions of excitement and pure terror have taken over. A day solely dedicated to food and I'm in charge. Holy hell.
My awesome in-laws are coming to town and staying with us for Thanksgiving and my whole family is coming to dinner too. Couldn't be more excited to have so many people I love in one room. Very special indeed. Here's the real deal though, this is going to take some planning and strategy.
While I'd love to go all out, do everything myself and try a bunch of new things, it sounds like a suicide mission that would inevitably leave me clutching an empty bottle of wine, whilst rocking in fetal position on the floor. I can see the mascara streaks now. Not cute. So I'm sticking with tradition and accepting help. What a concept!
It will be a feast of long-time favorite indulgences and a few new treats. Read: I'm not reinventing the wheel. Maybe next year when I've got a year of hosting under my belt.
Assorted Hard Cheeses
Served with local honey
Herb-Infused Fried Turkey
Roasted Turkey Leg Gravy
"Vintage" Sweet Potatoes
(You know those things with the marshmallows? My mother would have my head if they weren't there)
(Or whatever my stepmom calls the yum mashed potatoes she's bringing)
Traditional Cornbread-Sage Dressing
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Fresh Whipped Cream
While the whole concept of hosting Thanksgiving for the first-time is daunting, this plans seems do-able. Planning is key, so I'll be sharing some tips and planning tools along the way. We can do it (she whispers to herself in doubt)!