We're going to be hosting Mike's family for Thanksgiving dinner this year. I love playing hostess and cooking for others, even though it can be stressful at times, it's nothing a glass (or 2) of wine can't fix.
The whole affair should be pretty low key, seeing as there will only be 5 adults plus Max and Ella, but I thought I'd share my planned menu along with a few other details.
I always like to have a few appetizers/snacks planned... even though there is a large meal involved, I don't want people starving while they wait for the turkey to hit the table. This year I plan on making these bite-sized baked brie pops along with this savory pumpkin dip and crackers. I also like to have a bowl of candied mixed nuts out for nibbling along with beer and cocktails.
For the main course, we will obviously be having turkey, but I am toying with the idea of trying a brine this year. I am a purist when it comes to stuffing, so I'll be sticking with a pretty basic recipe. As always, there will be green bean casserole, corn, and rolls, as well as sweet potato souffle and this year, I am making cinnamon honey butter to accompany the dinner rolls.
My mother in law will be bringing pumpkin pie... but I am considering the idea of mini pumpkin trifles, layered in mason jars, that people can take home with them to enjoy after Thanksgiving dinner, round 2!
I picked up some take-out containers, like the type that Chinese food comes in, to send leftovers in, that way there is no shortage of tupperware to worry about.
For our table, I am keeping it simple and rustic. White plates, white cloth napkins, but lots of burlap, leaves, pumpkin and twine...and of course some gold touches.
I picked Ella up an outfit at the store quite awhile ago, but had a bit of trouble finding Max a shirt, so decided to make my own. We picked up a plain white long sleeved t shirt, and I created a design on our computer, which I printed as a mirror image onto iron on transfer paper. I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.
I can't wait to share more pictures and details of our day with you, but in the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with your loved ones!