There has been only one Thanksgiving holiday that I have not spent with my parents. This year will be the second. Matt and I decided that 20 hours in a car (10 hours each way) with our three kids through the mountains is just something we are not up for, especially since we will be doing it next month for Christmas. I have to admit, it was more my decision than Matt's. With how busy we have been and how busy we will be the next few months, I just want to stay home and relax for a few days. No running around, no pressure. I hope it was the right decision.
I have offered to host Thanksgiving dinner with two of my neighbor's and their families. None of us have family nearby so we have decided to be each others family for the holiday. Thursday I will be cooking for 14 people. And now that it is just two days away, I am starting to freak.
I have my menu all set and today I went shopping for all the ingredients.
Sausage Cheese Balls
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green bean casserole
Sweet potato casserole
Homemade cranberry sauce
Caramel pecan cheesecake
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
I have never cooked a meal like this all by myself. Sure I have done parties, but that is much easier than a formal type meal. Plus in Illinois we had a double oven. Here we have one. And that is reserved for my 22 pound turkey. So now I am premaking all the dishes and running them to the neighbors to cook. Plus I have no decorations.
I am not a holiday decorator so if anyone is expecting a stuffed turkey or cornucopias with pretty leaves they will be disappointed. And how about tableware. I have our regular everyday plates (8 place settings) and then plastic plates for the kids. It is either our everyday stuff (We only own 2 place settings of china so that option is out) or we eat off of the Dora and Diego paper plates Sami suckered me into buying. And I don't have a gravy boat. In fact I hate gravy. So what do I serve gravy in?
I love to cook and bake. Love love love. But I am not a formal party host. I am better at a beer and burger type of function than a formal dinner. So I am a bit nervous.
Any tips or easy decoration ideas? Send them my way! And don't worry, my digital camera battery is all charged and ready to take lots of pictures.