Grocery Store Thanksgiving Meals

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
3197 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I do not have an answer to your question but I just had to say that your in-laws suck.  Why not stay at home and cook a small Thanksgiving meal for you and the hubby?  I’d hate to spend T-day driving 300 miles and still be expected to cook OR foot the bill for the meal.

Post # 5
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I guarantee that meal will not serve 9 people. Does it say how many lbs the turkey is? 

Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Sorry 🙁 Personally, I wouldn’t want to spend Thanksgiving with them. 

I’ve never gotten a grocery store meal but my family has purchased Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market many times and it’s always good.  Yes, it does serve the # of ppl it claims but we always add some extra sides for variety and so we can have leftovers! 


Post # 7
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

@NovaRising:  +1

My first reaction is: good grief, who cares if it serves enough, they should just be thankful you’re driving so far to see them AND taking care of the food.

I think it could serve 9 people, especially if you make extra dishes to go with it, but it might be cutting it a little close.

Post # 10
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We bought a full meal from Whole Foods last year – it was like $150 for 8 people and we more than enough leftovers. We did need more dinner rolls though – but those are easy/cheap

Post # 11
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MexiPino:  Is it boneless or with the bone? Usually the estimate for a boneless ham is about 1/4lb-1/3lb per person (although obviously some people can eat much more than that amount) but you need a larger ham if it’s bone-in. If you’re getting 3 servings per lb, you might be alright. I never personally weigh out the exact serving size I’m getting on a plate so I’m never sure exactly how accurate those sorts of estimates are, and some people estimate up to 1lb/person. I’d make sure to have lots of sides, maybe some filling appetizers as well. And dessert.

Post # 13
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MexiPino:  Even with bone-in, with the estimated serving sizes, you might just be okay, but pushing someone else to get another main is probably smart. I don’t envy you at all – organizing an entire meal for a group with no help isn’t much fun, even if you’re ordering part of it.

Post # 15
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Honestly I would just tell them ” We are bringing ______ whatever dish you want____, and that’s it.” Let them figure it out.  I would have my own personal thanksgiving the day before or after with husband.

Post # 16
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MexiPino:  instead of asking them what they will make.  assign something to each of the relatives to make.



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