Post # 1
I know it’s a few weeks away but I’m thinking of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family here in Ireland where I live (no, there’s no Thanksgiving in Ireland but that doesn’t mean I have to keep missing …)
I’ve never made a turkey although I found a recipe that looks easy and really good on allrecipes.com and my BIL is very talented in the kitchen so I think we could successfully tag-team to put together a good dinner party. We don’t have a ton of room in the house and I’d like to be able to invite quite a few people so I might even rent a tent with heaters/tables/chairs and try to do it up nice and festive…I’ve been checking out Thanksgiving decor on a few different websites and there are a lot of easy and fun ideas.
Is anyone else thinking of hosting their first Thanksgiving? Or have you hosted Thanksgiving before and do you have tips for the rest of us?
Post # 3
My mom had to work a couple Thanksgivings in a row, so I was the main cook a couple of times. I think the #1 tip is to get hot plates. Timing is so hard to perfect, and unless you have Martha Stewart’s kitchen, you’re not going to be able to fit all the dishes in the oven at once.
Some things are actually better if they’re made the day before, so I would find those and make them the night before. Desserts usually fit into this category.
Go over your ingredient list several times! It won’t matter for you so much, AnamCara, but for people in the States, the store is crazy on Thanksgiving! Avoid it at all costs :).
Post # 4
I’m doing my first one for people that aren’t family. My husband’s company relocated a bunch of people from Ohio to where we live in Arizona this past summer, and not all of them can afford to go home for Thanksgiving. So basically, anyone who can’t afford to go home, or doesn’t have anyone else to be with is coming to our house, so no one spends it alone. We have about 15 people coming to a one bedroom apartment, so some will be in the dining room and others will be on the patio. (In Arizona it’s warm enough for this, for sure!) I’m a little nervous, but it’s mostly guys, so I think they’re just glad to have some food coming their way 😛
Post # 5
we hosted thanksgiving at our home last year for our families. this year? not too sure, MIL has to work the day after and so do my parents… we are thinking of having a ‘grown-up’ tgiving dinner with our friends on black friday night.
Post # 6
We hosted Thanksgiving last year for my mom and my brothers. It was good because there were not that many people. Biggest thing I can say is to plan your timing well!.
Post # 7
We briefly considered it, but then I mentioned that Thanksgiving is just five days after our wedding, and we would have just moved into our new home (complete with boxes and no furniture). So we’re just going to his family this year and we’re considering hosting next year.