Post # 1
Well like the title says me and my fiance are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever this year. I’m so excited! Ever since I was a little girl, I always use to imagine hosting the holidays. We have a pretty big guest list, about 30 people coming but I’m so looking forward to having my family and his family all in one place this year. I’ve got our menu all planned out, I’ve started a shopping list, I’ve told people the time we’re hosting. I know it’s going to be a lot of work but I think it will be a lot of fun. My fiance is even kind of excited about it and he normally doesn’t care too much for the holidays. 🙂 The cool weather here where I’m at is really getting me amped up for the holidays. Anyone else way excited about the holidays coming up?
Post # 2
Wow, you are so on top of things and so much braver than I am! What an awesome thing to be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, especially for such a big group and especially as a way of getting both of your families in the same place. That is going to be so much fun!!!
I am so excited about the holidays. Especially now that Halloween is over and it’s more “appropriate” to be planning ahead. We won’t be hosting Thanksgiving, but I still love this time of year!!!
Post # 3
I’m excited for you! I tried convincing my family to come celebrate thanksgiving with FI and I (FIs mom won’t as she has very strong traditions with her sisters). My parents said no. Made me pretty upset, but they do have better shopping for black friday, so that’s a plus. Good luck and I hope you have an enjoyable time 🙂
Post # 4
my first year for my family too! I have held a few “friends thanksgivings” the saturday after or something but never my actual family on the day
I will only be having 10 so its pretty manageable… we just got our new table and the electrician should be around this week to install the chandelier and we will be all ready!
My menu is ready and I have already started my make ahead stuff (homemade ravioli because we have a crazy italian thanksgiving)
Post # 5
ErinEllen: How fun!
We are hosting for the 2nd time this year, expecting around 10 people just like last year. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help or to bring things, especially for a large group…people love to get involved! I was just talking with my MIL today about timing and such. She’s excited to come earlier this year and help cook more and I’m totally game for that.
Definitely plan out what you can make the day (or more) ahead. One of my favorite cheats is to make the mashed potatoes (sooo many pots and such mess!) the day ahead, and then throw them cold into the crockpot with some pats of butter on top a couple hrs ahead of time…let them heat up and they’ll be perfect!
We decided for our first year to just invite all the parents/stepparents and let them decide if they wanted to come or not. We wanted to set the standard that everyone was always welcome. My Dad and stepmom were planning on being at my bro’s out of town anyway, so they didn’t come, but his Mom and Dad and stepmom and sibs all came. Other than graduations/weddings that’s the first time his 3 parents have all done something together. I was shocked when his mom and stepmom were trading stories about when he was a little kid as we all three cooked together. Super sweet and SO unexpected!
Post # 6
Thanks so much for all the encouragement everyone! Our guest list went up because a few more people wanted to come so we’re at 37 people now! Everyone is bringing a dish and I’m defintely going to be making some of the food that I can the night before! I’m just beyond excited about it! Even my FI who really doesn’t usually get too into the holidays & tends to avoid big crowds is very excited! Only a few more weeks to go! 🙂
Post # 7
ErinEllen: yes!! thats awesome!!! we hosted thanksgiving for the first time last year but it was just me, DH, our dog and his parents. It was still so much fun to be able to cater to them and have them relax bc they’ve always hosted thanksgiving. I wanted them to just relax.
I am excited for Christmas this year bc if all goes well, we will be telling the fam that we are expecting our first baby!
Post # 8
So Excited! I started hosting Thanksgiving every year because I love it! Good luck on your first host! For me nothing beats getting up early, playing a little christmas music and having a glass of wine while hosting! Yes, wine in the morning! lol!
Post # 9
ErinEllen: We’re also hosting for the first time ever since we just got married a month ago. 😀 I expect about 20 of our family to be present, and I’m bit stressed out about how we will fit everyone in our small townhouse. LOL. Good luck to you, and you’ll do great seeing how prepared you are already.
Post # 10
We are hosting thanksgiving this year as well for the first time. It was my DH that kind of blurted it out while I was on the phone with my mom. I then said yeah that’s a great idea…but then I covered the phone and said you know you have to help right?lol
It will be 11 adults and 4 kids.
Have i mentioned aside from my “set it and forget it” ronco rotisserie I’ve never cooked a turkey or large chicken…this should be interesting!
Not to mention my DH and I signed up for our annual turkey day 5mile race.
Good luck to everyone hosting! Perhaps a recipe swap of some sort? With one oven I’m trying to find something good to make in the crock pot. I thought about cheesey scalloped potatoes but my DH really wants mashed. Any ideas? Maybe a nice soup?
Post # 11
Daizy914: That’s so exciting! I hope it does go well for you guys!! 🙂
1234sophia: Sounds like a perfect morning!
GrassHouse: I’m sure you will figure out a way to get everyone in there. I’m trying to find more tables right now but I know it’ll all work out in the end and the more the merrier. We both come from large families!
MrsG42014: For an appetizer, I’ll be making a buffalo chicken dip that always seems to be a huge hit and people love it! I can give you the recipe if interested. Us hosting was my FI’s idea as well. We made a turkey for the first time ever last year following Gordon Ramsay’s(we love him) recipe and he took it to his friends out but he said it was really good and that we should host so now we are! I think someone earlier on this post said they make their mashed potatoes the night before and then put them in the crock pot the morning of, maybe you could do that?
Post # 12
Me me me…. hahaha. I am so excited for the holidays and Thanksgiving has fast become one of my absolute favorites. I’ll be hosting for the 5th or 6th year in a row this year. I know… I just love it. One year we had over 40 people. That was the biggest we ever did it. This year will be small in comparison but we’ll have somewhere around 20 people maybe a little less.
I make the turkey, a few sides and desserts and then everyone brings a dish to share… it has worked out great over the years and we always have more then enough food. Plus with everyone contributing in a little way makes it that much more special. I have my menu planned out already (really simple… I do pretty much the same things every year). So all I have to do is go shopping which I will do this week.
Post # 13
bridalprincess: We started our grocery shopping this week! We bought the turkey & a few other things yesterday! But we still have a couple things left to get on the list.
Post # 14
did so much cooking yesterday to get ready! I roasted a turkey and a half to make stock and gravy (which is now in the freezer) – the stock will be for the stuffing (dressing technically since its not going in the bird) and the gravy will serve as the starter so that on the day of I just have to add more drippings and a little stock instead of having to whip it up in the crunch time.
I also had the butcher remove the two breasts and I will be making a boneless herb stuffed roll to serve as well.
I also made 2 types of cranberry sauce, 7 pie crusts (but I used on making turkey pot pies for dinner to use up the meat from the roasted turkeys) and 2 types of compound butter (rosemary, thyme & sage w garlic and a spicy version w dried hot peppers from our garden). Last but not least was a double batch of pumpkin bread that will be used to make pumpkin bread pudding.
Post # 15
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ErinEllen: I am hosting for the first time also. This is extra special because my FIL’s will meet my extended family for the first time before the wedding. Last Halloween my Aunt (mom’s sister) was diagnosed with Cancer and she was very depressed over the holidays. My aunt is doing MUCH better and starting to talk about future plans and being excited for our wedding and My Uncle (Mom Bro) just moved to be closer to them. I am doing ALL of the cooking and I’m excited!! I ordered a Smoked turkey from our favorite BBQ place and I’ll start grocery shopping this week I made are to include everyone’s favorites.