(Closed) Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year!

posted 4 years ago in Holidays
Post # 2
15772 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m excited for you! I tried convincing my family to come celebrate thanksgiving with Fiance 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
2185 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 Mother-In-Law 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 # 7
6527 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

ErinEllen:  yes!! thats awesome!!! we hosted thanksgiving for the first time last year but it was just me, Darling Husband, 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
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

ErinEllen:  We’re also hosting for the first time ever since we just got married a month ago. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are hosting thanksgiving this year as well for the first time.  It was my Darling Husband 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 Darling Husband 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 Darling Husband really wants mashed. Any ideas? Maybe a nice soup?

Post # 12
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 14
2185 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida


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.

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