(Closed) Spinoff: How does your (or your SO’s) family serve Thanksgiving dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My husband comes from a HUGE family – he has 12 brothers and sisters and i have yet to have thanksgiving there! guess ill find out next year since we arent going this year. but at my parents house we usually pass stuff around or do it buffett style  then go sit in the formal dinning room for dinner – but no one is forced to eat or try what they dont like haha.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@galloway111: We usually do it buffet style, everything sitting on the bar and you fix your plate. I never feel pressured to try something I’m not interested in.

However for smaller functions, like Easter, we sit around the table and pass dishes.  But even then, if I don’t want something, I just pass it on.  Everyone knows DH’s uncle will NOT try the oyster casserole, so it’s a running joke to pass it to him multiple times ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We do Thanksgiving with my ILs with about 22 people. There are usually 2 different tables that we’re sitting at and all of the food is in the kitchen lined up and we do it buffet style. There’s no pressure to eat anything you don’t want to.

When we did Thanksgiving with my family it was much smaller so we would have all the food at the table and pass it around, but there was still no pressure to eat anything you didn’t want to.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@totheislnds: 12 siblings?! Wow! My best friend in high school had 7 brothers and sisters, and we always had fun at her house at dinner!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We go to my parents for dinner, and she makes the same things every year. Mashed potatoes, turkey, kielbasa and sauerkraut (we’re Polish!), corn, dinner rolls, and stuffing. Plus, I make cranberry sauce. We sit around the table and pass food around, but like I said, we all like everything we have, and if you don’t want something, you just pass the dish along. Its only 6 of us for dinner…

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a small family, and we never seem to have Thanksgiving at the same place, so there’s never been more than 7 people at the meal, and that only happened once or twice. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We sit and pass dishes. In the last couple years our thanksgiving has been small, just my immediate family and sometimes my grandma and a stray cousin or two. (so usually like 7-10 people). We’re just all too old now with everyone married and most of my cousins have kids, we don’t even try to do big all-together thanksgiving anymore. Back when all the cousins were kids we did  go to my grandma’s for thanksgiving every year and I guess we always did the sit and pass there as well (usually with a couple tables put together), but even then it was like 20 people max. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ooooh, I would LOVE that style of Thanksgiving! 

We go to Fi’s sister’s house, and the whole thing is sit-down.  Imagine two tables pushed together, one big turkey with stuffing, one big bowl of mashed potatoes, one platter of roasted sweet potatoes, a basket of biscuits, some gravy, and the WORLD famous broccoli casserole.  That’s it.  Seriously… that’s all they make.  I’m slowly adding to the repertoire, but I’m kind of the newbie in the family so I’ve got to add a dish a year.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

my family does the sit down meal, Picture 3 tables mushed together.

His family grabs a plate and goes watch tv or play on the computer.

So the way we work it out is this, We have the sit down dinner at my house, and then we go pick  at his,  and have dissert there….
Its a much bigger deal if we miss dinner at my house than his…

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We have all the dishes set up on a buffet. Everyone makes a plate and then sits down. The only exception is the oyster dish (oysters, cheese, butter and breadcrumbs) because DH’s aunt usually forgets to put it in the oven until everything else is done, so it comes out once we’re all seated. It gets passed around, and I always take heat from everyone for passing on it…in a loving, teasing way. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My family Thanksgiving is 5 of us, grandpa, and Mr.ND. We’ve always done the buffet style. Set everything up on the kitchen counters, go through, and then sit at the table to eat. TV’s usually on and we just chat and keep up with the game. 

Mr.ND’s family is small (he’s an only) but they invite a TON of extended family, so there’ll be about 20 or so people at Thanksgiving or Christmas. One of them does a buffet/sit anywhere type, one does a buffet/table type, and one does a traditional, sit down and pass things type (this is how they learned that I don’t like whipped up mashed potatoes…they watch everything you put on your plate!) LOL. They’re sweet, though, the next holiday his grandma hand mashed ‘lumpy potatoes’ for me. Hahaha.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Goll darn double post. WB must be as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as I am ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We set everything out on the counters and what not and everyone goes through and helps themselves, self serve buffet style LOL and then we all go either to the table and eat there, or we get tv trays and sit in the living room watching a movie while we eat.  Totally laid back in my family.  FIL’s are the same way, minus the tv/movie watching.

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