Post # 17
@smg5281: I like the appetizer idea. You could do caprese salad kabobs if you want something on the lighter side (although you may eat, like, 10 of them lol). You put a cherry tomato, basil leaf, and mozzerella ball on a toothpick and enjoy. There is a balsamic vinegarette dressing that usually gets poured over them, but I usually buy the mozzerella balls already in the balsamic or olive oil so I don’t have to do the work, lol.
Post # 18
We’re spoiled because we do Thanksgiving lunch with my parents and Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws, haha! However, if that weren’t the case, I agree with others that I’d do something light — appetizers, fruit and cheese, things that won’t ruin their appetite for the big Thanksgiving dinner you’re preparing!
I also love the idea of a big breakfast/brunch to hold people over till dinner. 🙂
Post # 19
we typically have a big breakfast and then some munchies (cheese/crackers, veggies/dip, chips/dip, etc.) to hold us over until dinner is ready around 5pm.
We are in Michigan so the Lions are always playing on Thanksgiving day– we make sure we have breakfast/brunch before the game begins (1pm) and then snack a little bit during the game and dinner is typically ready shortly after the game finishes!
Post # 20
Our Thanksgiving dinner is usually at late lunch time. Dinner if you get hungry again is crackers and cheese or turkey sandwiches. Not hard to whip up a plate of sandwich fixings – just buy some little rolls ahead of time. Bonus points if you make potato rolls with leftover mashed potatoes while everyone else watches football.
Post # 21
@smg5281: We also just do breakfast and dinner on Thanksgiving. My siblings and Darling Husband and I always run in a race that morning (the Drumstick Dash ) and my mom has a nice breakfast ready for us when we get back – usually something like a quiche, sausages, and fruit, or eggs and specialty bread. Then we all get cleaned up and help with the meal prep the rest of the day. I agree that lunch and a big dinner is too much, so we save up our appetite for the big meal after breakfast.
Post # 22
@bebelicious1: Hahaha I do the same thing, for the same reason! No way do I eat anything so that I’ll have all the possible room in my tummy for yummy Thanksgiving food! It’s my favorite holiday 😀
Post # 23
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
We’re actually doing Thanksgiving lunch for that reason. A normal breakfast with lunch around 1 is our plan.
Post # 24
We always have snacks out to munch on during the day…but other than that, no lunch. Just the big big Thanksgiving feast. I’d say get some snacky foods to put out (cheese, crackers, veggies, chips and dip, etc) and that should be fine for a ‘lunch.’
Post # 25
I do the Thanksgiving meal at around 2 PM, and preparations start early in the day, so I wouldn’t want to fuss with making a fancy breakfast/brunch. I would just have some bagels and fruit on hand for breakfast and maybe some cheese and crackers for a snack. I wouldn’t want another big meal before the main event!
Post # 26
We also eat Thanksgiving dinner at lunch (around 1pm?) and then we warm up leftovers for dinner if anyone is hungry. There are usually about 30 people at my aunts house, so we have a big crowd and a TON of food.
I also like the idea of big breakfast, no lunch, and early dinner.
Post # 27
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time as well!! Future Mother-In-Law and my mom will be here Wednesday night to help prepare Thursday morning. Our families always do Thanksgiving “dinner” around 2pm, then eat leftovers for about a week, haha. Since we eat really early, I think we’ll just do coffee and toast for breakfast. Maybe I’ll pick up a coffee cake or some kind of pastry for breakfast as well. If I were you I wouldn’t feel the need to go all out on breakfast, keep it simple.
Post # 29
@smg5281: I make a casserole for breakfast usually and we just skip lunch and move on to the turkey day apps and then dinner around 4-5…
Post # 30
We usually do a hearty breakfast around 10 and the “dinner” at 3pm. Something like pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Or a breakfast casserole of some kind.
Post # 31
I agree with the others that you don’t really need to have a lunch “meal” on T-giving if you’re going to have a big dinner. You’ll also want something easy if you’re going to be busy in the kitchen! You could make some muffins ahead of time so people can grab one in the morning, also bagels with cream cheese is a great idea. A quiche or frittata would also be pretty easy. In the afternoon I would set out some cheese and crackers and veggies with dip or something. Good luck and have a great holiday!