Because of our busy schedule and my mother's busy schedule our TN Thanksgiving is going to be on November 15th! This date was just decided!
(I call it TN Thanksgiving because we go to Ohio on Thanksgiving to celebrate with my in-laws)
So now I have about a week and a half to finish getting ready!
It's time for a game plan!
Thursday Call all guests (no time for invitations) Set-up buffet table in dining room Set-up round table in parlor w/chairs Finalize menu
Calling Guests- Follow up-The date may change, I will find out tonight at around 8 o'clock! If it changes, well, TN Thanksgiving may have to be on a Friday night! Stupid busy schedules! When calling guests make sure and set a time that will work for everyone. My stepdad is diabetic so we have to make sure we eat on a schedule, some of my TN in-laws are always late-so this year we are setting the time at 5:00. This is all in hopes that we can eat by 6:00! Buffet Table- I have to take home a 6ft folding table from work. (Thankfully my work has tons of tables and chairs that I can use for free!) Don't have space for all the food? Don't want the dining room table to be covered and not have room for people to breathe? I put a 6ft folding table in my dining room along the wall for big parties. This works out great for us as it provides buffet style without having furniture there year round. These can be rented for as little as $5 a day! Well worth it if you ask me!
Round Table- Also borrowing a folding round table for the parlor and 8 folding chairs. All of my linens are washed-except for chair covers. I 'think' I packed them up with Christmas, why oh why did I do this. I didn't find them yesterday when I got out all of the Christmas linens and washed them. Time for a basement scavenger hunt!
Don't forget to place food, appetizers and such throughout your home, this will encourage mingling. Also, if you have a dining room that comfortably seats 8-10, don't force 15 people in there! Set up another table in another nearby room. This will keep everyone nice and comfortable.
Finalize Menu- Appetizer- Pumpkin Fluff w/ Graham Crackers-Brett Ham Ball w/Crackers-Brett
Main Dish- Ham-Brett Turkey-Brett-call & order
Relish- Cranberry Salad-Mom
Side Dish- Frozen Cranberry Salad-Brett Mac & Cheese-Mom Stuffing-Brett Mashed Potatoes-Mom Gravy-Mom
Salad- Cranberry Romaine Salad-Brett
Dessert- Pumpkin Upside Down Cake-Brett DELEGATE!
Beverage- Sweet Tea (we are in the south) Soft Drinks-Brett Water-Brett Spiced Apple Cider-Brett
Alot to do today!
One final tip-DELEGATE!Don't try and do it all yourself! It is simply too much for one person to do without letting it run all over them. Your family and friends can help. When that ask what they can bring, be armed with what you need!
Hostess with the Mostess...at least thats the goal!
I am a twenty something (would love to say I could still round down to twenty, oh well, sad day) living in East Tennessee in "Mayberry" and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! Things are slower, quieter, and kinder here.
I love to "put on the dog" whenever my husband can handle it. I am married to my favorite person who unfortunately doesn't share the same love of entertaining that I do. How unfortunate is that!
I am a planner. I love to plan. I will plan everything-even your life if you will let me!
This blog is mainly for me to sort out my thoughts and have all my plans in one place. I think it seems so organized to have a blog. Therefore, I must have one!